Monday, November 15, 2010

One Solitary Life

He was born in an obscure village,
The child of a peasant woman.
He grew up in yet another obscure village,
where He worked in a carpenter's shop until he was thirty.
Then for three years he was an itinerant preacher.

He never wrote a book.
He never held a public office.
He never had a family of His own.
He never owned a home.
He never went ot college.
He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where He was born.
He did none of those things one usually associates with greatness.
He had no credentials but Himself.

He was only thirty-tree when the tide of public opinion turned against Him.
His friends ran away. One of them denied Him;
another betrayed Him.
He went through the mockery of a trial.
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves, and
He was laid in a burrowed grace
through the kindness of a friend.

Twenty centuries have come and gone.
Today he is the centerpiece of the human race
and the leader of mankind's progress.
All the armies that ever marched,
All the navies that ever sailed,
All the parliaments that ever sat,
All the kings that ever reigned,

All the great things of this world put together
have not affected ths life of man upon this earth
as powerfully as that
One Solitary Life.

-James Allan Francis (adapted)
(From "The Gospels-Jesus and His Followers" by ABeka)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Do You Earnestly Seek Him?

Psalm 63:1-8

O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek You;
my soul thirsts for You,
my body longs for You,
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water

I have seen You in the sanctuary
and beheld Your power and your glory.
Because Your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify You.

I will praise You as long as I live,
and in Your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

Okay, soooo...Long time no blog. But no worries, I'm back :)
This psalm was written by David when he was actually in a desert. This DOES, however pertain to us.
Do we earnestly seek Him {Like we are} in a dry land with no water? We've seen His power and glory....But do we really think that His love is better than life? Are our souls really satisfied with Him as with food? Sadly, usually not. I was reading this blog post by one of the pastors at my church and it really hit me on the head. I'm usually more satisfied in self-image, gadgets, food and coffee than I am in God.

I have a LOT to work on. Do you?