Today is National Loving Day. This celebrates the 1967 Supreme Court decision Loving vs. Virginia. The Court struck down as unconstitutional laws in 16 states that prohibited interracial marriages. ~OC
Today’s a new day! We did not find God. He was always there. All we had to do was reach out and take his hand. God meets us where we are. We do not have to clean ourselves up before God loves us. No, God loved us before we were even a twinkle in our parents eyes. God does not care about all our imperfections. You see, God only sees the masterpiece he created. I hope that rocks your world. You will never experience true unconditional love until you experience God’s amazing love. ~OC
I remember as a child picking rocks up on the train tracks and throwing them as far as my little arm could. Sometimes I would imagine I was playing centerfield for the Cincinnati Reds, and I would throw the runner out at home plate. The Reds win! The Reds win! Oh, the imagination of a child.
As I got older, I used to carry a rock in my pocket. No, not to throw out the tying run at home, but to remind myself not to throw rocks at others. To lay down all the rocks that had words like judgement, hate, ugliness and other negative words written on them.
As Christians we are good at throwing those painful invisible rocks at people. The rocks may be invisible, but the pain they bring is real. To that single mom with multiple children we throw judgment at. To that homeless man. To that person walking into church that doesn’t dress or act the part of the “Christian” we have created in our mind.
I often reflect on the women in the Bible caught in adultery. She was brought to Jesus by men who were ready to throw rocks/stones at her. Our Savior knew this woman was guilty. But Jesus came not to judge, but to love and save lives. Can you imagine the look on this women’s face as Jesus started writing in the sand and her accusers quickly moved along.
We all have have issues going on in our own lives. Things we would hate for others to see. It’s easy to throw rocks at others, but remember that we, to need forgiveness. We all need a little bit of grace.
I pray we will keep all of our rocks in our pockets. We have all sinned and fallen short. Thank goodness Jesus died for all of our sins. I do not want to be like the men in John 8:1-11 that were so willing to throw their rocks. As Christians our goal should be to become more like our Lord and Savior. To lay our rocks down at the foot of the Cross. ~OC
Today’s a new day! God has promised to look after us….to bring help. God, who defends us, who is far greater in strength than any issues or storms life throws at us. God, who spoke and whose words caused the universe to be. His words are true and unfailing. If He promises something, He will deliver. ~OC
Since 2007, I have been fighting to end human trafficking. If you are interested in being part of the solution, feel free to contact me. ~OC
Today’s a new day! Without true humility, we can never experience true unity. Without true humility, we can never be in true relationship with God.~OC
Today’s a new day! Great moves of God are usually preceded by simple acts of obedience. ~OC
Today’s a new day! Jesus positions us, not according to our preference, but according to His purpose. ~OC
Today’s a new day! When you activate your faith, miracles are set in motion. ~OC
Today’s a new day! It is not about your position. It’s about your purpose. ~OC