Tuesday, April 29, 2008

On My Mind

 
So, this evening I have a few things on my mind. First off, the other day Bug picked some blackberries and dew berries so that I could make some dumplings for her daddy to eat with ice cream.  That brought up a memory of me picking berries and how God used it as a lesson in my life.  I wrote an entry about it in my journal back in '05.  I feel it was one of my best.  So if you are new around Caneyhead, you might enjoy reading it. 
 
 
 
Then I got online and was reading my email when I saw one from my friend, Rachel that was one of those jokes that is meant to make you think.  Here it is:
 

One day, God was looking down at earth and saw all of the bad behavior that was going on.  So he called one of his angels and sent the angel to earth for a time.

When the angel returned, he told God, 'Yes, it is bad on Earth.  95% are misbehaving and only 5% are not'.  God thought for a moment and said 'Maybe I had better send down a second angel to get another opinion'.

So, God called another angel and sent her down to earth for a time, too.  When the angel returned, she went to God and said, 'Yes, it's true.  The earth is in decline; 95% are misbehaving, but 5% are being good'.

God was not pleased, so he decided to e-mail the 5% who were good because he wanted to encourage them and give them a little something to help keep them going.

You know what the e-mail said?

 


No?

 


Okay, just wondering.  I didn't get one either.

 

My first thought was "funny".  My second thought was "ouch".  Ouch because I wondered if God was really to do this, would I get an email?  After all, the joke doesn't say if you have accepted Christ as your savior.  Nor does it say if you call yourself a Christian.  It was if you are "being good". 

None, no not one is TRULY good accept for Christ.  But we who claim Him should be trying daily to be as good as we can.  We should be trying to follow the laws and commandments of the Bible.  Jesus said that "if you love me you will obey me".  That's pretty straight forward.  We should be being the "best we can be", as the old army commercial theme song used to say.  After all, we are in the Lord's army!  And Jesus is our General.  Are we following His "marching orders" or have we gone "AWOL"?

Or have the trials and trouble of this world left you feeling "shell shocked" and unable to proceed?  Are you lying in the "infirmary" of confusion and self doubt?  Have the enemy of worldly things taken your heart or mind "captive"?  "Missing in action" because you are afraid you won't measure up, don't trust your training.  Did you indeed become AWOL?  Are you "dodging" your calling and your "duty"?  Step up and get your "field orders" from the Holy Spirit!  "March" in time to His will!  "Enlist" in some soul searching and confession.  Get in "basic training" through the word and the church.

Present yourself "ready for action", one of the "few, the proud, the called"!

 

                   

National prayer day would be a good place to start.  Prayer for our misguided nation.  For our leaders.  For the world.  And most importantly, for yourself and His leadership, scrutiny, forgiveness and blessing.  For the only way to truly change anything is to change yourself.  

- Barbara 

 

 

12 comments:

  1. I pray that I would get that email, I should and need to do more. I pray that His mercy and only His would forgive me for things I do wrong & that He would correct me for those misgivings.

    thank you for the thought Barbara.

    Michele

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  2. This is such a thoughtful entry. Thank you Barbara. Paula

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  3. Very good entry Barbara. Blackberries already? I haven't seen any blooms here yet but I haven't been out all that much. Since we are having a cool spell maybe this is the blackberry winter as my mother and grandmother used to say. Have a good night. Hugs, Helen

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  4. Oh I love blackberries!!  Wish we had some around here somewhere that I knew of.  Sounds wonderful with ice cream.  This is such a great challenge for us!!  Hugs,
    Lisa

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  5. wonderful entry, Barbara; I would like to think I would have gotten an email, but I'm not so sure; definitely a work in progress, always trying, sometimes doing good, most of the time failing

    lots of things to think about

    totally agree we need to be praying for our country

    betty

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  6. Well I really enjoyed the joke, and will pass it on.  And I also enjoyed your entry on our trials and tribulations.  Very thought-provoking.  You are so right -- who of us is truly good?  Luke 18:19 -- "Jesus said to him: 'Why do you call me good?  Nobody is good, except one, God.' "  He answered this to a young rich man who wanted to know what he could do to inherit everlasting life?  He was obeying the commandments and had from his "youth on."  But apparently there was something lacking in him because Jesus told him to sell all the things he had and distribute to poor people, and the young man went off "deeply grieved" for he was "very rich."  Only we, ourselves, know whether we are really being "good".  And thought-provoking entries like this one help us to look inside of ourselves to see.
    Lori

