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Why Won’t They See

For a while now I have had a thought rolling around in my head. And I’ve been trying to figure out this thought and what I should do with it. So here goes. Short answer is that I need to pray for friends and family and trust God to cover the details. Long answer is below.

You know how you share the gospel with friends and family and they don’t respond? They just choose to stay where they are and seem like they are happy there. I’ve been wondering why that certain people won’t follow the gospel. Or for that matter, why won’t they follow me. After all, I’m a pretty good fellow. Anyway, that’s my thought. I’ve been wondering why you sometimes see no response when you have shared the gospel and what God has done for you.

Looking into the scriptures, you can find the answer to this question. And it’s a really good answer from Jesus personally.

And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 

John 3:19-20

Basically, they are happy with their lives and the way they live, so they won’t change. They don’t want interference into their lives and choices. I remember a friend that I would sometimes share the gospel with. He told me I was scaring him when I talked about heaven and hell. We both liked to ride motorcycles so I asked him this question. What if we were riding our bikes and I looked over and saw that the wheel nut was loose on his front tire. If I started yelling pull over, would I be trying to scare him or save his life? He quickly said if I could make him see the danger of a loose wheel nut, he would pull over and thank me for saving his life. But what if he is really enjoying the ride and he just tunes me out and rides on down the road. He won’t listen to the warning or see the danger that’s coming.

Doesn’t that describe some people that you know. People that get content with their life and just cruise on down the road unaware of any signs of danger. They have made choices that make them happy and they are just cruising along without a care in the world. Maybe they think that they have done enough good works for God to take care of them. I know some that believe that God is so good, He would never pass judgement on them. And some think that the goal is to make sure that your good works outweigh your bad works. They think that somehow this will impress God. I’m figuring out, and sometimes remembering, why they won’t come to God.

Over the last couple of weeks I have had this thought in my head and it’s taken me on a journey through the scriptures. I’ve looked at predestination, election, free will and other things that can make you cross eyed as you ponder the details. While looking for the answers though, I had forgotten a basic thing in my own life. And today a friend, Nicki Woodfin, posted on her blog something that helped me remember.

Due to events in my life, (more about these events later) I have spent some time in my own desert wandering much like the children of Israel. I was dealing (not very well) with things and was guilty of finding my own way in life. I had questions that seemed to be bigger than life itself. I was finding my own answers to my questions and problems and leaning on my own strength to make it through. And, for a while, I was content with my life. But God began dealing with me on the issues in my life. I didn’t like the way he was dealing with me either and as a result I didn’t make immediate changes in my life. I tried to justify what I was doing and how that it all seemed to be good for me.

I had forgotten how that I too was blinded by the cares and troubles of this world. I remember now how that I had hurt so much, all I wanted to do was not hurt anymore, So I tried to make a world that protected me and would allow me to have pleasure without worry or hurt. It didn’t work of course, but I was determined. Not smart, but determined. Then God began to draw me back to Him. I fought him along the way, but eventually God won out. I’m so thankful for that.

Simply put, all that time thinking led me back to remembering how far that I drifted from God and that it is always God who draws us. In my zeal to live life without pain and full of pleasure (which is impossible), I was not looking for God. But God had another plan and he wasn’t finished with me. I’m sure there were people praying for me to get my life together. Praying for me to trust God instead of my own strength.

So, with that thought in mind, I’m reminded that I need to pray for family and friends who don’t seem to respond and I need to trust that God is already on the case. In fact, He wants to save them way more than I do. After all, He gave his one and only son as a sacrifice so that we could be saved!

Have a great day and know that God loves us much more than we ever realize. His desire for us in not to have a comfortable life, but to be able to find comfort through Him and His word.

Finally February

It’s finally February. February 10th to be exact. I have been doing my impersonation of a black bear. I’ve been hibernating since late fall. Haven’t done much and haven’t been on here. I always dread late fall because I know the winter is coming. And as I’ve gotten older I have lost my enthusiasm for winter weather. When I was younger I would be very excited when the weather buy would predict snow. I couldn’t wait to get out in the old 4 wheel drive and have a little fun in the snow. Going places just to see if I could get there and back without calling for help. Now, I dread the snow and even though I still have and old Ford Expedition 4 wheel drive, I just can’t get excited. It’s more of an inconvenience now than fun. I get cold, and when I fall it hurts a lot more. So much for getting older.

But now it’s finally February. That means that spring is coming and the dark days of winter and January are slowly fading away. I’m now looking forward to warmer weather and sunny days. Can’t beat a combination like that. And the days are beginning to get noticeably longer. I don’t like it getting dark at 5 pm, it’s much better later in the day.

Anyway, that’s enough complaining. I sincerely hope you have had a great January/winter and that all is well. Remember that Jesus loves ya and that He paid it all on the cross. Have a great day.

Jesus paid for our sins……..
 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

Romans 6:9-10

A Look Back

For a while now I have been wanting to just get out ramble around and take some photos with no rhyme or reason. Haven’t found the time to do that though so I’m gonna post these. This will have to do for now, but I hope to get time to get out and take some new photos soon. I guess I’m getting a little nostalgic today or maybe just don’t want the cold weather of winter to come. Whatever it is, here’s some of my old shots of dowtown Rogersville, Tennessee.

Friday Night In Red Valley

I decided to try my hand and camera at capturing the look and feel of Friday night football in Red Valley. The Cherokee Chiefs were playing and it was a beautiful evening and that helped me to get this shot. The children in the photo had been playing and I thought the chairs they had set out would be a nice addition, but having them sitting there watching the game was a bonus. Hope you enjoy and feel free to leave a comment. The image is the result of 5 different images stacked together. The first was 2 stops under exposed, then the second was 1 stop underexposed. Third was correctly exposed and the last two were 1 over and then 2 over. Then the images were stacked in photoshop. By taking several images at different exposures, I was able to capture the range of lights that were visible. I tried to take all 5 images while the teams were lined up for a kickoff. But I still got some ghosting of the players due to movement. But it was fun trying and I’ll have to try again someday.

Friday Night in Red Valley
Watching The Game