Monday, July 28, 2014

The Best Friends I Cannot Have

"A  little yeast leavens the whole lump of dough. I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty."   ... Galations 5:9-11


         I love where I live. The city, the state, the house, the yard.

Even on dark, rainy days like this one I love staring at my 'farm garden bed'. Even the squirrel on the fence enjoys  looking.

I've found that Life with God at the center is awesome.

Yet some Christians disagree. They believe Life on Earth is bad. All of it:

Non-Christian music
Laughing in church
Yard sales in a church parking lot
Women teachers/preachers
Dresses above the knees
Welfare benefits for anyone
All tv evangelists
Mega churches

They make a bigger deal of what appears bad than of our huge, awesome God and alienate inquisitive, seeking non-Christians.

I don't spend much time with those Bad Things Spreaders, those for whom Christianity has become a Thou Shalt Not Agenda (sometimes blatant, other times subtle). If you are one, well, I may spend a little time with you and I will ask God to help me love you, but I'm afraid we can't be best friends. (But then, you probably don't want me as one. It's wild how that works.)

I have to protect my mind and the person God's still creating and keep the poison out of my soul. If I don't, who will?

Once God opened my eyes to all the beauty, I told Him I wanted to help Him broadcast it, like seeds, everywhere. And I mustn't let anything hinder me from spreading the Good News-- I can't afford to ever become a Bad Things Spreader.


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

"...having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people."  ... 2 Timothy 3:5  (Sometimes when we separate ourselves from certain others, satan and/or our conscience will tell us we're sinning. But if we're obeying God in it, we're doing right and can rest peacefully in that.)

"Instead he finds pleasure in obeying the Lord's commands; he meditates on his commands day and night."   ... Psalm 1:2

And in case you're wondering .... no, nothing happened recently to spark this post. This is just something never too far from my mind, given Today's negative-leaning world. And if this post makes me sound conceited,well, let's just say I hope it doesn't. I'm only careful where I place my allegiance, how I care for my sanity, and how I spend my days, which adds up to my life. That's all.


Free kindle books:

Yesterday I spray-painted the bottom half of our flagpole but it is not that florescent(yikes!).


Renee Zellweger's farmhouse is for sale and some photos are here. Some of the outdoor views reminded me of Gladys Taber's Stillmeadow.


Anonymous said...

Though we are not necessarily constrained to say so, we must be careful that what we believe lines up with the Scripture. All of it. Your list here includes some of that. But one needs to remember of course, that GOD has ways to reach people and usually that won't involve our pointing things out to others. It has amazed me at times to learn that sometimes those who do not see things quite as we do, for one thing have never in their lives read the entire BOOK....heh, that does make for a different perspective, especially when you believe as I do, that one needs to read every book from page 1 to the end, if they want to really understand it.
Elizabeth in WA

Debra said...

Hi Elizabeth--I believe my post spoke more about peoples' priorities, what they concentrate upon and what they spend the most time doing and speaking about. The 'bad things' were just examples. I'd rather hang around people who spend more time praising God than criticizing what everyone else is doing. I'd hoped I made that clear.... Blessings, Debra

Anonymous said...

I agree...praising GOD is most important...understood.
Elizabeth in WA

Anonymous said...

Good post. Jan, Maine

Pam said...

Excellent reminder to stay focused on what matters most.

Dolores said...

Awesome post Debra!

Debra said...

Thank-you Jan, Pam and Dolores! Blessings, Debra