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November 11, 2013

Be young, stay young

Christianity

From there he went to fight against the people living in the town of Debir (formerly called Kiriath-sepher). 
Joshua 15:15

I have seen to many people get old before their time. Sometimes it’s in just a physical way – hair falls out, wrinkles start to show, or a previously active life has taken a toll on joints etc. There are others, though, who get old because they think old.  Because they are a certain age, they think that they should act a certain way, or dress a certain way.

It’s thinking life away. Even as children we do it. At the age of 5 and 3 quarters, I just couldn’t wait to be 6. Children think that being older makes you bigger and better. Nope!

There is nothing more pleasurable than listening to a child who has a giggle that won’t stop. It will bring a smile to everyone and anyone, guaranteed. Wouldn’t life be so much better if we could all giggle like that, if we could all bring a smile to everyone? But we can’t do that because we’re not children anymore! Or can we?

The verse above tells us that Caleb was still conquering at the age of 85. He didn’t think he was too old. He didn’t give up. He kept on going.

If I don’t think I’m old, I can keep on going.
If I think young, I can be young.
If I live like a child, I can perhaps make someone smile.

Goal!

Christianity

Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy.
1 Corinthians 14:1 NLT

And the same is true for you. Since you are so eager to have the special abilities the Spirit gives, seek those that will strengthen the whole church.
1 Corinthians 14:12 NLT

In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul tells how if we do anything without love,  we are failing. Here he is saying again that love is the most important thing. It should be our highest goal and therefore our driving force. All the spiritual gifts are useful only when they are used with love. In fact, love should be the determinant in how we use them.

Any gifts which I have are not for my benefit. I am given them for one reason alone – to help and benefit others. That is how I should and must use them.

Wholly, Holy, Wholly

Christianity

For my part, I wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God.
Joshua 14:8 NLT

The English language has so many words that are similar in sound but different in meaning. Normally I look for the fun that can come from that, but sometimes it’s not so funny. Sometimes it’s serious. Sometimes I need to be more serious. 

This passage made me think of the words wholly and holy.

My mind wanders. Sometimes I can read the Bible and, although my eyes are covering all the words, my mind is thinking about something else. I’m not giving my mind wholly to the reading. I’m not wholeheartedly following the Lord the way Caleb did. He was blessed with the pick of the land because he was wholeheartedly following the Lord.

I’m sure that, if I give my mind and my heart wholly to my time with God, I might find that I get closer to being holy.