In the last few days/weeks, I’ve been swamped with discussion ideas to blog about. But I simply don’t have the time to write about all of them, I’m sorry. 😦
I would blog every day if I could. At least you know that… 😉
But here’s something I thought I need to write about.
Yesterday, a friend and I were talking about the weather. It’s been rather windy lately, and my friend was saying that perhaps the August winds have made an early arrival.
But here’s the thing… many people wonder why we need to have windy weather. Is that you? It certainly is me, at times.
I mean, windy weather is uncomfortable, an inconvenience at times and just plain rude. (<try wear your favourite fluffy skirt on a windy day…)
But God created the earth and all that is in it in such a marvelous way, that it needs wind.
When the wind comes, it picks up the seeds and distributes it. Then, the rain comes, waters the seeds and so they begin to grow. The summer sun is there to round off a huge part of the process to let it bloom into beauty.
The wind is part of nature’s cycle to let everything happen the way they’re supposed to happen.
If you’re wondering why you’re beautiful daisies didn’t grow this year, it could be because you complained the wind away.
Some trees can’t disperse their seeds themselves, they need the wind to help them release their seeds.
How about seeing it this way?
God also allows seasons in our lives, a cycle to help us reach spiritual maturity. Sometimes He comes and works in the form of a wind, and at times the wind feels so strong. But this way our seeds of good fruit can be spread and distributed to the fertile ground where it is needed. Some of us are like those trees who need to be helped as we hold on to our seeds.
Maybe we all need God’s wind to come and blow through us. The evil seeds will be chucked away, and the good seeds will be planted.
Perhaps we need the wind to push us a little forward, to help us realise that we cannot keep the Gospel to ourselves, we need to let it be distributed.
I’m reminded of something that God taught me a long while back, but still stays with me to this day.
17As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’[d]“
20“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
21Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”
I saw this portion of Scripture in this way…
God has given us many gifts, riches and lots of wealth. And these come in the form of kindness, gentleness, along with all the fruit of the Spirit, our talents a good deed.
There are people who are poor, in need of our wealth. Perhaps there was someone who was in need of your smile today, but you held on to your wealth, and due to your selfishness, you were not able to inherit the Kingdom of God today.
What choice will you make tomorrow?
The Christian life is one of sacrifice. The more we lose, the more we gain.
You do NOT need to go and study theology to be able to be useful in God’s vineyard.
No, not at all.
How about just starting by handing our your smile, your kindness, a hug, or sympathy.
Unless we give up our riches, and give them to the poor, we will reach Heaven empty handed.