While visiting the library a few days ago I noticed a very small book being displayed, JUDAISM’S 10 BEST IDEAS”, and I checked it out.
Idea #1 was about joy and I enjoyed thinking about the concept and truth the author, Arthur Green, wrote about but it’s idea #2 that I’m still thinking about this morning, Creation in GOD’s image. I know the scripture “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Lev.19:18) but in these few pages so many ideas present themselves that made me pause to think about how I love those in the past that have hurt me.
Page 11 of this little book addresses something I myself have struggled with. “How can I be commanded to love someone? There are, after all, some particularly unlovable human beings in this world. Certainly there are some people who do some awfully unlovable things. Am I really transgressing all of Torah if I fail to love them? Suppose my neighbors act toward me in some vile and hateful way? Must I be expected to love them? Ben Azzai (a rabbi) offers another answer: No, love is not required as the most basic rule of Torah. But remember that they are human beings, created in the image of God. Treat them that way, even if you can’t love them. Human decency should not depend on our ability to muster a feeling of love for the other”.
However, as believers, we know that Jesus has commanded us to love one another (John 13:34, 15:12). My struggle.
From this paragraph the writer goes on to talk about forbidden images and idolatry, how we are made in the image of GOD, bringing us back that “Our task is to see that there is more divine image in this world, not less.
With so many issues going on in our world, culture, today our faith demands that whatever your or my position is, that we remain rooted in this truth, we can choose to show love. We can value each other and be committed to treating each other with respect and dignity regardless of the other persons actions.
I look forward to reading the rest of this little book.
“Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!”
1 Chronicles 16:10 ESV
Today is a great day to start rejoicing. Not because I’ve done anything grand, not because anything outstanding by human standards are happening but because GOD is wonderful and that gives me so much to rejoice about.
Today I am committing to treating myself better. I am committing myself to losing the weight I so desperately need to lose. I’ve read all the book over the years; Made to Crave, Thin Within, Daniel Plan,….. Now its time to actually just give it to God and lose the weight that is affecting me so negatively. With Thyroid, Hashimotos, Diabetes, High Cholestrol, Joint Pain, and Heart Palpitations this is a good time to listen to what GOD has been telling me for years and I’ve heard Him but I haven’t listened.
I have done two things. I’ve determined what diet is best for me. I feel so good on a Whole Food Plant Based (WFPB) diet. I don’t feel well when I eat animal products so I’ve decided that’s not what I want to continue doing. Second, I’ve joined HeathyWage. This will be my reward for losing the weight! https://hwage.co/279218/ I am looking to lose 70 pounds. Your prayers for my journey will be greatly appreciated!
Today has been a good day. Lots of opportunities for learning. Mostly learning about the tongue. I have as much to learn about this as my children do. We can injure each other when our hearts have been hurt. We can joke with each other sarcastically and wound each other. We can be way too quick with our tongues.
Proverbs 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
When I truly understand that I have something in my possession that is so powerful it scares me. That the words that flow off my tongue has the power of life and death, wow. Do I spend time thinking about the words I want to say before I say them? Am I careful with those words? After studying out Job and how the words seemed right but they were so wrong…I made the decision that my tongue needs to be controlled by Christ so that everything I say can be beneficial to those around me and to myself.
Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t need to be a doormat and keep quiet. Those who know me know that I couldn’t keep an opinion to myself nor can I let a wrong intentionally be allowed. I also don’t want to walk around being a superficial flatterer. But to be beneficial means I need to speak in love whether that is in flattery, building up those around me, or speaking the truth. It must all be done after Christ has filtered my words.
Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord
who minister by night in the house of the Lord.
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary
and praise the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion,
He who is the Maker of heaven and earth
God is a Good Father
The boys and I went on a long road trip – 3 weeks! We had so much fun camping along the way and just being tourists and watching the hand of God.
On our way home the song Good Good Father came on the radio and the boys and I started discussing how God is a good father.
I knew that the Pacific coast would be cold at night and we had some blankets to keep us warm while we slept. Half way through the country (and the trip) we had yet to use those blankets. The night was more than warm enough so we needed nothing more than a sheet as covering.
While camping in Mosquito City a man approached us. He had two heavy king size blankets. They had been left previously from another camper and he had no need for them but wanted us to have them. In 90 degree heat I felt absolutely no need for them but smiled, thank him, and then threw them in the car not thinking anymore about them.
Until we needed them just the next night. Once on the coast the nights got down to the low 50’s. The wool blankets I brought didn’t do the job. We needed something extra. God knew we would.
Psalm 103:13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him
I’m sorry I haven’t posted in awhile. I’ve been upset and thinking.
Several friends of mine are going through a divorce or have gone though a divorce and are now raising their children pretty much on their own.
The things they go through have me upset. I get angry! I’ve talked to God a lot about them and I want things better for my friends. I have cried for them but not in front of them. I have tried not to rant and express a lot of my anger in front of them. I have tried to listen well. I have no advice for them. I don’t know what I would do if I was in their shoes. I don’t think I would be handling these situations with as much grace and integrity as they do.
I just have to remind myself that Satan is their attacker. Job chapters 1 and 2 make that clear. Jesus prayed for their protection from Satan. I can do the same. I am still mad for them. I love them.