Saturday, August 7, 2010
Be ye angry, and sin not:
let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
I sat at the computer the other night. I posted an entry on my blog. My last step before I labeled and published it was to add an image-a picture of an open Bible. I couldn’t get it placed in the upper right corner where I like to put something colorful and attractive.
I brought the image from my blog and moved it up the page several times. Two different times, I had two pictures. We’d had a trying day with Hubby’s medical tests. One set didn’t get done, then he got sick.(I believe it was stress that caused this.) I tried to reschedule the one that needed an appointment but they were all booked-up for two days. So we went to it, anyway,
As I groused about this picture placement issue, my son told me to “edit HTML”. I went into the tab and couldn’t find the ‘picture’. He found the information and added two terms and solved my problem.
I thanked him and said something about almost loosing my cool because of the issue. His reply told me he has learned a few things coming up.
“Now what would that have done?”
“I might have felt better.”
“That wouldn’t have moved the picture. That picture has no feelings. It didn’t know you were frustrated.”
I went on and posted my second entry. This time, I had no problem. I had to do some laundry, so I logged off and went the rest of my evening. When I was out on a shopping trip, I had redeemed a Family Perks coupon at the Family Christian Store. I purchased The Shack, The Secret by Beverly Lewis, and Stormie O’Martian’s Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On.
A close friend told me she was reading “The Shack” and recommended it to me. I started reading it as I awaited the washing machine to run its cycle.
When I awoke the next morning, I thought about my frustration of the previous night.
“Is frustration a sin?” I kept asking myself.
Webster’s New World Dictionary defines the verb ‘frustrate’ as ‘to keep from an objective, to baffle, to foil.’
As I thought about the word, I realized that frustration could be an emotion-like love, anger, jealousy, and happiness. If this is the case, then frustration isn’t a sin; our acting upon it is.
I learned a lesson here. One I should have a long time ago. Thanks to an image that was doing what I didn’t want, I discovered something to help me ‘grow up’ as a Christian, a wife and mother, and, even maybe, as a writer. The experience wasn’t all bad.
Friday, August 6, 2010
we lie and do not live by the truth.
1 John 1:67 (NIV)
Our Physical Walk:
Sometime between the ages of eight and 14 months, children begin an activity that most likely will be present in their lives as long as they live. We call it walking.
When people walk, most of them do it for exercise. Those who have undergone heart bypass surgery have to walk to keep fat and cholesterol from building up in their arteries.
In the Appalachian Mountains a trail goes the entire length of the chain-from Georgia to Maine. Each summer outdoors people walk that trail with the goal of traveling from one end of it to the other. The terrain-rugged and in some places steep discourages all but the hearty hikers. Not all who begin this trek complete it. My husband, our son, and I walked on it for about 20 feet.
In Days Gone By:
Children would play games outdoors on summer evenings. Run Sheep Run, Hide and Seek, Tappy on the Ice Box, Kick The Can, all had one thing in common. Those participating ran from home base to a hiding spot and then tried to get back to the place designated home before getting caught. We’d stay out ‘til we could barely see.
People in Africa, Venezuela, and other third world nations walk out of necessity. If they are able to own a car, they can’t afford the gasoline. In the 1970s, while we disliked paying $1.00 a gallon, the people of Zaire paid $7.00.
The Christian life has been compared to a walk. The Bible speaks of walking in darkness.
Isaiah 9:2 “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in a land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
1 John 1:6
When we talk of the Lord, our lives are to measure up to what we say. Our talk of loving mankind has to be seen in how we treat our neighbors. If we tell others to do something when they have a need, what we say should be translated into our deeds. James tells us if we know what to do and don’t do it, we sin.
Application: When we strive to be in the Lord’s will, our walk will measure up to our talk. Our lives would show consistency. The people in the world can spot inconsistencies in our lives. Children and teens also notice inconsistent behavior quickly.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the
knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine
power has given us everything we need for life and
godliness through our knowledge of him who called
us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:23 (NIV)
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