Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I am reminded...

Matthew 24:45-51

"Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time?

Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.

But if that evil slave says in his heart, 'My master is not coming for a long time,' and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

I try to keep this scripture in mind as a mother - my primary role of authority. It's important that I remember my place and the responsibility it entails - as well as the consequences for myself and my charges. This scripture also makes me wonder if there is such a thing as an, "evil believer." Notice that the reason the SLAVE to the master would act in this way is because he is an EVIL SLAVE. In context, I am aware that this was in reference to the Pharisees - but in applying the lesson to the religious of today...??

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Just Another New Year

Sorry, I am not quite that cynical yet. In New England, I now have markers with the extreme seasonal changes that truly seem to speed time. I can't believe I am at a new year once again!

I have avoided the tradition of making any resolutions in the past. In making some personal revelations this past year, I've discovered that in not establishing goals, I've avoided failure at the expense of personal growth. So, in establishing this tradition in my own life, it should be encouraging to set some goals that will be easy to accomplish that also provide an real impact in my life.

I'm still working it out, but one idea has come to mind. It's not unique. I would like to read the Bible this year. I haven't done it in a very long time - and not at all since I've been a Christian. I've chosen to read it in chronological order. So far, I am at Genesis 11. I'm trying to have an open mind, but curious to see how some of my newly formed christocentric ideas will pan out.

I've lacked focus on this for a time, but that's okay. I've learned much by looking at the focus of others and see that as no accident. God bless you all for your contributions in strengthening the faith of many, the least of which is me.

This is not just another new year - it's the present, the moment, the time God has given us. Rejoice!