A Christian’s death is like going to sleep…then waking up in your heavenly Father’s arms. There is no need to fear the earthly end…for it is the beginning of forever with God. For a Christian to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
When I hear the conversations about how rough this winter has been, I think, we’ve seen worse. Then, I have to pause and remember that so many of those in the conversations were not here for those winters I remember.
Each one experiences events and moments for themselves. The validation comes in the experience. That explains why an older generation can’t convey their thoughts to a younger generation if those thoughts involve experience.
No matter how much one hears about a depression or a world war, the impact doesn’t register without the experience. No matter how much one hears about suffering, hunger and death, the reality remains abstract unless you were there to experience it.
For each one of us, our realities can only be shared; not in the hope for understanding, but for appreciation. We all live in this life on the same planet, but in our experiences, we are unique, one from the other. The best we can do without walking in another’s shoes is to appreciate their experience.
When you get in your car, you expect it to start. When you flip a switch, you expect a response. When you drive to work, you expect it to be there. Expecting is knowing without seeing.
Faith is expecting without knowing. Faith is expecting beyond sight, reason and sometimes, hopes. Faith is expecting the mountain to move. Faith is knowing without seeing…the substance of things hoped for, the evidence not seen.
Ref: Hebrews 11th chapter
Watch your “likes”…your “views”…your “stats”? Fame is rare and attention is for the moment…today’s newspaper is tomorrow’s recycle. One person helped by one thing you say is worth the effort. You don’t have to be anybody to help somebody.
There are many “silent readers.” You never know they are there, reading every post you write. They leave no record of their visit, no footprints to be seen, yet they come, they read and they are the better for it. You don’t have to be anybody to help somebody.
Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10
Two are better than one…If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up.
Don’t tell someone they are wrong…they just get defensive and will not listen. Listen to what they have to say. They believe they are right as much as you believe you are right.
Share what you believe in a non-threatening way…at the right moment. Don’t try to convince…just share. By the way, sharing is not “preaching.”
Consider planting a garden. You place seed in the soil…you share. It takes time for seed to grow…sometimes, there is an abundant crop…sometimes, only some of the seed grows…sometimes, nothing!
It is the same with sharing. All you can do is plant the seed…and hope. The rest is beyond your pay grade. Plant from knowledge…share from the heart.