Posted by: deants | January 29, 2010

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

I wonder what you think about this…I was watching the news last night and I was so overwhelmed by “death stories” in one newscast.  I wonder whether we should start a “Good News” show rather than what I saw.

TOYOTA

The Toyota Car Manufacture is up against the wall for a “pedal” problem.  It seems that the whole company has come to a standstill for the problem.  They announced 18 deaths had taken place.  I thought to myself, what a horrendous problem for Toyota over 18 deaths.  Is the action Toyota has taken warranted by 18 deaths?  Are we overreacting?

CANCER

There was a story about Cancer.  I’m almost certain that a story about cancer comes up every two or three days on the news.  To be sure, there is a lot of cancer, and many who have it.  We don’t seem to have been able to “stamp out” cancer, like we have other diseases.  Now I hear that we have 1,500 (on average) deaths from Cancer everyday.   Yes, that’s what I thought…1,500 people is a lot of people in one day.  Yet, what stops us in our tracks, is not the 1,500 deaths yesterday, but the 18 deaths of the Toyota plight.  What do you think of the amount of focus we put on 18, but not the same focus  about the 1,500?  Is there an “out of control” attitude we should have about these numbers?

DR. TILLER

Last night they reported in the same news about a man in testimony for himself, in defense of his killing Dr. Tiller.  Dr. Tiller was known as the “late-term abortion Doctor.”  The man on trial said that he was trying to stop all the deaths of babies who were being aborted at the hand of Dr. Tiller…therefore, his action of murdering Dr. Tiller was justified.  He was doing God’s will in stopping the abortions.  So I think to myself, if each state had one abortion clinic, and each clinic did one abortion a day, we would have 50 deaths in the U.S. everyday.  It certainly does not amount to the same as all the people dying of Cancer, but it is more than the “pedal” problem at Toyota.  Do you think that we have an “unbalanced idea” of what we should feel about the deaths of some, compared to the amounts of death for another reason?

WAR

Evidently, in Iraq there was a bombing and the killing of several people just recently.  Are we upset about those Iraqis or has it just become so common place that we do not even flinch anymore?

PHIL

PETA also made the news last night.  It seems that with Ground Hog Day coming up and “PHIL” the ground hog is going to be coming out, for his yearly event;  PETA is very concerned about all the flashbulbs that will be going off and upsetting the ground hog.  The ones in charge said that “PHIL” gets treated better than most children in our society.  WHAT?  Is this possibly true?  Should we save this “poor” ground hog from all the strain, and emotional problems he will suffer by not displaying him in front of all the cameras?  Do we need those bright lights shining in his face causing insurmountable damage to his well-being?

TEXT-MESSAGING

The DOT Secretary came on last night to tell us that “truck drivers” will be fined a large sum of money if they are found to be talking on a phone, or text-messaging to others.  Evidently, there are deaths that we are concerned about when it comes to truck drivers and I assume other persons in responsibility of transporting people.  Why do we not make a law for ALL PEOPLE?  Why is it that so many can continue to do these things and yet, we narrow the scope on just a few, who may be more responsible than the rest of us on the road.

THE REAL QUESTION

The question isn’t about the fact that there are deaths, but I want to know what you feel about some of these issues that have to do with “OUR BEHAVIOR” on our Journey?  Think of 1,500 people dying today because of Cancer and WHAT DO YOU SAY ABOUT THAT?  Each news item had it’s weight based on itself, and yet when thinking through all those stories, I had a reaction about them of what am I doing about all these items?  Do I think about what I can do to help?  Do I want to buy a Toyota, or should my life be marked by taking the life of another because of my strong belief system?

ACTION

A woman who is a nurse and came from Haiti years ago, took all the sick days and time she could get off, and went to help those who are in need in Haiti.  A TV news woman from Duluth, a nurse, quit her job (effective this weekend) and will be going over to help all the people of Haiti. 

I don’t know if I should be more concerned about “PHIL” or Haiti?  I don’t know if Cancer should have been eradicated by now, or if there are good alternatives to the abortion clinics of our society, but I do know, we give different levels of interest and concern for all these different issues in our society?  So what is it that you are most concerned for and what in your life in the next 3-5 days will you begin to concentrate on?

So as you continue on your Journey today, what is your reaction to these various concerns of our world?  How can you make a difference (small as it may seem) for those on the Journey with you?  Can you do something about these things or other things that are around you?

I would like to encourage you to consider these things, and in the light of what I have said, you might be stimulated (a stimulus package) to do something new, bold, or refreshing for yourself and to others.

