We just returned from an extra-long weekend trip to New Jersey for a surprise birthday celebration of my oldest daughter's 50th, planned by her two children. It was a very special time.....in so many different ways....each of them significant....all having to do with relationships. Some healing, some restoration, some building and on and on. So many stories. So many things crashing thru my mind wanting to find an expression of some sort in some way.
Not only are we born into the middle of a war.....(I've talked at length about that before) but once we experience that new birth, hopefully, we become aware of the war that is raging within us. The apostle Paul refers to it as the war, (the ongoing battle), between our spirit and our flesh. There can really be no awareness of this battle until after we have been born again. Paul talks about this in several places like Galatians 5, but also in Romans 7.....
God is your friend. Did you know He wants to be your friend?
Greater love? Giving your life to another. Has to do with someone (me?) laying down my life for someone else..... preferring someone else to myself. Try it in your marriage....I did.....wow....what a difference.....like I said, try it....you'll be totally amazed. I really want to talk about this marriage thing at some point but need to put it off yet another day or so, because I think what is on my heart right now is something that is also really important and I can't let it go another day.
In 1954, I was taking proofs of advertising copy to the advertisers for their approvals. One of those places was the local movie theater...every day. I got real friendly with the manager who gave me free passes to the movies.....absolutely the best part of the whole job! When the blockbuster hit On the Waterfront was released that year.....I saw it 10 times!
I was sure I would be the next Marlon Brando! This was the tour de force that drove this young wannabe actor to attain those same heights.
Please try to remember that the things I say in these musings are things that I share from my own personal experiences....many of them from my failures..... time and time again......two steps forward, then one step backwards....all of my life in God. There is no instant anything in the Kingdom of God. It takes time to grows up. The things I share, are out of a broken heart about my failures, and I share them in hopes that someone will grab some little handle on truth that will propel them further into God and all that He has for you.
Yes, Sir! Sorry, Sir! My Mistake, Sir! No excuse, Sir!
Not sure if those words ring any bells in your head.....they do in mine. Not having been in a boot camp setting in over 50 years, I am not sure how the D.I.'s speak to military recruits these days but I can imagine things haven't changed a whole heck of a lot over the years. I can imagine that the recruit is still treated like some sort of maggot, a sub-human form, perhaps a worm that has crawled up out of the earth to be stepped on by authority.
I said a few things about baloney the other day, fully realizing that there may be some of you out there that really enjoy baloney. I am prone to make some very black and white, as well as very broad and general kind of statements, in a pretty opinionated manner....all of which makes it possible to offend a few folks from time to time.....maybe even some who actually do like the taste of baloney....and that's ok for them to like baloney.
I was teasing with my good friend Gordon today..... he is the snowball friend from the South that I wrote about once......(since they don't have snow where he lives, I always put a snowball in the freezer for him when they visit up here in the summers)....... and we do carry on a lot with emails back and forth.....kind of a can you top this latest silliness of mine.....
What do you think of when I say "That's baloney!" ?
I was writing to my friend Darryl tonight (check him out over there to your right -impart ministries)..... about some things I would refer to as the spiritual variety of that stuff we call baloney ......
I find myself asking....."what ever happened to that little gift we used to call spiritual discernment?"