Badona broke down and got a smartphone. She said, “The world’s leaving us behind.” Allison helped her set it up and there are stills things she needs to address on it. She was really happy with the good deal she got and has already saved money using coupons on the Apps. However, the first weekend she had it we were late for church because of the phone—texting back and forth to her brother. I may get a cell phone myself this year, but I won’t be connected to the ear. People say, “What do you do in an emergency?” I do what I have always done: carry tools and walk. It has worked for sixty years. I just don’t want to get soft in my retirement years. I’m organized and plan things out. And when I’m with someone, I don’t want to be interrupted. We’ll see what I’ll do. I’m still praying about it.
1 Peter 1:18, 19 God gave His only begotten Son. And through Jesus, Heaven’s best gifts continue to flow to earth. Even when bad things happen to you. We are told ahead of time that those things will happen because of Satan’s hatred. But we have overwhelming evidence of God’s infinite love. This love, this giving, demands a response on our part. What shall we give? Our all!
A third gift that we may give to God is money. God asks us to give, not because He needs our metal, paper, or plastic, but rather because of what those things represent. Returning to Him a portion of the life He has given to us demonstrates our love and faith and our belief that He is our life giver and that we are in tune with His value of life. Thus we do lay up treasures in heaven—saving lives and adding to God’s Kingdom.
With the gift of our heart, we can give our service. When Christ calls us to follow Him, we actually have an example. After all, we are living on His breath from Creation and Redemption. The fact is that Jesus took my sins and guilt to the cross so I can live a full, free life in Him. He will make us fishers of men. There is an old saying, “It is not enough to be good; we must be good for something!”
What a Gift God gave to our fallen world: His own Son! Forever the human race has one of its own at the governing center of the universe. As we meditate on this Gift, we cannot doubt God’s love. As a matter of fact, we receive gifts from God daily. But too often they are taken for granted.
When the psalmist thought about the goodness, mercy, graciousness, and righteousness, he exclaimed, “What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me?” (Psalm116:12). Really, what can we give? First, our hearts; and we have to remember that it is a gift, not a loan. It is not controlled by you. When it is given, it becomes God’s to do with as He sees fit.
We buried my Mom today (Monday), and it wasn’t bad at all. We are confident in Christ’s promises. I do not recommend the 2-4 and 6-8 visitation at the funeral home. This is just too long, but it was good to see people who we don’t see too often. It seems that we see some of them just at funerals. I want to thank all of those who came out to give us their support, as well as all of your prayers. What a reunion it will be when Jesus returns!
Badona and I talked about listing all of our blessings. Well, it was too many to write down! With all these blessings, we can’t help but share all year long. Even as my mother is dying, we still experience God’s blessings. He has told us what the future holds, and we know which period of prophecy that we are living in. Even churches have become like the world, trying to attract people instead of presenting God’s Word that cuts like a two-edged sword. Just during my lifetime I have seen biblical standards and high standards falling in the United States. Jesus has to return pretty soon or else He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.