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The tight fist

If you have been grasping onto something, try to let it go, so your empty hands will be ready to receive a new gift.” – Juan Nakamori

Do you ever wonder what living a life like money is like?!? I’m not talking about having a significant amount of wealth or about having a great big bank account either that affords you to do whatever you want. Instead, what I’m saying is that life is like money because, barring destroying it, money always has the value designated when created; so no matter how crumpled, how old, torn or even if it is stained with coffee, dirt or ink – money still has value. Likewise, your life, like money, still has great value no matter how many times you have been downtrodden, or how often you think you’ve failed in your attempts to excel at a certain sport, particular business and/or any personal relationships.

Ultimately, the bright spot here is that your value is not determined by other people’s opinions. It does not come from what you own or what you do; for your value was set by your Creator… So remember when you feel worthless, He has big plans for you. After all, it was also He who gave up His life to redeem both you and me – so that makes us priceless!

“For I know the plans I have for you – declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

“Today upon a bus, I saw a lovely maid with golden hair; I envied her

as she seemed so gay -and oh, I wished I were so fair.
When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the aisle,
She had one foot and wore a crutch, but as she passed, a smile.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine; I have two feet – the world is mine.

And when I stopped to buy some sweets, the lad who served me had such charm;
He seemed to radiate good cheer, his manner was so kind and warm.
I said, ‘It’s nice to deal with you, Such courtesy I seldom find.’
He turned and said, ‘Oh, thank you, sir!’ and I saw that he was blind.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine; I have two eyes – the world is mine.

Then, when walking down the street, I saw a child with eyes of blue.
He stood and watched the others play; It seemed he knew not what to do,
I stopped a moment, then I said: ‘Why don’t you join the others, dear?’
He looked ahead without a word, and then I knew; He could not hear.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine; I have two ears – the world is mine.

With feet to take me where I’d go, with eyes to see the sunset’s glow,
With ears to hear what I should know: I’m blessed indeed, The world is mine;
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine!”

– By Red Foley

Just something to think about…

Hope you’ll enjoy a GREAT weekend!

José Ponton, Jr.
From Sunny Florida

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid …, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you!” – Deuteronomy 31:6

The tight fist2019-07-14T17:48:32-04:00

True Independence

“The United States was born in revolution and nurtured by struggle. Throughout our history, the American people have befriended and supported all those who seek independence and a better way of life.” – Robert Kennedy

 

On a holiday when this country celebrates its independence, I’m not riding on the current trendy bandwagon of American self-loathing, for I love the USA and dig my personal and religious freedom. Without free speech I’d be locked up somewhere…but not here – thank goodness!  So why the long face on so many Americans about red-white-and-blue, take-a-day-off and fire-up-the-grill day?
Is it because we get sad when we consider the evolution ‘Freedom’ has undertaken just in our lifetime – from “allowed to act responsibly” to “if it feels good do it” to “absolutely anything goes and don’t even try to suggest otherwise, or we might just take away your freedom?”
Is it because “Independence Day” is a disconnect for us from things we know to be true? For independence has seldom served us well where family or friends or work colleagues or the church or the Lord are concerned.  So, left without the trite and tried-but-true 4th of July metaphors for today’s message, I settled on the short, bittersweet and eternal lessons like these for inspiration;

  • Neither politics nor religion nor any mixing of the two will save us at the end.
  • Two things are really required for true freedom – repentance for our wrongs and the granting of forgiveness to those that wrong us.
  • It’s never wrong or out-of-style to be thankful…to daily express gratitude.
  • You can pledge your allegiance to the flag every day and admit your own and your country’s independence; yet know that “when you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor” – James 4:10

…just something to think about!

“…freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals and those who died in their defense.” – Barack Obama

Hope you’ll enjoy a GREAT holiday weekend!
José Ponton, Jr.
From Sunny Florida
True Independence2019-07-03T16:41:14-04:00

A time…

“…a time to be silent and a time to speak” – Ecclesiastes 3:7

Silent Movies. The symphony. A child during the dinner prayer. Sitting in a crowded theater. At church during the sermon. In class when the professor is lecturing. In a conversation when you are the listener.

All these scenarios are times to be silent.

Silence is more than just an absence of noise.  Silence is a doorway beyond all that is demanded of you and happening all around you.  To be silent is to realize more of the unnoticed in life; like he robin bird stepping softly across the grass, as if walking on air, or the leaf brushing lightly against the rain gutter.

God whispers quietly when we are silent enough to hear Him. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman…speaking ever so delicately and yet with great purpose.  Are you sometimes silent enough to hear?

Indeed, silence has a balance; for then there is also a time to speak.  As a parent when your daughter is about to cut herself with a sharp knife, you must speak immediately, with authority in your voice!  When your friend is wrongly accused, it is a time to speak in their defense. When your son is honored for scoring the winning touchdown for his team, your words of pride ring loud and clear.

When you realize how much Jesus gave for you, His very life, you speak words of surrender. You humbly speak words of gratitude. You speak words of joy and praise to all who can hear!

“In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we’re pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our Maker’s praise without anxiety.” – Aiden Wilson Tozer

Just something to think about…Have a GREAT weekend!

José Ponton, Jr.   

From Sunny Florida

A time…2019-07-03T16:41:41-04:00