Why is it that those that know the most and have the most are the most gloomy? The irony is that God does not say that we should avoid knowledge and wealth. He does say that we should worship God alone and not worship false gods like intellect and wealth.
Abe’s story is the story of God and his ownership of us. He created us and has bought us back at a heavy cost…the death of his son. This is the message of the Bible, but I want to share another message that might resonate more with our children, who in so many cases have rejected the first message.
What does it take to leave a Legacy to our children that is profoundly impactful to them, the grand kids and possibly even generations to come? Is it possible to do so even if your children are currently lost? Can your past mistakes be overcome? Would if you have been divorced once or twice? Is there a time when your efforts to move a God centered Legacy forward should be abandoned?
How would you answer these: The one who became poor so that… The pathway to lasting honor is… At the end of the day… The answers will help you create a legacy that matters. Mark 13 is framed by the introduction of two women. At the end of chapter 12 there is a widow’s offering to which Jesus draws His disciple’s attention. Jesus is demonstrating here the way to measure a gift. It's by sacrifice, not amount. Jesus is trying to pound into the mind of His disciples what it means to be committed to the Kingdom.
I write this blog on Valentine ’s Day. I am a hopeless romantic and I overwhelm my wife with cards, candy, notes, flowers and dinner, but I can’t help but wonder if what I do is just a moment in time and does not reflect what I feel and believe. I wonder if what God calls us to is not much more.
One of the most challenging legacies to communicate to our children is how to model and share how God brings troubles in our lives to test our faith and build endurance and more joy. What an irony that is for someone who does not believe. Joy from trouble? Joy from pain? Children are prone to push back on that type of lesson unless they understand what Jesus is trying to teach us.
As I begin the new year, I set a number of goals for the year for my business and family life. One of the goals is to to share good things with my grown adult kids. They are millenials and that creates a particularly difficult challenge. They don’t accept all that I say about my faith nor do they see the Bible as fact. I am sure this challenge is not just mine. Do any of you have the same challenges?
With Christmas clearly in the rear-view mirror, do you ever wonder whether you could take the joy of Christmas through January? Christmas and the preparation for Christmas, in so many ways, is like a departure from reality. When reality hits in January there is bound to be a let-down.
As I start a new year, I long for simplicity. The past two years have been very complicated and stressful and in so many ways empty. It is said that evil and lies are complex and goodness simplicity. I want to live the good life of simplicity and love. Jesus taught us simplicity. The Pharisees lived by innumerable taboos, regulations, and laws…hundreds of laws. Jesus reduced the hundreds of laws to two: love God and love all mankind. Wow! How simple!
I had one of the best Christmases that I can remember, and it wasn’t perfect. Yet it was joyful and complete and fulfilling. I can remember so many years when Christmas was a nightmare and drudgery and at times so very sad. I can remember in the past 9 years how little I looked forward to Christmas and how I feared what would happen. So, what was different about this Christmas and why could I not see the joy in Christmas as a Christian for so many years?