This cartoon entitled, “Working on the Cat’s Meow,” is a homage to the old Tom and Jerry cartoons where Jerry is always getting the best of Tom. Here the mouse is teaching the cat to meow in tune. We are supposed to be the mouse. The ones who as the old Coke commercial tells “teaches the world to sing in perfect harmony.” The key is living a life which is in perfect harmony with the Lord. People will sing along with whatever we are doing not what we’re preaching. So a life out of tune will create others who are also not singing the right notes.
Bright ideas don’t happen in a vacuum they come along with a lot of trial and error which leads to a wiser mind. Out of trial and error I have had many light bulb moments. These are the moments when I realize what Solomon meant when he penned Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” The brightest ideas about how to live my life come from God.
Today’s drawing is a throwback to a time when in the Garden of Eden all the animals got along together. The lion and lamb sitting around like best friends surveying the of what was around them. Selfishness ruined the Garden. The desire to have more than what was allotted. Since that ill felt day not much has changed in the world and until selfish hearts are changed from looking inward to caring hearts which are looking outward nothing in this world will ever change.
“People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.”— John C. Maxwell
One of my favorite types of music is the Blues. I always love listening to some of the all time greats like Johnny Lee Hooker, B.B King, Billie Holiday and bands like Little Feat, Canned Heat among others. The Blues to some is melancholy music built around a sorrowful situation but to me it is a taste of life seen through a lyrical representation.
The Blues and the Christian life do not on the surface seem like a match. The reason. Many people feel that a Christian is a happy go lucky person who runs around with a smile on their face and gladness in their hearts free from the troubles and problems of this life.
Truth be told, Christian do have their mountain top moments but are not immune to spending time deep in the valley during certain times in their lives. Like everyone else as Christians we have to make our way through these troubled times with the help of family, friends, professional help and most importantly God.
In life there are many things we try and hold onto like our youth, close friendships, the perfect job, memories and those close to us like family members. Still no matter how hard we try to hold tightly the rope of time slips through our fingers and the thing we have cherished in our hearts is gone. This week I lost a new friend. He lost his battle with cancer. The one regret I have is I would have loved to get to know him and his family a little better. My friend was a great man of God. His words could inspire and touch the hearts of those who knew him or heard him.
One of the great mysteries of life to me is why men such as him are cut short of their ministry in the church. I have countless questions about this but I have come to understand that God knows what He is doing and has a purpose for everything. So as long as I trust Him I will be okay. I know someday I will see my friend in Heaven and give him a big hug. Until then all I can say is enjoy your time Jesus Pastor Tim you are home, you are home.
I don’t know where the quote came from but my one friend use to say, “Women you can’t live with them sometimes but you can’t without them all the time.” In the light of the cell phone phenomenon in our society I have changed the quote to, “Smart phones you can’t live without them all the time but you need to live without them sometimes. Today’s message is what a would another little rant. I have a smartphone and I have come to depend on a little more than I like but I know there are times my phone needs to stay away. Here is a list of a few:
- At the movies.
- If I was single on a date. (The date is more important than the phone. Also it is really rude to be looking at your phone when she is talking. Same goes for you ladies, turn off the phone,
- At church, unless you’re using it to read the Bible.
- In the library. At least turn the sound off.
- When you’re doing some public speaking.
- At a dinner party.
This is only a partial list. The key as the Bible says is to keep your habits under control Yes, using a cell phone is a learned habit and for some an addiction.
Today is August 21sr. What is the significance of the day? For those who don’t know it is solar eclipse day. This is the day where thousands of people across the country have been waiting for. So much in fact many have traveled thousands of miles just to be in one of the total eclipse zones. While I think the eclipse is fascinating I am not changing too much in my day. I am not running around looking for the special glasses. Nor am I going to be sitting outside when the eclipse happens.
Thinking about this whole event has got me to thinking about one thing, the return of the Son. We’ve known about the solar eclipse for years and have had time to get excited for the event. We have known about Jesus’ return for almost two thousand years but it seems like we are taking a step back in being prepared for the event. The Bible says in Acts 1:11, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” The message is clear stop looking skyward and get to work getting yourself ready for His return.