HEY Kids try not to point the finger
Hey Kids Big and Small ~ Try not to point the finger ~
We are His ~ we are His kids!
This world is mourning the loss of Eden. It is time people, time to stop the self-gratification, and work harder toward understanding and living, for the promises of God. The loss of Eden is the awareness of the action equaling consequence. It is the sadness as hopelessness in this world perpetuating negativity. We pound the negatives and skim over the positives. We all do it. It's not always an intentional act. We are conditioned to negate the fact that God is with us and in control. If everyone were to come into alignment on this fact, we could slowly win our way back to Eden through faith and service to the King of kings. Sadly things limit this and this is the reason the battle goes on. Our world is at war ~ Good vs. Evil. We must arm ourselves with the teachings of God and spend time with His word to win this war. We must stop pointing the finger at others and look inwardly at the work we have left to do. There is so much work to do!
We as a society wonder WHY? Why such violence, why the sadness, why the eagerness to grow up so fast, why the petty need for gossip, why the news expounds the horror stories and brainwashes those listening into a belief that there is no hope? Why do we spend beautiful time judging or being angry and not focusing on the good or the joy in the moments?
- There is a notable decline of beauty displayed as the true faith and trust in God is slowly being deleted from our society.
- It is such a minority to see one stand firm in their faith and their trust in God and His promises. When I say this, I do not refer to the many Christians who love and honor God in their hearts or homes or even their communities. I refer to the timid Christians, the one category, we can all slip into so easily, as it is an area of comfort. When we are faced with loud and boisterous denials of Christ and His teachings, it is not that one does not want to speak but rather that they feel stifled in an overwhelmed silence.
- We are a world living in the epidemic of brokenness, broken marriages, broken faith and broken people. We quickly cast others away as we put on the pious persuasion of feeding the lost, however, are we not all a little lost? Are we being honest with the fact that we too are attacked by satan's grasp, with our thoughts words and actions? Are we as reflective of the Christ we shine for when looking in our mirror? Are we as Christians speaking out of both sides of our mouths in different languages, one in love and the other in hate?
- For example, in schools, you're not to pray outwardly in or before class. We must not mix church and state. My favorite we must be politically correct at all times in reference to belief systems when in a public forum. The “I love God, but I am afraid to stand against a majority pressure kind of Christian.” The Christian that is quieted in fear of speaking up when not in the comfort of "other Christians." This is not the judging Christian this is merely the fear of not being safe or standing out in a group Christian. How about when we do this in our so-called church families becoming the judge and jury, versus the hands and feet of God's love and discipleship of His word in chaos?
- Should we not want to stand out a bit in a group? At least enough for others to feel comfortable in seeking us out as someone to go to, being that light that others seek or, at least, one who will set their direction toward the script with the answers, the Bible. Are we truly loving and without condition. The old standby, "Do Unto Others"
We do challenge some of these points. At times vehemently and yet not always correctly or in love. We must be respectful and loving of all people meeting them as Christ would. We must be accepting and patient with those struggling in their own walk with Christ or more importantly with those who do not know Him. We are not to judge others, or for a better visual, caster of stones at another. If we have the image in our heads of a stone, we can relate to the physical pain the landing of said stone would make. We can access the damage and immediately understand the need to heal said wound. We are less likely to understand the repercussions’ of our verbal assaults. Often these assaults are subtle and made quietly. Sadly, we are not even conscious of the attack at times it is merely a reaction left deep inside from a previous hurt that now comes out against an innocent. We are all guilty of these pains and judging. Many times when hit by such an attack, we do not respond, we simply ignore or walk away. We allow it to stew and fester and then sadly we pay it forward, usually in a way that we're not aware of and it can be somewhat of a purging of past pent up emotions. People do respond to these hurts, it is just that the timeliness is not always immediate. We see this so blatantly in the case of childhood bullying. We also continue these habits into our adulthood and yet we are more verbal and skilled in weaving our way through the chaos. We are not necessarily better than our childhood reactions, perhaps just a tad bit more rational or not.
