Drinking From Their Cup!

“Samaritans?  Half-breeds!  Who would think of associating with them?  They must stay in their village and they are not welcome here.  We must keep them in their place and their place is certainly not with us.”  

He knew the unwritten rules.  Jews simply did not talk to samaritans.  But she was there.  He was there.  He could tell she needed a kind word and a loving heart.  Jesus had been traveling so you know he had his chalice with him.  But he asked her to dip him some water with HER cup.  Why?  I believe he wanted to show compassion… empathy… by drinking from her cup.  He wanted to know what it felt like to be a samaritan.  He wanted her to know he was not afraid to be in her life… in her world.  Should we not do the same?  I have no idea what it feels like to be black.  What it feels like to be born in Iran.  I am clueless to the struggles of the homeless but I should try to learn.  Christ showed compassion to this samaritan woman by stepping into her shoes, if only for a moment.  We should pray for the empathy and compassion to do the same with the people around us.  If we call ourselves Christ followers then let us follow. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

I love you!

Perry

The Way You Wonder!

The way you wonder is the way you choose!  Do you dwell on the heavenly things Paul talked about in Romans or do you dwell on the fear and anxiety that Satan is using the world to throw at you.  I pause as I see us living our life inside our heads.  We fill ourselves with anxiety… pride… selfish thoughts.  I’m told for most people 70% of our thoughts are negative in nature.  Will I get sick?  Will I suffer at the hands of another?  Will I or someone I love die today?  Have you ever noticed in the word ANXIETY, the I is in the middle? The word PRIDE, the I is in the middle?  When we live lives of pride and selfish behavior anxiety and fear control our thoughts.  We dwell in a place of what is best for us.  When we turn our minds and hearts to Christ. Completely and fully to Jesus… then the holy spirit fills our minds with the fruits that come from HIM.  He fills our minds with positive thoughts about his love and grace.  Fear takes a back seat to confidence in his salvation.  Anxiety is washed away by assurance in his love. Pride is replaced with caring for others.  Pray daily for the courage to walk away from the deception that Satan throws at you.  Dwell in the place of love that can only come from our Savior.   If he cries over the falling of a sparrow then how much more will he watch over you?

Romans 8

I Love You!

Perry

Standing With Jesus!

Daily I watch as people judge… people hate… people treat those different than them with dis-respect. I listen as they blame the condition of the world on everyone else, but themselves.  “You don’t believe the way I do, so you have to be wrong.”  “You’re liberal and I’m conservative so you’re wrong.”  “You don’t follow the rules.  You hang out with the wrong people.  You eat with them and laugh with them.  You allow them to call you friend and you parade around with them as if they were family.  You’ve been seen talking to thieves, to prostitutes, to liars, cheaters and adulterers.  How can I ever associate with you.”  As I watch the hatred… the judging…  as I listen to the blaming… our Savior lays on my heart.  Did not the conservatives of his time say these things of him?  Did not those with status treat him as a sinner.  Didn’t he get looks from the religious leaders because of the people he helped… the people he called his friend.  Our Savior loved unconditionally.  God sent his son to show us how to love… how to live… how to treat others.  Because of his behavior they crucified him.  I would rather be judged for my love of people, along with my Lord, then to be accepted by those of this world.  We should think about that next time we find ourselves placing blame.   Colossians 3:12-14

I Love You!

Perry

Why Me!

I watch through the tears as he struggles to talk.  As he struggles to walk.  As he struggles to sit still.  Twenty three, and a disease that is inherited, with no cure in sight.  My love for him runs deep… and my heart hurts… and my prayers are hard.  I then watch as this little girl lives in a place of darkness because brain tumors have taken her sight.  Her illnesses are many but her spirit is huge.  Her picture is something I see daily and her story is special to my heart.  And it hurts…   I pray to take their pain away.  I pray to make them whole.  I pray to bless them and give them favor. My thoughts then turn to “why me and not them?”  Each day he blesses me to overflowing.  He gives me strength.  He gives me health.  He gives me resources I don’t deserve.  So why does he shower me with blessings?  “to those that are given much… much will be expected”  If you have health… if you have wealth… if you have blessings untold do not for one minute think it is for you.  Every blessing in your life. Every talent you possess. Every resource at your disposal was given by God, to help others, to his glory.  These young people inspire me with their energy.  It is up to me to spread his love and resources, in return.  I would gladly trade all these blessings for their health.   

Luke 12:48

I Love You!

Perry