He Is Everywhere

Why do we focus so much on the differences in each other instead of the things we have in common?  As I sit at the airport I see so many nationalities but we all have one thing in common.  LOVE!  I watch as a whole family from China hug and are excited to see each other.  I watch as a woman from Pakistan is making sure her kids are safe.  Everyone has two legs, two feet and a head on their shoulders.  Each person is filled with the same blood and a heart to pump it.  But more than that each person carries inside them the spirit of Christ and the image of God.  When we look with our heart… with our spirit… then we see beyond the differences.  We see God and his image everywhere!

I Love You!

He Will Find Us!

I couldn’t take my eyes from them.  As I watched my grandkids play in the park I felt uneasy at the thought of them being lost or taken.  So much so that nothing else mattered at the time.  Them being with me and their safety was all that concerned me.  Then I thought of how Jesus feels about his children that are lost.  How he must worry and be consumed with grief.  I think of how much it must tear at his heart and how at times it is all that matters to him.  If my children were lost I would do anything, ANYTHING, to get them back.  So would and did our Savior  –  Its called The Cross!!

I Love You!

Knowing Me Is Not Enough

But Lord I studied your scripture daily.  I know you did son… but where is the love?  I attended your worship weekly.  I know you did… but where is the love?  But I gave more than my share of your money.  I know… but where is the love?  I worked in your fields to help.  I know… but where is the love.  None of that matters without pure, unbridled love for others. Like I give to you.  Did you do all of that simply because you love ME? That’s easy!  More important did you love my flock as much, if not more, than you loved yourself?  Without unmeasurable love for all of my children the rest is without meaning.  Why is it so hard to pass on what I freely give to you?

I Love You!

The Package

As I walked teary eyed out of a five hundred year old church in Chile I encounter a courtyard full of street entertainers wanting money to perform. I immediately thought of the money changers that Christ lashed out at. Then I wondered what he thinks of all the pretentious things we do in his name.  How we build large churches to attract souls but then offer little love. We fill them with beautiful things but we offer no acceptance. We make sure everything is just right but we don’t show the compassion of the one whom we built it for.  The lost and hungry simply want bread, no matter the package.

Humble Ourselves

As I stand beside the ocean in Chile I feel so incredibly small. Do you ever think that God made such grandeur in the oceans… the mountains… as a way to humble us? As a way to say don’t feel more important than you really are. We are to humble ourselves to each other. We are to humble ourselves before God. As we do, we will be made bigger in every way, where it counts the most. In his kingdom.