Monday, October 2, 2017

Who and What I am For


Who and What I am For
Who and What I Like, and am Thankful For

Here is a list of people and things I appreciate (in alphabetical order):

Achievements or Accomplishments: enable us to feel temporarily Significant, but see Significance below.

Adventure: We need Adventure, but keep in mind that implied in Adventure is some amount of Risk.

Affirming and Encouraging Words: which build Hope in us.

Authority: is used to Build up People in the Community, especially the delegated Authority that Jesus Christ gives to us over all the power of Satan and his minions, through the name above all names, Jesus/Yeshua, as written in Luke 10 verse 19.

Babies: are Gifts from God.

Beauty: implies cleanliness, grace, and wholesomeness and God's hand in it in some way.

the Bible:  The Bible is magnificent.  It is the primary way the Lord God speaks to us.  It is inspired and inspiring, in spite of the insignificant contradictions!  Yes, I see them.  The Bible is a blessing to humankind.

Children: are more Gifts from God.

Cleanliness: also Clean Air, Clean Food, Clean Water, (Yes, Clean Clothes, too, thank you, Helen.)

Community: is a group of People that gives me a sense of Belonging.  We need to belong.

Concern for Others: is essential to escape self-centeredness, see Service below.

Equality: For there is no respect of persons with God.  He does not show favoritism.  "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus/Yeshua Hamashiach."  Galatians 3 verse 28

Faith or Faithfulness: is a manifestation of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit within me.

Family: is a group of People that the Lord God hopefully built that gives me a sense of Belonging.  We need to belong.

Forgiveness: This is really important.  Without it, we eventually become bitter and complaining.  It is so necessary.

Freedom: President FDR mentioned four freedoms in 1941  - of speech, of worship, from want, from fear.  But there is so much more.  "For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love." Galatians 5 verse 13

Friends and Acquaintances: may or may not be a part of one of my communities, but are important to me either way.

Fruit: The first type is the fruit that we can eat, and that grows in my yard (apples, blueberries, gooseberries, black raspberries).  The second type is the fruit of the Holy Spirit (the result of His indwelling presence - love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self control).

Fun: It's good Medicine, according to Proverbs 17 verse 22, like Humor below.

Generosity: is much better than minimal Giving.  There is Joy in this kind of Giving.  Freely Give.  And you don't need a tax receipt to be generous, if you see a need.  But check with your spouse first.

Gentleness: is a manifestation of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit within me.

Gifts: The first type are the gifts for birthdays, Christmas, Hanukkah, and other special days.  The second type are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (prophecy, service, teaching, exhortation, ability to give, leadership, mercy, words of wisdom, words of knowledge, faith, gifts of healings, the working of miracles, prophecy, spiritual discernment, supernatural languages (so useful and important), the interpretation of those languages, if needed)

Goodness: is a manifestation of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit within me.

the Gospel of Jesus/Yeshua: is truly Good News.

Grace: is elegance or beauty in our actions and, if it is real, is evident especially in tough times.

Health: of Body, Soul, and Spirit

Helen: is my Wife of 52 years.

Holiness: implies Purity, Grace, Godliness, Righteousness, Spirituality, Peace, and being led or guided by the Holy Spirit.  It does not imply boredom, unhappiness, or sadness.

Hope: Without Hope we give up and die.  But we have reason to Hope for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13 verse 5.

Hospitality: is a form of Grace, at My House, or at Your House.

Humor: It's good Medicine, according to Proverbs 17 verse 22, like Fun above.

Jesus/Yeshua: He is the foundation of all Goodness, the One Who was and is (still) fully God and fully Man, the One Who loves me the most, Who paid for my Holiness with His death, and Who, by the way, created the universe.

Joy: Joy is Peace dancing, (F.B.Meyer), and is a manifestation of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit within me.

my Kids: They love me.

Life: especially Human Life

Light: especially Daylight, and Eyes to see

Music: see Sounds below

Neighbors: are not necessarily my Community these days, but are important nevertheless.

Openness: is Information readily available, and a willingness to share it.

Patience: is a gift from God, and is a manifestation of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit within me.

Peace: Peace is Joy resting, (F.B.Meyer), and is a manifestation of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit within me.

Pets: They truly bring great comfort to many people.

Politeness: starts with "Please and Thank you".

Quality Time with Others: is not just time with others.

Self Control: is a manifestation of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit within me.

Service: is not necessarily service to me or for me, but a chance for me to serve Others.  This is my chance to lay down my life for another, so that I don't get isolated and self-centered or self-absorbed.

Sex: is truly a gift from Father God.

Significance: is more than just being Accomplished, but Loved by someone and best of all, Loved by Father God.  Yes, we are significant.

Sound: especially peaceful and joyful sound, including peaceful and joyful music, and Ears to hear

Trust: is reliance on another and it must be earned.  The world of commerce is built on trust.  In fact, our lives, as we interact with others, are built on trust, too.

Truth/Honesty: is there even when it costs, as in Psalm 15 verse 4 "If they make a promise to their neighbor, they do what they promised."  from the Easy to Read Version,  or, "who swears to his own hurt and does not change" from the ESV

Wholesome and Loving Touch: I believe we all need this kind of touch.  Hugs, especially.

Wholesomeness

Worship: is the ability to Adore and express Adoration, which is how we are made. Worship of the Father, the Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit will last, since They will last.  Anything or anyone else that is worshiped will fail us in the long run.  Anything or anyone else that is worshiped is called an idol.

You!:  I am for You, dear reader.

One needs a relationship with Jesus (ask for it) and the daily fresh filling of the Holy Spirit to love others and to live a life as described above.  Ask for it.

I am a Follower of Jesus, a Believer, a Christian.

Larry Carroll