“If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink:
For you shall heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward you.”
Who among you knows what this means? Upon reflection and study, it becomes clear. Many people, I think, get the wrong message here. “Heaping coals upon the head of your enemy”, sounds really bad, doesn’t it? At first glance, it might seem like you’re being told to feed your enemy and then do harm to them.
Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. History shows that in this time period, people used coals lit in a metal bowl, called a brazier. It provided heat and light as well as a means to heat or cook food. Without the coals, people starved and even died. Especially in winter.
What this means then, is to share even your coals with your enemies. By doing so, you’re providing them with the most basic of needs and a means to live.
Keep in mind that this is not something that was lightly done in those days. By giving your coals to your neighbor, you could be putting you and your families lives at risk.
The Lord isn’t saying to give to just anyone here either… he says to give to your enemy: the person (or people) you like least or even hate.
To sum this up then: give to your neighbor, even your enemy, and even if it hurts. Wow! This isn’t your next door neighbor or some homeless person you see on the street, this is your enemy! He doesn’t ask you to do this either. It’s a command. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John also have similar verses on this matter as well. “Love your enemies, do good to those that hate you, bless those that curse you, pray for those that despitefully use you.” “Give unto any that ask of you, and any that you give to, do not expect it back or in return.”
Depending on translation, other parts of this read a little different, but in essence say: “Do not even the sinners give to others knowing they will receive it back?”, “Are not even sinners kind to those that are kind to them?”
We are told to lend without the expectation of getting anything back in return, to love others as we do ourselves, and to feed and clothe others; even our enemies. By doing this we will be “Children of the Most High”, and will be rewarded in Heaven.
Do you have what it takes to follow the Lord’s command?
Grant us the strength and humility to be kind to others, to give without expecting anything back, and to follow your commandments. We ask that you give us an opportunity to do something good for our enemies, and opportunities to do things out of character. Our character is not always naturally giving and loving Father, and we ask that you show us how to be better children in your name. We ask this in Your name. Amen.
Okay, so I know there is a lot of talk about him already. He’s been in office less than a week, and people are protesting and rioting already. He hasn’t even had time to make any real mistakes, and he’s being judged for what might happen.
I understand that many people think he’s a jackass, a womanizer, and many more things. He might be those things, not many of us know for sure what he’s done; let alone what he’s gonna do.
Yet everyone seems to have an opinion about him one way or the other already. Look… he hasn’t really done anything worth judging yet. At least give the guy a chance to screw up before you hang him out to dry. He’ll probably be the most scrutinized President ever to hold the office.
People are making plans to leave the country over this. If you’re willing to give up that easy, then your heart wasn’t really in it to begin with. Stay and fight! Stand up for what you believe. You never know, he might turn out to be a great President. (If you decided to give him the same chance that all other Presidents have had.)
I’m not saying agree with everything he says or does. I’m not saying we shouldn’t watch him. I’m just saying maybe we should wait until he’s actually done something wrong before we lynch mob him. You know? How would you feel if people who don’t even know you did that to you?
Just a thought…
Have you ever heard people at work say something like, “I don’t care, it’s not like I pay for it…”? I’m sure most of us have. Here’s the thing, if you work at a large company with maybe a hundred or more people in it, and they all have that same attitude…
You are looking at a lot of people wasting things just because they don’t pay for it. A few dollars a day times several hundred employees equals a lot of lost money. That’s a few hundred a day. That’s just about the salary of someone working there for a year.
I bet most of the people who feel this way also are the first to complain when they don’t get a raise or get a small one. So, maybe they are paying for it, even if they don’t recognize it. I try to look at it like saving the company money gives them more money they can spend on raises. Whether they do or not is another matter. At least I know I did my part.
“Tis the Season” as they say… and how many people these days really remember what this season is about besides presents and going into more debt? This is a time to reflect on the greatest gift the world and everyone in it has ever gotten. It is time to reflect on the birth of the man we know as Jesus. Names back then meant much more than most do today. They reflect the character of the person or family they belong to.
Just remember that Jesus was born with the purpose of giving His life for our sins so that there would be no more sacrifices. We are washed clean from the blood that was spilled in all our names. Thank God for that!!
I pray you all have a very Merry Christmas!!
The Other Half of Me
When I was young and thought of life
And all that it could be
I knew I had to find
The other half of me.
Everywhere I searched
And all the places I did see
And still I could not find
The other half of me.
I searched high and low
Above and beyond
I found many hearts
Of which I was fond.
But they could not compare
To the one I had not seen
For still I had not found the other half of me.
Then you came along one day
And stole away my heart
Resistance was futile
Even from the start.
So now I’m at this place in time
And the answer came to me
That I need not seek again
For the other half of me.
One day I was on the internet and saw a website where I could enter a poetry contest. I figured what the heck, why not? On the spot, I created this poem. I got stuff in the mail saying I was nominated for the 2005 Poet of the Year Award. I didn’t win, But I thought this would be a great poem for my future wife. Once I finally found her, I dedicated this poem to her. I love you Jen!!
Abortion is one of the most fought over topics these days. Some people are pro-choice, while others are pro-life. Either way you stack it, it’s a hot topic.
In my mind, there is only one reason why a child should ever be aborted… if having the child endangers the life of the mother.
I’m a guy, so I cannot pretend to understand the complexities of carrying another human being inside my body. I can’t begin to fathom the type of bond this creates between a mother and child.
I do, however, know that it is wrong to take a life without just cause. It’s my opinion that once a child is conceived, it is a human being in the making. To stop that process prematurely is tantamount to murder. You’re taking a life or, at the very least, taking away the possibility of life.