On My Father’s Business, my own stimulus package,

Love,  Dean

https://deants.wordpress.com

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Posted by: deants | January 28, 2010

SUMMARY!

Over the past several weeks I have done a series from the “be attitudes” of Jesus in Matthew 5.  Prior to that, I blogged that we can take with us, all that we have if we know how to do it.  I included a “catapult” idea that would allow you, when understood, to store up in Heaven, what you have here on earth.

MONIES

Like putting money in a bank for a “rainy day,” we store up or “lay up for ourselves treasures in Heaven.”  I mentioned that money spent in the way God’s Word teaches to store up for ourselves “goodwill” in Heaven by giving help to those who are needy,  to give food and drink to those who are in need, and to bind up the hurt and bring healing to fellow travelers.

BEATITUDES

Matthew 5:3-12 mentions ways in which we can show ourselves to be “God followers” by having qualities of life to measure our lives by.  IN SO DOING, WE RECEIVE “GOD’S BLESSING” AND WE RECEIVE REWARDS FOR THAT BEHAVIOR.

  • We receive the Kingdom of God…We are part of God’s Kingdom while still on earth. (vs. 3)
  • We will be comforted by God.  (vs.  4)
  • We will inherit the whole earth.  (vs.5)
  • We will be satisfied in our lives. (vs. 6)
  • We will be shown mercy. (vs. 7)
  • We will see God.  (vs. 8)
  • We will be called “Children of God.”  (vs. 9)
  • We will receive the Kingdom of Heaven. (vs. 10)
  • We will get a “great reward” awaiting us in Heaven.  (vs. 12)

This will be the rewards of living a life where God will bless us.  He proves to us that He will give to us over and over more abundantly.

TREASURES IN HEAVEN

While we can see the value of these behaviors here on earth in a partial way, we are so much more “laying up for ourselves treasures in Heaven,”  in a complete way and in a fulfilled way. 

Matthew 6:19-20 says, “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.  Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.” 

There is so much on our Journey to learn, to motivate us, to grow us to become better people.  As we look around and see how we can live and be a “blessing” to others, we need to keep making sure we understand and know that all this is for the present as well as the future.   We are storing up for ourselves more and more in the future Kingdom of God.

BLESSED BY GOD

God blesses us as we live this life fully engaged in His will and His way.  What a great challenge for me and I trust for you.  What a goal to strive for from day-to-day.  How will you store up for yourself, “treasures in Heaven,” tomorrow as you live?  What kinds of things will you be able to change in your life that will make a difference to others?

On My Father’s Business, storing up for future,

Love,   Dean

https://deants.wordpress.com

Posted by: deants | January 27, 2010

MOCK YOU/LIE ABOUT YOU!

EVERYONE LOVES A CONTEST!

Everyone loves a contest.  Here’s one for you to check out.  Kirsten, my daughter, has submitted a recipe for a contest on local channel 5 show.  She has a video and a recipe she redid for Breakfast.  You might love the recipe, and she would love to win the contest.  It’s a win-win for all.  Thanks, and the taste of this Breakfast is good.  Try it–you’ll like it!  http://kstp.upickem.net/engine/Registration.aspx?contestid=13241&d=t%2fSBVHj3JskA 

You will need to register but it only takes a few minutes and probably the recipe printed and used would be worth it.  Also look to the side of this page:

Dean’s Blog:   https://deants.wordpress.com  and Kirsten’s name is on your right.  Click that on.

MOCK YOU OR LIE ABOUT YOU

Making fun of a person is something we either have done, on purpose or unknowingly.  We have certainly heard others talk about someone, making fun of them.  Sometimes we do this because our own self-image is hurting in someway, and by making fun of someone else/mocking them we feel better about ourself. 

Also, without thinking about it carefully, we can lie about another person.  Sometimes we don’t have all the facts, and we say things that are only half-true.  We shade the facts about others. 

RELIGIOUS PEOPLE ARE NOT EXEMPT

I have noticed over the years that religious people fall into these errors even though they should be the example of people who should not “mock” people or “lie”  about people.  In my unit at work years ago, a man was off to Iraq for a year.  The group which I worked with, took a picture of everyone, except me (they forgot I worked with them) and sent it with this man to Iraq so he would not forget them.

A couple of nights after the picture taking, I saw the picture.  They were all holding up one hand with one extended middle finger suggesting this was a military salute to our friend.  One guy did not do this.  I asked several people about it, and they commented generally, “Well you know ____, and being religious he wouldn’t do that.”

I knew exactly what they were saying, and it was done by “religious people” who were somewhat mocking him for his Christian values.  He had high standards which he lived by according to the Biblical view he held.   This was something he would never take part in, although he chose to be in the picture.

