Day: November 27, 2011

The Week Poison Ivy Took Me To School

When I was little I often took poison ivy (or at least its effects), pink polka dots and all, to school with me. Eight years removed from school, me and my dreaded foe met once again (we have our own little reunion about every two years); only this time it took me to school and the lessons learned were not fun!!! Here are only three of them:

Lesson #1 – Appreciate Your Health

The little plant with no hands practically managed a KO on me physically. With eyes swelled half-shut and fingers swollen two to three times the normal size I sure did miss my poison ivy free skin. I missed time from church and work. I could not sleep for waking up every two to three hours with an itch that could not be scratched. Concentration on anything other than the TV was nearly impossible. I spent more time in the doctor’s office in one week than I usually do in one year.

The only thing that was not afraid to touch me was my cat! I seriously missed my normal health (3 John 1:2). Over a week and a half later the skin I loved to be in finally started making a comeback. Good health is a blessing that is easy to take for granted. God forgive us when we do.

Lesson #2 – Patience, Patience, Patience

Most people do not like to admit his or her flaws. But admitting one’s flaws and being “proud” of them are two different things. One of my flaws that the poison ivy made apparent was my patience. A couple of days into my “ordeal” I was ready to wage war on my own skin. I knew that the breakout would not last forever but I was ready for it to be gone yesterday. There was not a medicine that could work fast enough, although I must brag on the shot the doctor gave me.

There are things in life that must run its course I have been told. Easier said than remembered when the “things” are being experienced, right? Seriously though, I do have to remember that there will be times in life when patience is not just the best route to take, it is the only route. (more…)

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Who Started the “Common Era”?

Parts of the western culture have become so desperate to rid the world of the name of Jesus Christ that many of the “intellectuals” now substitute the abbreviation B.C. (Before Christ) with B.C.E. (Before Common Era) and A.D. (Anno Domini which means “In the year of our Lord”) with C.E. (Common Era) when referring to time lined events of history.

Nice try people, but it really does nothing other than pacify for a moment.

Why’s that? Because what answer will you have to give the person who asks, “Why is there a split in the timeline to begin with?” Who will you have to talk about to explain that?

You cannot get around or away from Him. So why not come to Him? (Matthew 11:28-30)

We live in a great time because it is His time and there is no timeline where Jesus the Christ is not the beginning, the middle and the end.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)