“This Is All That’s Left”

all-thats-left“I can’t believe it. After her whole lifetime, this is all that’s left.”

Kathy said that Friday as she stood in the front corner bedroom where the remainder of her mother’s possessions were. They buried her four days earlier.

I had to agree, it’s remarkable. Her house was sold a few years ago, all her possessions were sold, donated, or thrown away. Only a tiny fraction of what she owned was claimed by family members.

“. . . this is all that’s left.”

After making that statement Kathy continued to clean out the bedroom. It’s empty now. I know that because I can hear the carpet shampooer in the background as I write this.

In the end, her mom left plenty that was of value, but none of it was material.

We could learn something from the minimalists.

Jesus was a minimalist.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” –Jesus Christ, Matthew 6:19-21

References and Resources:

Bible Gateway, Matthew 8:20

Bible Gateway, Matthew Chapter 6

A Man I Know Who Prays Without Ceasing

I have this friend who stocks shelves for a big box store. We were in his truck talking about praying before making big decisions and he commented that, sometimes, while he’s putting up merchandise at work, he prays for most of his eight hour shift.

I thought that was pretty cool.

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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Senna Part 2–Teach us to number our days: Psalm 90:12

Ayrton Senna bible verse

(From the archives.)

The story of Formula 1 race car driver, Ayrton Senna is so compelling that I couldn’t help but write this post to let you know how the whole thing ended. After his victory over his rival Alain Prost (see post on Genesis 33 to read Part 1 of Senna’s story) he went on to win two more world championships. Ayrton Senna was a flawed man, yet greatly loved in his native Brazil, and around the world, for his humble, unassuming nature. In an interview after winning his third world title, Senna talked about how he was happiest when he was learning and improving as a driver, and also as a man. At the end of the interview he made this comment:

“There is a lot to go, a lot to learn, a lot to live, but I have plenty of time.”

I don’t know anything about Ayrton Senna’s beliefs or theology, but I do know that shortly after that interview, on Sunday, May 1, 1994, the morning of the San Marino Grand Prix, Senna woke up and asked God to talk to him. He opened his Bible to a verse that, according to his sister, said Continue reading

Someone I Love Lies Dying In My Bedroom Right Now

time-is-running-out-by-glasgows-finest-ccAs I write this someone I love lies dying in my bedroom.

Life is short.

Life is fragile.

Live for Jesus.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” –Jesus Christ

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A Christians Heart 4 – 7 – 2014

Wisdom from my friend Ken.

A Christian's Heart

Building the LORD’s House of Obedience
Read Haggai 1: 2 – 11.

In this passage, the people of Israel had returned from captivity, but the LORD’s house lay in ruins because they had refused to rebuild it. This displeased the LORD. Because of their disobedience He thwarted their plans and rained hardship down on them: Though they expected much, it turned out to be little; what they brought home, the LORD blew away; they had planted much, but harvested little. He even called down a drought and ruined their crops. This was to get their attention. Why? Because they were busy building their own houses, while His lay in ruins.

Don’t we often do the same thing in our own lives? We diligently build our own houses: our jobs, our activities, our desires – our will and our ways. This might include being very busy doing churchy things, tithing, even…

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Maybe The Most Undervalued Verse In The Bible (Or how to fail at guarding your heart)

heart-via-pixabay-no-attribution-required(Read Proverbs chapter 4)

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 NIV

How To Fail To Guard Your Heart

The writer of Proverbs chapter four is sharing wisdom with his sons. He spends much of the chapter admonishing them to listen to his words and to value wisdom highly. Then, toward the end, he says what he says in verse 23, “Above all else, guard your heart . . .”

“Above all else,” he says.

This instruction, which is at the very least Continue reading

Who To Criticize: John 7:19-24


Leonid Mamchenkov criticizing himself.

(Read John 7:19-24)

Last post from the book of John we saw how people were amazed at Jesus’ words because he had no formal education in the scriptures. We also saw how Jesus had an affinity for people who love to do God’s will and seek to glorify Him rather than themselves. (See previous post Choosing A Church (And Who I Should Listen To): John 7:10-18)

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Choosing A Church (And Who I Should Listen To): John 7:10-18

Church On Fire via God Speak Calvary Chapel-labeled for reuse on Google Images

(Read John 7:10-18)

Last post from the book of John we saw how Jesus’ brothers didn’t get him. They goaded Jesus and tried to provoke him into traveling with them to Jerusalem for the Feast of Booths. (see previous post 3 Things To Do When Your Family Doesn’t Get You: John 7:1-9)

The Crowd Reacts To Jesus Continue reading