Fear has a way of creeping up on one. It often begins with some small detail getting derailed or something we counted on going awry. One thing leads to another, with the problem getting bigger and more out of control. The insignificant ripple we had tried to ignore becomes a full blown tsunami.
Many children are afraid of the dark. When they awake from a bad dream and cry out, a loving parent goes to them and their fear of the darkness disappears. The dark doesn't disappear, but the FEAR does. WHY? It is because someone is with them, holding their hand.... the fear dissipates.
In the same way, even in the darkest times of our life, when we are in the shadowy and dark valleys, the LORD is still with us (PSALM 23). No matter how large or small your concerns, he wants to comfort you, and calm your heart. He know about emotions - after all he created us in his own image.
He is not only with us, He will not only help us, He will not only strengthen us...….
but He is the one who's holding us in his hand.
Many people think of themselves as "good" , …. willing to treat others kindly and to do what they can for the world around them. Many people fear that they're not "good enough", and so they try to do extra service and show extra kindness to others. However, if we're totally honest, no one is really good - at least , not in the sense the God is good.
No matter how nice, kind, caring and compassionate, we are still sinful. In this lifetime, we'll never reach perfection even as we're transformed by the power of God's Holy Spirit dwelling within us. We simply have to remember that God is the source of our goodness. He provides the standard as well as the power for all we need to do.
Although we'll never be perfect, we're already more than good enough...…. because of what Christ has done for us.
We can share this good news with others, so that others may experience God's forgiveness, grace and love.
Often we think of doing good as ….
- always saying the right thing,
- being prepared for any response or action from others, and
- always having something to give to those around us.
In short, " doing good " gradually becomes " being the best ". BUT... this is not what serving God and others requires. We don't have to be perfect. There's no competition and no "best" to achieve.
Doing good simply means.... living a life based on God's love, guidance, and generosity. It means just treating other people the same way you want to be treated. It's an attitude of compassion, understanding and acceptance that reflects the grace you've been given.
You don't have to be perfect. There's no "right way" to do everything in your day. You're only required to offer wholehearted efforts fueled by your love of God and his creation.
… Doing your best, you can rest in Christ's perfect love ...
- Gourmet cooking shows hosted by celebrity chefs.
- Kitchen utensils, tools, and implements for every imaginable culinary need.
- Countless recipes and cookbooks.
- Restaurants catering to virtually every culture and palette combination under the sun.
We have so many great ways to enjoy food that we sometimes forget to credit the source. Each time we eat or drink we're given an opportunity to taste God's goodness and thank him for his bounty.
Whether you are enjoying apple cider and olive bread or a fresh green salad, it's not hard to savour the delicious flavours of spring. There's a bounty of produce and preparations to be made for the coming season. Many people still make their own preserves, jellies, jams, and preserved fruits and vegetables. They know there's nothing like the taste of homemade marmalade made from their grandmother's recipe.
Today, we reflect on the food you eat with an extra measure of thanksgiving and an extra appreciation for those who grow, harvest, produce, cook, prepare and serve your meals.