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Why can’t WE love like that?

I keep thinking about that Samaritan woman at the well.  We always hear about the good Samaritan.  That story is such a classic.  Even people who don’t claim to be Jesus followers can recall some part of the story.  It’s been adapted into children’s book and the inspiration for other stories.  But what about the “bad” Samaritan Jesus talked to at Jacob’s Well?

In John 4, Jesus spoke to her there at the well.

And here’s the short of it:

HE knew everything about her…and LOVED HER anyway.

Why can’t we love like that?

That is all.

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What’s YOUR excuse?

Excuses, excuses…

I asked one of my friends last night if they were still going to the same church to which they replied,

“No. I just don’t have time.”

How much time does going to church really take though?

I know some churches still do Sunday morning AND Sunday evening services, then there are Wednesday evenings.  From my own personal observations, most people only attend Sunday morning.  So, say it’s just Sunday morning service you go to…you don’t even come early for Sunday School.  I’m not sure about all churches, but our service starts at 11 and is usually out about 12.  That is…ONE HOUR.  Add on get-ready time (which you have to get clothes on and stuff for the day anyway, right?) and then some drive time depending on where you go (and I am almost certain, there is a church close to you)….STILL, at the max–TWO HOURS, right?  ..and you don’t have time?

I’m not judging!  That is not my job.  I’m just trying to understand.  I wasn’t trying to pry into anything either.  I was simply asking.  They could have just said a simple, “No.”  I probably wouldn’t have asked another question.  I’m not the question asker, that is my better-half.  But them offering an excuse for not going got my mind spinning.

Then I remembered there was this song I heard once about EXCUSES.

Excuses, excuses, you’ll hear them every day.
And the Devil he’ll supply them, if the church you stay away.
When people come to know the Lord, the Devil always loses
So to keep them folks away from church, he offers them excuses.

In the summer it’s too hot. And, in the winter, it’s too cold.
In the spring time when the weather’s just right, you find some place else to go.
Well, it’s up to the mountains or down to the beach or to visit some old friend.
Or, to just stay home and kinda relax and hope that some of the kin folks will start dropping in.

Well, the church benches are too hard. And, that choir sings way too loud.
Boy, you know how nervous you get when you’re sitting in a great big crowd.
The doctor told you, “Now, you better watch them crowds. They’ll set you back.”
But, you go to that old ball game because you say “it helps you to relax.”

Well, a headache Sunday morning and a backache Sunday night.
But by work time Monday morning, you’re feeling quite alright.
While one of the children has a cold, “Pneumonia, do you suppose?”
Why the whole family had to stay home, just to blow that poor kid’s nose.

Well, the preacher he’s too young. And, maybe he’s too old.
The sermons they’re not hard enough. And, maybe they’re too bold.
His voice is much too quiet-like. Sometimes he gets too loud.
He needs to have more dignity. Or, else he’s way too proud.

Well, the sermons they’re too long. And, maybe they’re too short.
He ought to preach the word with dignity instead of “stomp and snort.”
Well, that preacher we’ve got must be “the world’s most stuck up man.”
Well, one of the lady’s told me the other day, “Well, he didn’t even shake my hand.”

Excuses, excuses, you’ll hear them every day.
And the Devil he’ll supply them if the church you stay away.
When people come to know the Lord, the Devil always loses
So to keep them folks away from church, he offers them excuses.
So to keep them folks away from church, he offers them excuses.

I know that song may list some things we have all done instead of going to church.  I’m not pointing any fingers!  If I were doing that, I’d be pointing at myself.  I believe the song creates the list to exaggerate the fact that we all have goofy excuses why we don’t attend a church.

OHhhhh and before you go getting huffy about this blog today… I know a lot of people believe in God, but don’t go to church.  I have friends who love Jesus, but just don’t have a church family.  I understand that people take that stand…

I really don’t know personally.  When I didn’t go to church, I didn’t really know Jesus.

PERSONALLY…I just enjoy church and LOVE my church family.  I have so many friends that I wouldn’t have if I had not gotten into church.  I wouldn’t have known I could really carry a tune in a bucket if I hadn’t of gone to church.  I get to sing a lot of places now.  I learned how to fellowship with other Christians and I continue to learn so much in studying the Bible with others.  I love LOVE and church is just another place to give and receive it.  I could go on, but I think I’ve said enough.

What’s YOUR excuse?

Things are going to be much better…

…if you only will.

I love James Taylor.  Hope you listened to the song.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Show love everyday.

#thankfulEVERYday

#love

#GODisLove

#happyDAYeveryDAY

Jesus loves you and so do I!

LOVE YO SELF

THIS IS FUNNY.  My favorite part is at 3:40.  Whitney could always wail!  If you have 9 minutes to spend laughing a little, watch this video:

It really is simple.

So my friend who used to be my boss posted this blog about the ONE WORD.  He’s a pretty smart guy and had asked his faculty to send him a word… I will let you go read his blog: PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ HIS BLOG FIRST.

…and watch the ONE WORD video there…

Here’s part of my message I posted to his blog:

You know I can’t narrow my life to one word…THAT WOULD BE TOO SIMPLE! ALTHO–The word that has been repeating itself in my mind over and over for several days now in the face of all kinds of crazy life stuff (nothing bad, just life) is LOVE. I know I love, but do I love like I’m supposed to? Do I ALWAYS love like I’m supposed to? I don’t when I blow up at my kids or feel defeated looking at my laundry which has become like Mount Rushmore (serious, with faces and everything) …

I GOTTA REMEMBER TO LOVE in all circumstances. NO MATTER WHAT IS GOING ON!  People may hate on me, children may say my name like a broken record (ha!  kids these days don’t even know what “broken record” means) and I might feel stressed by stuff going on around me…BUT LOVE DOESN’T LOSE IT’S COOL…Love shows LOVE.  Love creates LOVE.  Love shows mercy and grace and brings on comfort and peace.
I want to LOVE like Jesus loves us.
LOVE!

It really is simple.

Committing to being Addicted

I have a bit of an addiction when it comes to a few things.  Fingernail polish, comfortable shoes, cute note cards, etc.

I wish the list started out more like vegetables, exercise, etc.  (I do enjoy some of those types of things.)

BUT it doesn’t.  That is another blog…

The word addicted sounds so negative.  We relate it to BAD things.

I want to be addicted to reading my Bible, loving others and being a better person, but even those, when used with addicted, sound a little bad.

So, I want to change that to COMMITTED…I want to be committed to reading THE BIBLE, committed to loving others and committed to being a better person.

I’m not saying fingernail polish, comfortable shoes or those cute cards are bad–in no way, but if they come before the three things I list as being committed to above…something is wrong.

I want to commit to being addicted to those three things—

WAAAAAAAAYYYY before the other things I find myself addicted to.

I’ve thought about all of the crazy things I love to do and want to do and have decided that committing to be addicted to those three things should help me enjoy all the other stuff–the way GOD intended.  He wants us to enjoy our lives, but by doing His work first.

A little peek at my card addiction:  (I think it helps with one of those commitments.)

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Good Company

I’ve been subject to some good company the last couple of days.

Being around great people whom you love AND YOU KNOW they love you–because they seriously show it…is,

I believe,

the closest thing

we can feel here on earth…

to Heaven.

God meant for us to feel like that.  He created us to LOVE.  He created us to LOVE and to be LOVED.

He created GOOD COMPANY.

Thank You Lord for all the good company I’ve experienced the last few days.  You are the creator and giver of blessings which come to us in so many ways

..and I thank you so much for allowing one of those ways to be…

GOOD COMPANY.

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