We Are Not Complete (Yet)

We are never completely saved,
Until we go to be with God.
Rather, we are constantly being saved,
God is working on us.

So, you can be momentarily saved
From one thing or the other,
Whether it be some type of trouble,
A bad habit, or any terrible sin.

But you are not completely healed
Of all your shortcomings,
And there is always the potential
For you to get into some type of trouble.

So, don’t get a big head,
Thinking that you are better than others,
Because God is constantly saving them, too.
It’s just God’s nature.

God reveals himself
To different people in different ways,
And God heals us
In his timing, not ours.

God will always be a mystery,
And there will always be things
That we do not know about God,
And about each other.

That is our nature.

We are incomplete.
That comes with the state
Of being human.
Without God, we are nothing.

Instead,
We should wonder
At the amazing generosity
Of God, our redeemer,

The one who is redeeming us.

Let us all strive to be as
Generous as God is to us!

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What Can I Learn from You Today?

It is such a temptation
For Christians to think
That when they accept Jesus
As their personal savior,

That they have arrived.

There is nothing further
From the truth.

When we become saved,
It is just the beginning
Of a life-long process
Of sanctification,

A process that never ends.

We are only acceptable
In God’s eyes
As we are convicted with judgement
And forgiven with mercy.

That is, by God’s actions, not ours.

This is not a one-time,
Or even just a once-in-a-while thing.
Until we pass on from
Our present state of being,

That is, as a fallen creature,
Who is continually faced with
The choice of either doing
God’s will, or playing God ourselves,

We will be constantly dependent
On God for everything good.

Not only that,
But the very next minute
After God forgives us,
We are tempted into mischief again.

We never truly arrive,
Until we die.

So what can we boast of,
Except, that God is wonderful?

How can we possibly think
That we are any better
Than anyone else,
Or that anyone else

Is better than us,
Except God?

We do not have
A leg to stand on.
But we do have
A lot to be thankful for,

And a lot to be humble about.

So, let’s not divide ourselves
Into who’s right
And who’s wrong.
Let’s welcome all,

And appreciate all,
For how God is working in their lives,
Whether they are Christian or not,
For we are all God’s children,

Created in God’s image.

Nobody has a corner
On the truth,
And we can all learn
From each other,

Because God blesses
Each one of us uniquely.

Let’s focus not on
Who’s in, and who’s out,
But, instead, on
How each of us can contribute

To the greater good of all.

An Open Window

Paint a picture
Of a life
You wish you had,
And see the color

Turn to black.

A vain wish
Can be toxic.
A seemingly “harmless” fantasy
Can take you down

The road to ruin.

Slipping out of reality
Is dangerous in itself,
But living in a world
Of detrimental dreams

Can tear your heart apart.

Instead,
Take the more challenging,
But more rewarding,
Road of dealing with reality,

The here and now.

How is your life going?
What can you do
To make some improvements?
Little problems that call for

Little changes.

Simple solutions
To complex situations
Sometimes are the best.
K.I.S.S.,

“Keep it simple, Stupid.”

So, looking at your life today,
What do you have to be thankful for?
How has God blessed you?
Don’t just look at your issues.

Sometimes it takes more courage
To count your blessings.

And, although it is easier
To focus on the negative,
Looking at the good things
Will indeed make you feel better.

You may even shed a tear
In grateful relief.

Remember, as they say,
“When God closes a door,
He always opens a window.”
What window in your life

Is God urging you to crawl through?

Sometimes God speaks to us
Through the words
Of those around us.
Our family, friends and associates

That drop seemingly benign
Comments about us and our lives
Can be God’s messengers
In disguise.

So, what words of wisdom
Has God spoken to you lately?

Perhaps,
He has told you that you
Are exactly where
You need to be,

Like it, or not.

Sometimes it is difficult
To accept this,
Especially if we are suffering.
But even our trials

Make us stronger.

And if we go even further,
And consider those around us,
What their needs are,
And how we can be there

For them, we find ourselves
In a refreshingly new place.

Sometimes,
When we look beyond
Our own situation,
We open ourselves up

To a whole new world,
Full of promise and possibility.

And when we do this,
Our own problems don’t seem
So imposing.
Just ask yourself,

Who has God placed in my life
Whom I need to bless?

You might be surprised
At the miracles God can work
Through your open hands
And open heart.

So, go ahead:
Jump right through

That open window!

Home Again

Laughing heals the heart.
So good to hang out with friends.
Meeting minds,
Followed by hearts in motion.

To connect,
To intersect,
In this crazy world,
Sometimes it seems like a miracle,

Just to get our schedules together.
I feel what you feel,
I’ve been there, done that.
I’m right there with you.

How many times
Do I look in the mirror these days,
And say to myself,
“Who is that?”

How did I get here?
When did I start
Looking like that?
Seems like just yesterday,

I was slim and trim.
Now, look at me!
I’m a blob!
It happens, I guess.

Part of getting older.
You lose muscle tone
And it all turns to fat.
That’s life, I guess.

You get distracted
By business as usual,
And lo and behold,
Surprise!

Where to now?
Decisions, decisions.
Lots to choose from,
But little choices to make.

Somewhere along the way,
Life takes over.
You are no longer
Captain of the ship.

Where it takes you,
Is anybody’s guess.
“Nobody knows
The trouble I feel.

Nobody knows
My sorrow.”
But with a little help
From my friends,

We can work it out.
So, what’s next?
Just wait and see
Where life takes you.

Eventually,
We all go home.
Somewhere along the line,
We come full circle.

It is then
That déjà vu sinks in,
And we wonder,
Haven’t I been here before?

