Jesus – simple, yet complex
A prophet is known
by the company he keeps.
If Jesus were a true prophet,
the right people would be His sheep.
But baaaaad people hung out
with Jesus – sinners of the worst sort.
Jesus scandalously kept company
with tax collectors, folks report.
His circle included prostitutes.
He dined with people of ill repute.
How did He respond to complainers?
Did He have a good word of refute?
No, He told the story of the lost –
Lost coins, lost sheep, lost kids.
Find the coin, search for lambs,
Be relentless finding others, Jesus bids.
But, though we’re concerned,
We have our limits, right?
Do we seek unending until we find?
No, it’s not about us and our plight.
It’s about God who searches.
It’s about our Lord who actively calls.
He needs us all … you and me.
Invite the outsiders. Break down walls.
As I go about my daily life,
I’m conscious of God’s presence..
I know God lives within me;
God’s light is my existence.
As I choose the things to do each day,
I reflect on His Will in prayer.
I know that wherever I am,
The Holy Spirit also is there.
If I frown and drag my feet each day,
If I begrudge my work and grumble,
My attitude will become contagious
And I’ll cause those near me to stumble.
But if I smile and do my work with joy,
Then God’s love will shine right through.
That’s my prayer for my daily life –
May God’s love and peace rub off on you!
If I measure me against me,
I could be six foot three.
If I measure me against YOU,
I’m not even two foot two!
So, who do I use?
What feet do I choose?
Who carries my blues?
Who walks in my shoes?
“No one,” You say?
God took His soft clay
And molded a shape –
Unique! Full of play!
God gifted your soul
Full of treasure untold.
Then He threw out the mold.
You’re more precious than gold.
Who do I measure myself against then?
Do I look at my friends, compare me with them?
“No one,” God smiles. “I’ll say it again,
You’re a unique, one-of-a-kind gem!”
The Path of Life
Sitting in my sanctuary
Preparing for my day,
I listen to the clock’s tick
And contemplate Your Way.
I open up my Bible,
Read words profound and wise,
Reflect on applications
That flash before my eyes.
You make the path of life
A rocky, twisted trail;
Not promising a smooth
Road where I can’t fail.
You tell me rocks that trip me
Are lessons to be learned:
The ruts and hills – inevitable –
The weeds, the fires, the burns.
I long for all the pleasures
You promise to bestow.
You tell me to be patient –
There’s so much I must know.
I stumble at the road’s forks.
I don’t know left from right.
I take wrong and U-turns
‘Til you come back in sight.
You will show me the path,
The joyful one that’s best –
But I must put my hand in Yours
And TRUST. You’ll do the rest.
Life Swirls Around You
Have Faith and Step Out
Don’t overlook your life’s importance
or minimize your worth.
It doesn’t matter if you’re on an allowance
or on Social Security;
No matter where you are in life,
You have so much to give.
The vital part of your life
Never disappears or fades away.
Each of us is vital to God.
He gives us the courage to go out and live,
to heed His call and step out in faith
on a new journey today.
In faithful obedience, lean forward
to hear Him; He doesn’t shout.
His call is quiet and personal.
Get serious. Listen carefully.
Are you up for a new journey?
Have faith and step out!
My confession, admission, and plea to God today is this:
None of us lives to just self alone;
Each of us lives for the other.
Whatever we do, be it rosy or blue,
Reflects on our sister and brother.
None of us sits on the judgment seat.
We’re not assigned to decide
If someone’s dull or bright, wrong or right,
Sending them to a corner to hide.
None of us lives a faultless life,
Though we try our utmost to seek
The humble hill to fulfill Your will
In our deeds and the words we speak.
We stumble and fall and fail to be
Examples of the upright and strong.
Try as we may, we know that someday
We’ll have to account for each wrong.
We’ll each have to stand before Your judgment seat
And review how we’ve spent every minute.
So, Lord, help us give every day that we live
All the love and the grace You put in it.
Help us to generously welcome all
To be part of whatever we do.
None of us lives to ourselves alone;
We always reflect on You.
Life is all about LOVE. Love your neighbor as yourself. That’s the greatest commandment. On this blog I will record each day at least one thing I do to demonstrate how I remember to “Love My Neighbor” AND something I do to “Love Myself.” Today I begin with a healthy lunch: lettuce, a small bit of smoked salmon, 1/4 of a sliced cucumber, a little goat cheese and some tasty basil flavored olive oil from Olivelle (my favorite Bozeman, MT store). Now I am headed to go be a Senior Companion to a client who has difficulty getting around. I’ll sweep and mop her little apartment – and cheer her with a few quotes from my latest book, “Aging with Attitude” – subtitle: “Better than Dying with Dignity.” I’m off to provide a little help, a lotta cheer, and a hug or two. See ya tomorrow, my friends.