As time went by, he was persecuted also for his “belief” system and even told by one co-worker to go back home to where he came from.  He was from India, and had come here to become an American Citizen.  There was a lot of anger towards this man for his religious beliefs but focused on his ethnic background. 

This was blatant but it can be subtle.  Many Somalians worked with us and there was always a edge on many of the Americans against them for their beliefs.  They would go off the floor at various times during work hours and “pray to Mecca.”  While we all took “unauthorized breaks” from time-to-time, it always anger many employees that these people would practice their “religion” on the clock. 

GOD BLESSES THOSE WHO ARE MOCKED

Matthem 5:11 says, “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.  (vs 12) Be happy about it!  Be very glad!  For a great reward awaits you in Heaven.  And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.” 

It is true that people will talk about you in negative and mocking ways, if you follow Jesus Christ.   It is true that they will find ways to “make fun” of you and your life, if you choose to live a life of right principles.  It is true that they will find fault with you if you become excited about your relationship with God.

Have you ever thought about a person who has an extra zeal for his/her relationship to God/Jesus Christ?  Have you thought them to be odd?  Have you avoided those who profess their faith in common expression when you are around them? 

We tend to focus on the Mormons or Jehovah Witnesses who go out (in twos) to share their faith.  We tend to “mock” religious leaders who preach on T.V. all the time.  I remember when the Bakers were on T.V. and a friend had invited me over for dinner one evening and it so happened that Tammy Faye was on the set crying her eyes out.  All I could think of was her mascara running down her cheeks…all that make-up.  What I didn’t focus on, was what she was saying or the intense feeling she had for God.

God blesses those who are mocked…God blesses those who are persecuted…God blesses those who are lied about from others…God blesses those who have all sorts of evil said about them…because they follow God/Jesus Christ.  Have you found yourself mocking, lying about, persecuting or talking “smack” about people who are followers of Christ? 

They will get a great reward for putting up with this.  They, in this life, should be happy/glad that they know the rewards waiting for them in Heaven.   

GOD BLESSES YOU WHEN PEOPLE MOCK YOU, LIE ABOUT YOU, PERSECUTE YOU, AND DO ALL SORTS OF EVIL AGAINST YOU….YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR REWARDS IN HEAVEN.  It is not easy or fun, but it does have a lasting reward for you.

AND BY THE WAY, YOU ARE IN GOOD COMPANY…EVEN THE ‘ANCIENT PROPHETS’ WENT THROUGH THIS SAME TREATMENT.  SOMETIMES WHEN WE GET TO KNOW OTHERS ON THIS JOURNEY, WE ARE COMFORTED SOMEWHAT BECAUSE THEY ALSO HAVE THE SAME THINGS HAPPEN TO THEM.

On My Father’s Business, looking for rewards in the future,

Love,  Dean

https://deants.wordpress.com

Posted by: deants | January 26, 2010

PERSECUTED!

GOD BLESSES THOSE WHO ARE PERSECUTED!  NOT PERSECUTED FOR JUST ANYTHING….BUT PERSECUTED FOR “RIGHT” BEHAVIOR.  The behavior is not subjective such as:  if you think it’s right…it is right! 

FIRST

I have gotten caught off guard in the last several days.  When I was on the cruise, I was paying $.50 per minute for internet in my room.  I could not use the media room provided.  It was just too busy all the time.  Also the cost of 150 minutes cost $75.00 and I just couldn’t write for a length that I was used to.  I wanted to keep going, but as you can see from my last several blogs, they were not cleaned-up, and they were short. 

I then was in transit for several days, and decided to wait until I got home.  I now am able to blog at length again.  I am sorry for the lack of blogging coming out.

PERSECUTED

This is when you do something right and people laugh at you or scoff you.  You may tend to the disabled…and people do not realize the deep commitment some of that takes.  It’s more to the fact that in the workplace/school/neighborhood or such other contacts with people, they make fun of your “right living practices.”  I have a friend who I worked with, who made it very clear what his “moral and religious beliefs were.  Everyone knew it, but some would laugh behind his back and some even spoke “ill of him” to his face for his faith.

OLD RULES

I saw a T-shirt that says, “Old men rule!”  Being an “old man” (not that old) I still know we don’t rule… but it must be my turn pretty soon….W–W–W–H–H–H–E–E–E–N–N–N?   When I was a teenager (and I can assure you I was) my parents had rules of “no dancing, no going to shows, etc.”  My parents weren’t too concerned with the internet, seeing as how Gore had not invented that yet, but what they did not want us to do is dance and go to shows. 

