Echoes From the Campfire

He seemed fitted for this task, and his motive had the strength of love and passion and the sanction of right.”
              –Zane Grey  (Nevada)

    “Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus.”
             –Philippians 2:5 (HCSB)
What does the day hold for you?  Many people will be rejoicing in the TGIF.  But there are so many instances in Scripture that shows that every day we should be thanking God.  We get stuck in the rut of humanity and think we have to gripe at the weather, and get the “Monday Blues” or the “TGIFs”.  Few honor the Sabbath any more, and I don’t mean Saturday.  I mean, one day, set aside to honor and meditate on the Lord.
    I came across a letter written by Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson to his wife.  It reveals much of the man, oh, Lord forbid “toxic masculinity,” and of how all of us should see life.

         “Monday morning.  This is a beautiful and lovely morning–beautiful emblem of the morning of eternity in heaven.  I greatly enjoy it after our cold, chilly weather, which has made me feel doubtful of my capacity, humanly speaking, to endure the campaign, should we remain long in tents.  But God, our God, does and will do, all things well; and if it is His pleasure that I should remain in the field, He will give me the ability to endure the fatigues…”

Here we see Stonewall Jackson thanking God for the beautiful day.  However, he puts in, no matter the condition the Lord does all things well.  Who are we then to reject what the Lord allows to come our way?
It is fitting that a few words from the “Father of our Country” be given in recognition of his birthday.  Words to ponder and live by.  He was a man who thought much about dignity and doing things proper.  He was a courageous and aggressive leader, but one with complete self-control.

         “Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”

Now how true is that!  We live in a day where people do not understand moral duty.  I read where Gen. Grant was very concerned that moral ethics was not being taught in the schools.  When people do not have a proper moral life their happiness is only superfluous.

         “Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.”

         “The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.”

Hmmm, take a ponder on those in this modern day, and in your life.  Maybe it is time for us to realize that God is in control and we need to thank Him for whatever comes our way.  Be happy, for this is the day the Lord has given you.