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Living

Philippians 1 21For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

I love how Paul puts things in perspective.  A summary of his life is useful to understand the uniqueness of his stories.

Paul was a Pharisee, which was a Jewish lawmaker, known for their zeal for the Law.  They were really good people in a lot of ways, but they had little tolerance for other’s faults, and did not see their own faults, which as with all people were plenty.  Paul was an extraordinarily zealous Pharisee whom was actually a leader of persecutions to extinguish the gospel message that stemmed from Jesus saving work on the cross.  While leading one of these movements, Paul had a miraculous experience.  He lost his sight and Jesus, through a vision, dream, or the Spirit, spoke to him.  This event led to Paul’s 180 degree conversion.  After this conversion, Paul had just as much zeal for spreading the gospel as he had had for extinguishing it.

In all  of the zeal for Christ and His church, Paul endured much of that same persecution he had previously dished out.  He was beaten and imprisoned.  He understood what it was like to be a in a bad way, yet he never lost site of the work God had for him.

Lord, help us to follow after you, accomplishing the goal you have for us.

Happiness is

Reading a bit from Mr. Solomon’s book of Ecclesiastes, I found a bit of wisdom, so in my words here is a small piece of it.

Not all that makes you happy will end up making you joyful. Not all that is unpleasant will end in making you sad.

Just like taking nasty tasting medicine, we sometimes need to endure a little trial in order to obtain the greater good.

So often, those things that make us happy, or satisfy, like eating a candy bar, only satisfy for a little while and then, in the end, leave a reminder that is difficult to shed.

Who is more important?

I read from Corinthians about how the different members of the church body all make up the body, and that some are less ‘presentable’, all are important and necessary.  I find it amusing to think of a particular Spiritual gift as being one that you have to put your shirt or pants over, versus the eyes which are necessarily not covered.  Think about that. :)

I love the word of God; it is more than a history book and more than stories, but it is that too.