I had taken notes to school for Gym class to sit out of the dancing classes…today I wish I had learned to dance.  Another rule was we could not go to the theatre in town.   I guess it was my church’s belief and therefore my parent’s belief that we not to go to shows.

Many of my friends would tell me about them, but they thought this was silly because of my beliefs.  We do know today that sometimes, the movie industry has led the “moral” behavior of the citizens of our society.  We also know that when younger people watch and play too much violent videos, that can lead to behavior “unacceptable” to the norm.  For instance, a child who spends much of his time “killing” others in “fake” situations, could become intrigued into trying it in real life to see “how if feels.”  Much of the violence can be based on the “changing norms of our society” to accept this behavior.

RIGHT BEHAVIOR PRODUCING PERSECUTION

I would like to remind you of Noah, from the OT, who understood the possibility of “persecution” of those around him.  He was told by God to build a boat and take on that boat his family, and two of every kind of animals of the earth.  He could have left snakes, spiders, alligators, scorpions, pitbulls off the ark, but his “right behavior” was to do it just as God had told him.

IF YOU WERE NOAH, AND GOD CAME TO YOU TOMORROW AND TOLD YOU TO BUILD THIS BIG BOAT IN YOUR BACK YARD, BECAUSE GOD IS GOING TO DESTROY THE EARTH AND EVERYTHING IN IT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?  Can you imagine the amount of persecution you might be confronted with? 

Has God ever asked you to just share a message of hope with someone, and you feel foolish to do so?  Have you ever…I mean…ever chosen not to do something, because people around you might think you odd, or laugh at you, or make fun of you? 

GOD BLESSES THOSE WHO ARE PERSECUTED!

Now before you start going around being “obnoxious” let’s understand what God blesses.  Matthew 5:10 says, “God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”  We have to understand what it means to “do right.”

It may mean any number of things:

  • Those who are “poor” in their need of God in their lives
  • Those who “mourn” and need comfort
  • Those who act “humbly” rather than arrogant
  • Those who seek and desire to show “justice”
  • Those who show “mercy” to others on their Journey
  • Those who have a “pure heart” rather deceit and scams and lies-having right motives
  • Those who work for “peace” in their lives and other lives, etc.

I am aware of a church in the midwest that has decided to “picket” others in our society, for their views on AIDS and HIV and gays, etc.  They move all across the midwest and picket funerals of service men, because “our country” is moving towards “more freedoms for the gay society,” and therefore anyone who serves his country, should be picketed.  It is not the belief of the servicemen, but they are serving “AN UNGODLY COUNTRY.”

That is not the persecution spoken of here.  God blesses those who work for right behavior in doing “right works.”  He/she who goes to work to help alleviate the pain of the suffering, to give his/her life to others who are in need. 

Last night on the news they profiled an 87 year old Doctor who went over to Haiti to help as he could.  He said he was a “man of faith” but this had to do with “doing something” which comes out of his faith. 

James 2:14 says, “What good is it, brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions?…”

There will be times on our Journey that we will find ourselves being made fun of, or being scoffed at, or standing (isolated) alone for doing the right stuff.  GOD BLESSES THOSE WHO ARE PERSECUTED FOR DOING RIGHT, FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS THEIRS.

On My Father’s Business, keeping my eye on the “right behavior.”

Love,  Dean

https://deants.wordpress.com

Posted by: deants | January 21, 2010

PEACEMAKER

Sometime in your life you have been or will be confronted with a situation where peace is hard to find.  Maybe it’s relatives that don’t see eye-to-eye, or friends where something has gone wrong.  It is a trait of Scandinavian people to “find peace at all costs.”  They go out of their way, or give up anything they can to make peace with others. 

ISRAEL

If you ever go to Israel and hire a guide, they will ask you to “Pray for Peace of Israel.”  All around Israel are Arab countries so that on all sides they are confronted with “enemies.”  “Pray for the Peace of Israel.”  All their history, they have had to contend with enemies who want to do them harm.  They live in the midst of their enemies. 

That’s what living in this world is in part.  Living among others who may want to harm us.  Those who are not looking for our interests, but their own interest. 

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Matthew 5:9 says, “God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the Children of God.”  This carries the idea that we should pursue, strive for or seek after, to aspire to make peace.  To find the points of contention between others and try to bring them together.

Israel has been in a battle for it’s territory from many of the nations around, including the Gaza Strip/West Bank.  Jimmy Carter tried to broker a deal with the two sides, and they came together to agree to certain terms.  However, things went sour and there is a continual unrest among those people.

