"For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God."

– Romans 8:14

Can You Even Imagine?

Well my post tonight is going to be a little different. Lately I've been feeling a bit discouraged and in dwelling on it I find myself continuously thinking about the people, circumstances or things that just bring me down in life. Now this is no ones fault but my own...but it's always easier to try and blame someone or some circumstance on the negative state of mind and heart.

But that's not truth.

Life is not about blaming others for your problems or the negative situation you are in. Life is about enjoying all that you have been given and making the most of your opportunities. Life is about recognizing the often unseen joys that have been presented to you. Now some of you might disagree with the next few paragraphs I'm going to write but I invite you to continue reading. I mean you're here already right?

Life is about living in complete contentment with all that God has provided you. He doesn't owe us anything at all. We are the ones that knowingly disobey and disregard His words on a daily, if not hourly basis. Imagine if you were in His position. Your son or daughter, whom you love very much, just continues to not obey your commands. You ask if they can take out the trash, they then proceed to empty the garbage into your pillow cases. You ask if they can wash the dishes, they throw them into the garbage can, which is now nice and empty due to the fact that the trash is now where you lay your head. Now these situations might be a little funny but what about something a little more serious?

Every day you tell your son or daughter that you love them very much and no matter what they do, you'll always love them. Your son doesn't even acknowledge what you have just said and strides past you, barely brushing your shoulder. Your daughter rolls her eyes and doesn't even cast a second glance. She's out of the room before you can even say her name. Can you even imagine how that would feel? I'm sure some of our parents know full-well how that feels. And believe me this is not just a call-out. I know 100% that I have done this to my parents and yet here I am, in my warm home with my family, typing up this post on my iPhone, no thought in my mind of my parents kicking me out because I disobeyed them.

I understand that some parents may not deserve the love that you have to give but please understand this, there is a Father that is more than enough for you and me and every person on this planet.

Your father might be an abusive alcoholic that has never said one kind thing to you in your life.Because I don't find myself in that situation, I'm not one to give advice or even be able to really understand the pain that you may go through. But I hope you know that no matter how much you may screw up or how much you think you are not worth anything, someone does love you.

Remember that feeling you imagined after your son or daughter didn't even acknowledge your love for them? That is a consistent event for God. He sees His children walk away. They yell out that they don't need Him anymore and wish that He wasn't around anymore. Some even go as far as to spit in His face and completely stray from all that He has planned for them.

Throughout this all, He's still there waiting for you. Waiting for you to turn back to Him. Unlike an earthly father that may continue to hold a grudge or even stop speaking to you, God wipes the slate clean when you are truly sorry and ask for forgiveness.

It says in Psalm 103:8-12 that "The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide (scold or rebuke), nor will He keep His anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities (immoral behavior). For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his  steadfast love toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us."

Okay so that was a big chunk of scripture but in summary, that verse is saying that God is full of mercy and grace, He doesn't anger easily and is filled with love that won't stop (catch that last part? It won't ever stop. This is seen in the next few verses). He doesn't deal with us on how bad we are or the bad things we do in life. As high as the heavens is from the east (that's pretty high) is His love for those that fear (honor or respect, a reverence for) Him. And he is quick to forgive us. Think about anything terrible that you have ever done. If you truly seek forgiveness and repent (confess that sin) God is quick to forgive you.

Well this post was initially going to talk about finding your completeness and solidarity in God but...I seem to have wrote a full 7 paragraphs off of that small tangent above...oh well. I feel better and now I have something else to write about. Well I hope this post has provided you with some wisdom and to all those that feel as if no one loves them, you're reading from a guy that loves you. Understand that I'm not just out to look all "holy" or whatever by writing this blog because that's not my aim or goal. I like to write on stuff that is important to me and I like to help people. That should be reason enough.

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