Tracks in the Sand

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Recently we were on a beach, and everywhere I looked I saw tracks.  Tracks of people, tracks of dogs, tracks of birds and some tracks that I couldn’t tell what made them.  It made me curious.  As I was puzzling over who made such strange tracks (could it be a lizard?)   I also noticed something else.  It was usually quite windy at the beach and the tracks didn’t last long.  Maybe a day, or maybe longer in a sheltered place.  Eventually, over a few days, wind and rain would wipe the tracks out and they would completely disappear.

It made me think of the following verse:

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  James 4:14

Our lives here on earth are so short and much of what we do will disappear so quickly after we die.  What can we do to leave a permanent mark – an eternal mark?

Today I am preaching to myself.  In the last couple years I have become comfortable and complacent.  I go to work, I keep the house, I cook the meals,  I haul the kids to their activities or friends’ houses, I watch TV with my husband.  I don’t read that much, I don’t serve out of the house much, I don’t pray much, and I don’t worship much.  I feel dead, like I am wasting my life.

Verses that I really struggle with obeying/understanding/living are Ephesians 5:15 and 16.

 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

I would like to see some kind of permanent building or construction going on – not just tracks in the sand.   I need to do better about making the most of my time and not wasting it. Do you?

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Jesus: The Light of the World

IMG_9752Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  What does it mean to be the light of the world?  The sun lights up the whole world.  Without it there would be no life, no plants, no living creatures, only darkness and cold.  Jesus is the creator and sustainer of all life on earth and he also brings us the new life through our spiritual rebirth if we believe in Him. 

Jesus also said, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” We are not like the sun, but rather,  Jesus describes us as a city on a hill, or a lamp on a stand.  We who believe in him are the lower lights, pointing the way to him.  I like the way one old hymn puts it:

“Brightly beams our Father’s mercy from His lighthouse evermore,
But to us He gives the keeping of the lights along the shore.
Let the lower lights be burning! Send a gleam across the wave!
Some poor fainting, struggling seaman you may rescue, you may save.”

Through this blog, I hope to use what feeble gifts I have as a lower light who points others to Christ.  I hope it will be an encouragement to others and even to myself as we follow Christ together.