Good Saturday morning, folks! Hope it is dawning both merry and bright. We … have a house full, which is always kinda fun. A quote from a few weeks back has come to mind this morning, “A good conscious is a continual Christmas.” This quote is attributed to Mr. Benjamin Franklin, though I have not confirmed that outside of the ever-truthful internet. Regardless of who said it, the point is a good one, especially in light of the political and cultural environment we live in today. If you have not done anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about and you can go about your day to day life with a pretty good smile on your face. Now I know no one is perfect, but their is a long distance between occasional sin, and continued unrepentant actions. We surely get into heaven by only one means, but as Jesus pointed out it will be far more bearable on that day for some than for others, and this eternal statement certainly proves true in this mortal life. You will make mistakes, you will do the wrong thing, the key is to not make a habit of it, folks. 😉
There are so many instances throughout history where one side has succeeded simply by continuing for one more night, by holding onto hope for just a few more hours. Eventually the sun does rise again. We can have no idea what God has in store for us. As long as we trust Him, however, and believe in His Son, (and maybe talk to Him every once in a while) we can be assured of one thing, that we will spend eternity with Him and that everything is moving us toward that point.
Have you ever had someone promise you something, and then not do it? Promise to pick you up after school or work, but not show up? Promise to watch you play a football game or perform in a concert, but not be there or not show up until the end of the fourth quarter or the last play? Promise to remember your birthday, but not buy you a card or even mention it except in passing? Promise to be a good partner in your business and work long hours side by side, only to go home early and show up late, or even abscond with all your funds? Promise to be a good friend, a listening ear, and a shoulder to cry on, but always have something else they just could not get out of when you needed them? Promise to love you for ever and ever until death do us part, only to decide you were not worth the effort and either leave emotionally or physically? Any of these, and you know the heartrending truth of this quote deep in your soul. There is one Person, though, who will never leave you nor forsake you. One Person who will do exactly what He says he will; every time. For the rest, show a little bit of grace, but if they keep it up, maybe try to use a little bit of better judgement in who you trust next time. 😉 And for sure make sure you give your trust to Him.
Prepare yourselves. If we end up not needing to, great. If we find we must be prepared for our brothers and sisters continued folly and destruction, then we will be. “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.”
Just a thought if you are still looking for a great Christmas present for your kiddos or a good friend. There are lots of places to find Countryside! Hope you will check it out.
Y’all have a good rest of your Saturday! Enjoy your people. Try to keep a clear conscious in your relationship with God, your relationship with others, and your relationship with yourself. It makes life so much simpler and smoother. And as always this time of year, try to find some Christmas lights to wonder at for a few moments. God Bless you and yours and America!
— JT Cope IV