For those who don’t know yet, for the last 4 years we lived in the beautiful state of Colorado. But, for business reasons, my family moved to north east New Jersey for a short time.
I’ve been pondering the ramifications of the recent events in our my family’s lives and it never ceases to amaze me at how God is always at work around us, but we don’t always notice, unless we are paying attention.
Are you paying attention, during this Lenten season, especially to see where God is at work?
He is at work all around us. In our physical surroundings, maybe in our neighbors, and in our hearts, if we listen closely.
I can see God has been stirring in the hearts of several people in a particular church here in New Jersey and he’s bringing some of them together to start something new and exciting in their community. I will tell you more about it as the events unfold. SO, for now I will leave you hanging. Stay tuned!
On another note though…
It’s been on my heart to share something else with you.
I want to do God’s will! I have intentionally made it a point to let everyone in my world know that, so there is no doubt about that. Not everybody in my circle of influence agrees with my way of living or choice of educating my children, but that is not as important to me. I want to fear God, not man.
It’s a tricky balance to maintain, if you don’t want to offend anyone. But, I am not hear to try to please man. My ultimate goal in life is to glorify the one who gave me physical and emotional stability and eternal life through His son, Jesus Christ! Stating that alone will offend some people.
In our home schooling science endeavors, recently, we’ve been studying about chemistry and scientists, in general, and what contributions they made.
Galileo Galilei was one who felt the same way about doing things for the right reasons. He felt strongly about his beliefs even when it wasn’t the most popular thing to do. Even though he was a Christian at the time, he stood up against the accepted and deep rooted belief that the earth was the center and the sun and planets all revolved around it.
He saw the evidence, with his own eyes, and went as far as to secretly write down all his research, while he was under house arrest, by the inquisition, so that upon his death it could be published elsewhere. He said, “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
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He stood up against what the catholic church, the only one at the time, had accepted, just because another Christian man had said it, without testing the “theory”. By the way, if it’s a theory, it technically hasn’t been proven, therefore, it isn’t a fact.
I feel the same way.
C.S. Lewis, one of my favorite Christian converts and authors, wrote in his book, “Vice and Virtue, A Dictionary of the Good Life”;
“Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions we make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.”
Wow, that sure says a lot about the little decisions we make every day! It makes sense. What we do matters…it makes a difference in our lives as well as others.
With that said…I have made decisions in my life that have affected my immediate and distant family. In making these decisions, it has been my hope to make God known to others so they too can test and see that He does exist by simply asking Him, in their hearts, to make Himself known to them, and I believe He will!
This Easter season is one of the best times to reflect on whether or not we truly know God and are or are seeking to be a follower. Jesus said in His word, “If you love me, you will obey me” (John 14:24). Have you been obedient to Him? Do you know what that means? If you don’t, I challenge you to attend a bible believing church this Easter Sunday and ask one of the pastoral staff more about it.
Get plugged in to a bible study to investigate, like Galileo, and test and see for yourself, that God is real and He loves you more than you could ever know.
“Someone you don’t even know (Jesus) died to get to know you.” T-shirt quote
May God bless you and make this Easter memorable!
“Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed are those who take refuge in Him” Psalms 34:8
…Test and see…