Can you imagine being James, the brother of Jesus? WOW!!! Talk about being in your brother’s shadow!! I’m sure James wondered how in the world he could make an impact on humanity following His brother’s life!
But as I read the book of James I realize how smart he was. I realize that he was called to a purpose, too. James was one of the leaders of the church in Jerusalem and his letter was addressed to Christians everywhere. We can learn so much from the letter from James.
He gives practical advice on things from anger and controlling your tongue to showing favoritism and patience. And what better person to learn practical advice from than the brother of the Saviour!
I heard a friend say the other day, “My family is so dysfunctional!”
I think at one time or another we all feel like our family is dysfunctional. But what exactly does “dysfunctional” mean? According to Webster’s dictionary, dysfunction is “impaired in function”. I realize though that everyone’s definition of dysfunctional could differ depending on what you believe defines “the norm”.
I’m so glad that God’s definition of “normal” and “dysfunctional” are not the same as mine. If we look at the Family of God, our whole family is dysfunctional because we are all “impaired in function”. But thankfully we all come to this family of believers with different colored hair and different colored skin; tall or short; plump or thin; healthy or sick; with our own talents, personalities and spiritual gifts. God leads us all in different ways to use our gifts to spread His word.
So with this in mind……….today, I proclaim that I am thankful for my dysfunctional family of God! Only He knows we really are NORMAL!
There are days I wake up in a good mood. There are days I wake up worrying about something. There are days I wake up feeling depressed. There are days I wake up feeling tired and lazy. There are days I wake up energized and ready to hit the day running. I never really know how I will wake up but I strive to make the day a good one and stay positive the best I can.
Recently, I was in a great mood as we were going to visit our daughter in college and take her out to dinner. I was very excited to see her. In the next minute, I got to thinking about all the things I should be doing at home and got a little anxious. We also were running about 15 minutes later than I told her that we would be there and I was getting a little stressed.
Everyone loves Coke. It’s the “official drink of America.” The Coke® name has been around for decades.
I was thinking about the comparison of Coke and Christ.
1) Both names start with a capital “C”.
2) Coke’s famous slogan “It’s the Real Thing” is known around the world! Christ is the Real Thing and Christians near and far are trying to get people to know Him around the world.
3) Coke’s recognizable color is RED and WHITE. Christ died on the cross, shedding blood that was crimson RED and washed us WHITE as snow.
4) The Coca Cola® formula is a secret – locked away in a vault somewhere available to only a select few. The formula to know Christ is no secret. It’s not locked away but rather written down in the Holy Bible available for all to know just for the asking.
Jesus said in John 14:6 – I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
CHRIST IS THE REAL THING. So why don’t you go grab a Coke… and a friend…. and tell the secret that’s no secret at all. The secret to an eternity with Christ. Enjoy your day!