When Am I Most Believable?

If you’re like me, you hate it when people don’t believe what you say. There is no worse feeling than when you share an important bit of information with a friend, and he or she immediately turns to someone else to get a different opinion—to check the validity of your statement.

I hate that. Why don’t people just believe me? But then I ask, what makes me unbelievable? Maybe it’s the way I look. Do I look like a dork? A crazy person? An imbecile? Uneducated? Not confident in myself? What is it?

Or maybe it’s more than just the way I look. Maybe it’s the way I come across. The way I act. Maybe I don’t come across to people with confidence. Or maybe they just don’t know me well enough.

Maybe the question I should be asking is, when am I most believable? That’s easy. I am most believable at my job. I’m a house painter; have been for 30 years. Most of the people that call me for work are repeat customers. They know me and know that I do a good job for them. I love it most when they give me a key to get in if they are not going to be home. I love that because that tells me that they trust me.

You know that I’m a blogger; but I’m also a self-published author. It’s important for me to know, or at least to believe, that people believe me, to believe what I say in writing. But it has been especially hurtful when someone I regard as a friend has had no interest in reading one of my books. I don’t mind if they judge me after they have read some of it; but to judge me before they read one word of it is especially hurtful. It is almost like telling me that I have no business writing a book on anything, because I’m just not of that caliber; that I should prove myself first; that I should make a name for myself before I put a book out.

I think it’s most important for people to believe in an authority figure like the President or the governor or a policeman. These days people are really distrusting the police—that’s so sad. But it’s even more devastating to know that they mistrust our President. Many love the President; but sadly, far too many despise him—thanks to the media who constantly spew lies about him.

I think everyone has watched the TV show Bonanza. Out of all the characters in that show, who is the most believable? Well, it has to be Benjamin the father. He is the oldest and has proven to be the wisest. Adam, the oldest son, I think is also quite believable. He just has that look of maturity about him. But little joe and Haus, not so much.

Back to Presidents. Which President do you think has been the most believable—trustable. George Washington is a good choice. But FDR I think is a better choice. He took us through over 3 terms—12 ½ years. Everybody loved him and trusted him (Democrats and Republicans), even though we knew he was less than perfect.

You know, now that I have had a chance to think about it for a while, is it most important that people believe you, believe me? After all, most haven’t and don’t believe in Jesus as they should. I think our greatest effort should be to convince people to believe in Him. But can I convince them if they don’t first believe in me when I try to tell them about Him?

I don’t know. All I can do is try to make myself believable and present the gospel as well as I can—and let the Holy Spirit do the rest. That’s a good thought. I think the Holy Spirit will help to convince a person to believe where I can’t. He will do the work in a person regardless of my inadequacy, my clumsiness, my lack of wisdom and maturity. Thank God that we have such a helper available to us. With His help I indeed am most believable.

Fly Thru Only

I laughed so hard at this comic.

Today I ate at Perkins. It was good to finally sit down at a restaurant again. Also, I made an appointment to finally get my hair cut after four months. It was really getting long. Sometimes we take those little things for granted. Thank God for all the little conveniences that He gives us to enjoy.

Why Are People Talking About White Privilege?

I keep hearing the term “white privilege.” I think some people may be suggesting that rich white people need to do more to help the poor black people, or even to somehow make it so that no one is poor anymore. I don’t think that is possible. Even Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you…” (Mark 14:7). I’m sure Jesus didn’t like that people were poor. He just knew that because of sin in the world, there would always be poor people—and also rich people.

But if I am reading what people are saying, they are suggesting that governments can do something about the poor. Well, many governments have been trying to relieve the poor for many centuries, but have always failed. It doesn’t work. That government system is called Socialism or even Communism. It is what they tried in Venezuela, but you see what happened there. That country use to be a rich country. Sure, there were the poor there, but now everyone is poor—except a few at the top who are very rich.

I think we ought to just accept the fact that there are poor people, and rich people, and people in between. Sure, it is up to each of us to help whoever you see that needs help. But please don’t put it on the government. I think the best people can do to help the poor is not only to give to them, but help them to know how they can help themselves. Encourage them and pray for them and be a friend to them.

Please, we need to stop talking bad about rich people. They are not all bad. Many of them worked very hard to get to where they are. Some I know are crooked, but many are good and are great givers. We ought not to think that they should just give all of their money away to help the poor—so as to even things out, or make things fair. We ought to except things as they are. To be content. Whether we are rich or poor, to be content. And don’t think that being rich is all happiness and being poor is all sadness. Many rich people are very sad and many poor are very happy. True happiness has nothing to do with money, but everything to do with our relationship with God in Jesus. He gives us true happiness in Him.

