I love to spend time with my friends. I love to eat. I love to laugh and have fun.
I recently hosted a Chocolate and Canvas event where an artist came to my home and taught us to paint on canvas while we ate chocolate. When I say “ate chocolate”, I mean ate LOTS of chocolate. We had a chocolate fountain flowing with milk chocolate. We dipped cookies, angel food cake, pretzels and fruit in chocolate. If I could have got my head under the fountain, I would have just allowed it to flow into my mouth! I love chocolate!
For this event, I invited some old friends and some new friends. We all laughed and encouraged each other in our little adventure to become artists, all the while relaxing and having fun.
Jesus did the same in his day. He had good friends. There are many counts in the Bible where He ate with other people. And we see where he enjoyed gathering together to probably have some fun.
Hebrews 10:25 says “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another.” We are instructed to meet together and encourage one another. I’m glad this scripture is in the Bible. It’s a great reminder to not forget the simple things in life.
I think I will go call some friends, whip up some food, pull out the dominoes and plan some fun!! You do the same…….and feel free to invite me over. I’ll bring the chocolate!
God wants us to live a life of EXCELLENCE.
I didn’t say PERFECTION………but EXCELLENCE.
This means that in everything we do, we should do it “top notch” because we represent the Lord. I Corinthians 6:19 says “do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you whom you have received from God?”
We need to treat our body and everything we do with excellence.
The book of Titus is a letter written by Paul to Titus and the church in Crete. In Titus 2:7, Paul tells Titus to tell the church that “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”
What do we know about donkeys? Wikipedia tells us that donkeys are 1) known for their stubborness; 2) are used a lot in lower-income countries as pack animals; and 3) that some people have miniature donkeys for pets.
In the 80’s there was an arcade game named Donkey Kong.
The donkey is the symbol of the Democrat political party.
We have probably all played “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” at some time in our lives by being blind folded and spinning around and placing the “taped tail” several inches from its proper location!
There are a lot of uses – both real and fiction – for donkeys.
In the Bible, there are hundreds of references of donkeys. But one of the most interesting stories I have read in the Bible was the “Talking Donkey” found in Numbers 22:21-41.
If you are a woman reading this you know how important the right clothes are – along with the right jewelry, scarf, purse and other accessories!
If you are a man reading this, you probably just want to “be clothed” and it doesn’t really matter what colors or styles you choose and certainly there are no accessories involved!
But whether you are clothed with the NECESSITIES or the ACCESSORIES, we all need to be clothed with compassion.
Paul wrote to the Colossians and told them as God’s chosen people you are to clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12). To me all of these things go together because when you are compassionate, you are kind and gentle and patient and humble.
Compassion is a great quality to possess. When you are compassionate, you show God’s love to others with genuine care and concern.
So tomorrow when you get dressed for the day, whether you are putting on a suit and tie, sweatpants, a uniform, a dress or jeans, start by clothing yourself with compassion.
(And then girls, make sure your purse matches your shoes.)