Many Arabs live inside the border of Israel and have found peace with the Israeli people.  But it takes a lot of negotiations to bring them to peace.

God says for us who strive to bring peace, we will get as reward, to be called a child of God.  There is an anticipation in us to help reconcile positions of people and groups that cannot find peace.  We will pursue a peaceful means of dealing with differences.

Paul says, in Philippians 3:14, “I press on to reach the end of the race….”  Can you say, you press on or aspire to be a man/woman of peaceful means?  Are you striving on your Journey for peace with others?

On My Father’s Business, seeking peace,

Love,  Dean

https://deants.wordpress.com

Posted by: deants | January 20, 2010

PURE HEART!

A pure substance, such as Gold, is 100% gold and nothing else.  It is pure in that there are no impurities in the element.  Pure when it pertains to the heart, is clearly honest, honorable, straight talking, clearly truthful.  There is no shading of the truth in any way.  This is something you can believe in and put your trust in.

MY FATHER

My father was a good example of a pure hearted man.  Not everything he said and did, but I remember times when my dad would have to go to the bank and get a loan.  I remember that the Vice President of the Bank would come towards my dad and ask, “What can we do for you today?”  My dad was looking to get a loan to supply finances for farm equipment or seed to plant.

There were never any questions of whether my dad was good for it or not.  They would shake his hand, and out he went knowing the bank was going to trust him.  Those days are gone, but I always think to myself, that for those who knew my dad back then, “His yes was yes and his no was no.”  There was never a question whether he would pay the loan back.  They knew he would.

That’s what I think is important for one who has a pure heart.  You know he/she is reliable.  What they say, they will do.  When they talk you know they would not lie or tell you a “shaded” truth.  You can count on their word. 

We have so many today who are not trustworthy.  The scammers are all around us.  Every few days I get a letter from a distant land telling me that someone who has my name, and is a relative (yeah, sure!) has a great deal of money but they have died or something bad has come upon them. 

If I would just send some money, which would include some numbers to my accounts, I would be rich.  They obviously are trying hard to find this person’s rtelatives.  I just happen to be this relative.  My brothers don’t get the letter nor do any of my other relatives. 

GOD BLESSES THOSE WHO ARE  PURE OF HEART

Matthew 5:8 says, “God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.”  There was a travel company which has done business for years in my hometown.  One day a few weeks ago, they closed up.  All those people who put down money for trips can’t go any longer, and have no way to get their money back. 

Years ago, I sent $7-8 into a company to get this plant that had all sorts of colored leaves.  I never got the plant and I never heard from the company again.  Thank goodness, they didn’t ask me to send another payment like an installment.  Certainly not pure in heart.

Wouldn’t it be nice to get back to a day when we could actually trust everyone when they promised us something?  Wouldn’t you like to know that people out there aren’t always trying to take advantage of you in some way? 

It starts with me when I Journey along and give the truth out.  When I tell you something that is not shaded with a lie.  When I tell you I will be there when I say I will be there.

Many times I’m told by someone, “Let’s get togethter for dinner sometime.”  Sometime never comes.  Maybe there was no intention in the first place.  Maybe they misjudged how busy they are.  “Let’s keep in touch.”  Every Christmas we keep in touch with those who are “friends.”  We don’t visit, we don’t call, but once a year we send a letter or card. 

I am not suggesting to stop the cards.  I wonder though if when we say “Let’s keep in touch,” is this what we really mean.  I went into a store the other day and asked the gal to hold something for me for 10 minutes.  She said she would hold it for the whole day until they closed.  I said

Posted by: deants | January 19, 2010

MERCY

Have you ever faced a situation where you had to show mercy/compassion to someone else or they to you?  Mercy is a hard characteristic to attain.  The Greek word is “Eleeo” to show pity for someone, to have mercy for them. 

SYMPATHY/EMPATHY

It’s core carries includes  “sympathy or empathy” you have for someone.  There was a man, beat and robbed and left on the road.  Many came by and looked at him, wondered about him, and some went to the other side of the road.   One man came along and saw the man, and went to help him in his condition.  Then he took him to an inn and paid for his room and care.

He saw the man and knew he could do something about the situation.  It made no difference who the man was or what had happened to him.  He did what he could do for the man to the best of his ability.  When he could do no more, he “hired” someone else to tend to the man.

DEBT TO PAY

A man, John, had a very lucrative business going.  Bill in borrowing money from John, had run a bill up which was very large.  We will say it’s $42,000.  There came a day in Bill’s life, when John came to him and said, “You know Bill, I would like to forget about the money.  Let’s just say we are even.  The $42,000 is paid-in-full.”

