Your Address Matters

I often see Facebook posts by someone I know personally but won’t name them here because it doesn’t matter. What does matter is, what they post. It seems that a lot of life happens to them, and I say, “Life Happens” instead of using the other word.

The other day after reading yet another one of these posts, I started thinking and asked, “Why?” It didn’t take long before I realized their address was wrong, and that’s the problem.

No, I’m not saying that it is because they are poor and can’t afford to live in one of the nicest areas of their town because those people can have “life” happen to them as well. The issue is this; they do not live in the garden!

God created a garden, made Man, and intended him to always live in that garden. But after God gave Man free will, Man decided to exercise it and choose not to live by God’s rule to stay in the garden.

God took the Man and set him down in the Garden of Eden to work the ground and keep it in order. God commanded the Man, “You can eat from any tree in the garden, except from the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil. Don’t eat from it. The moment you eat from that tree, you’re dead.” Gen. 2:15-17 (MSG)

That’s the very problem today with people. For whatever reason, they may think they have, decided not to follow God’s commandments and live according to His Word, the Bible. Therefore their address is where trash goes, and life “dumps” upon them often, perhaps even daily!

It doesn’t have to be like that!

I will not claim that accepting Jesus into your life and making Him “Lord” of your life eliminates all of life’s problems, but it sure makes getting through them more manageable. You can be assured that you have a loving God to help you get through the trials, and being the great provider that He is famous for, you might even be surprised at how He takes care of those trials. You have to trust in Him.

So accept Jesus into your life by asking him to forgive you of your past wrongdoings and then read God’s Word and start talking to Him daily. Oh, and get some boxes and start packing because you are about to start living in a garden.

Copyright © 2022 Mark Brady. All rights reserved.

Jesus on Facebook

Charlie 333I read something this past week, and well, it bothered me.

It is becoming increasingly clear that one is being forced to stand up for the One they believe in, or for what they believe in.  Moral issues are being thrown in our faces.  There is open talk about what some call right, and what others call wrong.  Used to, you could stay quiet and say, “What they do behind closed doors is their business.”  Today, the doors are being ripped off their hinges and the whole world can now see what individuals believe.

What bothered me was some people’s response to this “In your face” attitude, and so I pondered, what would Jesus’ response to this be?  You don’t have to look very long in the word of God to find the answer:

Later when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew’s house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. When the Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus’ followers. “What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting cozy with crooks and riffraff?”  Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.” Mat. 9:10-13 (MSG)

The truth is; God gives man freewill, so who are we not to?  Are we greater than God?  If you see something on TV or on Facebook, you don’t agree with or like, and can’t find something “graceful” to say then just scroll on.  I do that whenever I see post about dogs and cats.  “Change the channel” if you will.

Is Jesus on Facebook?  No, but we who claim to be His followers are.

Copyright © 2019 Mark Brady.  All rights reserved.

Have I Become One of Those?

This is so embarrassing!  I even hate to say.
I just bought a smart phone, just the other day.
I didn’t think I needed one.  I felt I was in touch,
Now I can’t imagine life without knowing this much!

Knowing everything is an addiction, an unquenchable thirst.
Now I see why everyone is walking around with their heads down which is worse!
I’m right here in front of you!  Please talk to me!
Who cares what others are doing?  Does it matter you see?

We have this thing called “social media” yet no one will talk,
Even while with a friend they’re reading Facebook as we walk.
Where is all this knowledge taking us?  Leading us on?
Will I be alone on my death bed, and tweet, “I’m gone!”?

If Jesus lived in this time would people go hear?
Would he tweet his followers he loves so dear?
Would his ministry be the same without being in their presence?
Would he post what he had to eat at Mary Magdalene’s residence?

I am already fighting this addiction to know.
To reach another level on Candy Crush before I go!
I see the danger looming it can eat up a lot of time.
It could replace moments with God which wouldn’t be fine.

So I desire to use social media to be social with media
So they know at least someone cared about them in the end.
I will be the master of my phone instead of its slave;
I will first see what God wants me to do with my day.

So lookout Facebook, Twitter and more,
I won’t let you use me like a social whore.
I will try my best to fight what I oppose;
I will not become one of those.