It had been given me that I live in the moment, with an awareness heightened by every impression of the senses…. Most people exist in an emptiness between memory anticipation, but never live in the moment.”
–Louis L’Amour (Kiowa Trail)
“Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.”
–Ephesians 5:16-17 (NLT)
I wonder how many will take time this week, not just to follow ritual, but in doing so take time to reverently think of the last days of Jesus, the man. One of the things that the deconstructions/postmodernists have succeeded in doing is the tearing down of reverence. I have mentioned it from time-to-time on the Echo, but this Sunday it really hit me.
There was a time when special clothes were kept to be worn only on Sunday or other special occasions. We have now come to the time when you can wear to church what you wore on Saturday’s fishing trip. Sure, God looks at the heart, but man looks on the outward. Also it is important to remember that the outward appearance very often reflects the heart.
I am not speaking of a clothesline, legalistic aspect. I am speaking of revering God as the great Almighty God of the universe. We wear to church what could never be worn in a courtroom without being found in contempt of court. I recall the last time I was called for jury duty. A “kid” showed up in shorts, t-shirt, and flip-flops. He was found in contempt, sent home, warned that if he showed up like that when recalled that he would be arrested.
I might ask, what is man’s purpose? What is his ultimate duty? Scripture declares that it is to “Fear God, and obey His commandments.” The Shorter Westminster Catechism states, “To glorify God, and enjoy Him forever.” Worship Him wherever you are, in whatever you are wearing, but there is a time to dress properly before meeting before the Judge of the earth.
What about these teenagers (and I use that guarded, because many of their speeches have been written by adults) proclaiming their 1st Amendment rights in marching for gun-control? Hmmm, protesting against the 2nd Amendment which protects their rights in the 1st Amendment. Somehow, that just doesn’t make sense.
They are wanting “gun-control.” There are many, many gun control laws. However, it is the person holding the gun that controls it. Most of those whining-babies don’t even know the laws. Try to purchase a gun and see what it is like.
What do you think of ‘possums? It is the only marsupial in North America, but for most people they have a creepy look. If you watched the “Beverly Hillbillies” you may recall Granny saying she was fixin’ up some possum belly. I’ve eaten it, and don’t care for it myself. But I came across a few little facts I thought I’d pass on about ‘possums.
–It is a hero against ticks. It can eat up to 4,000 ticks in a week.
–They are immune to the venom of poisonous snakes.
–Their body temperature is so low that it is very rare for them to get rabies.
Know what, after giving you this information? I still don’t like the way they look, and you can eat all the ‘possum belly you want, I’ll pass.
Ponder This: “As I look back upon the work of Jesus, I find there untiring labor joined with unruffled calm.” –George H. Morrison