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The Reality of My Life

As most folks know I am a Christ follower and yet I fall so short of it.

I started listening to the Bible while I walk my treadmill in the morning and it is so powerful. Today I listened the 'Sermon on the Mount' a "Ted Talk", well no, a "Jesus Talk":

You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

You’re blessed when your content with just who you are — no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for. You’re blessed when you get your inside world — your mind and heart — put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom. Not only that — count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me.

What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens — give a cheer, even! — though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble. (Matthew 5, the Message)

And then, He talks about murder, lust, divorce, empty promises, hating your enemy — you know just the little things in life.

What does that have to do with LifeLine you might wonder?

Well, confession time! I don't live it out!

I hate being at the end my rope and not knowing how to fix the ills of this world. I am not always content, actually I get frustrated and angry when I see others have more and things are not just.

I don't always make God my priority in my thinking (If I could just put this one chapter into practice — or just one of its saying — I would have achieved more than I could imagine). I don't get in trouble for my faith, but I get in trouble of my own stupidity. I don't love my enemies (I have a hard time loving my friends).

My 'lust' (what an old word) is after being accepted, accomplishing things, having the money needed to run LifeLine, being known as a hard worker. I make promises, but get so busy with stuff that I can just forget. No, I have not killed anybody — but sometimes my looks and my thoughts have done more than that.

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