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Great picture and very true words.Many people tend to be in too much of a hurry and therefore miss out on so many joys. Blessings,Ruth
Beautiful, Valerie. I spent WAY too many years not smelling the roses. I'm trying to make up for those years now!!!!!Hugs,Betsy
Hi Valerie,I read your comment on Under Grace and Over Coffee's post on Glee.This is long, but I wanted to make sure you read my comment (not sure if you would check back) :Dear Valerie,It isn't being judgemental to have caution in your heart over worldly influence or ideas. It is discerning. We all must know that we are vulnerable to the "slow fade". We need to look out for one another and our children. So keep up being cautious. (watch and pray)To Andrea and other Glee watchers, we know there is NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus. I have recently been re~sensitized to what breaks Jesus' heart... Thankfully we are under grace (oh how thankful I am!), but not for license to indulge our sinful desires, but to cleanse us when we sin and keep us in Christ...I too watched Glee one day...until they started singing "Highway to Hell" and then I saw the evil lady who was sickly sarcastic, even hateful (coach??). Instantly the tv was turned off (to establish a boundary between us and the world)...because I knew my flesh wanted to watch this "new popular show".It seems we (including me) have gotten away from separation from the world so much that we have very dull conciences today about what offends Jesus or other believers. Paul says he wont eat meat or drink wine or do anything if it might offend another believer. I, like Valerie, struggle to resist compromising my convictions because professing Jesus~loving Christians openly do/watch/speak in ways I am confident the Lord doesn't want me to. I have blocked two Christian women from my facebook because posting photos of them drinking margaritas was becoming a temptation for me to return to the Egypt that God delivered me from. I wonder how many young women not grounded in their faith may be tempted by those same photos. It is sad that it seems instead of being considerate and trusting in the motives of one another, we seem to label one another "judgemental" or "legalistic" which seems to be to protect our "freedom". & I wonder........ "Where is the self-denial in that? Where is our love for the brethren?"No, we seem to have (generally~as a Christian culture) become desensitized to Jesus' passion for unity, purity, and humility, and to one another on a large scale. I fear that entertaining ourselves with fruitless things is more important to us than pursuing holiness, righteousness, and purity. After all, it is more comfortable to fit in than be set apart.I (I am sure we all) want to finish well and not be disqualified for the prize. If Paul felt he needed to beat his body into submission and make it a slave so he would not be disqualified for the prize, then I (as great a sinner as he) should do no less.One day I asked my son about a movie that he watched at a friend's house. "would Jesus watch it with you?" to which he replied, "Jesus probably wouldn't watch most of what we watch!" True! Jesus was about the Father's business...Where does that leave Glee and Simpson watchers? Wasting time at best. Setting a bad example?, compromising with the world?, feeding our flesh?, and even possibly becoming a stumbling block to the weak...???*Love must be sincere, hate what is evil, cling to what is good. (Romans 12:9) *It is time for judgement to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:17) *The spiritual man makes judgements about all things, but he himself is subject to no man's judgement. (1 Cor 2:15)Some might be tempted to call me judgemental, but Jesus calls me Redeemed. I call you redeemed too, but I will not fail to rebuke you for compromising with the world. Because my love is sincere. ~Please don't promote shows that exalt ungodly ideas.In His Love,Kathy
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