The question is asked, "Is there anything more beautiful in life than a young couple clasping hands and hearts in the path of marriage? Can there be anything more beautiful than young love?"
And the answer is given. "Yes, there is a more beautiful thing. It is the spectacle of an old man and an old woman finishing their journey together on that path. Their hands are gnarled, but still clasped; their faces are seamed, but still radiant; their hearts are physically bowed and tired, but still strong with love and devotion for one another. Yes, there is a more beautiful thing than young love. Old love."
Who I am matters to me. It always has. But I've come to realize that my personal view of myself isn't really that accurate. Nope. Actually, my view is pretty much worthless compared to the view of the One who really matters; the One who sees me through the eyes of grace. It is how God sees me that really makes a difference. And when the choice is to see myself through my distorted view, or to see myself through the eyes of God, I'll choose God every time. And so, it is my identity in Christ that actually keeps me going, moving, living, loving.
I find that the more I experience His love for me, His view of me, the more I desire to treat others with kindness, love and hope. Maybe that's part of the problem with what's happening around us, this broken, disrupted world we live in? Maybe if people experienced the love of the One who's view truly matters then people would, once again, matter to each other?!
So, join me in doing your best to experience the view from God's eyes. For His view of me... of you... is really what should matter most. And then, take the time to view others the same. #brucesblog #jesuschangeseverything ... See MoreSee Less
It can become so easy to allow the Grinch, or at least what he represents, to steal away the joys of Christmas. Now, of course, no one can actually "steal" Christmas. Christmas is God-given and can not be stolen. Period. But, it can be diminished, or even tarnished, soiled, forgotten or disrupted. But, it can never be stolen.
With that said, I do believe we can forget that Christmas is a time to remember all that God has given and bestowed upon us. It's acknowledging the fact that God chose to become a man to bring salvation to a lost world. It is "God with us".
But, if you are one who sometimes allows the stresses of the season to overcast the blessedness of the season, here are a few reminders: Don’t let the Grinch steal Christ from your Christmas. And don’t let the Grinch steal the songs of Christmas. Or let bad attitudes steal your Christmas, or pettiness, or greediness or selfishness steal your Christmas. And don't, under any circumstance allow the Grinch of busyness to steal your Christmas. And though it may sometimes be difficult, don't let the Grinch of sorrow, loss or even hard times steal your Christmas. As always, you must make the choice, and I pray that you Choose to dwell in the favor of The Lord.
Finally, my wife and I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas. We hope and pray that you have a wonderful spiritual Christmas season, and one that is filled with joy. Because, only you can prevent the Grinch from trying to steal your Christmas.
Isaiah 9:6 "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." #brucesblog ... See MoreSee Less