We had the February UCOA meeting today out at Bentwood Texas in Georgetown. The weather was definitely better than last week when we canceled the meeting because of weather. There were quite a few event announcements, so be sure to check the UCOA calendar at http://ucotexas.org for all the details. After the meeting, I saw Rob with his FXR in the parking area, so I had to take his picture. You will find three renditions of that shot, sort of titled Normal, Vivid, and Oh My Gosh. Be sure to take a look at the end of the photos.
Our monthly Christian Unity meeting was this evening at Bill Miller’s BBQ. The weather was kind of poor, so we had pretty light attendance, but but that makes for a more intimate meeting. I think that is supposed to be a good thing 🙂
We had our usual Bible discussion, and then we ended the meeting i prayer, so we could get to the highlight, which is talking Bill Miller’s BBQ out of pie for 50 cents. They were happy to oblige.
Well, the wether was truly terrible today, with a high and low around 32 degrees. That and the freezing drizzle made for a really bad day to ride. So, we moved the UCOA meeting to next Sunday, so that the really crazy riders could go to the Benefit for BACA Lisa up at Hardtails. The rest of us that went, took our four wheeled vehicles. As you will see from some of the photos, there was both hail and ice to be deal with for those that rode. We arrived after church, somewhat early, and managed to get a table so we could have lunch with our friends Don and Susan. They were in the process of BBQing the chicken for BBQ plates, but we decided to just make a little larger donation and have some of Hardtails burgers. The benefit was pretty well attended, and we are hopeful that much money was raised to help Lisa get through this challenging ordeal.After a couple of hours, we signed the Get Well card and made our donation then headed home.
You know, as we go through this life, there are several ways we can live. The way I was brought up, my parents taught me to believe that if I was going to have a good life, it was up to me. If something needed to be done, i needed to do it. It’s not a bad life alternative, and I suspect most of you learned that same way to live. You might describe it as “The American Way”, or at least it used to be. Everybody is equal, and you need to work hard to get ahead, or to become special.
Another way people are brought up today, is to learn that everyone is special. Now, on the surface that sounds ok, after all everyone is special in at least some way, and we certainly do want to recognize everyone’s specialness. The thought is that we can help each person avoid having a low self esteem, and enable them to get along in life. The problem comes in when we go too far, and teach them that they are “entitled” to a good life because they are special. This leads people to think they don’t need to work hard to have a good life, and that society owes them pretty much anything they want. In my view this is not good, definitely not good.
The last alternative I want to talk about today is certainly not the least of these, and for me is the best way to live. It is what I call “The Abiding Life”. It is base in part on this verse;
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Put on my yoke, and learn from me. I’m gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves. My yoke is easy to bear, and my burden is light.”
We have all felt like life is a heavy burden at times, and sometime you just want to give up because there just doesn’t seem to be a good way to get past all the obstacles we see in our current path. In this verse, Jesus is telling us that if we “abide” with Him, he will give us the rest and peace we desire, and more than that He will clear and create a path for us through all the obstacles we see. And finally, notice the difference between the two other alternatives. He doesn’t say we have to do it all, and He doesn’t say the world owes us anything, He says that by putting on His Yoke, or burden, that everything will be alright. We still need to work, but we don’t need to worry because He will handle all of the big problems. This last verse pretty much says it all;
John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you”
As I abide in Christ, my life may not be without obstacles, but they all look so much smaller. How about you?
Thursday I read that 20 people (of those arrested in Waco on may 17th, 2015) had their cases dismissed. While this is only about 10 percent of all those arrested, it is a significant crack in the wall that the persecutors, (I mean the wall the prosecutors) have erected in an attempt to destroy the lives of so many of my friends.
Someone else pointed out that this is happening 999 days after the tragedy in Waco. Why would Waco wait almost three years before starting to dismiss these cases? Well, that is a whole other story I’m not going to get into. What I will say is that this is a long way from being over, but we will all keep going for as long as it takes, as we continue to pray for and support all the families whose lives were so changed that day.
I listened to a certain someone in the Waco District Attorneys office explain why they were dismissing these cases, and though I don’t agree with most of his statements, I do agree with his final statement, with was this like this; “With God as my witness, Justice will be served in these matters.” That is something I can absolutely support. Justice will indeed be served, because our God will see to it.
My God is all powerful, you can’t run away from him, you can’t hide from him and he knows all things. He is good, He is always present, He is always right. He always cares. He is eternal, He is always loving and forgiving, but He is also always just.
Psalm 18:30 “As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.”
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I have taken refuge in God because he is fully trustworthy. How about you?