Don’t You Worry About A Thing!

Worry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s Note: For a couple of years, I have had this poetic song rising up, in times of anxiety and stress. For me, I enjoy singing; hence, I am calling this poem, a poetic song. You are free to have a different opinion.
Why am I releasing it, now? It just seems the time is right. I hope and pray this tuneful poem will bless those, who read it. If you are a songwriter or singer, then please feel free to make it into an actual song.
Continue reading “Don’t You Worry About A Thing!”

The Real Super Suit

Last week, I wrote “Calling Superman“. It is based on a story told by my niece on Facebook. It featured a man wearing a Superman costume. It seems the man thought he was the Man of Steel.

A friend read my blog post and asked “What about the other suit?” He was talking of the real super suit. A real super suit? What am I talking about? Continue reading “The Real Super Suit”

Buried Treasures

A couple of years ago, I wrote a short blog post called “There Be Treasures in them Beaches!” You may have thought, “Is he talking about buried pirate treasures?” Not quite. I was writing of the treasures found on the beaches of the Jersey Shore.

The article is written in 2010 and it was about viewing people as treasures to be desired. In other words, each person is of value in the sight of God and to others. The only real way to discover the hidden treasure is this. Go talk with them.  Continue reading “Buried Treasures”

Let’s Pray

After writing “Where Is Your Hope“, a good friend asked “Are we not to contend for the healing miracles?” I never said that we should not pray for supernatural healings and expect them.  It would be foolish for me, to believe or claim otherwise.

For, Jesus does say things like:

7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. [John 15:7]

24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. [Mark 11:24]

12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. [John 14:12-14]

We are even told be bold and persistent in our prayers to the Father:

5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge *said; 7 now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? 8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth? [Luke 18:5-8]

What then?  Do I suddenly change my original point and not place my hope in Jesus, but in what he does?  I don’t think so.  I am still to keep my eyes on who God, the Father is.  I am still to focus on who Jesus is.

My hope is in who Jesus is and not in what he can do for me.  Did you catch that last part of the sentence?  Our relationship with God is to be based on who He is and not what he can do for us.  According to Scripture, Jesus has also called us, to be one with Him and the Father:

24 Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. [John 17:24]

Suppose you have a friend, who never spends time in getting to know you.  The friend seems to only call when he wants something of you.  Would this not be considered a shallow friendship?  It would make for a hollow friendship.  The same principle applies with God.

The more we come to know God, the Father; it is the freer we are to ask.  The more we come to know God’s character; the more confidence we have in approaching the “throne of grace”.  Here is why:

15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. [Hebrews 4:15-16]

How can I know that Jesus can sympathize with me?  It is by taking the time to know Jesus.  If I never take time to know Jesus then how can I know what to ask.  God, the Father will not answer prayers that are opposed to his characters.

My Thoughts On Richard Cory

In 1897, Edwin Robinson wrote a poem called “Richard Cory”.  It would later become better known as the Ballad of Richard Cory sung by Simon and Garfunkel.  As I read the original poem and read some of the commentaries, I am struck by a familiar chord.

In the poem, there is a man who’s extremely wealthy and greatly admired by everyone; including those in poverty.  Richard Cory was not only admired for his wealth, but also his intelligence and his social status.  In the Ballad of Richard Cory, the man was the owner of a company town; where everyone works for him.

Richard Cory’s admirers would even go on to say “Oh, to be like Richard Cory!”  In the same breath, they would complain about their own circumstances and ignore the good things they do have.

It never dawn on them that Richard Cory may have admired the good things they do have.  They never imagined that Richard Cory was empty inside and in deep need.  They have placed Richard Cory on a pedestal and assumed that he had no personal needs.

Someone could say “Why doesn’t he say something or be more transparent?”  With whom? Everyone in the town was too busy assuming.  Even if he could have said something; no one was willing to listen and see clearly the look of pain lurking behind the facade.

One day, it all came to a crashing end.  Richard Cory took a gun and shot himself.  He died alone. Though Richard Cory had wealth, good physical appearance and possibly a good standing in his church; it was all to no avail.

Richard Cory’s tragedy is twofold.  On one level, there was no one to share his life’s struggles, hurts and disappointments or share in his personal joys.  He desperately needed real friends to take an interest in him.  He needed people to reach out and connect with him; even if it’s just a text message.

The second part of Richard’s tragedy is, “Did he even know Jesus?”  Was God ever a real part of Richard Cory’s life.  In truth, I strongly feel that both are needed to overcome depression and loneliness.

I say this, more from experience than anything else.  It is because of Jesus, I am able to overcome my own bout of loneliness and depression.  Jesus has been a true Friend and always will be.  He was a Friend; long before becoming Lord and Savior.

Commit Your Blog Post To God And See What Happens

Don’t you just love it when planning one thing and it turns out otherwise?  Here is what I am talking about.  On Friday morning, I had an idea for what to write.  It is based on the Proverbs 16:3:

3Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.

I got the above verse from the Amplified Bible.  While reading, I got excited and prepared to write a story about committing my plans to God. After praying and committing the idea to my Father, I proceeded to write.

Guess what?  My proposed story morphed from a blog post on committing plans to one about rejoicing and giving thanks. It made for a nice day after Thanksgiving story.  What happened? Where did my proposed story go?

Here is what occurred.  I committed my planned story to God, the Father and trusted him for help. The Holy Spirit directed my thoughts to line up with the Father’s will.  It seems that my Father had a better plan. 

In the end, I followed through with God’s plan and published two stories. The first is on rejoicing and giving thanks; it was followed by the current post.

I would love to encourage my fellow bloggers to try it, for yourself.  Commit your blog post to the Father and see what happens.  Please remember, it is not about you or what you think.  It is about what God desires to say through you.

What Does It Mean “To Serve”?

I trust that many of you enjoyed your local church service. There is no doubt that you may have heard the pastor giving a pitch to serve in a ministry.  I am not opposed to helping out at a church.  They could always use the help; however I have this question for you. Is this really what ministry about?  Is this what Jesus is talking about in John 13:12-15?

12 So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.

Is serving really limited to what is done in a church building? What of Paul’s instruction to Timothy in 1 Timothy 5:10, regarding widows?

10 and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.

Paul is describing a woman, who has given herself to a life of service. I don’t think this woman limited herself to a church’s sound room or singing hymns on a choir.   There is more to ministering than this.

When it comes to ministering, we have something in common with the servers at our favorite restaurant.  A minister is one who serves and that is what Jesus called us to do. Paul would point out that serving is not limited to what is done in a church building.  It is what we do outside those four walls.

How are we to serve? What is our heart attitude?  The easy and spiritual answer is “To serve with love and humility”.  For fun, I would add “Go visit a good family restaurant and order something. While there, please take the time and observe those who are serving.” There is much we can learn them. :)