Heaping Coals on the Heads of Your Enemies

I came across some scripture that, at first, seemed kind of confusing. There are a couple of places that mention this:

Proverbs 25:22

“For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward you.”

 

 Romans 12:20

“Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him, if he thirst, give him drink, for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.”

 

Does this mean that they will be punished somehow? When you look at this, without really thinking, it appears that by doing this, it will punish your enemy somehow. I don’t think this is what is really meant here. Back in these times, there were things called braziers, which were metal pans used to hold lit coals. These were used to heat the home, for light, and to cook small meals with. If someone came to you and asked you for food, that was one thing. There might or might not be food shortages. Coals, on the other hand, were more scarce than food. By giving someone some of your coals, you might starve to death or even freeze in the winters. I believe that God wants us to give even of our coals. By giving even our enemies basic living requirements, it might change their view on life. Even if it didn’t change them, it might show others the way in which Christians are supposed to live.

There are some other verses around these that support this theory:

Matthew 5:43-46

43“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.   44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.   45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust. 46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans do the same?”

What do you think this means?

It means that it’s easy to love those that love us and to do good things to those that do the same to us. It is really hard to do something nice for someone who hates us, uses us, and does nothing good in return. He asks us to do so anyway. By doing so, we prove our love for everyone around us, and prove that God loves everyone even more than we ever could.

Something else to think about here:

In the days and times of the first Christians, you have to realize that people were making a HUGE change by becoming Christians. They didn’t just get up in church and have a bunch of people pray for them, as is the way things happen in the United States in most places. These people would lose their jobs, their homes, and sometimes their very lives by professing to live in the name of Jesus! They were openly persecuted by both Jews and Romans. The Jews would disown anyone who followed Jesus. Any land, property, or money they would be entitled to was instantly gone. They were ostracized by everyone who wasn’t Christian.

I wonder how many of us Christians would still profess to be Christians if their very lives depended on the answer. Would you still claim to be Christian if it meant losing your job, your house, being imprisoned, or even being killed for your faith?

Ending Prayer

Heavenly Father:

Guide us, your children, to be an example to others in how to be Christians. Let us show the world how to truly love one another, and not just those that love us. Humble our hearts so that we may love our neighbors: friend and foe alike. I ask that you give strength to our brothers and sisters being persecuted all over the world for their faith in your son. If we are able to help anyone in some way Father, give us the opportunity to do so. Let us be the light upon the darkness, and never be afraid to declare you our God.              In Jesus name… Amen

President Trump

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…

Company Waste Ethics

WorkHave 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.

The Holiday Season

“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 Testing Factor

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

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. 

 Happiness is a choice

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. 

Gun Control

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. 

Turn Signals…

turn-signal

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.

Games

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.