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  7. I wouldn't get an email....straight away! lol. I loved the joke. Made me think. I have actually altered my ways through being In J-Land, so that speaks volumes for all you lovely people who have been speaking about God. Love Pam xx

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  8. Thank goodness for grace!!!!!
    Traci

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  9. Barb~The military anology works really well; I like it a lot. There was discussion last night among a group of Christians about those who called themselves Christian, but yet had no conviction, no daily striving to be good or better. Someone was saying about how people "got Saved" and then dropped out. Well what about "judge not lest ye be judged"? The group was taking so long to get around to the Bible study on Romans; I doubt it was a coincidence that the part not gotten to was going to be about not judging, oneness, unity...What about God going to get the one sheep that went astray while leaving temporarily the flock of 99? I dunno...So much to think about, but I trust Him to guide my thoughts and actions 100%...I'm going to check out the older entry.
    Blessings to you & yours, Deborah ;-)

    http://journals.aol.com/sassydee50/SassysPrivateWords

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  10. Oh Barbara- this is good.  I don't know if I'd get an  e mail either, but I hope I would! I'm not AWOL, but sometimes I think I'm hiding in the fox hole with my hands over my ears!  It's a tough job, but I'm going to hang in there for the whole fight~ maybe more bloody than He planned for me to be, but hopefully able to stand before Him and hearing "Well done good and faitful servant".  I'll be joining you in the day of prayer tomorrow Barbara- God Bless, and I hope all is  well with you and Pete~  love Carolyn

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  11. Hi Barb,
    Thank you for the warm comment on my last blog post.  the joke you posted was very good-- but most people miss the point that somehow they can merit everlasting life in heaven with Christ by BEING "GOOD."
    There is NOTHING that we can do personally to merit life in heaven!  Only thru the blood of Jesus and our absolute faith and TRUST in Him does the Father admit us into the Kingdom of Heaven.   The book of Romans bares this all out.  
       I am very excited about the new book I am almost done reading,  FREEDOM FROM ADDICTIONS, by Neil T. Anderson, which fully explains about finding freedom in Christ.   I learned tons of great things that helped me.

    Cordially,
    Tom Schuckman
    tschuckman@aol.com

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  12.   BARBARA,  ONE OF MY PRAYERS IS, ' GOD PLEASE CORRECT THIS EVIL WORLD'. THAT CERTAINLY IS WITHIN HIS POWER HE IS PATIENT AND HOW MUCH LONGER BEFORE THE CORRECTING BEGINS ?
        A SCRIPTURE TO THINK ABOUT, 'NARROW IS THE WAY AND FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT'.
      I PRAY FOR WISDOM AND GUIDANCE TO FIND THAT NARROW WAY AND HELP OTHERS TO KNOW JESUS. HE KNOWS HIS SHEEP AND WE KNOW HIM.
          NOW ABOUT BLACKBERRIES- - - WHAT A WONDERFUL FRUIT TO HELP GET THROUGH THE GREAT DEPRESSION OF THE 1930s.
        SUGAR WAS 5 CENTS A POUND AND WILD BLACKBERRIES PLENTIFUL. STARTING EARLY MORNING OUR FAMILY COULD BY ABOUT 10:AM HAVE SEVERAL GALLON OF BERRIES PICKED. TEMPERATURE GETTING UP NEAR 100 DEGREES.
       I CAN STILL REMEMBER THE SOUND OF THE FIRST HANDFUL OF BERRIES HITTING THE BOTTOM OF THE BUCKETS AS WE BEGAN PICKING. CHIGGERS WERE PLENTIFUL TOO. WE TRIED TO DISCOURAGE THE CHIGGERS BY RUBBING A LITTLE BIT OF KEROSENE ON OUR WRISTS AND ANKLES. TICKS TOO WERE THERE. THIS WAS IN EASTERN OKLAHOMA, CHOUTEAU AND LOCUST GROVE WERE THE NEARBY SMALL TOWNS, NEAR THE NEOSHO RIVER.
          'OH' THAT BLACKBERRY JELLY AND JAM THAT DEAR OLD MOTHER MADE, OF COURSE WITH HELP OF THE OLDER GIRLS AND GRANDMOTHER NANCY GAGE, ENOUGH OF TO LAST ALL WINTER. MIGHTY FINE EATING ON HOT BISCUITS WITH
    REAL BUTTER. ANOTHER DELICACY WAS 'SAND PLUM JAM'.      sam

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