Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Shel Silverstein

Ten-O-Cycle

You pedal, you pump,
You bump on your rump,
You're sweatin' and ready to cuss,
When you're ridin' a bicycle built for ten
(And the other nine took the bus).

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Life and Death

Philippians 1:21-22"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me."

This thought is mind boggling in its simplicity, it explains to us how we are to live....and die. The life I am living in this body is one that God has called me to live. It is for Christ that every day I wake up, breath and work. But the day that I don't wake up and breath will be a day of rejoicing, a day of gaining. In every aspect of our lives this thought should be present, our goal is Christ whether in living or dying. Every situation in the day, setting the table, cleaning showers, working, reading and playing we are to live for Christ doing fruitful labor. And in death we as Christians are going to gain, because we are go to be with the one we love. God desires us to live each day as though it was today that we are going to die, this is our last day to share his love with those around us, especially to those who are spiritually dying. We are not to fear death but understand how close it is to us. And that thought should give us a more powerful desire to do fruitful labor for Christ.

This quote from Amy Carmichael is rather thought provoking, "I would rather burn out (for Christ) then rust out". She said that when someone told her she needed to slow down or she was going to burn out. To me it speaks like Hebrews 12:1-3 "I would rather run the race, pick up my cross and burn out for Christ. Rather then go along sedately and safely and rust out".

Hebrews 12:1-3 says"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart".

This is the key to how we are to live and labor for Christ, throwing off everything that hinders, fixing our eyes on Him, following in his footsteps, enduring opposition. Dying to self and our desires, picking up our crosses and following him. If we are running with perseverance then we won't have time to be selfish, grow weary or lose heart. And He will give us the strength that we need to throw off everything that hinders.

What is it in your life that hinders you?

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Mark Twain

In honor of someone, (I shan't name them) who has bunked it to D.C I have a few small quotes from Mark Twain.

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress... But I repeat myself.

Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a Congressman can.

Taken from, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Mrs. 'Arris

But at the eating of a snail she firmly balked. She examined them with interest in their steaming fragrant shells. The spirit was willing but her stomach said no.
"I carn't, " she finally confessed, "not arfter seeing them walking about."

Taken from, Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris.