“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!!