Apr 25 2012

Do we earn blessings?

You know how when you were a kid, or maybe you do this with your kids, you have one of those reward charts.

Good behavior earns a sticker, and when a kid gets so many, they get a new toy or a treat.

Sometimes I think we misunderstand and think God works like that.  Assuming that he has a straightforward reward system for good behavior.  If we’re good, He blesses us.  For bad behavior, he punishes us.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t think that’s right.

Reading through Laura Story’s devotional book, “What if Blessings Come Through Raindrops”.  It’s about how to deal when life turns out not to be the fairy tale you planned, and not blaming God for it.   

You can enter to win the book and her CD Blessings today here on my page.  Just tell me about a Blessing in Disguise in your Life.

In the book, she uses the example of Abraham.  God promised he would be the “father to many nations”.  He finally answered the prayer when he was a very old man, which was not the way he saw his life going down for him.  I’m sure he got petty impatient.  But through his children God created the nation of Israel. 

We have no reason to believe that Abraham had done anything to earn God’s good favor.  In fact, his behavior was far from perfect.

I loved Laura’s take on it:  “As we consider the blessings God pours out on our own lives, do we see them as resources to hoard or opportunities to help someone else?  When something happens in our lives, for better or for worse, she challenges you to stop and ask, “How can I use this blessing for you God?”

Kind of makes you look differently at what you’re going through today.

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Apr 24 2012

Does everyone deserve our forgiveness?

Of course we know God says he forgives all, but what does He expect from us.

Heard this story about Rennee. 

About 10 years ago, her daughter was driving with a friend in Florida.  Megan was 20 at the time. 

She got in a car accident.  It wasn’t her fault.  She was hit by Eric.  He was drunk. 

Megan died.  Eric went to jail.

Her mother Renee, said when you get news like this that the wailing and crying that comes from the depths of your soul," "The pain is so horrible."  In my mind, she has a right to be mad at Eric.  She made it her life’s mission to prevent this happening to any other mother and daughter. So she started a foundation and traveled the country speaking out against drunk driving.  And she’s taking Eric, the one that killed her daughter while driving drunk, with her. She says their message against drunk driving is more powerful together.

Renee saysI could be angry, hateful and bitter," "But I didn’t want to live my life that way. There was no way I could move on and live a happy life without forgiving Eric." 

Renee Napier, Mother Of Drunk-Driving Accident Victim Meagan Napier, Forgives DUI Killer Eric Smallridge. Huffington Post

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