To think that we make mistakes, but believe we are justified in our own judgments is wrong especially if used for self-preservation. If we are one of the quote “Christians” then you on the outside looking in at us may have notable questions, especially when our behaviors do not match our claims of salvation and a life with and for Christ. People are allowed to question us as a Christian. If you come across a proclaimed Christian and on this particular day they are short tempered, not interested, lacking grace, reacting to situations in a negative manner or just not getting involved. Then please call us on it. We need to be accountable for our actions as children of God. We are all human and so we will have those days when not emulating true, Christian behavior. We also want you to know we struggle with emotion and frustration and our own lack of luster that we display in our humanness.
I do admit there are times I feel limited in my abilities to do Gods works or there are times of serious discernment as to where God wants my attention to go first. If we could all recognize our limits as “Children.” Then wow, we would be so far ahead of the game.
We as adults understand the limits of a child learning. We become frustrated and yet love unconditionally as we try to re-direct the action or behavior. We are knowingly aware of how these actions feel to us the adult, as the parent to this child. We feel protective even embarrassed at times, as we are the one who “should have set a better foundation.”
- The truth is, we did set a foundation and in our case as adults we do the best we can.
- The second truth, we are human adult parents and living in the flesh. The thing we can relate to though is the love and the occasional frustration, one will feel when trying to teach or help a child. Then, if I could only help them see what I already know. No worries, God is in control of their destiny and life plan. So do your best and hang on for the ride.
If we stop and imagine God and His heart as He watches as we continually deny His guidance and buck at His desires for our lives. Well, I guess then we realize the pain we cause Him. We also know it is very possible to cause Him great joy when we get it right.
I hope as parents and teachers and leaders of this next group of up and coming adults that we can treat these children as God treats us. He is all loving and all forgiving. He gives us time to figure things out on our own and when He needs to He gives us a little nudge. God is repeatedly planting seeds and watering them and yet with these gifts comes great trust. He trusts that given life in Him, we will then want to share these gifts and as the plant grows, give clipping to all of those around us.
How many of you young or old on a daily basis find yourself saying, “Gee God, I am so sorry I just messed up again, please help me to be better each minute. Thank you, God, for just loving me anyway, while I figure things out. Thank you for letting me know I am loved no matter what!”
We must be tolerant of others and respectful. We are not anyone’s judge. We are merely children ourselves learning and trying to get things right. We can say we are strong in the word and yes, this can be true. We can be skilled and knowledgeable as to the teachings of the Bible. But we remain HIS children. So, just as in our homes and classrooms as well as our work places we have sets of rules and policies, routines and beliefs. We still make mistakes and do wrong. Some of our wrongs are small and can be readily healed like a small pebble hitting an arm. Some may be large and cause significant repercussions like a shooting or death. We must remember even a pebble if it lands in the wrong spot, like someone’s eye the damage can be more severe. Perhaps not intentional, but severe nonetheless, for the larger ones these are the attacks which take time and counsel to heal. The last is the ones we are not aware of because as of now they are still hidden or in the works. Little pains are slowly building up and smoldering. These are the most damaging and, therefore, will require patience while turning to prayer and God for His intervention.
We do not always understand His plan and yet we must comply with it so we can then be part of the beautiful outcome. Sometimes the trickiest to get over are the ones that build up and then slam. It is not that we do not know they are building up. It is just we are not sure how to deal with these or change our patterns. These are the problems we need to go to God with. We need to pray for His guidance and we need to surrender to His plan. Sometimes He purposely has us change course for short periods so He can work more directly on our individual walk as one of His students. I guess we could consider these a time in a desert, but what if we looked at them as Time Alone with God. We would love to play a game of tag with just our mom or dad, all alone just us. We crave that alone time with a parent. So, we can think of this time as a time special for us with GOD. It can be really amazing the things that happen to a person when given this special time with God.
I am a Christian and I will mess up, it is a given. I am also a Child of God and I am loved and SO ARE YOU. So let's do a little more of the GOD THING in our world. Let’s help each other to be built up in the confidence of God’s promises. Let us share our clippings with others and let us love, more like Christ, unconditionally. Let us forgive as our Father in Heaven forgives us. Let us get our gear on and never give up for we are on His team. Here’s hoping when pointing the finger we try to point to ourselves first, always a good place to start the work.
Peace in your STAGES
Leaving Eden ~ Brandon Heath
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