The Evidence of Hope

Everybody has wished for something. Star light, star bright, the first star I see tonight; I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight. This is hoping not hope. When you did something as a child and your parents didn’t know. There was hope that you could get away with it. That was until your brother told them everything. Then your hope disappeared. It seems that hope is fragile. It appears and disappears with your circumstances. Knowing something that is true will bolster your hope. You look in this world for truth and it seems to be changing daily. To where you can’t rely on anything. It is a most unsettling predicament. You put your hope in something today and it changes tomorrow. It comes to the point where you don’t want to hope for anything. And that is a sad state of affair. You look at your life and it’s going into the dumpster and you can’t stop it. But you know there is help out there somewhere. If only you could find it. This is hope. By itself it can’t sustain you. It has to be added to something more powerful to create a lasting result. And this powerful thing is a free gift from God. It is called faith. You see, faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not see. So, with God’s gift of faith and our hope, we can see and have a changed life, worth living.

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Living without Hope

Troubles seem to come to us as easily as the sun rises. I see it in people’s eyes. The sadness and lack of hope that anything will work right. People become afraid of circumstances and I hear in their voice. And they don’t know what to do. Ever felt like a stranger or an outcast in your own home? I grieve for that mother who buried her teenage son yesterday and for the families that lost their fathers. People who have no hope are willing to do anything to try get some safety back in their lives. This is how wars are started. I use to live this way. I had no hope that anything would work out. It was so frustrating. It scared me so much that I was willing to do anything. Then I was shown that hope did exist. Hope in my life came when people believe that I was worth something and my life could be good. People showed me that there was a way. It took almost three months for me to believe that this could happen to me. They used patience and love to show me the way. And when I began to believe my life began to turn around. You see the only hope for this world is Jesus Christ. He can change lives and restore us to our proper place. When I saw how much my Father, who is in heaven, loves me, I began to cry for the sin in my life. God believes that every person on earth has value. And His judgement is correct. God never made any trash. All of creation is perfect. And you can be again. Accept the hope God is offering.

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Our Greatest Challenge

We face many things in our life. We train all of our lives to overcome obstacles in our life. We perfect skills so that they can easily be done. We are tactile as well as intellectual beings. We like to get our hands on things to figure them out. I’ll tell you a truth, I never have been able to figure out the Rubik’s cube. My sons can do it, but I have long since left it alone. Some of our greatest puzzles are not just physical but are spiritual. We are spiritual being. We have worked on figuring out who we are and what we want to do in life. Then we see the larger question, why are we here? What is the purpose for our existence? For me, it took a long time to see any good. I wander around to find the truth, but kept hitting walls. I knew there was a greater power than myself, but I seemed to be missing the point of my existence. I kept looking, unfortunately in all the wrong places. I believed that there was something or somebody who was real and could be in my life. I just wasn’t wanting to surrender to the truth. I wanted to be the master of my destiny. The only problem was I didn’t have any power to change anything. I needed someone who had the power to change my life. Finally, when I came to the end of myself, I found the person I was looking for. And you know what was the most maddening part of it all. He was right in front of me all the time. He was just waiting for me. Jesus patiently waited for me to turn around and see Him. When I saw Jesus, I knew He was the one I had been waiting for all of my life.

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Motivation

What motivates you to do something? Does it take a little or a lot to motivate you? And just as important, what does it take to stop you from doing or accomplishing goals in your life? Everyone has looked at this world and seen what they want to do. When we were young, we looked at the world and saw that it was our choice to pick what we wanted in life. As we grew, people or circumstances encouraged or discouraged us from doing what we saw as our goal in life. Some people seemed to be driven by an invisible force to accomplish everything they can in life. And on the other hand, some people couldn’t accomplish anything at all. We are only limited by ourselves. What we believe is who we are. It is funny how powerful our minds are. And yet from our minds have come the most important and innovative things in this world. You don’t have much time. All you have is your life time. And you are just a breath away from eternity. You have to choose what you are going to do. Sitting on the sideline isn’t really a choice. Even if you do nothing, things will happen around. So, it would be a whole lot better for you and the world around you to be involved. God has a plan for you. Find out today what that plan is and get involved.

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Understanding the Impossible

As I write my blogs, I try to make them as understandable as possible. I don’t want to write stories that people can’t understand. All though I look for people who can actually see what I am doing. There are underlying themes that run through my blogs. And many people only see one level. But when I write, it is with the knowledge of where I have been, what I am doing and where I am going. I want my blog to be enticing enough to read through and the point to be made. I don’t write to offend people but I know that sometimes it can’t be helped. The most offensive name in the world is Jesus. Because at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is lord of all. And if you don’t know Him, it can be very offensive. But that is the only name by which anyone can enter into heaven. There is no other way. And that statement ought to stir up some devils. But if you are upset with His name, you need to ask yourself why. Is it real or is just something contrived? Before I came to the Lord, I wasn’t certain of anything. My life flowed back and forth with the prevailing wind. I was so tired of being blown around that I wanted something real in my life. And Jesus was waiting for me to understand, who He was and how much He loved me. It was His love for me that drew me in and I have never left. So, if you are looking for something real, His name is Jesus. And all you have to do is talk to Him.

