Saturday, February 28, 2009

Kicking out the cobwebs on Time....

I guess the dusty idea we're bringing out today is the idea that we don't have to fill our calendars up. I guess if you are always saying we just don't have time to do this or that, this is for you. Why do we plan all our time away? Do we really have to know every move we're gonna make over the course of a week or month? If the Lord is walking by our side does his calendar match ours? More correctly does our calendar match his?  

We only have now, the present, and eternity. This blog will be concerned with the present.  Jesus makes it plain about the present when he said in Matt. 6:25, 31 and 35 not to take thought of tomorrow for tomorrow will take care of itself.  The present day has enough evil to go around. I am paraphrasing and I hope that makes you feel compelled to check that out.

What areas of time would satan have us concern ourselves with? He really would love for us to live in the past I think. To be able to dredge up every little and big thing that we've ever done when we missed the mark. If he could just get us to dwell on that portion of time, and rub our noses in it. It can be debilitating. 

I think satan would also like for us to be anxious for the future. Both of these positions keep us from focusing on Jesus in the present, thats the entire crux of the matter. Satan wants you to think about how you have thought of Jesus or how you didn't think of Jesus, and how you're going to think of Jesus. Anything to keep you from thinking about Jesus right now, the present.

It might be helpful to remember that Jesus was never big on making any plans other than the one the Father gave him. Not trying to be silly, but I don't see any reference to the holy calendar of future deeds in the new testament. Being Christ like is going to have to make us all think, including myself, about our choices for the present as we go through life.  We don't have any choices to make for the past, and the future is in God's hands as always. I don't believe not having a full calendar makes us lazy and unproductive.  I believe it just leaves time open for God to work in our lives more fully.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ideas on the Shelf...

  I wanted to lay in this first post the purpose of  "Dusty Ideas". 

     Dusty ideas are what could be termed crazy or old style thinking that isn't popular these days. Dusty ideas are the concepts that people have left on a shelf and aren't about to pickup and look at anymore, they're collecting dust. A lot of the time these are ideas that are "tried and true", but they don't carry the ability for people to further self-gratification and materialism that has replaced moral and character development. 

     A General overall lack of spirituality, lack of believing that God is real and is really out there and that he is the God of the universe has contributed to putting a good thick layer of dust on universal truths as defined by the maker of this planet, solar system and universe. I can hear the dust bringers now saying, "Another Bible thumper's opinion". Well you'd be right, and no apologies offered. 

     The first thing dust bringers are short on is patience. The idea of having patience with our fellow man is a stupid and foreign concept to dust bringers. "What do you mean I have to wait?" This is an outrage, I have to wait so everyone here is going to have to listen to me and have a bad day. The dust bringer also thinks that it has every right to stuff our souls with nonsense, expletives, gossip and nonsensical philosophies while they "suffer" in waiting mode. The first thing that would help us all in general would be deciding that being kind to our fellow man would be preferable to chastising them for having to wait. We need to take the idea of gaining some patience and kindness with not only strangers but more so family members. Family members are people too.

We'll drag out another dusty idea soon.