Archives for March 2012

Taking Risks

27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Luke 12:27-28

We are a risk taking group of people.  The younger we are, the more risks we seem to take.

We take risks when we walk across the street.  There are risks in driving or riding in a car.  There are risks in flying in an airplane.  There are even risks in going to the hospital.

We take risks in playing the lottery.  We take risks and go to Las Vegas.

There are risks in climbing a mountain or in skiing.  There are risks in jumping off of a bridge with a bungee cord tied around your feet, although I am not sure if that is taking a risk or just a lack of common sense.  (There appears to be an outbreak of that “disease” that has reached epidemic levels in this country.  Politicians seem to be more susceptible to being infected than other groups, followed by some of those who vote for them.)

So why aren’t we willing to risk things for God, and with God?  When God asks us do something for Him that we think is foolish, why aren’t we willing to take a risk?  When God says speak to that person or give to this person, why do we think God is going to lead us astray?  If God tells us trust in His ways, why aren’t we willing to take a risk?  After all, it worked for Moses and Joshua and Peter and Paul.

When we get right down to it, there’s no risk in following in God’s Ways.  Jesus said “my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” and “I am the way, the truth, and the life:”.  If God will take care of the lilies in the field, then He will take care of each of us if we will just be obedient and follow Him.  There are no risks.

 

How’s Your “Color?”

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25

Many times we look at things in our lives as either “black or white.” Sometimes, perhaps, we see some “grays” mixed in with the abruptness of those two extremes. But we like life to be “black or white” because it makes it easier to deal with decisions; to deal with each other.

When we open our eyes and look about, there is a lot of color to see. Even on those dreary, cold, rainy winter days, there is always a splash of color from a redbird, that Christmas poinsettia, or a child’s coloring book. If we will open our eyes and look around, there is plenty of color to go around.

When you only see or think in “black or white,” you lose perspective. So, how’s your “color?”

How’s your “Compassion?” When things are only “black or white” you can’t see the needs of others around you; their hurts; their worries; their joys. Your “color” needs to have some compassion.

How’s your “Openness?” When your mind is closed to new thoughts or ideas, things will always be just “black or white.” Something new can bring new life. Your “color” needs to have some openness.

How’s your “Listening?” Some people talk too much, never taking time to listen. There are times when all a person needs is someone willing to listen to them. Your “color” needs to have some listening.

How is your “Order?” Just because you want to think of things as “black or white” doesn’t mean things are in order. There’s man’s order, and then there’s God’s Order. When things are out of order, they don’t work. Your “color” needs to have order.

How is your “Righteousness?” If you claim to be a Christian, others are watching you. They are looking to see if you are “walking the walk.” Are you trying to act the way Jesus did? Your “color” needs to have righteousness.

So when you are trying to see everything as either “black or white, remember that things are not always that stark. You need to look to God’s Holy Spirit for some “COLOR” in your life. You will find that things around you will look much better.