Monthly Archives: February 2014

“If you’re okay, then I’m okay”

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In my Young Adult small group we are going through the Francis Chan series called BASIC. Last night we were on the topic of Following Jesus. (Great series by the way) At the end of class we watched a quick clip from The Skit Guys that was really good. The concept of the script they were acting out was set between an Atheist and a “Follower” of Christ. During the skit the Atheist asked the Christian what he did that weekend and the Christian said he went to church and God showed up. The Atheist then asked what it meant that God showed up. The Christian could not give an answer and then the atheist went on to point out that there was no difference between that Christian and himself. He said that if you asked anyone who was friends with them both if they were any different that the answer would be no. The only difference between them was that the Atheist got to sleep in on Sundays and the Christian didn’t.

But then the Atheist went on to say something very powerful, he said that if the Christian was okay then so was he. Meaning that if the Christian can live like he is living and believes that when he dies he will go to heaven, then the Atheist has nothing to worry about because they are practically the same person.

You can view this skit by clicking on the following link. The portion I’m referring to starts at 8:20 of the eleven minutes, but the whole skit is great and really funny so give it a watch. http://skitguys.com/videos/item/what-keeps-you-from-following-god

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We talked about this idea before when I did a review of the book Christian Atheist, and yet I cannot help but returning to it. If people who don’t believe in God don’t see a recognizable difference in those who do believe, then what reason would they ever have to change their views and give their life over to God? Think of someone you know who doesn’t believe in God and ask yourself if you were compared to them, in the things you do, what you say, what you think and how you act, would you stand out as different or would you be seen as the same?

Following Christ is deciding to take the narrow path. It isn’t easy to be a Christian, but it’s totally worth it. God sees past the facade that we put up for others. He is not stupid nor ignorant. And yes there is a difference in wanting to follow God and actually following God. 

Don’t let your actions deny the faith you claim to have. (Titus 1:16)

Let’s look deep today at ourselves and ask God to reveal to us anything that’s there which might be keeping us from fully following Him. I don’t ever want someone who claims to be an Atheist to say that there is no difference between the two of us except the fact that I wake up early on Sundays.

  

My Love is Not Enough

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As a mom I want to be able to fix everything for my girls. If they can’t do something on the first try I jump in to the rescue and use my supermom skills to help them out. Any amount of shed tears, either from being hurt, sad and scared or from being in trouble, I want to wipe away, to kiss away and to love away. But my love is not enough.

The other week my youngest, Elizabeth, was miserable from RSV (a bad respiratory infection). For several nights in a row I sat up holding her so she could breath a little better and sleep a little more. As I was holding her, every ounce of my being wanted to take away her sickness. I thought maybe if I could just hold her more, make her giggle, play peek-a-boo for the 1,000th time, if I could just love on her more then maybe she would feel better. But my love is not enough.

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There are times I lie awake at night with a fear that something might happen to my two precious girls. What if they were in an accident? What if someone took them? What if someone hurt them? I would lie there with such a deep love in my heart for them. A love so deep that I would do anything to make sure my girls are safe. But my love is not enough.

There will be a day in the future where my girls will become teenagers and they will be faced with all kinds of temptations and decisions to make for themselves. I would like to think that the amount of love I have for them will keep them from going down a bad path or will allow them to make all of the right choices. But my love is not enough.

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And then there will be that day when they are gone. They are no longer living under my roof, under my protection, under my guidance. From a distance I will wonder, from a distance I will care, from a distance I will be there and from a distance I will love. But my love is not enough.

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Yes, the love I have for my girls is so important. It is necessary, it’s needed and it does fix, help and heal some things. But my love is not enough.

The love our children need, the love that can protect them, that can heal all their diseases, the love that can mend a broken heart, the love that can guide them in the right direction, the love that can pour grace and mercy upon them, the love that knows them from the beginning to the end, the love that knit them together and knows the number of hairs on their head, the love that has a plan for them that is good, the love that willingly died so that my girls and all of us could live, the love that forgives….That Love Is Enough

Our babies need to know the love of Christ. It is His love that is enough. It will sustain them, it will fill them, it will bring them joy, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, goodness and self-control. His love will forgive them and see them through. Moms out there recognize today that yes your love is so very important, but your love is not enough. Teach your children about the love of Christ, and in doing that you will be loving your kids in the best way possible.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)