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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Passport Glitch and the Recycle Bin

So today I decided to scrub up my computer: transfer the old pics and files to a "passport" device and erase the old material from my drives.  Things were running smoothly at first, though much to my dismay I had over 13,000 pics to transfer - and that was just the start of it.

As the pictures, videos and what-nots began transferring, I was amazed by what was flashing before my eyes:  Years of memories began flickering in the tiny "import" screen.  Most were pictures of my children from years past; they were growing up right before my eyes on the screen.  Vacations came and went; old boyfriends of my eldest daughter came and went (much to my delight); holidays, functions and festivities came and went...  Some people and events remembered and some forgotten until now.

Years worth of living were shooting by quickly, all in that tiny "import" screen.  And then my mind started wandering:  Isn't this a lot like life, I thought.   In retrospect it all flashes by so fast, and our worldview is as miniscule as that tiny "import" screen; it's all we know in our respective lives.

I clicked "erase" as the uploads were winding down into the "passport" device.  All of the old memories were wiped off of my computer.  This, too, reminded me of life itself:  When all the living is done - when our time is up - that's it here on earth; we are "erased" so to speak.  There are no more memories to be shared via our being.

I checked my "passport" device and all was in order; everything was there.  I then began to download a second series of folders to the device.  When that process ended, I checked into the "passport" to ensure all the photos and videos - all the memories - were in their proper place.  Much to my astonishment, there was a glitch:  The first batch of pics were no longer there: irretrievable.

"Oh no!" I exclaimed, with a sinking feeling in my stomach.  I tried several times to locate the first batch of files but they were simply not there.  Panic began to set in:  Mostly fear out of what to say to my wife in knowing I had just erased years of our family photos.

Thankfully, my salvation came from our computer's "recycle bin":  After some searching, I found the old photos had been kicked over there after the glitch with my "passport."  I hit the restore button and was relieved to find the old memories back on my computer.  

All of these occurrences reminded me of life:  Life is fleeting; our worldview or perspective of life is small; and there are glitches through it all.

Life is fleeting:  Hebrews 9:27 states that people are destined to die once and then will face judgment, whether reward or punishment, from our Maker.

Our perspective of life is obscured:  "For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." 
- 1 Corinthians 13:12

Romans 3:23 makes our glitches in life clear that we've all sinned and fall short of God's glory.

The good news is that we can be restored to God; Jesus "recycles," meaning He gives us everlasting life, and He will deliver us into His everlasting kingdom when the Father calls His children home.

Romans 10: 9 & 10:  "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be savedFor it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved."   

John 14:2  "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you."  - Jesus


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

There Was a Time...

There was a time when there were no religions:  Only God walking with mankind and mankind with God in Spirit and in Truth.  God made man in His image, which included man receiving freewill.  There was a time when there was no war or murder, no rape, no malice.  There was a time when love ruled as the golden rule.  And there was a time when mankind, in our freewill, decided to give God the middle finger and do things our way.  The world has been mucked up ever since. 

And so we choose to place the blame on God for the conditions we're all in - if we even believe He's there anymore - and in our freewill, our rebellion, we continue down the same dead end road of "do whatever you wish." 

There are two fathers:  1) The Heavenly Father - the Father of Lights (James 1:17) and 2) the father of lies (John 8:44).

Heaven is the residence of the Father of Lights; His children long to be with Him and He welcomes them in with opened arms in the form of a cross.

Hell was made for Satan: the adversary and enemy of God.  And by choice, the children of the father of lies - those who love not their true Father - are dying to reside there too.

Perhaps, instead of placing the blame on God and being mad at Him, we should be mad at mankind: Ourselves.  We've been reaping the hardships of our rebellion since mankind first turned away from the Truth.  Perhaps it's time for the prodigals to come home.  The Door to heaven is always opened for anyone who would knock.  Matthew 7:7 & 8, John 14:6


Friday, June 14, 2013

Who Am I?

I suppose I'm a bit like this guy named Paul, who once wrote: "The things I want to do - I don't do, and the things I don't want to do - I do." This guy, Paul, really struggled in life - He even said he was the "chief of sinners". He was also a follower of Christ. 

So, I guess I'm a bit like him: A "bad Christian" as opposed to a "good Christian," because we both struggle in life and are totally dependent upon a Savior. Try as hard as I might to be perfect, I'll never make the cut of the "elite" who have it all down pat. Some call me "hypocrite," some call me "sinner," some call me "guilty," but God calls me "son." And thank God: He is the only judge.