11-10-13 – At different times I have been asked if I had a blog, or if I had thought of doing one. Well it’s been on my mind. Okay, sometimes it stays in my head for a long time before I act! In preparation I had bought and kept certain domain names. Recently my son Julian told me again that I should do a blog. So, in hopes that I am being obedient to God, I took Julian’s advise. I hope that it is a blessing to God, and to you. Should anything in here be a blessing to you, then I pray that God, and only God, is praised.
James 2:1 – My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.
Matthew 28:19-20 – Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Acts 15:9 – He did not discriminate between us and them, for He purified their hearts by faith.
Heroism is not an act that is done, it is a quality of character that pre-exists and rises at the right time.
On FB I saw a post about two men who are heroic young black men. This did not surprise me. This happens every day. I know and have known many adult “boy scouts” and “girl scouts” from every race and culture. People of all colors do wonderful acts of kindness and bravery every day. This should not surprise us.
A few days ago I was taking the old truck out and it stalled on busy Western Ave., just before an intersection. It just cut off. There was no power. It seemed liked something shorted out. The truck is a big old 3/4 ton beast with big tires and a camper shell on it. The tow truck was immediately called. There were frustrated people honking and going around me. All of a sudden there was a young man, not so different from either of those two young men, who had run across traffic to ask me if he could help by pushing the truck. I told him that I wouldn’t ask him to try it by himself because the truck is so heavy. So he said he would get a couple friends to help and he ran off. Very shortly he was back with a couple friends. Before they started I told the young man that I would normally want to thank them with some money for helping but he smiled a big smile and he said something like “Oh, no worries man!” They then pushed me across an intersection so that I was parked safely next to the curb. I gave them the few dollars I had on me and wished I could have given them more. I so appreciated the help!
The thing is, the young man didn’t help me for the money. No, he helped me because it was in his heart to do. I am so grateful to him. Now what he looked like should not matter, but I will mention it only in light of the current hysteria around race. He was a young black man. When he had suddenly appeared at my window I was at first startled, not because of his race but because he had some deep scabs on one side of his face. He had been hurt. He could have fallen off his skateboard, or he could have gotten beaten up. His severe healing wounds startled me. He being black did not surprise me. Almost all the black men I know I truly admire and love. Good men, with good hearts who will jump in to help a stranger. Just like men of any other color. Because they are just like men of any other color. I don’t like mentioning that he was Black but I do because of what is currently going on. Family, most of us try to be kind to each other (but we all have varying days of success with that). And, by the way, a young lady of color (actually a neighbor girl) had offered to push the truck. I was floored that this teenage girl would offer to help. She actually stayed close by to make sure I would be okay. Both of these young people just wanted to help. I appreciate them both and am grateful for their kindness.
The angels of God are messengers, or representatives of Him. Apostles were likewise delegates, or messengers of God. They work for God. I think that this young man, his friends, and the young girl all were used to express God’s care and love for me. They were not angels, but very much were used of God as angels and apostles are. Yes, the young man was black, the friends that he got to help were white, and the young lady was hispanic. That is who God sent to help me. Not surprising to me. Most of us are more alike than different. Cultures are different, and important, but they are small differences between us. The most important thing is that Jesus died for all of us. All of us. What is most important to me is what we all have in common. We are all God’s creation. We all have spirit, soul and body. (1 Thessalonians 5:23) Jesus died for all of us. (Ephesians 2:4-6) He loves all of us. That is what matters to me. Laws will not heal our land. God living in us and so loving all of us through each other is what will heal our land. Since I know that God living in us only happens through Jesus Christ, it is why I share the love of God for all mankind that came to save us through Jesus. And, it doesn’t matter to me what shade of skin Jesus was, it was who He was and what He did that matters most. Just like these people that helped me. The color of their skin was inconsequential, the kindness in their hearts is what mattered to me. To me, I saw the Lord through these people, whatever their color, and whatever their beliefs. I see our creator in people of all color. (I detest having to say that! Isn’t that obvious?) These young people reinforced to me that God is good all the time and that He loves us. So thankful for them. Most of all, I’m so thankful to God. Praise God who sent Jesus to die for us all! Praise God! Always, praise God!
Psalm 150:6 – Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
Micah 7:7 – But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.
Micah 6:8 – He has shown You, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of You but to do justly, to love mercy, And to walk humbly with Your God.
Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”
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