Crooked and Straight Trees

Crooked Tree

As you can see, this is a very crooked tree. And notice that it is in the swamp.

A leaning tree.

This tree is not so raggedy, but it is bent over. It is also in a low area next to the swamp.

A very crooked tree.

This tree is a mess! And it is totally in the swamp. A swamp tree.

A very tall and straight group of trees.

Now here is a very lovely group of tree. Very majestic looking. And they are no where near a swamp.

Tall trees.

Notice that these tall trees are nowhere near a swamp. They were planted above the swamp.

Crooked and tall trees

In this picture, notice that the trees on the left are on lower ground and they are crooked and bent over. But the rest of the tree are on higher ground and they are straight and strong.

I was wondering if we can learn something from these trees. The Psalmist in Psalm 1:3 tells us that the righteous man will be like a tree that is firmly planted by streams of water. But it doesn’t say that he is planted in the water, but by the water. Those who are planted in the water get too much water. Are there some Christians that get too much water? I think a Christian that spends all of his time reading the bible and going to church, but has no ministry, he may end up like a crooked tree. He is getting too much nourishment–more than his body can handle. Just a thought.

Plan Not to Plan

In this comic strip, Jeremy seems to be trying to get out of work. On the other hand, he may have a point.

I think we should be very careful about making plans and goals. I have gotten myself into a lot of trouble when I have made big goals and plans for myself. For me, it works better to first pray about a thing, and then pray some more. I would rather let Him lead me into something than to make big plans. As Proverbs 16:3 instructs us, we should first commit our way to Him and then He will establish the plans He desires of us.

Proverbs 16:9

The mind of man plans his way,

But the Lord directs his steps.

Proverbs 19:21

Many are the plans in a man’s heart,

But the counsel of the Lord, it will stand.

Proverbs 16:3

Commit your works to the Lord,

And your plans will be established.

Making the most of the Pandemic

Fish practicing social distancing.

I’ve gotten in the practice now of picking up my breakfast and coffee at some fast food place, getting a newspaper, and then parking at this place near a walking trail where people walk by. I like to wave and greet them. Yes, we can still wave from a distance. We need to make the most of this pandemic.

News: How Getting the News Will Benefit Me

Foxnews.com

I didn’t use to pay much attention to the news. I just lived my life from day to day, not worrying about anything else in the world. I suppose that describes a young and irresponsible person. Well, people grow up—most people. And I guess I’ve finally been growing up and paying more attention to what’s happening around me. It’s been like that for the last few years; and now a more responsible change in me has made me kind of fearful. I mean I’m reading the newspaper more than I ever did, and I tune into the news channels more than I ever did. And I think that that is why I am feeling more anxious and fearful these days. But I have just now begun to think that reading and listening to the news doesn’t have to be a cause of anxiety. If I take it in with good and Godly intentions, it can be a great help to me and others.

Okay, here are…

Six Ways that Getting the News Can Benefit Me

1. When I read the newspaper, seek to find interesting news items to focus on and to blog on, so I can contribute what I learn to others.

2. Seek to find positive and uplifting stories—to find God’s grace in a corrupt and evil world.

3. Seek to find the different sides of issues, and then try to sift through it all to find the truth.

4. Be always prayerfully looking to find in the news both what is true and what is false (or evil). In this way I will eventually become more aware that God is building in me a godly discernment, and I will take great comfort in that realization.

5. If I am both prayerfully taking in the news, as well as reading the bible, I will be more keyed into how world events are falling in line with bible prophecy.

6. As I am made more aware of world events and how they fit into bible prophecy and into His timetable, I will feel more at peace with myself and with God, because I think I will be more in tune with Him. Thus, being more like him, I will be more objective in my thinking—so, to be able to look down on it all with wisdom and understanding, and to know what I can and should do to help others.

The Mortification of Sin

Prayer A to Z

Jesus deals with this topic of the mortification of sin in Matthew 5:29-30.

“And if your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 “And if your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to go into hell.

Some do not identify this passage as one that deals with the mortification of sin, but D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in his book, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount insists that it does. And notice that it comes directly after verses 27-28, which deals with the sin of adultery; or more precisely, adultery in the…

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