Sermon on the beach

So, this evening, I’m walking along the beach and I decide to have a conversation with myself. FYI, I do this all the time. As I continue walking, I notice the beautiful colors of the seashells, the smoothness and variety of the pebbles and I can’t help but notice how beautiful everything is. The sand washing over my feet brought up more pebbles and seashells and thus began my conversation and my ‘sermon’.

“You see, I see things from the artist’s point of view. I see how the glorious pinks mix with the vibrant oranges to create a most beautiful sunset. I notice the mist down at the pier and how it makes everything so fantasy looking, like a knight in shining armor can ride out on his magnificent steed. I love how the clouds look so wispy and yet, in one moment, can look so dark and threatening. I see God’s artistry in everything and I can’t help but LOVE it!! I see God as a creator, the master artist, who knows what the final picture is gonna look like, because that’s how I see life around me. It’s one facet of an amazing God. ”

“But what if you’re not an artist? Not a photographer such as yourself?” I spoke, acting as another person in my conversation.

“Well, then you see the world from that point of view and you see a different facet of God. And if I’m you’re friend, then eventually, I could see God from that point of view.”

“Ok, so I’m more into architecture, meaning I see how the angles of the beach prevent the high tide from constantly going over the sand dunes. I see how the wind moves in certain ways to allow the pelicans to be able to glide and then dive in when they need to. I see how God creates a world where beauty can meet simplicity and I see God in the beauty of a natural forest that grows on its own, with certain sections and rows for certain things. From that, I see how God allows the seeds to fall where they may, pardon the pun, but only grow in good soil. I see how the things that appear ordinary wouldn’t be if we knew the reasons they work.”

Here’s the sermon:

We are all different. We hear that from every person from the time we are born, to the time that we die. It’s because of this, that the world is as unique as it is. When we see the world a certain way, we see everything that way. From people to our Creator. I usually tend to see God as a Master Artist, as a loving and compassionate Savior willing to reach out and help the little child, and the Warrior who is tough enough to help me fight all my worst battles. I usually tend to see the good in someone before I see the bad, I tend to hold grudges and remember the small details about something while completely forgetting the major ones. I tend to that with God too; I see him my way and it’s very hard for me to see God through the eyes of someone else.

I’m not saying that we all need to see God the same way, because if we did, then nothing would change. God would be someone that no one would care about because nothing in our lives had changed. I see God as a compassionate Savior, partly because I am very much like that, and because I have seen God move in my life because I was at my wit’s end. If nothing in my life, no character trait of mine, were different than everyone else, would I be so willing to claim as my Savior if he hadn’t saved me? Would I be willing to claim a God who hadn’t touched my life in some way? I don’t think  I would be able to. My way of seeing the world, and my Lord, is also the easiest way for me to tell others about Him.

HOW DO YOU SEE THE WORLD????

New finds – old treasures

The other day I ran across my old camera, which had been broken for over a year, and was surprised to find that it still contained a memory card. A memory card that contained over 100 pictures from a trip to the zoo, pictures of my family from 2 years ago and other random pictures at the time. The same is true when we read our Bible. I cannot tell you how many times I have the book of Daniel or the Gospels in the NT, and yet, every time I read them, I am always finding something new.

Take this, for example: “Then with counsel and wisdom Daniel answered Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon;” – Daniel 2:14KJV

‘With counsel and wisdom’ – another version says, “When Arioch, chief of the royal guards, was making arrangements for the execution, Daniel wisely took him aside and quietly asked what was going on: “Why this all of a sudden?” (Message) while the NLT translation puts it like this: “When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, came to kill them, Daniel handled the situation with wisdom and discretion.”

Either way you slice it or dice it, the key point of this passage is this: Daniel handled it with discretion and wisdom. Too often in our own lives, we run across situations that require a state of delicacy, of discretion. Yet, we rush into them with anger, or hatred(trust me, they’re different), or love, or greed, or anything you can think of. We don’t take those ten seconds to pause and ask for guidance and end up ruining a situation. Believe me, it can happen. It can happen in love, in school, in anything we’re doing at the moment.

Below are a couple of unedited photos from my camera I found the other day. Enjoy!!

Goats and People

So….the other day, my family and I were cutting down branches as a part of clearing out some land and like always, we decided to take to the goats. We had to throw them (the branches, not the goats – don’t worry) over the fence. As we were throwing the branches over, the goats were like, “Yehaw!! More food!” and came running to partake of the fresh cut greenery. The interesting thing was that as we were throwing branches in, the goats were running from one pile to another – before finishing the one they were eating.

I noticed that they were acting like humans with the newest, latest whatever. We get a new cell phone and within like 2 weeks we want the new one. Take the new iPad. There was so much hype over the iPad that people forgot about the new iPhone 4 which had only been out for a few weeks. I bet that if you wait a couple of weeks, there will be a new thing that everyone will want.

Was it about us as human beings that makes us want what everyone else has? Or the newest thing? Is it the need or want to fit in? To be accepted? I don’t the answer but if you do, let me know so I can share it.

Here I Am…..Facing my giants

This movie is the traditional-yet-not-so-traditional underdog wins over the champion. But in reality, it is so much more than that.

It's centered around a football team from a Christian school – a team that has had several losing seasons in a row. As the movie progresses you learn more about the faith of key members and even the coaches of the team. The faith that they had and the courage it took to play the biggest team in the state and how even though we can't see it, God is in everything and has a plan.

I highly recommend this to anyone who is struggling with their faith, struggling with why things aren't working out, or simply need an inspiring movie to watch.

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