Brenda Goodine says, 'My friend decided it was time to talk to her bright four-year-old son, Benji, about receiving Christ. "Benji," she asked quietly, "would you like to have Jesus in your heart?" Benji rolled his blue eyes and answered seriously, "No. I don't think I want the responsibility."' Now, you may not like Benji's answer, but you have to admire his honesty. He wasn't just thinking about the rewards of discipleship, he was thinking about the responsibilities it brings.
Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection put it this way: 'Let us think often, that our only business in this life is to please God.' Imagine asking yourself before each action, word or attitude, 'Is this pleasing to the Lord?' How different would your life be? How would your decisions impact the people around you? Jesus said, 'Whoever does not bear his cross, and come after Me, cannot be My disciple.' Crosses were not made to live on, but to die on.
Every morning when you wake up, go into the bathroom, look in the mirror and say, 'Today, you've been called to die to self-indulgence, self-interest, and self-promotion.' Tom Landry, coach of the Dallas Cowboys, once said, 'The job of a football coach is to make men do what they don't want to do, in order to achieve what they've always wanted to be.' And that is the essence of discipleship. Furthermore, Jesus said if you are not willing to do it, you 'cannot' be His disciple.
I have just had an awesome weekend with the kids and the T.
I have tried not to pay much attention to the blog but that has been hard - with all of the comments that it has been getting. I actually enjoy the comments - even the nasty ones. It is like opening your email and having personal emails instead of just spam...kind of. The anticipation of clicking on them and seeing if it is going to be something that makes me laugh, something kind, something mean, etc etc - is fun.
I ended up getting two free Thomas Knives with all of the stamps that i have collected and i would like to report that they are way better than the knives that i had been using - which doesn't say much really - and better than i thought they would be.
They made cutting through our family Sunday roast this evening a much more enjoyable experience. As someone commented on the previous post that i did regarding those knives though - one really has to question the retail prices that Countdown had on them!
I never thought when i did that post that it would generate so much interest. It amazed me just how many people out there have been googling Thomas Knives. Who would have thought...
The Super Moon has been very cool to watch this weekend. Looking straight at it is almost blinding. I got a bit homesick again a couple of hours ago when i saw my sister's Facebook status update regarding how cool it looks from where she is - in Washington State. It was kind of cool though to know that even in different hemispheres - we were looking at the same thing.
Hopefully you lot had as good and as relaxing a weekend as i just had. I have my busiest week yet this week. Starting another paper - lectures every single day - so - see you when i see you.