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Article by: Charles S. Head
As I sat quietly early one morning, my mind drifted back to my childhood memories. Some of them were more precious than others. As children we have a tendency to imitate our parents and other adults, and in the process some of them become our heroes, while others affect us by influencing us with their character. Whatever the case may have been, I found myself trying to act like them.
As a young boy I often went to church with my Mother, along with my four siblings. During Church service there were many songs that I remember, but there was one particular song that stayed in my memory more than others that were sung during the service. After one particular service, on a nice summer day, if I remember correctly, myself and two of my siblings arrived home, went out to our back yard under a tree and decided to have our "song service." We began to sing a song that wouldn't leave my mind, a song known as "Come By Here My Lord, Come By Here." As I sang that song, even as a young boy, I felt God's presence come over me and tears began to flow down my cheek. This experience became an eye opener in my life for two reasons: 1) that day I learned the Lord is real, and 2) that the Lord had His hand on my life. All through my young life I had many of these experiences, even when I drifted away from the Lord, I knew He had His hand on me, waiting for me to say "yes" to His love.
My rich heritage from the Lord came from my Mother, who was my godly hero. Although she spent many of her years in a wheelchair, I would hear her pray and praise the Lord more than being a complainer. I knew she had pain all through her body every day, but that didn't stop her, she had enough of Jesus in her to tell me the truth about eternity with Jesus; and I must add, she kept more smiles than frowns. It was through my Mother's prayers and life of love for Jesus, along with precious memories that brought me to salvation.
I have no regrets today! Before God took my Mother to Heaven, she was crippled and in a wheelchair, but I know when I am reunited with her in Heaven someday, she will be completely whole and healthy. Thank God for my childhood memories and that I am saved today because of those experiences.
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Article by: Charles S. Head
"Jesus’ Burden is Light"
Have you ever tried to carry something that was too heavy and you struggled and strained? My grandson, who always wants to help me, loves to carry things around the house. He is really sincere and his intentions are good, but when he picks up something way too big, he struggles. He wants “PaPa” to be proud of him, so even though the load is too heavy for him, he will try to carry it. I eventually take the load from him or we both carry it together. By helping him, he won’t get hurt and I am delighted to help him.
The same goes for us in God’s Kingdom. Jesus is the one who is suppose to carry our burdens, but we must allow Him to take them off us and carry them. If not we will continue to struggle unnecessarily. Here’s what Jesus has to say about our burdens in Matthew 11:28-30 “come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
Jesus is telling us he has given us the answer to all our burdens, worries, or anxiety that we struggle with. So today, take them off yourself and give them to Jesus.
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Written by Charles S. Head
Matthew 5:14-16 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do we light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick, and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven
As Believers, we have a great responsibility as representatives and ambassadors for Christ. Our duty is to carry out both salt and light to those whom we come in contact with daily and on a consistent basis.
Though we aren’t perfect, we must align ourselves with God’s Word out of obedience, with the application in our personal lives. The world has been given a right by our Heavenly Father to watch us as examples in order to make them hungry and a thirsty for the Christ within us, without striving, but yet leading by example.
Jesus gives us the instructions in Matthew 5:14-16 and reads “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do we light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick, and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven!!”
Sometimes we take for granted those in our family who are around us constantly, but we shouldn’t because these verses do not exclude our family, but all. I am a firm believer that as God’s people we should have a daily prayer life and also take time to read God’s Word. This should be a part of our life for both maturity and strengthening our relationship with the Lord.
One particular morning, recently, I was having my morning prayer time alone with the Lord. After praying for a few minutes, I kept hearing these noises in the room around me. As I looked around and beside me, I realized it was my 8-year old grandson who as quietly as he could tiptoed in the room and kneeled down right beside me. This made my heart leap for joy, just to know that he was interested in praying like his grandfather.
This experience melted my heart, but at the same time awakened me to the fact that I have a greater accountability and responsibility to lead by example to both my family and others. Yes, our family may see our faults more than others, but it does not excuse us from obeying God.
We all need to ask ourselves the question, “Am I being an example or not?” If not, as long as we have a breath in our body, it’s not too late to change. With God’s help it can be done. Both our family and others are watching us, it’s up to us to be he salt to make them thirsty and the light to show them way.
Compassion is a word that we all need to take notice of, why? Because at one time or another we will either need to use it on someone else’s behalf or need it for ourselves.
Compassion as defined in the dictionary is “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.” I am sure we can all relate to a time in our life when we have experienced this feeling of suffering, and in need of someone’s compassion in our life. When we have compassion on others, it takes us out of our selfish mode, and puts our focus on someone else, rather than self.
In the book of Matthew Jesus gives us a good example of compassion. It reads: “and Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.” (Matt. 9:35-36)
Jesus’ example is a pattern for us to follow. So, let’s examine ourselves while we are on our journey through this life —”does your live exhibit a life of compassion toward others? “ If not ask God to help you in this area. You never know what an act of compassion may do in changing another person’s life, just to know that someone cares about them!