Page 225 began early as Susan had a seizure during the early morning hours. After we all made it back to sleep, we were able to sleep in a little bit before getting up and around for Sunday School. The Sunday School class is trying to finish up a study in First Timothy, and today we were in chapter six with a focus on contentment. The Bible teaches that “the eye is never content with seeing.” That truth is exhibited in at least two ways in our life. One, the more we take in something visually, the more accustomed we become to it and the sight will often no longer have the same influence in our mind so we look for something new to stimulate our visual sense. Two, the more we dwell on looking at something, the less satisfied we become with simply seeing it — we simply must have it. Advertisers bet a lot of money on that fact. If they can get the image of their product in front of people often enough, a good number of those people will conclude they “need” that product. Contentment is the result of taking every thought captive and keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, “the author and perfecter of our faith.”
After Sunday School we had our morning worship gathering where David brought a message on “What We Believe About the Bible”. Here are some highlights of my take on it:
- The Bible is God’s Word — the “God-breathed” truth that never changes.
- The Bible contains the “power of God unto salvation” for those who would accept not only its truth, but its author.
- The Bible is a spiritual tool, or weapon, that has great power when used by a person living with the Spirit of God within them.
- The Bible can be a defense against temptation if we hide its words in our heart and mind.
- The Bible can demolish strongholds of the enemy when we use its truth by the power of the Spirit.
After the church service, it was time for lunch and then a restful afternoon spent continuing to go through the trip photos from earlier in the week. After an afternoon of staring at the computer screen deciding what photos to share, we headed to the Riverwalk to get some fresh air and exercise . . . and perhaps a few more photos. As we headed out for our walk, I grabbed my camera with the wide-angle lens and decided the “big picture” scenes would be the focus of my photographs during this walk. During the walk I saw a beautiful butterfly fluttering about the various blossoms of a butterfly bush plant. I really thought there was no way I could get close enough to it to take a decent photo with the lens I had on the camera, but there was no real way of knowing that without trying. In the first few photos I took, the butterfly was just a growing speck in the center of the picture. As I kept moving closer, it kept crawling over the blossom until I was able to get right up to it. Today’s photo was taken with the camera about six inches away from the butterfly. It reminded me of a phrase that I would hear on what seemed like a regular basis growing up — “Can’t never could until he tried.” How often do we fail to accomplish a desire that perhaps God Himself has put within us, only because we chose not to try?
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- Life has its difficult times but doing life as a family can help carry you through the difficulties.
- “Godliness with contentment is great gain” . . . not just my thought, but God’s Word.
- Contentment isn’t easy but God says the secret to having it is found in Him.
- The Bible is “living and active” . . . if it doesn’t seem that way to you, perhaps you need to spend more time with the Author.
- The breath of God — God’s Word — brings life.
- Many things seem impossible until we try them.
- The impossible never seems so impossible after we’ve accomplished it.
- Our greatest accomplishments can only take place when we step out in faith and allow God to work in and through us.