Joe's Rocking Chair Greetings

Joe's Rocking Chair Greetings
FINAL ESSAY

I found this article on Facebook and decided that there is a great lesson for us to remember. Sinful human nature has the desire to be well off, to collect more toys and build more wealth. When this doesn’t work, we turn to human relationships and feeling good about ourselves to save our lives from feeling so empty and hopeless. Christians rarely fall for materialism, but we will fall for fine sounding statements that glorify our human existence on earth. Steve Jobs died at age 56, he was part of the team that invented the internet. He was a good example of one who learned the lesson of materialism only to fall for the  glorification of humanity.

His final essay: You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone bear your sickness for you. Material things lost can be found or replaced.  But there is one thing that can never be found when it's lost - Life.  Whichever stage in life you are in right now, with time, you will face the day when the curtain comes down.

Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well and cherish others.  As we grow older, and hopefully wiser, we realize that a $3,000 or a $30 watch both tell the same time.  You will realize that your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world.  Whether you fly first class or economy, if the plane goes down - you go down with it.

Therefore, I hope you realize, when you have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, who you chat with, laugh with, talk with, have sing songs with, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven and earth, that is true happiness!  Don't educate your children to be rich.  Educate them to be happy.  So, when they grow up, they will know the value of things and not the price.  Eat your food as your medicine, otherwise you have to eat medicine as your food.

The one who loves you will never leave you for another because, even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he or she will find a reason to hold on. There is a big difference between a human being and being human.  Only a few really understand it.  You are loved when you are born.  You will be loved when you die.  In between, you have to manage!

The six best doctors in the world are sunlight, rest, exercise, diet, self-confidence and FRIENDS.   Maintain them in all stages and enjoy a healthy life.

Such fine sounding statements but still so wrong.  Let’s hear from the one who truly does understand life:  John 12: 35 & 36 The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”

Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while he may be found, call on him while he is near.  Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord for he will listen and to our God for he will freely pardon.

Material things are not bad, it’s how you use them that counts. Loving people in your life isn’t bad, it’s how you love them that counts. Seven days without prayer makes one weak!

Joe’s Rocking Chair Greetings
Joseph Stickney - April 1, 2019 - Vol 12 No 8
David’s Star Ev Lutheran Church
www.davidsstar.org

 


GULLIBLE

Yes, I hate to admit it, but I was so trusting that many jokes were played on me through my younger years, especially by my brother-in-law’s. If they told me something that I had no experience about, I believed them. The bad part was when I caught on, then everyone around me had a laugh.
 
I even believed everything I read such as an advertisement we received in the mail. It was an offer to purchase a grand piano. The ad seemed so convincing. It was offered for $12.95 including shipping. I waited for weeks for a truck to pull up to our back door with the delivery. My wife tried to tell me that it was a hoax. Well, a truck never pulled up, but a little package came in the mail with a miniature grand piano. Was I disappointed! It actually played music, but it was not what I expected.
 
There is no one better at making fools of us than Satan.  He uses false teachers to convince us that what we believed through the years from a Christian education and the preaching of the Word isn’t necessarily true. Some sound so convincing and use the same religious vocabulary that Christian churches use, but their meaning is different. Many people have left a perfectly good sound belief from what they learned from the Holy Bible to fall for unbelief. How many of the confirmed young adults are turned from their firm conviction during their High School and College days and never come back?
 
By now you are probably asking yourself, “What does this have to do with me!” That is an excellent question. The answer is that the longer a person stays away from God’s word the cooler their faith gets. The Word of God is like warm fire burning and as you stand around the fire you are warm on the outside and in the inside you feel better. But then, see what happens when you move just 3 feet away (attending church maybe once a month). Now move 6 feet away and you probably will feel no warmth of the fellowship and love of God that you once felt around the fire. The longer one stays away from reading God’s word or partake in bible study and communion the cooler their faith will become. Sometimes circumstances keep us from being able to be in worship, but nothing can keep us from God’s Word. Do what you can to give the Holy Spirit opportunity to work in you.
 

Hear this encouragement from Hebrews 10: 23-25 "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
 
Footnote: I am so filled with joy today. The last week in January, I had a biopsy on the kidney which I received from my nephew 11 + years ago. The next day the doctor called with the results. He said the kidney function was now at 30%. He talked about the different options we should check out. They were not good. There were at least 3 days where I was out of it. The roller coaster of emotions ran rampant. Many of you receiving this greeting can possibly relate. So, I decided, whether it’s one year or 2 or 3 that I have left, I will do my best to continue to share the love of my Savior.

Joe’s Rocking Chair Greetings
Joseph Stickney - March 1, 2019 - Vol 12 No 7
David’s Star EV Lutheran Church
www.davidsstar.org