Monthly Archives: January 2014

Changes

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This week, there’s been a lot going on around our house. Many things that are happening that I don’t have any control of, and some that I do. Workmen have been passing through our house morning until evening in order to finish a flooring project in our kitchen and dining room. This has not only thrown our daily routine out of schedule, but disrupted our eating habits because of the polyurethane smell that is left when they leave!

Change is a daily fact of life on Earth whether it is a big change or small ones. C.S. Lewis wrote in The Screwtape Letters “to be in time means to change.” From the passing seasons to the aging of our bodies we are always changing in our habits and thinking. God is not constrained by the limits of time, therefore He is never subject to change. He is, has, and always will be omnipotent,  omniscient, and omnipresent. Sometimes it blows my mind how outside of our lives and concerns He is there and always has been even when time was nonexistent. 

But back to the subject of change. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes bad. Many times I wish we could do without many of the changes in life we have to endure such as getting old or moving away from old friends. But sometimes God uses change to stretch us and mold us in the way He wants us to grow. In fact, the biggest change that will ever happen to you is something that the world of mankind needs. Because we are sinful in every way imaginable, God made the first move in order for us to be with Him while we live, and when we die. But unless we commit our hearts and lives to Him, we won’t change for the better. Many have tried through diet, resolutions, and promises to change their sinful lifestyle. But it is impossible without the power of the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 18:3 Jesus said “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” He was so right. Let us have childlike faith and trust that His will is best. 

In Christ,

Caleb

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A time to worry?

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This past week I’ve been reading in The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis for my English class. There are so many concepts and theories about the Church that I haven’t thought about before. One of them I thought was very good.

There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human’s mind against the Enemy. He wants men to be concerned with what they do; our business is to keep them thinking about what will happen to them.” (The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis © 1941)

So God wants us to be focused on our witness for him in our families and friend. Satan, on the other hand, wants us to be focused on the ‘what ifs?’ Sounds easy, but it’s very hard to do. For example, driving home last night from Indiana was pretty tense. My mom didn’t want me driving, but she was pretty tired herself. Every time we hit the drunk bumps I sent a prayer heavenward that we wouldn’t wreck! Fortunately, we got home safe and my worries were for nothing.

But whether or not your fears are real, it hurts our relationship with Christ if we don’t trust Him. Satan wants us trying to do everything ourselves; to have a false sense of control. This allows us to feel at ease, and secure. But when God is in control, why should we get in the way? Once we learn to ‘let’ God do what He will, you will be surprised at how much easier life becomes. Instead of trying to do someone else’s job, we can now comfort others and bring Christ into others lives.

Jesus is known for being quite the authority on fear. In Matthew 6:31-33 He said, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” So on that note, I hope you guys have a worry-free week!

In Christ,

Caleb

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Reflection on Rain

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As I write this, rain pours down outside. On the whole, I don’t mind rain; but it’s not my kind of weather. ‘A day for ducks!’ is a phrase that aptly describes today. After some new fallen snow and a cold front, it has become unseasonably warm for January. As the snow melts, puddles and mud take its place.

Rain is one of God’s creations, just as snow is. The weather, what affects it, is so awesome when you think about it. Recently in biology I learned that there really are no ‘simple creatures.’ Even the simplest of beings that God has made is so intricate, so perfectly designed that it takes my breath away. God created everything from the smallest amoeba, to the tallest oak, to the hottest star, to the most beautiful soul of man. As we live our lives with everyday cares, worries, and decisions, sometimes we forget to look up. We get so caught up in stuff that-once we go to live with Christ-won’t even matter! We continue with doing our business, content with the humdrum when God offers us so much more! In both peaceful and troubled times, God is there guiding us. He  says in his word “I will never leave you nor forsake you” over seven different times! If God really cares about us that much, will He not keep His word?

Many times, over the past few days, weeks, and months, I have had troubles both physically and mentally. But God has, and will continue to help me through them, and at the end? The sun always shines through. So back to the subject of rain. What physical rain does is provide the sustenance plants need to carry on with their lives. So while we may not know it at the time of our trial, God may be providing us with the skills we will later need in our spiritual walk. So don’t hate the rain, praise God for it. Most of all, know that He loves you and wants only the best for you. Maybe if I keep telling myself as much as I tell others, I’ll get it.

In Christ,

Caleb

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The Return

This post marks my return to the blog that I have forgotten about since last year. Remarkably, due to my ‘everything else’ I have neglected this nook in my life, until now.

2013 is a blur of music, mowing, school, and my struggle with my inner desires. But as I walk into 2013 I feel the presence of the Lord is encouraging to don’t give up. Never give in. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

I studied poetry this past year and finished it. One poem that reminds me of my own struggles was one written by John Milton called, “On His Blindness.”  After reading it over and over, what really struck me about the entire thing was the first couple of lines. Milton being blind, struggled with his own faith many times. He could not see the beautiful earth God created, nor the people he met. He stumbled across roads, and had to ask for help many times. Yet, he pressed on despite his problems.

“When I consider how my light is spent,

Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,

And that one Talent which is death to hide,

Lodged with me, useless, though my soul more bent,

To serve my Maker…”

Here Milton went blind when he was a young man, while I can see. Even through his hard childhood, his life in London, and his blindness he still knew that “that one Talent which is death to hide” was to serve God with his whole heart. I can do no less. We as Christians can do no less. Psalm 54:4 says “Behold the Lord is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my soul.” And He is, if we let him. We must let Him take care of the big picture while we do our job day by day.

In Christ,

Caleb

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