SIMON SAYS

English: Jesus ascending to heaven

English: Jesus ascending to heaven (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is locked into the heart of our human nature to desire to ascend. We aspire to increase in stature, in wealth, beauty, power; there is no limit to list of accomplishments we envision. Why then, does so little of the accomplishments we would do, ever happen for us in actuality?

There are steps required in the getting and doing of everything. It is not possible to get a drink of water unless we engage the proper procedures to so. It is not possible to build a house unless we assemble the necessary items for building a house.

Too often we dream a dream and place no credibility in that vision; therefore, we fail to look for the path to the realization of the dream.

Sometimes we have dreamed a thought not worthy of birth; but we may have whatever we allow the mind of our hearts to formulate, Jesus said so.   Jesus advised us many times in the Scriptures to be careful of the thoughts we think and the words we say. What does He know about the power of process regarding the employment of those activities?

We are not on this earth without the power to “bring into existence” either good things or bad things. The responsibility is ours to be discerning, and prayerfully thoughtful in the living of our lives.

We must have a “plan,” a goal, or else we float with every breeze that blows against us. More often than not we then find ourselves placed where we never wanted to go. Perhaps we find ourselves in a marriage we simply slipped into, or living in a place we do not enjoy, or suffering illness because we did not recognize the need to order our lives in healthy ways.

Some will eventually find themselves in Hell, and The Lord knows they never planned to go there.

There are “steps” we must take and plans to be made if we want to avoid the ditches of life. That is true of the dimension we live in currently, and also true of the dimension we will live in after the here and now.

Jesus said, “Come to Me,” “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no man comes to the Father except by Me.” “He who comes to Me, I will never cast out.”

Now, those are some steps we must all take to plan for a future that is beautiful and wonderful, and lasts forever and forever.

The chances of residing in Heaven are not, as some have said 50%/50%, because there are two places to go.  By the time we leave this life, the odds are 100%; we will reside in Heaven most assuredly, or in Hell most assuredly; it all depends on the steps taken now to “plan” the course.

This is a proclamation of good news! We are all invited to live with God forever in the joys of Heaven, only it requires of us to take the “Step” of calling out to Jesus for the Salvation He has provided to us and pleads with us to receive.

Step Up now!

Ramona: 05/12/13

AGREE WITH GOD!

As a  child I promised myself everyday that when I grew up I would never again eat milk and cornbread.  In those days there were no lunchrooms at the schools.  We walked to school and then back home for lunch and back to school again.  

My mother lacked imagination, I thought, because she could never think of anything to prepare for my lunch except milk and cornbread. 

Later, in my own years of being a mother, I have realized that a quick lunch was the order of the day.  I never thought about the full dinners she prepared on a coal burning stove and the time that required.

For the record, I do eat milk and cornbread in my adult years, although it isn’t much fun now either but for a different reason.  I have dietary restrictions about the “fat” in the foods I consume.  Milk that has the fat removed isn’t so delicious as that which is whole milk.  

I recall that as a much younger student of the Scriptures I read that God required the Israelites to cut the fat from the meat and to offer it to Him as a burnt offering.  I must admit that I suspiciously thought, “God wanted the good stuff for Himself.”  It seems that we humans innately suspect God of bullying.

I have later come to know that God, as He always does, asked for them to sacrifice that which would be harmful to them.  We can always look to the restrictions God places on us and understand that He has placed those restrictions there because of His love and concern for us, being the Protective Father that He is in fact.

It is our nature to think that the rules God has for every area of our lives are designed to “restrict” the fun things.  The truth is that God gives us those rules to keep us safe. 

The act of being temperate is laborious and requires of us the self-discipline we do not like to apply to ourselves.  If our dieting is for weight loss or for weight maintenance, we cannot permit ourselves to allow food to be the focal point of our thoughts.  Our focus is to eat to live, and if possible to enjoy what we do eat to the end result that we may live longer and healthier lives.

Self-discipline regarding food is more difficult than self-discipline in any other matter of personal consumption.   If one does not eat, one cannot live.  Compare food with other available over-indulgences, such as alcohol, or tobacco, or drugs, which are not required elements for survival, and it is easy to understand that food and dieting are truly one of life’s challenges.  With other areas of self-discipline, to simply not touch the forbidden thing is much easier; we must touch food.

Temperance, in those things which God approves for our use is His requirement of us; not so that He can rule us, but rather so that we may live longer and better.

Indeed, God is on our side.  He’s by far wiser than we; it truly stands to reason then that with Him we must agree!

Ramona:  08/05/2012