Upside Down Day

Have you ever had one of those days that nothing seemed to go right? I recently had one of them. I went to a coffee shop to get Wifi. After numerous unsuccessful attempts I called my computer guy. He told me I’d better not touch it because I could lose everything on my computer. Now I’ve not backed things up for a LONG time and I’ve some pretty special pictures (about 7,000) of the last four years of our life. I didn’t want to lose them! So I packed up my computer and trekked down to my computer guy. I was deep in thought as I pulled up to the curb. In fact, I was so deep in thought that I hit the curb with a BANG! Right then and there the tire blew, the wheel cover broke and I ruined the rim. I happened to be thinking missionary minded thoughts not knowing that my actions had just created an opportunity to be a missionary in training. I called my husband and AAA. I felt like bawling! This was NOT the way I wanted to spend my morning! I proceeded to wait an hour till the tow truck arrived. The guy was hauling me and my vehicle to the shop where my husband would pick me up. I hopped in the cab. As we were driving, I sensed God asking me to speak a word for Him. We got on the subject of church and the Bible. According to him, he adamantly didn’t believe in either. He proceeded to tell me that he didn’t believe in any life after death and so on. What is the purpose to life if there is nothing after death? Why bother trying to live a moral life if there is no relationship with God? Before I hopped out I gave him a tip and I asked him if there was any way I could pray for him. “Oh,” he says boldly, “You can pray any way you like but I WON’ T change!” I sensed that perhaps God wanted to remind him one more time of his choice before he dies. Saddened I went home and together as a family we prayed for the man. No, my words may not have made a difference but my prayers do!

Thank You Jesus!

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 Jesus gives the joy of loving. *Cabin Time*

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  Jesus gives good gifts! *Christmas Eve Jammies*

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 Jesus loves when we have fun! *Hershey Chocolate World*

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 “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!” *Smores with Daddy*

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 Why do you serve Jesus?

What do you do with your upside down days?

Will you choose to be a missionary to someone today?

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“Upside Down!”

Matthew 23:11-12

King James Version (KJV)

11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Those verses don’t make sense!  Just like the picture at the right doesn’t make sense. It is wacky. Upside down. Skewed.

People love to be noticed! They want to be known as someone who is great, rich, funny, passionate, or a million and one other things. To be a servant?! Our selfish nature cringes at this. Who wants to serve, when it looks more glamorous to be out front? I want to be  known as a great baker. But alas, I flop can flop a straight forward chocolate chip cookie recipe! I want to be known as a great teacher but where the chocolate coats the candy is at home in the daily grind. I would like to have a large readership on my blog but what will that matter if those 1,000 people don’t remember a thing I wrote? I would like to have people see me as having a well of wisdom but does the well exist  if my husband and family are not touched by it?

We’ve got ads “Cuteness is Our Thing”(clothing, Zulily), “Empowering People” (computer, Acer), “The Power to Do Your Best” (computer, Apple), “When You’ve Got It, Flaunt It” (airlines, Braniff Airways), “Have It Your Way” (fast food, Burger King), “Image is Everything” (camera, Canon) and the list goes on. How many of these things fit in the verses above? How many can truly fulfill what they are promising? We live in a “ME” centered world. Entertain “ME” centered relationships. Spend “ME” centered money. And often, (sadly), attend “ME” centered worship services.

What if there was more to life? What if what we thought was important, really wasn’t? What if we were teaching, what doesn’t matter? According to Matthew 23, this is the case. To be great, one must humble themselves and serve. To be exalted, one needs humility. It is SO upside down! Don’t we admire those who are open about their needs? I do. Don’t we find honor easier when someone is humble? I do.

Today, what does it look like to live an upside down life? What does it mean to serve? Are you okay with laying self at the altar?

Will you look through your glasses like everyone else or will you choose to embrace the different? Christ’s glasses?