Monday, November 5, 2012
It is November
It is 90 degrees outside
I find myself complaining
that the heat is never ending,
that I am tired of my summer clothes
and flip flops.
I don't want to run my air-conditioner
I want to stop sweating....
Even as I read this, I am embarrassed.
This is how it happens...
I get so wrapped up in my own little world
that I lose track of the rest of it.
Then I watch the news
and see all the people
who are going to be freezing cold tonight.
Their homes have been destroyed,
They have no heat
and another storm is coming in.
And I am complaining about 90 degrees
I have no idea what my problem is.
Or do I?
I lost my thankful heart,
that part of me that is content with my place in this world.
I don't know where I put it.
There is nothing like a good swift kick of reality
to remind me what is important,
and what is not
There is suffering all over the world
That will not change until Jesus returns.
I can not fix it all, not even close.
But, I can stop complaining
about what is happening in my little world.
I can be thankful for God's provision in my life
I can step up and help someone in need
I can keep perspective
Only with my Jesus glasses is that truly possible
For my eyes are cloudy and my vision is near sighted.
All I can see are
my own hands,
my own skin,
But with Jesus glasses I see everything as I should.
90 degrees is just a number
summer clothes are just a covering
hurting people come into focus
There is a whole world out there, can you see it?
They are dying and they don't even know it.
They need Jesus, not my complaining.
I can't do both, I have to choose.
Complain and be self focused or
put on my Jesus glasses and see.
I choose my Jesus glasses
they help me to find my thankful heart
my serving shoes
and my open hands
In the Bible, there is a book called John.
In this book Jesus
is introduced to a lost world.
He sees things the way they are
He sees hurting people and heals them
He sees the lowly and eats with them
I need to read this book over and over
In John 9:35-41 Jesus is teaching about spiritual blindness
He said he came into the world so that the blind would see
and so that those who see will become blind.
Jesus is the only one who can help me to see right.
He is the only one who can give me a thankful heart.
Philippians 4: 11-13
I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have
and with everything that happens.
I know how to live when I am poor,
and I know how to live when I have plenty.
I have learned the secret of being happy
at any time in everything that happens,
when I have enough to eat and when I go hungry,
when I have more than I need and when I do not have enough.
I can do all things through Christ, because he give me strength.