Posted by: The Quiet Christian | August 20, 2016

Do Not Dread – Laugh

good luck“Call us if you need us then,” we texted.  Another heartbreaking end to an adoption situation gone awry.

For the life of me I can’t understand the type of thinking that goes into planning out a scam.  And it was a scam, plain and simple.  There was no crying mother, holding her child, unable to give that child to another couple to raise.  I can understand that.  This was a woman who falsely filled out paperwork and was surprised to find out that we wouldn’t give her funding or match her to a family until we met her face to face; even though we had to fly to Texas from Georgia to do it.  This was someone who was trying to extract money and break the hearts of a trusting couple that will not have the ability of bringing life into this world on their own.  Not only do I not understand it but the Christian in me is tested.

In a world where things go wrong because of people knowingly making poor choices it is difficult for me, at times (okay most times) to love my neighbor and pray for those who persecute me.  I try to remember, in  I Peter 3:14 it says, “Do not dread or be afraid of their threats, nor be disturbed,” but  I do dread these encounters. I don’t comprehend the manipulation and malice it takes to put a plan like that into action.

So last night I laughed.  My mother used to say, “You have to laugh.  Or else you’ll cry.”  I laughed with a group of friends at a comedy show put on by a local church and I haven’t felt that type of release in a long time.  Ninety percent of comedy is about normal life and that is pretty funny sometimes. Of course it’s always funnier later, but it can be funny.

There is, “a time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance.”  I am praying for your laughter today.  We both need it.

 

Posted by: The Quiet Christian | July 28, 2016

Who Needs God?

Who needs God? Perhaps nobody. Perhaps everybody.

My church has a new series kicking off on August 14designed to help answer this question, and I’d love for you to join me!
More info at WhoNeedsGod.com

#WhoNeedsGod

Posted by: The Quiet Christian | July 25, 2016

Sin or Mistake?

So I’m sitting in a group talking about the dumb things we do in life and I hear that new but familiar whisper in my mind, “God takes care of our sin.  He doesn’t need to fix our mistakes, we do.”

It was quite an abrupt thought actually.  I had to ask myself, “Is it a mistake when I get angry or is it a sin of judgement and unkindness?  Is it a mistake that I hurt someone’s feelings or a sin? What’s the difference and why does it matter?”

For me a mistake is something I do by accident, without premeditated thought and without contemplating the consequences.  A sin, on the other hand, is something I do knowing full well what the consequences are and not caring at that immediate moment.  Both cause regret and both should be addressed immediately but only one seems an intentional misuse of God’s gift of grace while the other seems an unintentional way to be forced to ask for someone else’s grace.

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I sit back and think to myself, “The trouble is, if it’s my job to fix my mistakes, then when I sin and call it a mistake it becomes my job to take care of my sin.  So, do I really want to be held accountable for all of the sins I can’t take care of?  I think I’m pretty tied up already working on fixing all those mistakes!  It’s probably much easier to come clean, ask for God to take it and release it than to hang on to the delusion that it was ‘just a mistake’. ”

Then I hear, “Stop calling it a mistake and start asking for forgiveness and strength.”

Uh huh…noted.

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