Some time prior to this, Bill had lent some money to Walt.  It was about $605.  Bill went to Walt and said, “Walt, you still owe me that money, and I would like you to pay me back.” Walt said he didn’t have the money right now, but he would as soon as he got it.  Bill got mad and threw Walt in jail. 

Which of these men showed real mercy?  Which one had compassion in mind?  This is what Jesus has asked us to do in our Journeys.  He asks us to show mercy/compassion to others on the way.

GOD BLESSES US WHO SHOW MERCY

Matthew 5:7 says, “God blesses those who are merciful,  for they will be shown mercy.”  If you show mercy to others, you will be shown mercy by God.  God has in store for you mercy, because in your life you have exhibit a life of showing to others mercy. 

HOW CAN YOU SHOW MERCY TO SOMEONE TODAY?  WHERE CAN YOU SHOW MERCY TO A FRIEND, A NEIGHBOR, OR EVEN A STRANGER?  On act of kindness today will reap much kindness in the future.  Be merciful to those who need…and it will come back several fold over.

The mercy with which you live your life will be the mercy you will receive.

On My Father’s Business, learning to show mercy,

Love,  Dean

https://deants.wordpress.com

Posted by: deants | January 18, 2010

HUNGER/THIRST FOR JUSTICE!

Have you been so hungry you would eat anything?  have you had a thirst for something?   This is what it is like to desire justice.  I heard of a girl taken at 11 and kidnapped for many years by a man who was convicted prior for this same type 0f crime.  Someone said to me, they should shoot him and get rid of him.

DESIRE FOR JUSTICE

Tonight I heard someone mention O.J.Simpson.  They said as comedy that he kills someone and he is free but when he steals a trophy of his, they lock him up.  That is Justice.   That is what is right/wrong with our system. 

There are times that we do not think people get what is really coming to them.  I know in my home city there are people who have been convicted of DUI/DWI many times.  Sometimes 25-28 times.  They are still driving and wandering the streets.  Where is the Justice?  Do we understand the justice in the system?

GOD BLESSES THOSE WHO DESIRE

Matthew 5:6 says that “God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.”  Have you thought about equality when it comes to the rightness of life?  Many times we do not get treated fairly…?  Many times others get away with something and we cannot do the same.  

God blesses us for desiring  deeply the justice to be done in our land.  It is no wonder then that people keep trying to get away with all the “injustice” by doing what they want to do.  

God will bless you in your desire for justice, when you desire His way to rule in the world and in our own lives. 

On My Father’s Business, desiring for God’s rule,

Love, Dean

https://deants.wordpress.com

Posted by: deants | January 17, 2010

HUMBLE!

 “Pride comes before the fall.”  “GOD BLESSES THOSE WHO ARE HUMBLE.”  Are you humble?  Do you seek to be a man/woman who is humble?  That is quite a goal in this day and age.

TO BE HUMBLE

“It is viewed as a potential part of temperance because temperance includes all those virtues that refrain or express the inordinate movements of our desires or appetites.[2]

Humility is defined as, “A quality by which a person considering his own defects has a humble opinion of himself and willingly submits himself to God and to others for God’s sake.” St. Bernard defines it as, “A virtue by which a man knowing himself as he truly is, abases himself. Jesus Christ is the ultimate definition of Humility.”[2]

  • Submitting to God and legitimate authority
  • Recognizing virtues and talents that others possess, particularly those which surpass one’s own, and giving due honor and, when required, obeisance
  • Recognizing the limits of one’s talents, ability, or authority; and, not reaching for what is beyond one’s grasp”—Wikipedia
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    TWO PRESIDENTS

    Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are both my age.  They have similarities coming out of that age.  They also have differences.  Both are men are “arrogant” in my eyes.  One came from “humble” beginnings and the other from “high status” beginnings.  Neither of them joined the Armed Forces for about the same reasons.  One worked hard at becoming the man that he is and as President.  The other simply flowed through the privilege of his life and arrived one day, almost shocked at what he had accomplished. 

    Both men are not men who you would equate the word “humble” to.  I think after their reigns, I would prefer to have a beer with Clinton.  That conversation might be something I would like.  You might be surprised to know, that in the Clinton Library, there is a very “small” section devoted to “that woman, Monica Lewinsky.”  I wonder what he thinks as he sees that section? 

    I know another man who shows “humbleness.”  My Uncle Ed, married for many years, who right up to the time my aunt died, spent his whole life caring for her.  Later in life, she was ridden with illness, and had a shake in her that would keep her from the very simple tasks.  Uncle Ed never put her into a home for someone else to take care of her, until they both went to a home.   He keep up his “humble” ways of caring for her every need all the way to the end.  He was a humble man.

