I know we all think the Christian walk is meant to be full of warm and fuzzy moments. After all the Bible does say in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” However we all know the truth is the exact opposite. The Christian life at times is a rough road which is difficult to travel and without a faith based on and rooted in Jesus the road can seem unassailable at times.
Well it is that time of year again…fall, Autumn. Whatever you call it, the winds of change are blowing through. There is a new chill in the air. When I was a kid I got excited about this time of year because it meant Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas were not far off. Now as I sit here with another decade almost in the rear view mirror the chill in the air means more blankets on the bed, the air conditioners get removed from the windows and the coats and sweatshirts come out. Oh well, at least I have the coming holidays.
I have always loved music. At one time in my life i had over a thousand albums in my collection. At one point each of those albums was a new one so I had to listen to the songs over and over again until I learned the lyrics. Until that time came I would hum along with the parts of the song I didn’t know. I think life is like learning the lyrics of a song. Until we learn to understand what God wants us to do we kind of hum along until the lyrics become clearer with each time we read Bible and pray. Practice they say makes perfect. Paul states it this way in Philippians 4:9, “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
A few months ago I found this online art prompt generator. I use it from time to time when I was something unusual to draw. Today’s drawing came from one of those prompts which was, monkey.samurai. In my daily art you will probably see some more of these pictures. In fact I can almost promise there will be more. While creating this drawing a thought popped into my head, “What prompts you to act?” What I mean is this, your day to day living, what is the chief prompt which dictates how you act and react to the world around you?
My life has not been a rose garden, in fact it has been filled with a lot of weeds. In school I had to put up with constant bullying, I have dealt with self-esteem issues because of my school years. Still my raised me to always be respectful of others and show them love. This is how I have lived my life trying to be helpful and loving to others. I try to live life with an attitude of gratitude for whatever comes my way. The Bible says in 1 John 3:18 “Let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions” ). Our daily prompt in life should always be love.
I am a big fan of polar bears. I don’t know why but I think because on a hot day they’re a reminder of coolness. Polar bears live in the Arctic, which at times can be one of the coldest most inhospitable places on earth. God created the North and South Poles as a balance for our planet. They are there not only to regulate the tilt of the world but also to provide a balance in the hydro-static ecosystem on the world. As the planet heats up the poles start to decrease which is what is happening right now. I am going to get into a discussion on global warming but of personal warming.
God gave us His Word, the Bible, in order to provide a balance to our lives. If we let our personal warming lessen our reliance on God’s Word we will start to loose some of our Christian witness. That is why it is important to get into the Bible everyday in order to stop our personal warming.
I don’t know about you but I love my coffee. Kicking back in the morning with a good cup of coffee is one of my favorite things of the day. A cup of java seems to clear the fog from my mind and give me a little boost to get my body moving. I know it’s probably the caffeine but to me that is just an added bonus. Some I know don’t like the taste of coffee just like there are those who don’t like the taste of the Gospel. Still the Gospel of God like a cup of coffee takes the fog out of your life and gets your body moving in the right direction.
I delved once again into the fantasy realm for today’s drawing, “Feel Fair-ly Safe to Get Your Toes Wet.” I know a long title for such a simple drawing but there is a reason. In life and in faith we hold ourselves back many times because we are afraid to dip our toes into the water or put another way, “Start something we are unsure we are qualified or able to do.” Remember God however has different plans for our lives. He wants us to jump headfirst into water by putting our faith and trust in Him to help us succeed. Proverbs 3:6 says, “in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” If God is capable of straightening out our meandering walk then He is also most capable of helping us accomplish what we deem to be improbable. Pray for God to help you get your toes wet in something new today.