Love is a verb which means it is not stagnant but always moving. Here are some Bible verses about love:
Ephesians 4:2: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
1 Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
John 15:12: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
Notice theses verses are all about loving others and in the last verse Jesus commands us to love others. So at this time of year and all throughout the year let not our love be a silhouette but full fledged love others can see. and feel.
There are times in life when we think we are sly as a fox. When we think we have gotten one over on others but more importantly God. Hebrews 4:13 NIV, has this to say about hiding things from God, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” So in the end we may out fox others we are only outfoxing ourselves when we try to hide things from God.
Yesterday I talked about how we see the other people around us. Today I want to mention how we see ourselves. The Bible tells us we are to think of ourselves to highly lest we concreted and fall away. The Bible also tells us not to think of yourself lest you fall into despair. Me, while I am not what I would call handsome or athletic I like to think of myself as a child of God. This view helps me find my place in this world.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is 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 reason it is one of my favorites is because it a reminder to me that many times as followers of Jesus we’re just hanging around doing nothing when all around us there is God’s work to be done.
I started this blog because I didn’t want to be one who was just hanging around waiting for God to do something for me. I wanted to be one who stepped out and used his craft to further the work of God here on earth. This is why I draw and try to better my craft. If you’re one who is still hanging around. Try to find out what you’re good at and use your gift for God’s glory. Believe me it will bring joy to your heart.
“It is just another day.”, I hear a lot of people say. While that may be. Each day is a good gift given to us to use in service to God and others. So instead saying it’s just another day use each day in service to God by showing love to others in some small way.
The title of today’s drawing is, “Umbrella Man.” There are some who view God as the umbrella man. You know the guy who is going to cover your head so the rain doesn’t get to you. Isaiah 4:6 does say that God will provide,”a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.” I however have learned over the years there are times when God lets the rain wash over us because He wants us to learn something from the trials or troubles in which we are embroiled. I have grown stronger in my faith through the trials I have had in my life, diabetes, cancer, deaths in the family. Each one has given me more wisdom and prepared for what is yet to come in my life. I have also lived through the times when God returned the umbrella and stopped before it became to much for me to bear. Still I must say no matter the weather condition I am living under I will put my faith In God and live my days with joy in my heart.
I just read a daily devotion about the sequoia tree and how there enormous root system anchor the tall trees so they do not topple over during a wind storm. On the flip side are trees like the pine trees in my back yard. Their root system is not as deeply rooted into the ground so when the rains and high winds come I worry about the trees toppling over. The Bible says in Proverbs 12:3, that, ” the root of the righteous will never be moved.” In our lives our faith must be rooted like the sequoia tree so when the winds and the rain buffet our lives we will not be shaken or toppled over like the pine tree. It also comes without saying the roots we build with our church families must also be deep so when we need support they are there for us. The title of today’s drawing is of course, “The Deeply Rooted Tree.”