    I know another man, who very similar ways, had a wife and she got bad.  He immediately put her into a home.  I often thought back to the way he treated her early on in their lives.  He was embarrassed by her weight problem, and her inability to take controlling in her life.  When she went into a home, he surely visited her on occasion.  One time, he went in and heard this loud screaming and yelling coming from down the corridor.  When he asked the nurse who was making all that noise, she said, “It’s your wife.”  He said of that incident, “I was so embarrassed.”  Pride comes before the fall. 

    PRIDE

    It is a common thing for us to be proud people.  We are proud of what we have achieved in life….”I have my Doctorate, etc.  I am the owner of my own business.  I have lost all this weight.  We have wonderful grandchildren”….and on and on.  Pride is based upon what we have done for ourselves and who we are.

    The problem with pride is that it does not acknowledge another aspect of our lives.   We are creations of God who made us and willed us to be who and what we are.  Everything in the universe is “at the pleasure of God.”  It is He who has done for us what we are and who we are.  When we acknowledge Him, we become “humble.”  We realize how little we really have to do with the whole of our lives. 

    God has pleased to allow me to live this long.  God has given me the opportunities I have had in life.  He has given me the abilities and gifts/talents to be the person I am today.  For me to take pride in what I have achieved, places me in a vulnerable spot before the Almighty God. 

    CASSIUS CLAY

    He is probably the “greatest boxer” of all time.  He kept telling us “I am the Greatest.”  His name was C.Clay and he was an extremely interesting boxer to watch.  He elevated his stature among us by telling “I am the Greatest.”  But he also went about proving that he was “one of the greatest.”

    Today, he is suffering Parkinson’s Syndrome.  He can hardly function for himself.  All because of the head injuries he suffered from Boxing.  I wondered the other day, if you could get him to speak from his heart, if he would admit that his life today, is not what he had hoped for in life.  But in his achievements, he gave up his physical life for one of fame and fortune for a while.  Would he have not boxed knowing the end result?  Was it all worth it?

    Muhammad Ali has been reduced in his pride to a man, large in size, but humbled by his disease. 

    GOD BLESSES THE HUMBLE
    Matthew 5:5 says, “God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.” 
    For one who can learn humility in God’s eyes, he will find God blessing Him by giving him the whole earth.  While this is not an easy trait, it is a trait that we exhibit before others and they easily can tell that we are “humble” versus being proud.  There should be in us, an understand of what of ourselves is us, and what is given to us by God.  To acknowledge that “I would be nothing, if it were not for God…and what He has done for me.” 

    The humble will inherit the earth.  We will find in our future, owners and dwellers upon the whole earth.  It will all belong to us, given to us by God.  That of course, is a worthy goal to achieve.

    Are you proud of what you have done?  Are you arrogant before others when in fact, they can see that you have not achieved all that you could?  Do you take a clear and honest summary of your self-worth and attributes?

    GOD BLESSES THE HUMBLE!

    On My Father’s Business, humbling myself,

    Love,  Dean

    https://deants.wordpress.com

    Posted by: deants | January 16, 2010

    MOURN!

    Do you ever “mourn” for someone or about something?  I mean really mourn?  I think it’s an emotional outburst that many of us don’t ever think about, but I know of times when we just break into “mourning.”  “GOD BLESSES THOSE WHO MOURN!”

    FUNERALS

    In the Jewish Culture, when someone dies those in charge would hire women to sit in the back of the room and mourn.  They would cry, wail and carry on in such a way that those who came to pay their “last respects” would break into mourning.  These women would force upon others, this “mourning or grieving” process to enable others to vent their sorrow, and then get on with life.

    My cousin related to me recently that when my dad died, she remembered hearing her father (my dad’s brother) just break out in sobs…crying.  That wasn’t a “put on” display, it was from the heart of a man who was broken.  He truly “mourned” for the death of his brother.

    During that same time just prior to the funeral, at my mom’s home, many of our relatives came to the house.  As they were gathering, (many coming from some distance) I remember going up to my dad and mom’s bedroom, lying on the bed and just sobbing for the death of my dad.  After several minutes of this, I got up, washed my face and went down and met my relatives.  My time for mourning was over.

    There is a time to laugh and a time to mourn.  Times call for extreme brokenness and mourning is part of that.  Do you mourn?  Have you ever thought of it? 

