Approval

We can secure other people’s approval, if we do right and try hard; but our own is worth a hundred of it, and no way has been found out of securing that”

~ Mark Twain

But what Mark did not say is that the best and highest approval comes from God and with the confidence in, that everything else pales in insignificance.

Pondering Psalms 37:23 — 24

“The steps of a man are established by the LORD,

when he delights in his way;

though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,

for the LORD upholds his hand.”

Psalms 37:23 — 24

My take: This passage is so intriguing. When, and if, we delight in God’s mysterious way; when we walk by faith and not by sight alone; when we use the Word as our flashlight in the dark world – then David assures us that God helps us. He sets us up for success His way. Yes, even then, we may stumble and fall, but like a parent guiding a child learning to walk the LORD Himself will care and help.

My prayer: God, it sure is a blessing to know You have my back. Help me maintain a good standing with Thee.

Audrey’s Eagle Award

I am so proud of my daughter who is Jr in high school @ Heritage Christian School

She was voted by her teamates as the Eagle Award recipient.

“This person emodies our program by:

GLORIFYING GOD.
PLAYING HARD.
HAVING FUN.

They bring 100% effort and a positive attitude to every practice. They always hustle, dive on the floor and do little things to help our team win.

They have a never give up attitude and never stop playing hard”

You know, the skills honed by playing sports and being a good teamate carry into a lifetime long after the game buzzer sounds.

Thanks to ALL the caring coaches out there!

Her coach took the time to give her a detailed evaluation. Her skills weren’t all 5 out 5’s but her Discipline, Coach-ability, Teamwork were ALL 5’s.

Kudos to my wife!

Congratulations Audrey (proud Papa moment)

Has and keeps

“Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me.

And he who loves Me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

Jesus in John 14:21

My ponderings: We see here that we must first have revelation of Jesus’s commandments (in next passage also called His word). We dont come up with that on our own. Impossible. Its like milk to a baby or meat for a hungry man. The word or commandments are the thoughts of God inspired unto men, written in the Holy Bible. Just being born and the existence of the word isnt enough to restore our broken relationship with our Maker. Its takes faith to accept His gracious gift of salvation; saving faith. It is an amazing mysteryon one hand and wonderfully simple on the other. Thankfully, Jesus shares a sure secret here: We prove our love by keeping His commands. He loves us first. When we respond and return His love, our Father in turn love us. Its a beautiful, perpetual circle of love all made possible by Christ.

It is crucial. Won’t you read and ponder the passage again?

And Judas (not the devil’s inside spy but another disciple) asks Jesus for clarification and He expounds by saying in John 14:23-27 “If anyone loves Me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love Me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.”

Man, let those words sink in.

Christ’s lived a life of perfection and we are imperfect souls yet by the help of the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, we Christians have a path to walk. A hightway to Heaven to survive and thrive. So what are Christ’s commandments? (Its important! Dont you think this should be a chief aim of any person based on these Scripture passages?)

I don’t have a tatoo but if so they would the two commandements Jesus shared in Mathew 22:37

My prayer: LORD of life, thank YOU for you ever green and sweet revelation. Thank you for tapping me on my heart and giving me the power to respond and an ear to hear.