Archive | October 2012

Nevertheless

I heard my  old friend, Jeff Blugrind, passed away unexpectedly this week.  He was a good man, an integrous man, a family man, a wonderful husband, father and friend!  There will be a hole in the lives of all who knew him!

After hearing of his unexpected passing, my thoughts kept going to something I had written back in 2009 which I wanted to share with all of you!  I hope this blesses you!

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As we all continue to struggle our way along with what is going on in the economy, this one word would not leave my heart . . . “NEVERTHELESS”!

“NEVERTHELESS” . . . An adverb which indicates the opportunity to change, yet maintaining the same direction or course of action.

This one word serves as a major turning point throughout the Word of God. This one word has stood center stage throughout the course of human history. Allow me to explain.
In March of this year, our dear sister, Kelly Goldsmith, lost a fellow employee of the Southern California Edison Company–his name was Paul Miller.  This man, Kelly’s fellow employee, had battled colon cancer for three years.  Many times Kelly would send out prayer requests for Paul and his family, but what amazed me is that this man exhibited tremendous courage in the face of cancer.  As we learned more about him from Kelly, it became very evident that he used his illness as an opportunity to minister to others.  When others shared words of encouragement with him, he in turn, took that same moment to encourage them!  This note, written to his son, shows you what kind of a man he was:

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It was clear to me that he faced and conquered what I call a “nevertheless moment”.

In Mark 14:36, we find Jesus at one of the most crushing moments in His life. Temptation was pulling on Him, causing His flesh to war against His spirit. The agony that Jesus went through at that moment in the Garden of Gethsemane caused Him to cry out to His Father for help.

“And He said, “Abba Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me…” – Mark 14:36 NKJV.

Have you ever wondered what would have happened if God (the Father) would have answered that prayer? What if Jesus yielded to His own desire that night?

Satan would have certainly won. The virgin birth, the baptism, the miracles, the teachings, everything would have been for nothing!
But praise be unto God for this one small word: “nevertheless”.
“…Nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” – Mark 14:36 NKJV.
Precisely at this moment in time, Jesus stood at the crossroads of eternity and held humanity in His hands. Jesus through prayer completely yielded His will, His desires, His flesh, and His plans to the Will of His Father.

If Jesus turned His back at that moment, we would not be reading what is written here today.  We would not have a moral compass to guide our thoughts, nor an ethical path to lead us to correct decisions.
Today we all face, at times, “nevertheless” moments. The decisions we make and the prayers we pray can change the very course of our lives or that of another person.
Let’s be sure that our prayers do not enable us to take the easy way out. Let’s look and take the example of our Savior.

Today, let us walk in His footsteps.

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Three Little Words

If someone mentioned the phrase “three little words” what would your mind conjure up? So many of the most significant messages that people deliver to one another often come in just three words. When spoken or conveyed, those statements have the power to forge new friendships, deepen old ones and restore relationships that have cooled. The following three word phrases can enrich every relationship every bit as much as the most obvious one.

I AM HERE. Being there for another person is the greatest gift we can give. When we are truly present for other people, important things happen to them and to us. We are renewed in love and friendship. We are restored emotionally and spiritually.

I MISS YOU. Perhaps more friendships could be salvaged and strengthened if people simply and sincerely said to each other, “I miss you.” This powerful affirmation tells others that they are wanted, needed, desired and loved.

I RESPECT YOU. Respect is another way of showing love. Respect conveys the feeling that another person is a true equal. It is a powerful way to affirm the importance of a relationship.

YOU ARE RIGHT. This phrase is highly effective in diffusing an argument and restoring frayed emotions and, of course, the flipside of “you are right” is the humility of admitting “I am wrong.”

PLEASE FORGIVE ME. Many broken relationships could be restored and healed if people would admit their mistakes and ask for forgiveness. All of us are vulnerable to faults and failures. A person should never be ashamed to own up that they have been in the wrong, which is saying in other words that they are wiser today than they were yesterday.

I THANK YOU. Gratitude is an exquisite form of courtesy. People who enjoy the companionship of good, close friends are those who don’t take daily courtesies for granted. They are quick to thank their friends for their many expressions of kindness. On the other hand, people whose circle of friends is constricted often do not have attitude.

COUNT ON ME. “A friend is one who walks in when others walk out.” Loyalty is an essential ingredient for true friendship; it is the emotional glue that bonds people. When troubles come, a good friend is there saying “you can count on me.”

LET ME HELP. The best of friends see a need and try to fill it. When they spot a hurt they do what they can to heal it. Without being asked they pitch in and help.

I UNDERSTAND YOU. People become closer and enjoy each other more if they feel that the other person accepts and understands them. Letting other people know in so many little ways that you understand them is one of the most powerful tools for strengthening a relationship.

GO FOR IT. Some of your friends may have dreams and plans that may seem beyond reach. Support them and rather than urging them to conform, encourage their uniqueness. Everyone has dreams that no one else has.

I LOVE YOU. Of course three little words that you were probably expecting to see first in this list have to be reserved for someone very special in our lives. So often God speaks to us in messages of three words and, even if our relationship with Him is not as close as it should be at times, we can still be reassured that no matter when we turn to him, he will always say to us:

I forgive you,
I love you.
You are mine,
Take my hand,
Go in peace.

This week use whatever three little words are required to restore and deepen relationships with the important people in your life.

Even when you have reached your lowest point, when days are dark, and when even so-called friends and loved ones have turned against you, know that there is always One true and sincere life companion you can count on – GOD. (From God’s message)

In the Darkest Night, in the Deepest Pain… REST IN GOD’S PRESENCE, RELY ON GOD’S POWER and BELIEVE GOD’S PROMISES.

Hebrews 13:5
“I will never leave you nor forsake you!”