There are things in life that can and should change our perspective. Standing at the foot of a mountain or upon the sands at the shore’s edge are two such places. It is interesting that staring at a small flower in the midst of frozen tundra can accomplish the same feeling. As I stood and admired the tenacity and dogged determination of these little purple petals, I was humbled. Jesus talks about the “lilies of the field” and God’s care for us in Matthew 6. If this flower can flourish in one of the harshest expanses of God’s creation, cannot I do His will wherever I am?
“Six things the Lord hates, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness and one who sows discord among brethren” (Prov. 6:16-19)
Summer camp at Bootheel Youth Camp has been an intricate part of my family’s life for over 17 years. On the 25th of June a group from Arnold and groups from other places will assemble there once again for a week of learning about God, having fun, and of course, eating many meals together.
This week there is a holiday that for most can be unassuming. Flag day is on June 14, as our calendars would have it, marking the institution of the American flag. Also, June 14, is the birthday of the army. The American flag and the armed forces have a special place in the hearts of many in the United States and those around the world. They symbolize freedom and hope for those being oppressed and a promise of a better future.
I’ve recently seen some events among my brethren that caused me to spend some time thinking about what Christianity is and what it should mean to us. The following are just 10 observations I jotted down one day based on what the Bible says about Christianity. My prayer is that we, as God’s people, would take these things to heart as we shine the light of God into the world and serve as representatives of Christianity in a world that’s blinded to what Christianity is supposed to be.