Imagine, if you will. Imagine that all education, as we know it today, vanished. Imagine that all books of knowledge, reference and learning were removed from existence, with no record of history before today. This means no libraries, no schools of any kinds, no periodicals, just nothing. Even our beloved Bible is extinct. A new mandate/ordinance comes down from on high. It says to parents, present and future, that the only education your children receive will be from your social media posts, from your births into the various forms to today. You can only teach from YOUR posts and no one else's. You and your children will only have access to YOUR posts and no one else's.
Be honest with yourselves, if at all possible, and answer me this question. Which will be YOUR children, blessed or screwed?
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
I snapped this picture this morning, and thought to myself, "As long as there is light." With the little bit of light, creeping from around this door, we are able to brush our teeth, shower, get dressed, and even iron our clothes in preparation for our work days. So, much can be accomplished with just a little light.
Coming into the season where I struggle the most to carry the heavy backpack, called depression, Light means more to me now than at any other time of year. A couple of days ago, as my spirits tried to dip, I thought about my wife's smile; what it was to me in 1995 and what it is to me now; absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Then, I smiled and made it home from work, feeling pretty good. My woman sees my struggle and helps me through, ever giving me smiles, chuckles, and laughs.
Yesterday, I sank a bit again. Then, I thought about my kids, their smiles, their laughter and silliness. These are the types of things I miss, while I'm at work and they are at school. My thoughts of them lifted me out of sinking sands. I even think about the silliness of my mother, way back in the day before I was old enough to go to school. She made up a song that she sang to me, titled, "You've got a pork and bean head." Yeah Ma, I remember, even if you don't.
There is another memory that comes to mind in this moment. Back when Crimesha and I were dating under the radar, we planned a meeting at Barnes & Nobles/Starbucks one day after work. Of course, I arrived early and browsed books of poetry. Minutes before the Love of My Life arrived, I was approached by a dude. He was hitting on me, under the guise of offering me free membership at his gym. In multiple ways I expressed my non-interest. Suddenly, I saw my Baby and felt relief, thinking she'd walk up and give me some sugar, ultimately ending the onslaught of "hollerinatyaness" from dude. But NOOOOOO, she decided to hang back for a while and see how I would handle the situation, finding it to be hilarious! I still love her though, with all that is me.
These are a few forms of light that pierce through the darkness of the season, reminding me of all the joys that exist in my life today, right now. All the lights of my life are God-given, so I aim to keep my eyes on the hills and in the skies. For God is ALWAYS there, reminding me of His presence in, and His power over, my life! So, as I exited my car this morning and walked into work, John Fogerty was in my ear, saying, "Long As I Can See the Light......." which is why I've shared the attached song, by Credence Clearwater Revival.
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
If you stand for Christ, then you stand for Love, Mercy, and Grace! If you stand for Christ, then you stand for Compassion, Forgiveness, and Justice! If you stand for Christ, then you stand for Fairness, Equality, and Understanding. If you stand for Christ, then you stand for Unity, Truth, and Salvation. If you stand for Christ, you stand for God, His Word, His Wisdom, and His Holy Spirit!
If you stand and stand for injustice, you stand against Christ; you stand against God!
If you stand and stand for oppression, you stand against Christ; you stand against God!
If you stand and stand for racism and those who so clearly promote it, you stand against Christ; you stand against God!
If you stand and stand for division, in forms of race, ethnicity, denomination, political party, religion, class, financial status, gender, looks, or any other form that eats away at our potential greatness like cancer, then you stand against Christ; you stand against God!
“One of them, an expert in the law, tested Him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments (Matthew 22:35-40).”
If you do not stand for and live this scripture, from the mouth of Christ, then you stand against Christ; you stand against God!
For those on the sidelines, standing for nothing, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth (Revelation 3:15-16).” Safety is not found on the sidelines. Safety is found in the Savior. Sidelines shelter complacency, compliance, acceptance, and apathy. If you are neither hot nor cold, what good are you to Christ? If you stand on the sidelines, then you stand against Christ; you stand against God!
It is foolish to claim you know Christ, stand for Christ, yet be racist, hateful, and supportive of evil in any form. If this is you, you need a millstone and deep lake. OR (as I reel myself back in), you can come to Christ, TRULY, and accept Him and abide in Him, WHOLLY! Though one of the toughest things is for a fool to look in the mirror and see “a fool”, I believe in the power of Christ!
Where do you stand?
Those who have ears, let them hear…….
P.S. Why call yourself "Christian" if you're not striving daily to be a reflection of Christ, or at least practicing what HE preached?
Bryan Hollomon Williams