It is the same face,
Same place,
Same time,
Same station.

We have sung in this key
Many times before.
It is an oh, so familiar tune.
And it’s good to be home again.

Son of Man

Image of the invisible God;
The firstborn over all creation;
Before all things,
In whom all things hold together;
Head of the body, the church;
The beginning;
The firstborn from the dead;
Having the supremacy in everything;
In whom God was pleased
To have all his fullness dwell,
And through whom he reconciled
All things to himself,
Whether things on earth
Or things in heaven,
By making peace through his blood,
Shed on the cross;
God’s Son,
Through whom he spoke to us;
Heir of all things;
Through whom God made the universe;
The radiance of God’s glory;
The exact representation of God’s being;
Sustainer of all things
By his powerful word;
Whose light shines in our hearts
To give us the knowledge
Of the glory of God in Christ.

(Paraphrased from Colossians 1:15-20, Hebrews 1:1-3, 2 Corinthians 4:6)

Somehow Saved?

Somehow,
It just doesn’t seem right
That a loving person
Should go to hell.

How can a person
Be loving, anyway,
Unless God dwells
In their heart?

For someone who is
Compassionate,
Sacrificial,
Pure of heart.

We all know
People in our lives
Who do not call
Their self a Christian,

But they have more
Love in their heart
Than most Christians.
Would God condemn

Their souls to burn?
And if we believe
That it is the choice
Of the individual,

Whether or not
To ask Jesus into
Their heart,
Would God exclude

Someone who rejects
Christianity
For all the hypocrisy
And corruption

That exists in its
Institutions?
Surely God recognizes
Their heart is in

The right place.
They are not
Rejecting God.
They are rejecting

Hypocrites.
If God does not
Look upon the outside
Of a person,

But rather the inside,
I would contend
That many people
Whom the church

Rejects
Will be in heaven,
And those “believers”
That do not love others

Will go to hell.
If that’s the case,
It is possible
That there will be

Jews,
Muslims,
Hindus
And even atheists

That Jesus welcomes
Into the heavenly gates.
Perhaps,
Jesus did, in fact,

Die to save everyone.

Who knows?

Celebrate

Sitting, dreaming,
Thinking of you.
Laughing, crying,
Hoping I’m through.

Want to be
With you soon.
Want to climb
Up to the moon.

Want to break out
From this hell.
Want to ring
My freedom bell.

Wishing that I
Could be free
From all the things
That imprison me.

Tired of crying
All the time.
Ready to be redeemed
From my crimes.

Don’t you want
To come with me?
Won’t you be the
Friend I seek?

It’s so easy
To be sad.
It is harder
To be glad.

I don’t care, though.
I am ready.
I will give up
All my teddies.

I’m a man
Who wants the best.
I desire
To take the test.

Heaven is here,
Ready and waiting.
Free for all,
For the taking.

Let’s all be
Our better selves.
Let’s put our sins
On the shelves.

We’re forgiven,
After all.
We can go out
And have a ball.

Let’s celebrate
This life with each other.
You are my sister
And my brother.

Now is a new day,
So take and eat.
Lay your burdens
At God’s feet.

Seeing You

Laugh when you can.
Yuck it up!
It is only in those
Brief moments

That we obtain relief
From our frustration.
Being human is
Being with limits.

We have time and space.
We have each other,
Which in a perfect world
Is a very good thing.

But in our world,
A fallen world,
Things are different.
Except in extraordinary

Circumstances,
It is every person
For their self.
In those times

When we can
See the humor
In our crazy situation,
We get a break

From all the drama.
When we find
The strength
And the motivation

To look past
Our own misery,
And to see our
Brothers and sisters

In need,
These are special
Moments that
We should treasure.

When we see past
Our own problems,
And appreciate
The presence

Of each other,
It is in those times
That we are truly
Blessed.

Tainted Soul

Tainted soul,
A ghost of a man.
Can he catch
The witch that ran?

Screaming succubus,
Following me.
In reality,
She wants to be free.

In the day
I run from truth.
Sort of like
I run from you.

Is there a clue
For me that’s true?
Do you ask me?
I ask, too.

What will be
The next death trap?
Can you show me
On the map?

Test me now.
I want to know.
If you like me,
Tell me so.

If you do,
It can’t be true.
Do you know
If I am who

You think I
Am today?
I can’t tell you
What to say.

I can’t tell you
If I’m gay.
I don’t really
Give a hey.

I don’t know
Myself what’s true.
Maybe if I
Try to sue.

Sue myself,
I should do.
Please, you tell me,
When I’m through.

Below is where
The dreams come true.
Behind they grill you,
Whatever you do.

What do you think
I should try?
Really, I’m not
That kind of guy.

Tainted Soul

Tainted soul,
A ghost of a man.
Can he catch
The witch that ran?

Screaming succubus,
Following me.
In reality,
She wants to be free.

In the day
I run from truth.
Sort of like
I run from you.

Is there a clue
For me that’s true?
Do you ask me?
I ask, too.

What will be
The next death trap?
Can you show me
On the map?

Test me now.
I want to know.
If you like me,
Tell me so.

If you do,
It can’t be true.
Do you know
If I am who

You think I
Am today?
I can’t tell you
What to say.

I can’t tell you
If I’m gay.
I don’t really
Give a hey.

I don’t know
Myself what’s true.
Maybe if I
Try to sue.

Sue myself,
I should do.
Please, you tell me,
When I’m through.

Below is where
The dreams come true.
Behind they grill you,
Whatever you do.

What do you think
I should try?
Really, I’m not
That kind of guy.