2 Corinthians 5
5 God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
6 So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord.
7 That is why we live by believing and not by seeing.
8 Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.
9 So our aim is to please him always, whether we are here in this body or away from this body.
10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in our bodies.
I wonder all the time who is watching me. What I say, where I go, what I do. We are suppose to be representatives of Christ. How we live is a huge reflection of whether or not non Christians will hunger for the Lord and accept Him as there PERSONAL SAVIOR!
As family we have been dealing with one of our neighbors. Our daughter and I have spoken to them many times about how the Lord can and will help them if only they would ask and turn their lives over to Him. But it never fails, when there is trouble, they want religion. As soon as things get better, well it wonít take much to guess the outcome. Itís not that our lives have been perfect by any means. I especially am going through a medical problem. I recently had minor back surgery and because Iím a diabetic, itís taking forever to heal. Itís bad enough that Iím confined to a wheelchair. But I had to learn a hard lesson in life that the more I complained the more difficult it was not just for me but also my family. Many times I took the easy way out and left the burden on my husband and our daughter. It wasnít until I had a long talk with myself and I listened to the still small but strong voice in my heart of hearts , that I made a choice to do more for myself. The changes havenít been much but each change in my actions gives relief to my family. My goal is one day to become independent enough so I donít have to rely on them.
My neighbors in a way have a handicap. Itís called COMMONSENSEITES. Instead of sitting down and figuring out how to handle a situation that had arrived or even better yet preventing it from happening, they come to us to help them. We help them when we can along with giving them some advice. But itís like PREACHING TO THE WALL!
For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;
Every time I get upset and donít want to help them, this scripture verse pops up in my mind and I give in. Sometimes itĎs costly to us but we canĎt refuse and go against the LordĎs will. One day maybe they will make a strong commitment and ask the Lord to come into their hearts. Until then we must do the work of the Lord and be an example, so that they and others will see Christ in us..
Edited by: AWAITING1 at: 8/9/2008 (00:55)
The Lord Is My Strength
When I said, ďMy foot is slipping,Ē your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. The Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge. Psalms 94:18-19, 22