They Are Watching

Their eyes are on us. They are watching our every move.

There are two groups I can think of. One is those who are not believers and watching our every move so when we fail they can point fingers and use it against God and us. There are also those around us who are hungry for and need God. These people are watching how we act and often imitate what we do because they see us as “good Christians” and want what we have.

My question is what about when we have a bad day, what about when every single thing that can go wrong, does? Not every day here on this earth is paradise; in fact most days are not.

No pressure.

Sometimes (more often than not) my behavior reminds me of what Paul said in Romans. I don’t understand what I do and the things I know I should not be doing…………..I do anyway. There are times that the more I try to be good, the harder it seems and the less it happens.

The thing is living in the world we do, we are going to have tough times. As Christians we have to live by a different standard and very definitely a higher standard.

Without a doubt, it is hard.

When we meet a new acquaintance and they want to know where to go in our town and what to do, how do we answer? We tell them about the best restaurants, the stores that have the most fashionable clothes and good prices, the best fishing hole, an awesome shooting range, the coffee shop with the out of this world coffee, good contractors, dentists, doctors etc.  How often do we mention the church options and invite them to ours, the meaningful new bible study you attend, a family of Christian people who enjoy the same hobby (motorcyclists in my case J)

When we (Christians or not) find ourselves in a position where we vehemently disagree with our neighbors, coworkers, churchgoers, the person next to us in the checkout line, we become warriors of the most brazen sort. Maybe we should become warriors of the prayer sort.

When someone we do not like falls upon hard times, we think to ourselves, well, well, look who finally got what they deserve. Before getting too righteous we should be remembering that we got something precious we did not deserve, do our foes not deserve the same from us?

When we sense the Holy Spirit nudging us to call a friend, take a meal, send a card, share a prayer or stop the person walking by and give them a hug, but we don’t because time is short. You may have just missed the only chance that person has today for comfort and support. You certainly have missed a chance to show that Jesus Christ lives in you.

When we do what is right but not necessarily easy, others notice, a seed is planted and respect grows. When we do what is right maybe a heart is softened just enough to start seeking that which they see in us. When we do what is right God’s Kingdom grows and angels rejoice.

Dottie

……………….and so I ride

 

 

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Winter Dormancy

Winter is a dormant season in the plant world. Physical activity is temporarily stopped. It is during this dormant period that plants prepare for strong regrowth during the next growing season. In other words even though plants look withered or dead during the cold, hard winter months their roots continue to grow deeper, strengthen and thrive preparing for the spring thaw.

When I look out in my garage at my bike sitting there with the seat off and the battery hooked up to a trickle charger I am thankful that come warmer weather she will be ready to ride because of a few extra measures I take during the cold dormant season.

I ask myself what I am doing to prepare for the coming riding season. What can I do to prepare my riding ministry for success? Am I taking the opportunity during this dormancy to strengthen my Christian roots, to establish a deeper relationship with God and my Bible or am I simply content to grow my couch potato empire?

We ride a lot in the spring, summer and as far into autumn as we can. It seems to me that with a little  preparation during the cold winter months we can make sure those rides go from simple riding for pleasure (although there is nothing wrong with that) to rides that make a difference in the Kingdom of God.

I can be content to watch my spiritual tree shed its leaves during the winter season and stand bare and withering. Or I can take the steps to make sure that when the weather warms and bikes come out of the garage, I have done all I can do to nurture the spiritual roots God has planted in me.

 

Dottie

……………………and so I ride

Godly Legacy

I can guarantee that this is not going and does not end up  where you think it is. God is funny that way, give Him the pen and He takes it where He needs it to go.

I have been struggling recently with several difficult things that are happening in my life. It would be easy to succumb to the oh poor me frame of mind, and in fact I was there for a while as I walked through the heartache and uncertainty. So I went searching for Biblical help.

I recently found a list of scripture that listed who we are and what we have in Christ. There were 101 scripture on this list. I know upon diligent study more can be found.

Did you know or more importantly, do you remember that you are justified, a citizen of heaven, forgiven, adopted, included, you are protected, you are not helpless, you are persevering and overcoming. You are set free, righteous and more than a conqueror. You are safe, you are chosen and you are given God’s peace. You are not alone and can stand strong in the day of evil. Are you getting what I am saying here? To be a child of God is to be given an elite and precious legacy.

This is not only a list of who you are in Christ; this is a list that includes all your brothers and sisters in Christ. Now we all know that not one of us is perfect, we have all sinned. It is also good to remember that no one sin is bigger than another, you are no better than your brother because you think he sinned worse than you. It doesn’t work that way. WE ARE ALL GUILTY OF SIN but luckily we are also ALL forgiven. Always, always remember that God loves us for who we are not in spite of who we are.  Not just you, not just me, but all who call on the name of the Lord.

There is so much wrong in this world. We are faced daily with sickness, death, jealousy, bad marriages, financial woes, division between friends, family, and churches, tragedy after tragedy.  As long as we are living in this world heart ache and heart break will be present.

Allow me to go on a bit of a rabbit trail here for a moment. I feel led to include here that when we are faced with difficulty, especially when it is of a delicate or intimately emotional matter, don’t bow to ways of the world. Don’t gossip, don’t add fuel to the fire by continuing to fight the battle on social media just to make sure you have the last word or just to make sure that everyone knows you are taking the high road. Once you have done things biblically, leave it there. Human nature being what it is, we are all guilty of fighting our battles at least once in awhile, in the worldly fashion, but by fighting them that way you get worldly results. Take your battle to God and let Him fight it for you.

As a child of God you have a crown to live up to and a kingdom to represent. Sometimes living as royalty means surrendering the fight to God. Find a list of just who we are as sons and daughters of God, study it one scripture at a time. It will give you a whole new perspective. It will give you a reason to go on.

Dottie

…………..and so I ride