I don’t like leftovers.
This morning I opened up the refrigerator and found the leftover half of sausage stromboli I had yesterday. I wrapped up the other half of the sandwich with good intentions to eat the rest at another time. But I’m just not big on leftovers. I think pizza warmed up is just too chewy. Pasta warmed up is too hard.
If it didn’t make the “first cut” then I’m not real excited about eating it the second day.
The presentation is not as good warmed up as it was originally. The taste seems to be lacking for me.
But there is one leftover I like – DESSERTS. I can eat leftover pie, cake, cookies and cheesecake for DAYS until it’s gone. A piece of leftover cheesecake or pumpkin roll is better on the second day.
You know the catchy jingle……..”Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.” You’re singing it in your head right now aren’t you?????
We should be like State Farm; we should be there.
In Matthew 19:19 (b) Jesus said we need to love our neighbor as ourselves. Who is our neighbor?
In Luke 10 we find the parable of the Good Samaritan as Jesus answers that question – who is our neighbor? Jesus tells the story of a man who was robbed and beaten and was laying on the side of the road. He tells of several people who walked by the man and ignored him and did not help him. But a Samaritan traveled by and saw him and took pity on him and helped him with his wounds and then took him on his donkey to a nearby inn and took care of him and then the next day paid the innkeeper to take care of him until he was well enough to go on his own way.
Jesus asked the people who were listening to His teaching, “which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?”
The expert in the law said “the one who had mercy on him.” And Jesus told him to “go and do likewise.”
Today we also learn from those parables. We need to help those in need. Jesus wasn’t just referring to our physical neighbors – those who live next door or down the street. He is referring to all those we come in contact with who need help.
We do love ourselves a lot don’t we? We buy new golf clubs that we get mad at on a bad day. New purses that are big enough to carry all of the stuff we don’t really need. Nice cars that guzzle too much gas. Bigger houses that cost a lot to heat. Closets full of clothes we don’t wear often. We do treat ourselves well.
How about our neighbor? Jesus said to love them as ourselves. If we follow His instructions, we need to probably step it up and help those who need help – both physically and spiritually. We take care of our own needs. We need to take care of others God places in our paths.
So keep the jingle in your head. Keep the love of Jesus in your hearts. And keep the actions of the Good Samaritan in your spirit. Because like a good neighbor, we should be there! SING IT, BROTHER!
I was making bacon in the microwave this morning and thinking about how thankful I was that I could have crispy bacon in about 3 minutes versus the way I used to have to make bacon taking 30-40 minutes, grease popping all over the stove and having to be a slave over the frying pan turning those fatty strips every little bit. I was so glad I didn’t have to wait that long for my bacon today.
It made me think of the smart phones and how we can get an answer to any question we have in a matter of seconds. We were with our friends the other night and was trying to think of an actor’s name and my friend said “I will ask Siri” (for those who don’t know, Siri is the name of the automatic voice that you can ask questions to on the iPhone and it looks up the requested information.) One of our other friends said, “I’m so glad we can get that answer right now instead of thinking about it all night and waking up at 2 a.m. saying ‘I remember who it is!'”
I was also reminiscing with my friend yesterday about our favorite food as kids. I remember getting to have popcorn on weekends when mom would get out the big pan and put oil in the bottom and put the popcorn in and shake that pan back and forth over the gas stove until the popcorn was popped and then we could get a bottle of Coke to share among us. Now we can buy popcorn already popped and bagged or we can put a flat bag in the microwave and push a setting marked “popcorn” and have fluffy, buttery popcorn within a few minutes.
It is amazing how our society has changed over the years and now gives us quick satisfaction to our needs and our questions in a matter of seconds. Fortunately our God does not change like society does. He can’t be put on speed dial or treated like “Siri” and expect immediate answers. The Bible says in Psalm 27:14 – “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
Hebrews 13:8 also encourages us – “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
The Israelites had to wait on God. Job had to wait on God. Mary and Martha waited on Jesus to raise Lazarus from the dead. There were many instances in the Bible of people waiting for God to answer prayers. We still experience that today. We still wait on God to answer prayers.
He’s not a microwave. He’s not Siri. He doesn’t change like the latest and greatest in technology. We have to wait on Him today, just like people waited on Him in Bible times. And although I don’t like to wait sometimes, I am sure glad that God is in control and knows all the answers. I’m glad His plan is better than my plan.
Thank you Lord for popcorn, bacon, Siri and answered prayers……….yesterday, today and in the future FOREVER.
My girls always loved to have their Dad in the stands when they played basketball. They liked having me there, too but they REALLY liked having their Dad. We would always come home after the ballgames and highlight every important play and relive the excitement. They loved sharing these moments with their Dad and seeing how proud he was of them. They worked hard to be able to make him proud.
To this day I still like it when my Dad tells me how proud he is of me for something. I work hard and like to tell my Dad when I reach a goal or have success and secretly hope he is proud of me – even as old as I am.
We should work as hard for our Heavenly Father. We should spend each day:
1) studying our Bible to find out how to be more like Jesus
2) praying to God for direction in all of our decisions
3) spending time in worship honoring our Heavenly Father