Some believe that if a woman is raped, the baby was forced on them and therefore has no rights. The part about the baby being forced upon them is true enough. As for the rest, however, I must disagree. We can debate when a child is considered a child all day long. I must ask, however, what fault the child has in any part of this? The child did not ask to be born, and should not have to pay the ultimate price for what someone else gets to decide.
Adoption seems a much better choice to me. I get it. Not everyone is cut out to be a parent. Why must the child pay for this fact though? There are so many people out there who cannot have children. Why not alleviate your problem while also helping someone else get through theirs? It just seems like the logical choice to me.
Feel free to agree or disagree. This is how I feel. If you can give me a good enough reason for why an unborn child should not get the same chance at life as any other… then maybe I’ll change my stance. I doubt anyone can get me to see the other side of this one, but you never know.
I know I told some of you that my next post would be about gun control, (it’s almost ready) but I feel this topic is more important: Happiness is a choice.
I’ve alluded to this in some of my other posts, but never really explained it. It’s all about perspective and choices. All of life is really. I’ve seen some of the most downtrodden people look around and smile. Some people are in so much pain and could die any day, and yet they smile at people around them.
How can people do that? Speaking from my own experiences, when the world knocks you down, you have two choices: get back up or roll over and cry about it. You can spend all your energy bitching about it, hoping things miraculously get better, or you can spend that energy moving forward and make the most of what you have.
If you’re one of the first, I wish you well, but your problem isn’t going to go away until you confront it. It might be scary, it might be hard, but the best things in life are hard, and you learn more from them than anything else. “That’s just not fair!” Who told you that life was fair?
If you’re one of the other ones, find other people like you that want to make things better and encourage one another. Part of the reason for starting this blog site was to have a way to vent. The other part is to help encourage, inspire, and maybe educate others that are trying to become better people. I’ve had various jobs over the years, but the thing that matters most is that I try to be my best at whatever I do.
When people are young, they are making some of the most important decisions they will ever make in their lives. They will decide how important people are to them. They will decide how important material things are to them. (Things like brand names, types of shoes or clothing, and cars) This is also the time when they decide to be introverts or extroverts, honest it dishonest, kind or mean, loving or hateful.
What kind of people you allow in your life is a choice. What kind of profession you like or want to be is a choice. Everything in life is a choice, and all these choices help determine what makes you happy. Therefore, happiness is a choice.
Knowing this makes a huge impact on your life. Once you start to realize that your attitude towards life helps to determine your level of happiness, you can make other decisions that change your perspective. Perspective is everything. If you grew up never having seen poverty, and you made less than everyone you know, you might feel badly about that. If you made less than everyone in a nice neighborhood, you would probably feel differently about that, especially if you’d ever known poverty.
That’s why you need to make better decisions, so that you are happier with how things in your life turn out.
How do you feel about gun control? Whether you are for it or against it, Noone can say the topic isn’t important. As great as our country is, did you know we have one of the highest murder rates?
Did you know that if you take out Chicago, Detroit, New York, D.C., and that we then go to one of the lowest? It seems that these are also cities with the most strict gun control laws.
If that is the case, then stricter gun control laws don’t seem to be the answer. I’m not advocating that we do away with the laws. It shouldn’t be easy to buy a gun legally. However, in these places, most of the people with the guns don’t have one legally. But the average Joe Citizen doesn’t get to buy one. Criminals are pretty sure the people they are going up against don’t have a gun, and if they do, then they feel confident they’ll win that fight.
I believe that people with certain psychological conditions should be banned from gun ownership. I believe you should have to take a gun safety class before you can purchase one. Waiting a week before getting the gun can be taken care of by making the safety class one week from date of application. Once the class starts, they are taught general gun safety and how to clean and maintain their own gun. Once class is over, they can then purchase the gun they were using.
Other than that, what other laws need to be made about guns? Maybe require someone to be 21 before they can legally buy one. Anything else? Am I leaving anything out here? I don’t think so. I could be wrong here, you tell me.
Where do you stand on the issue? What are your thoughts? Let’s have a conversation about it. Please don’t bother to respond if all you want to do is bash someone for their opinion. It’s fine to disagree, but I can do it without talking smack about you. Come up with solutions, don’t just add to the problems.
Ok…. so you gotta love those people who turn on their turn signal AS they are turning. I think it is a bit late at that point. Why even bother?
How about those people who speed up to get in front of you and then slow down? Don’t you just love that? The only thing worse than that is when you go around them and they do it again.
With so many games out there it is sometimes hard to choose those that are worth the money.
My gaming interests vary depending on mood. I like the role playing fantasy games, massively multiplayer online (MMO) games, as well as first person shooters (FPS).
I have played many of the FPS games such as Black Ops, Frontline, and the Battlefield franchise.
Battlefield 1 is the newest addition to the franchise. Great game for all FPS fans.
Black Ops and Black Ops II are pretty much the same game with a few different maps and perks. Maybe a couple of new guns. That’s about it.
Frontline was a good game but didn’t catch on. Not enough advertising budget I suppose.
The Battlefield franchise is one of my favorites. Out of all of them to date, I like Battlefield Bad Company 2, and Battlefield Hardline the best. The maps are great for all the classes. I would have liked to be able to go prone on the B2 maps though.
Battlefield 3 was too much like Black Ops. A lot of inside maps, and the outside maps were maybe too big for my taste. Unless there were a bunch of people on you could spend a bunch of time trying to even find someone to shoot at.
Battlefield 4 is much the same. The maps are better and there are a bunch of new gadgets and weapons. However, it just doesn’t have the same feel as Bad Company 2. Fast paced with plenty of hiding places and plenty of space to have fun as a sniper.