For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
Our Creator has a purpose for us, and it's not for complete destruction with zero hope or joy. His purpose for us it to obtain salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. Salvation is not something we earn by doing good, it's a gift freely given to us no matter how bad off we seem, how much we have turned to our own selfish ways - it's just a matter of whether or not we want to accept this gift or continue to live a life apart from our loving Father in Heaven.
I know what it's like to live apart from Jesus, and it's draining. Constantly trying to fill that need in my soul for a Savior with worldly hopes and dreams. Friendships, acceptance, physical beauty, happiness, a spouse. You can have all of those things, and the world will tell you that you'll find happiness but you will soon find that there is still something missing. That's a need only your Maker can fill! A guest speaker was at our church not too long ago and I like how he put it: you can have all the happiness you want, but in order to experience true inner-peace you need Jesus. It's so true! We seem to be numb to this truth, and many people find themselves "happy" without Christ, but the day will come when their hearts ache for something more. A "more" that is only found in the amazing grace, forgiveness and redemption of the God who created them.
"Encourage one another and build one another up..." This is where I think we are given a task, to once again be a light in the world. Not to fall into the traps that so easily entangle us: gossip, belittling others, complaining about everything and everyone, wanting what we do not have. We are more than that, bigger than that when we have Jesus in our hearts and His Holy Spirit transforming us daily. We can have and share hope when the people around us feel hopeless and lost. We can express joy and peace when our neighbors are blue. We can comfort, by the goodness of God, when we see someone needs comforting.
This doesn't make us emotionless, happy-go-lucky, overly-optimistic, ignorant-to-reality robots that are numb to pain and suffering, it makes us dependent on the Spirit of Jesus living inside of us to pour out encouragement when we don't have the strength to do so ourselves. So let's ask Him to love those that need it, to lift up those that are down, to guide those that are lost, and to do this through us, so that we might be tools used to fill His kingdom in Heaven!
We are loving this good ol' sunshine! Well, the sunshine that had been visiting us about a week or so ago. This week we have been waking up to clouds and some rain, but the afternoons tend to break out into a Summer frenzy and heat waves melt everything. Exaggeration? Maybe just a slight. Even so, the 3 minute sun breaks make everyone warm and fuzzy inside.
Santi thinks that this part of the blanket it far superior over all his toys (and his family) when it comes to entertainment. I encourage this belief, and let him play for extended periods of time with that-soft-pullable-thing attached to his blankey.
Dinner lately has looked a lot like this fella. I'm keepin' food simple, to keep my brain on chillaxin' mode, and because half the time I share my meal with Santiago. On the menu for this particular day was half a head of romaine with lime juice and avocado, some kale salad, lots of steamed carrots with broccoli, and a mug of pinto beans. Superb!