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Being Alone

I guess there is nothing more unsettling than being alone. When we are born, it is into a family. This group of people, who will love and take care of us until we are able. It doesn’t always happen that way. Through different circumstances, we may lose the people that are closest to us. Then we have to face the world alone. We all have a coping mechanism. And we carry on as best as possible. But we were not made to live alone. That is a hole inside of us that can only be filled with social interaction of people. Our need is driven by a desire that we don’t even understand. But it was given to us by our creator for a very special reason. If God had not put our desire for each other, mankind would have died off long ago. But it doesn’t stop there. That desire drives us to do things that we normally don’t want to. We want to know a person and be able to talk to them. To share our dreams and desires with someone who will listen. And yet the one person, who is known by all, is the most neglected of all. God is known by everyone on this earth. 1000’s of years ago, He wrote His laws in our hearts. So, we could know Him. When we were young, we could hear God speak to our hearts. But as we got older and didn’t listen anymore, His voice faded from our memory. His is still there and all we have to do is talk to Him. God said He would never leave or forsake us. And unlike man, God keeps His promises. This is the reason I am never alone.

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Leadership

I don’t think I have ever seen a flamboyant president as Donald Trump. Most were quiet and reserved and didn’t get angry when some person asked them an obnoxious question. But the best response to an obnoxious question came from Gen. Russell Honoree. In a press conference, right after Hurricane Katrina, a reporter asked the same question he had just answered. The Gen. turned and looked at the reporter and asked, “what are you, struck on stupid.” I am cautiously optimistic about our new government. I am sure it will not be the same old politics. And I am grateful for that. Do you know what the definition of insanity is? It is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Every leader that won battles and changed the world, led from the front into the battle. They earned the trust and respect of their people. It is because they shared in the hardship as well as the good. Leadership is a learned skill. Yes, people have attributes that develop into the skill. But ultimately, it is the person deciding to learn to lead. This man took his attributes and learn to lead and I say quite successfully. It is interesting the both President Nixon and Reagan encouraged Donald Trump to run for the office of President. The next four years will be interesting. I am praying for good success.

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The Uncertainty of Life

Many years ago, I was skiing above Denver on the Continental Divide. I went to the top of the mountain and sat in the snow. I was at 15,000 ft. above sea level. It was one of the highest peaks in the lower 48 states. I could see for miles in both directions. The snow was beautiful, sparkling in the sunlight. I felt small and insignificant compared to the mountain. While skiing down the mountain, a snow storm came through. All I could do is the stand still until it passed. It was totally black inside the cloud. I knew that I wasn’t in control at that point. I was at the mercy of the mountain. It was unsettling that I couldn’t control my circumstances. It was the beginning of a learning curve. A curve that I had to learn to survive. As much as, I say how much I am in charge of my life, I am not. I can’t stop accidents. I can’t stop diseases. I can’t say when I will die. I can’t say much about my life except no. Your life is affected by your circumstances, your health, your education, your wealth and by so many other things that you can’t control in life. I don’t fear these things anymore. I understand and have accepted that I need help with my life. I need a power that is greater than myself. I only found one source of power to change my circumstances. And His name is Jesus. I am no longer afraid and my needs are met. So now I can live the life that God has planned for me. And all you have to do is ask.

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A Square peg in a Round hole

Have you ever felt like that? We spend a lifetime finding out where we belong. It is unfortunate that some people never find their place in life. It’s like wandering in the desert to find water and not finding it. When we find our place, it is funny how things work in our lives. It doesn’t mean that there wouldn’t be resistance to our place. I know that when I found my place, the battle began. It was a battle to keep the place I found for myself. And I tell you a truth, I was shielded from the battle for a long time. It wasn’t until I was strong enough to face it myself. But when I enter the battle, it was amazing what happened. I saw so many miracles that it is hard sometimes to comprehend. You see I am a Christian soldier. I know how to wage warfare. I don’t fight flesh and blood. My battle is in the spiritual realm. I fight against principalities, spiritual wickedness and powers in the air. Sometimes I get beat up. When I do, I retreat back to God. Where I know that I will be refreshed and renewed and ready to go back to the battle. My battles aren’t over things of this world. My battles are for the lives of people. If I don’t fight the good fight of faith, people will die and are bound for hell. That is why sometimes I feel like a square peg in a round hole. But I have found my place in life and it is next to God.

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Restraint

Sometimes restraint is the better part of valor. Everyone has been goaded into a fight and they wished they had kept their mouth shut. This is where restraint comes into play. But it is a learned trait. We aren’t really wanting to keep ourselves held down by morays or outdated ethics. When we look at the grand scheme of things, self-control is a most valuable asset. If you become angry, you have lost the battle. The tongue is a small thing and boast of great things. But it sets the world on fire from hell. I understand this more than anyone knows. I had a vile and bitter tongue. It could carve anyone up. It was easy. I have a good and quick mind and when I would unleash it against anyone, look out. People didn’t want to be around me, because I was mean spirited. The reason was that I was so hurt and crushed by the things around me. I didn’t care. I was going to let people feel my pain. It took a long time to find my way out. But if I wouldn’t have gotten help from God, I would have never made it. When I turned to God, He changed my heart. He removed the pain with His love. I finally found someone who loved me because I was just me. I didn’t have to be anyone else. I never had the power to change on my own. Only God has the power to change a heart. And that is what has to change for your world to become better. I don’t always like restraint, but it better than slapping someone silly.

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