by J. Randal Matheny, editor
Twins grew up with an abusive alcoholic father. One of them became an alcoholic. The other refused to touch drink and maintained a respectable lifestyle.
The two were asked why they turned out the way they did. They both gave the same answer. “With the father I had, how else could I turn out?”
Although they gave the same answer in words, they meant very different things by them. One made it his excuse; the other, his reason.
We are not formed or influenced by our experiences, but by our interpretation of them. It is not what happens to us, but how we frame events in our minds that determines how they will affect us. Perspective is everything. Continue reading
by J. Randal Matheny, editor
On this day in 1990, I had lunch with a missionary coworker, met with two Brazilian brothers in the afternoon, got a Coke and an esfirra with my wife, then taught that night in an evangelistic home Bible study group, on the fifth commandment.
Twenty years ago today. Where did the time go? How did this year escape between our fingers?
Then, our oldest was 7, the youngest, 4. There was no third child yet. Today, besides the third child, two daughters-in-law and a grandchild (the reason God gave us children) grace our lives.
These are the ramblings of an aging man. Teens and twenty-somethings think on another plane. Life is, or is yet to happen. The Now and the Future concern them.
But once a life passes some midpoint, with the onset of physical decline, and the ambition of goals peaks, the Past grows in importance.
All of us journey on this continuum of Time, early or late. And whether our focus is past, present, or future, whether time seems to drag or fly, we all need the perspective of living in the end times.
We know the end of a span of time. The hour is up. The day is over. The week is finished. The month has ended. The year has flown.
This era is also closing. The end is near. The time is at hand. The door will soon be shut.
The young think they have plenty of time. This is the great mistake. We all have only the rest of time. And that sliver of life still left to us must finish with sin and devote itself to the will of God. So says 1 Peter 4:1-21 Peter 4:1-2
English: World English Bible - WEB
1 Forasmuch then as Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind; for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin;
2 that you no longer should live the rest of your time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.
“So, since Christ suffered in the flesh, you also arm yourselves with the same attitude, because the one who has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin, in that he spends the rest of his time on earth concerned about the will of God and not human desires” (NET).
Make 2011 the year of the will of God.