Our lives are full of words.
We speak all day long. We use words in every part of our lives. We read them in books. We write them in letters…well, the closest anyone comes to writing a letter these days is constructing an extra long Facebook status. Words, words, words. They are everywhere.
We can speak and write words until there’s nothing left, but yet, not actually say much of anything. Words are futile unless they are reinforced with our actions.
You can say what you think, but you will live what you believe.
That’s a profound statement, because it is so true. How do we live when no one is around? Do our actions in secret line up with the words we say in public? Since we answer to God, that’s very important.
As a Christian, I have decided to follow Jesus. If I write out these blog posts…
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“I’m not giving up on them, but I’m just saying, either convert them or kill them. One or the other.” – Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty.
Ouch. That’s pretty harsh coming from someone who professes to be a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ. I have to be honest. I never did get into the Duck Dynasty hype. I tried watching the show twice, and couldn’t make it through more than ten minutes. For me, it was the typical, silly, scripted, ridiculous reality TV mess that millions of people around the globe live for. I’m not saying it’s wrong to watch reality TV. That is just my own personal opinion on the genre.
From what I hear, at the end of every episode, the entire family sits around the dinner table, and they give thanks for the food. They pray. I have no idea if they talk about the Gospel…
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I’ve been watching the TV show, Cops, quite a bit lately. Spike TV has been running marathons on Fridays and Saturdays. I’ve watched the show in the past, but with a much different attitude than what I have now.
I used to take joy in watching people get thrown to the ground, shot with a Taser, and eventually handcuffed. I would shake my head in disbelief as people constructed lies to try and cover their criminal activity. I would call them stupid and deserving when they resisted arrest, and were forced to their knees by officers with guns drawn.
I watch the show now with a deep sadness in my heart. Policemen encounter people during their worst moments. Some in desperation. Some in the throes of addiction. Most all of them with little or no hope. I watched one the other night where a guy wouldn’t put his weapon down…
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Just wanted to give you (and me) some things to ponder this Christmas.
Be careful not to push so hard to “keep Christ in Christmas” that you end up judging and condemning those who don’t.
Remember the men and women who have been killed in the line of duty, whether it be in law enforcement or the military.
It’s not really a big deal if people say Happy Holidays over Merry Christmas.
Jesus is so amazingly more than just a Christmas story.
It’s not worth maxing out every credit card you have just to give your children an “awesome Christmas.”
Jesus is not just the “reason for the season.” He is the reason we have daily relationship with our Father.
There are so many people who can’t be with their families. Let’s not ever forget that.
Jesus paid much too high a price for us to only celebrate Him one…
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