As it says in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. “ We all have sinned, are sinning, and will continue to sin. Paul laments in Romans 7:15 “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do”. I find myself thinking those same thoughts everyday.
I am convinced that no one is perfect, and we all have our frailties and shortcomings. I myself hate being around the “holier than thou” crowd. They pretend that they are righteous and always without sin. That is just not true. 1 John 1:8 tells us “if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”
Why do we sin when we don’t want to and know that we shouldn’t. The answer is obvious. It is our very
Humility is a virtue that we should all have, and practice everyday. I like both kinds of music……both country and western. Tim McGraw’s song says it best…..always be humble and kind. I wish we all did that. Just imagine what a wonderful world this would be.
The line in Tim McGraw’s song sticks with me “When you get where you’re going, don’t forget- turn back around and help the next one in line”. Our role is to ensure that we always focus on helping others. Their success is our success.
Humility is mentioned 33 times in the Bible. God tells us, many times, the importance of being humble. Here’s a couple of examples: Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility values others above yourselves.” In Ephesians 4:2 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
But my favorite verse is
The world is a scary place. Our Nation is at risk. There are external threats (Russia, Iran, North Korean, ISIS……) and internal threats (domestic terrorism, divisive people, lack of respect for law enforcement personnel…..) It would be easy to spend each day cowered in fear, just waiting for something bad to happen. I can’t imagine living a life like that. Everyday I turn to my source of courage which is my personal relationship with God. I pray to God for the strength, courage and wisdom to do the things that He wants me to do. And He grants me that. He never lets me down.
God tells us in Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” I think about that everyday. And as it says in
I enjoy watching Clint Eastwood movies. One of my favorites is Dirty Harry. At one point, Eastwood’s character Harry Callahan looks at the camera and says “A man’s got to know his limitations.” I believe that is so very true.
I know that I have many, many limitations. Everyday when I look in the mirror (the most important piece of furniture in your house) I remind myself of those limitations. Then, I drop to my knees and ask God to give me the strength, courage and wisdom to do the things that He wants me to do that particular day. I know that God will help me overcome my limitations.
I always turn to the Bible for insights and wisdom. In Mark 10:27: “Jesus looked at them and said, with man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” I know that, because of my
There is so much anxiety across our nation, and our world, these days. Everyone appears to be unbelievably anxious and concerned. The results of our national elections caused many folks to be happy, and many much less happy. These days there are protests in the street on a daily basis. Every time you turn on the TV, or read a newspaper, there is something going on that causes us all to be even more anxious. We need inner peace, individually and as a nation. Where can we find it?
Many folks turn to exercise, meditation, food or drink to attain some level of inner peace. Those things work to some extent. Some folks even deny that there is any anxiety at all. They think they are living a stress free life. Interestingly, sometimes in life we are so consumed by things that we aren’t even aware of.
I find my inner
The Future of our Nation
I just completed watching the inauguration ceremony for President Trump. I was very impressed by the event itself, as well as the comments made by our new President. I was particularly happy with the number of times that he asked God to help him, and all of us, as we move forward.
We as a Nation are very anxious. We are concerned (as we should be) about our Nation’s security, about our economy, about our borders and about our children’s education. As I was told by one of my mentors “You can’t roll up your sleeves while you are wringing your hands”. We as Americans must put aside our differences and work together for the common good. We must emphasize the fact that we are Americans first…..and then Republicans, Democrats, conservatives, liberals etc after that. Let’s do what is right for America. As President Trump said,
Our Nation lost a great American and a National treasure when Muhammad Ali died on June 3, 2016. His fans called him “The Greatest”, usually speaking of his boxing prowess. I argue that he was also the “Greatest” when it came to his humanity and his love and concern for his fellow man. He was a role model that we should all strive to be like.
It is important to acknowledge all aspects of the man known as Muhammad Ali, and not just his ability to box. Ali started his boxing career at the age of 12 in Louisville, KY, and continued to his retirement in 1981. He had 56 winds (37 by knock out) and 5 losses. He became the heavyweight champion of the world on 3 separate occasions. He won a gold medal is the 1960 Olympics. He surely could “float like a butterfly and sting like a
On Monday, May 30 we as a Nation celebrated Memorial Day. It is a day in which some of us (but unfortunately not very many) took the time to remember the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. To date, over 1.2 Million American men and women have died protecting our freedoms and our way of life. Freedom isn’t free. I like to remind folks of the phrase “Land of the free, because of the brave.”
I am convinced that everyday should be Memorial Day. Everyday we should take the time to reflect on those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Honor their memories, and pray for their Families. For the survivors, their loss is as painful today as it was the day of the tragedy. Don’t think they forgot. We shouldn’t either.
Do something to ensure future generations understand the cost of freedom. Take your children to visit
This past week our daughter Susan gave birth to our first granddaughter, Piper Ann. Sarah and I have now been blessed with three grandchildren. JW is 3, Rex is 9 months, and now we have Piper.
The entire week I have been thinking about the joy of being a grandparent. It has been said that if we knew being a grandparent was so much fun, we would have had the grandkids first.
It would be easy for me to postpone my joy. With all the things that I have going on right now, it would be easy to simply wait until “tomorrow” to enjoy the time with my grandkids. The problem with that is there might not be a tomorrow.
We should all make it a point to never postpone our joy. Take the time today to enjoy the moment, to cherish the experience.
Simon and Garfunkel had a song many years ago,
I am a fan of county and western music. I find that sometimes the lyrics of the songs provide “lessons in life”. Tim McGraw’s new song “Humble and Kind” really tells us how we should be living our lives. Here are some of the lyrics:
Hold the door, say please, say thank you
Don't steal, don't cheat, and don't lie
I know you got mountains to climb but
Always stay humble and kind
When the dreams you're dreamin' come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride but
Always stay humble and kind
Every day of our lives we should strive to be humble and kind. Imagine what a wonderful world it would be if everyone would do just that. If you think about it, it really isn’t that hard. It just involves making a conscious decision to live our lives that way.
It is imperative that we teach our children to