The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
“If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”
But…the good Samaritan reversed the question:
“If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The truth that people have their own lives to live explains why they wouldn’t care more for others.
“When we only do whatever works, in the end it really doesn’t work. Life has to have that ontic referent of the eternal from which the temporal must find its relevance.
Eternity is like the anvil; time is like the hammer – it beats away at the anvil of eternity.
Ultimately, the hammer will be thrown away; the anvil will remain.
So we must build our lives upon things that are eternal.” — Ravi Zacharias
“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”
— Matthew 16:26 —
Profoundly true. Perfectly timely.
It’s way different when we actually get a slap of truth about our realizations…
the ugly truth about how ugly one can be in all aspects and angles.
No wonder why one gets abandoned.
No wonder why pain gets to dwell.
Yet through this agony, one gets to cry out to the only One who truly listens.
No wonder why it’s a beautiful pain.
“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I call to you,
when my heart is faint.”
“May your unfailing love be my comfort,
according to your promise to your servant.”
And so the Lord says,
“These people say they are mine.
They honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
And their worship of me
is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.
Legalistic people should stay in God’s church.
For although they don’t own the church, though they behave as if they do,
it’s a hospital for dying sinners not a museum for living saints.
We are often distracted by our surroundings today and forget to pause and listen to God. Whenever we find ourselves entrapped by overwhelming problems, we rant at God for the awkward or painful situations we find ourselves in, and yet we neglect to actually spend intimate solitude with Him.
A Holy Pause flavored with a fervent prayer and deep listening to God’s Word is the best means to cultivate an intimate solitude with God. It is a great avenue for spiritual transformation, but may also cause spiritual waywardness if we don’t prepare ourselves. To achieve the former, it is important to pause and listen to God’s Word. No wonder why Solomon wrote,
“Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made them known to you today, even to you.” (Proverbs 22:17-19, NLT)
Heartily Listening to God’s Word is a vital step in achieving spiritual transformation and a holy pause, its prerequisite. Change begins where the stubborn heart ends – when one starts to listen, change starts to happen. God speaks to those who have time to pause and listen.
God’s grace fuels acceptance that paves the way for moving on.
Once we begin to move on, we’ll be surprised to know how far we can go from the point where we thought it was the end.
“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”
So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” —2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)
The feeling of being pushed on the brink of losing yourself and
just when you were about to grope your way out of the darkness
to start gasping for air to breathe afresh survival,
a scheming reality choked you.
That you are surrounded yet alone;
Needed but needing;
Moving but drowning;
Living yet dying.
…and with a fervid desire to feed the pain for mundane gain, you succumb to giving up.
Yet all of a sudden, the churning within calms as the Comforter comes, saying…
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down…
Because I am God, your personal God,…your Savior.
…That’s how much you mean to me!
That’s how much I love you!“
— GOD (Isaiah 43:1-4, The Message)
Strive thriving in living and loving HIM.
May God’s unfailing love always be your comfort.
“We forget that God’s primary goal is not changing our situations or relationships so that we can be happy, but changing us through our situations and relationships so that we will be holy.”
— Paul David Tripp
“So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say,
‘You must be holy because I am holy.’”
— 1 Peter 1:14-16 (NLT)
Chasing for holiness paves the way for a life of wholly holiness for God that allows us to traverse the grand pursuit of the ultimate END in life — the pursuit of God
…a never ending chase for the Sole Prime Mover of life and beyond.
Chase holiness. Chase HIM.
One of the saddest parts of life is when we think that we have plenty when in fact, we are empty.
It is when we realized that more than being empty-handed, we are empty-hearted.
“Empty-hearted” that implies two resounding things:
First, it echoes the rhetorical classic,
“If a tree falls in the desert, and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?”
Love without an object of love negates love itself.
Second, it’s a prequel to being brokenhearted.
A feeling of being pushed away; a constant subtle rejection that seems to never get tired of
breaking broken hearts.
Negated love. Neglected love.
Yet in this rock bottom quagmire, emptiness makes quintessential things clearer to see — that we are broken to be made whole again by the only One who can complete us and that the meaning of life that each one of us are striving to find can only be found in the One who created it.
May our hearts cling on to this truthful statement made by the psalmist…
“If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there…”
God is love. He loves.
And God made two great lights–the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night–and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:16-18 (ESV)
We know that in the darkest of nights, we have the moon and the stars to serve as our sources of light.
The same thing is true in life. Indeed it is difficult to see where you are going when all you see is darkness, yet God is the moon of our lives. In the hardest of trials, God will guide us. Though there may be times wherein the moon does not appear at night, it is still there. God may seem absent, but believe that He is still there for us no matter what. He also made stars to help shed even more light in the night.
Let us all be like stars that will help give off more light for people to continue walking in this dark generation.
Most of the time, when people confide and open themselves to us, we get so easily excited to immediately repair them by our own mindless lambasting words of pseudo wisdom…leaving them emotionally maimed.
We fail to realize that all they actually need is genuine love and care expressed in silence. Thus, we ought to listen.
”…when we are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then we are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it.”
I find genuine wisdom with what the Bible says in James 1:19, “Understand this…Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak…”
Speak in loud silence by listening more. If you want to put words into it, make sure that your words are better than your silence.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
– 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
God has chosen us and called us out of darkness so that we may be a people delighting in His wonderful light. What an honor it is for Him to choose us over everything else!
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.”
—Corrie ten Boom
“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion.
There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to Him than birds.
…People who don’t know God and the way He works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how He works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”
—Matthew 6:25-33 (The Message)