    MOURNERS

    Matthew 5:4 says, “God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”  Who are those who mourn?  Surely, we can consider all those who lose loved ones.  I have down many funerals for babies and little children, and I don’t think there is a harder moment in time than watching the parents of a child in a process of “mourning.”  They truly become broken, with answers that make no sense at all.  Long after we have left and resumed our lives, they continue to “mourn.”

    GOD SAYS,  I WILL BLESS THOSE WHO MOURN, BY BRINGING THEM COMFORT IN THEIR STATE.  We can know that God desires (in time) to reduce that pain, by comforting them in their loss.

    DEEPER MOURNING

    Jesus was aware of a much “deeper mourning.”  A grieving or mourning that goes on all around us.  The greek word “pentheo” means to “mourn” or grieve…..for the sinful nature that we find ourselves constantly hearing about.  This is deeper in that our eyesight begins to see the terrible plight of mankind as we walk our Journey. It is to see with our eyes the destructive nature of mankind towards mankind.  Mourn, Jesus says, because of the power of the wicked who oppress the righteous man.

    Grieve or Mourn for:

    • The prostitute (male or female)–Do you ever stop to think of how they got to this point?  Was it a priest/pastor; a doctor or school teacher…who did something to them early on?  Was it a father, uncle, brother, cousin or someone who they would have to acknowledge for the rest of their lives?    DO YOU MOURN FOR THEM?
    • The disabled–Do you ever stop to think of the destruction of their body in some way to make them unable to function like you can?  Was it sin that caused it?  Was it something (medicine) taken during formation?  DO YOU MOURN FOR THEM?
    • The products of war/crime–Do you ever think of all the Vietnam Vets who are still hiding out in the “jungles” of Washington/Oregon/Idaho states or other places who are still fighting the war?  Do you ever think of the man or woman who has seen war up close in Irag/Afghan. and comes back shocked into a new and different life?  See the movie “Brothers” and it gives you this picture.  DO YOU MOURN FOR THEM?
    • The victims of scams–Do you ever think of the scam artists in our land (Bernie Madeoff, etc.) who take advantage of others in order to make themselves richer…than when someone looks him in the eye and says, “Is my money safe?”  He says, “Yes!”  All the while knowing it has disappeared?  DO YOU MOURN FOR THEM?
    • Victims of crimes—Do you think of all the innocent victims which have died at the hands of those who just want to hurt someone?  DO YOU MOURN FOR THEM?
    • CAN YOU GO ON FROM HERE…CAN YOU TAKE A MOMENT AND CONSIDER THE PLIGHT OF THE HUMAN BEINGS AROUND YOU AND SEE THE CONDITIONS OF THIS WORLD, AND “MOURN FOR YOUR FELLOW MAN/WOMAN?

    JESUS MOURNS FOR US

    Luke 19:41-44 Jesus mourns for Jerusalem.  He literally “WEEPS!”  He comes toward Jerusalem, and looks over it, and “WEEPS!”  As we came into JERUSALEM FOR THE FIRST TIME, our bus driver stopped and we got out.  As I looked over the heart of that great city, I remembered the emotion Jesus had for the city.  HE WEPT!

    He could see the distruction that was to take place, and it broke his heart.  Have you ever looked out over the group of a people such as:  prostitutes, alcoholics, drug users, teenagers who commit murder, those who ravage the lives of children, those who scam old people, those who keep the poor, “impoverished.”  Do you ever think of the gays and mourn?  Do you ever think of all the people who are kept in jobs with no hope for tomorrow while the people on top get richer at their expense?  The victims of natural disasters?

    HOW MUCH DO YOU MOURN FOR YOUR FELLOW JOURNEY MATE?  HOW MUCH DO YOU STOP AND THINK OF THE PLIGHT OF A CHILD WHO HAS BEEN MOLESTED BY A GROWN-UP AND NOW HAS TO FEND FOR THEMSELVES?  DO YOU MOURN FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT FIND THEIR WAY ON THE JOURNEY…THOSE WHO ARE LOST? 

    Look deep into the eyes of a person and consider how their life would have been different if only………?  How much would have changed if they had been shown the compassion of a man or woman who wept for them? 

    GOD BLESSES THOSE WHO MOURN, FOR THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED!  MOURN FOR THOSE WHO ARE LESS BLESSED THAN YOU TODAY!  CONSIDER THE JOURNEY OF ANOTHER WHO IS LESS FORTUNATE THAN YOU!  MOURN FOR THOSE WHO NEED AND YOU WILL BE BLESSED BY BEING COMFORTED.

    On My Father’s Business, comforted by what I see,

    Love,  Dean

    https://deants.wordpress.com

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