Tuesday, October 25, 2011

As a Christian,, Can you ever be too good???


It's good to be back at the computer again and see things try to get back to some sort of normal routine for myself.  I have missed my writing and reading of blogs, LOL.

Recently I have been told on more than one occasion, "you are too good."  I always find myself wondering what exactly that means?  And as a Christian, how can I be too good?  Isn't there example after example of being good in the bible?  Of, "not repaying evil with evil?" And examples of "turning the other cheek?"

I have yet to find an example of not being good and it pleasing God.  So how can a person be "too good?"  After all, as a Christian, our primary focus is to be doing God's will and doing what is pleasing to God.  When someone wrongs you, do you plot to get even, or do you wish them well and pray for them?  Vengeance is mine says the Lord!!  This is not an easy concept to grasp as human nature tends to want to get even for whatever wrong has occurred.  I have been trying to practice this though as I find once mastered it really does make me feel better.  Recently I was wronged by someone and when it was over I did wish them well and a safe journey home, back to another state.  There was some damage done to me in a sense as it has caused me to have panic attacks.  (Long story and I will leave out the details) But I do feel better in the sense that I did not lower myself to their level by seeking vengeance for being wronged.

What this person did, hurt and was upsetting but in the long run I am much better off for not losing my temper and trying to get even with him.  By acting as a faithful Christian I have obeyed the Father and will find a reward in heaven.  Mentally, I feel better even though it did cause some panic attacks.  I feel better because I "practiced what I preached."  I did what I believe God would want me to do.

The bible tells us to, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness".  When we seek God first and seek doing right, which is His will then so many good things will happen for us and within us.  I have failed miserably many times but I strive to do better.  As the Apostle Paul says, it should be our goals as Christians to always seek God's will in our lives first, to race the good race and fight the good fight.  Yes, even to the point of self sacrifice!!  Too many times we become selfish and self centered.  It usually winds up coming back to bite us in the end.  Sometimes we need to put aside our personal feelings, even painful ones to do God's will in our lives.  Being a Christian is never easy, its the toughest thing you can do,,,,,, but it is so worth it in the end.

Can you ever be too good?  As a Christian the answer is,,,,,NO!!!

Until next time,,,,,,,,,Blessings!!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Been MIA but I am really not lost or giving this up, LOL


Sorry I have been MIA for so long, but I am really not lost or giving this up.  I have been extremely busy helping the neighbor and her family.  Jean had a massive heart attack back in early September.  We did not find her for nearly 3 days afterwards.  She is not well and is currently under hospice care at the nursing home.  Both her daughter and son live out of state so I have been doing what I can to help out.  It has made for some very busy and long days.

I still continue to do what I can to help but am in the process of slowing down a bit.  There is so much here in my own home that is being neglected and I need to get back to it.  Today I will bake a couple of apple pies and perhaps some pumpkin-chocolate chip muffins.  I have things that still need to be unpacked and put away.  And I have to start getting ready for the next support group meeting coming up this Tuesday evening.

Speaking of the support group, the official title is "New Hope Christian Chronic Illness and Pain Support Group".  We will be meeting on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm at New Hope Christian Fellowship Church at 118 S. Monroe St., Clinton, IL.  If you are local, we invite you to attend.  I have several printouts to do yet from other support groups that will be beneficial to ours.  This group is for anyone who suffers from Chronic Illnesses such as Fibromyalgia, Lupus, MS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Arthritis.  Loved ones are also welcome!

We are off to a slow start, but that is OK.  It will give us time to get better organized.  We hope in the future to have guest speakers from the medical field, mental health counselors and spiritual leaders.  It is a Christian based support group designed to help those of us with chronic illness to better cope in every day life by both understanding our diseases better and lifting each other up spiritually.

I am also chomping at the bit to get back to my ceramics.  I have missed having the paint brush in my hands, feeling the pottery and creating.  I have some tea for two sets partially painted that I need to complete.  I have a set of mixing bowls I want to decorate and glaze and so much more.  Again, I have so much to get put away in the shop too.  The unpacking came to a quick halt when Jean needed my help and I had barely gotten started.

Please bear with me as I try to get back to some sort of regular routine.

Until next time,,,,,,,Blessings!