While at the Chiropractor yesterday, the young lady who did our appointment scheduling (Lori) said to me: "You do a blog post, EVERY DAY"? When I mentioned that I generally post about six or so, she was surprised. While at least four of my posts are from others, still, some days it is difficult to write and others- its a snap!!! Today falls into the latter category. When I was reviewing my cache of pictures, this one seemed to just POP!!! It is a "HDR" picture and the contrasts are simply wonderful; it almost made me feel cold just looking at it. And I really don't remember ever seeing a lemon yellow sunrise before. I will remember this picture for some time BECAUSE OF THE CONTRASTS. People sometimes stick to your memory as well; both the very nice and the awfully bad. But, how do come to those definitions anyway? Well, please read the following passage from Colossians and see if you can come up the a standard...
Colossians, Chapter 3
1 If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, our life, is revealed, then you will also be revealed with him in glory. 5 Put to death therefore your members which are on the earth: sexual immorality, uncleanness, depraved passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry; 6 for which things’ sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience. 7 You also once walked in those, when you lived in them; 8 but now you also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and shameful speaking out of your mouth. 9 Don’t lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his doings, 10 and have put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge after the image of his Creator, 11 where there can’t be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondservant, freeman; but Christ is all, and in all.
14 Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the Lord.
17 Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father, through him.
Simple, if God is in your heart, then his desire for you will be in your life. Strange as it may seem, God lives through you because HE is IN YOU!!! Those who knew you before you decided to become a Christian will be amazed at the change and some may even laugh out loud to your face (that actually happened to me). But, to live a life grounded in love (verse fourteen above) is much better than living with all the sin ascribed to the "old man" referred to above. Try it, you'll like it; I promise!!!