The cutting edge

“Do not be conceited, but fear; for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either. Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off” (Romans 11:20-22, NASB).

The new tree has been planted. The limbs of the peach tree have been pruned, and as it becomes even less productive, the new tree will grow three feet away and fill in the void.

I am acquainted with a wonderful person who is generous to a fault, and seems to genuinely love people and love God.

I almost added, “someone who fears God” in describing her, but after thinking a few moments I realized that I do not know this for sure. Continue reading “The cutting edge”

One life, three possibilities

Because the very idea of life, our life, captivates us, it possesses marketing value and appears in aphorisms. Thus the soap opera title, “One Life to Live” or the maxim, “You only have one life.”

We do get only one shot it. How long can we keep hold of it? None of us knows for certain.

Life, however, does have one certainty. Our life will fall into one of three possibilities. While two of the three possibilities are horrific, the good news is we can choose! Neither fate nor random chance will determine which possibility will be ours.  Continue reading “One life, three possibilities”