Category Archives: Faith

Weekly Verse – Judging Others

This week I saw a Facebook post from one of my cousins that made me really mad.

Her kids had spent the last several months planting and caring for pumpkins in a gigantic pumpkin patch.

We heard all about their hard work this Summer at our annual family reunion camping trip.

Recently they gathered up their harvest and put it on a wagon to sell.

They sold on the honor system. Buy a pumpkin and put the money in the slot on the locked cash box.

Here’s the part of the story that made me mad. This week someone pried their way into the cash box stealing whatever money was there. They also stole all of the special blue pumpkins they grew.

I couldn’t believe the nerve of the thief or thieves. Stealing from children. My anger toward the situation had me passing judgement on the type of person who would do something like this.

I also started to add my own details to their personal story. Details that may or may not be true.

I fully intended to pick a Bible verse this week on trust but, as is often the case, while looking for one kind of verse I stumbled on one that went in a completely different direction; Luke 6:37(NIV).

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

Guilty.  I was judging others when it wasn’t my place.  I could feel bad that this happened to my cousin’s kids but it wasn’t my place to judge the thief.

I haven’t talked to my cousin yet to see… but I’m guessing when people in the community found out what happened they bought more pumpkins or paid a little extra to make up for the theft. It’s yet another reason I love small towns.

Have you ever caught yourself judging others?

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Carrie Underwood – Something In The Water

I love country music!  Sure it has it’s share of beer fueled, hell raising songs… but it also has songs that make you think, songs for reminiscing, songs about the good times, and songs that tell a story.

There are also songs in country music that share Christian messages. I like that a lot.

That’s one of the reasons I love the new Carrie Underwood song “Something In The Water”.  It’s message isn’t, pardon the bad pun, watered down.  There’s no doubt what Carrie believes when she sings lyrics like these:

“And now I’m singing along to ‘Amazing Grace’ / Can’t nobody wipe this smile off my face / Got joy in my heart, angels on my side / Thank God Almighty, I saw the light / Gonna look ahead no turning back / Live every day giving all that I have / Trust in someone bigger than me / Ever since the day that I believed.”

Throughout her 10 year career (yes, it’s been a decade since she auditioned for American Idol) Carrie Underwood has shared songs of faith.

Jesus Take The Wheel is a great song with a powerful message.

Her version of one of my favorite hymns is outstanding!

And now her new song “Something In The Water” became an instant favorite of mine.  There’s no doubt in my mind that it will be her 19th #1.

It really makes me look forward to her next album, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, that comes out December 9th.

Give a listen to “Something In The Water” in the YouTube video below and then leave a comment and let me know what you think of it.

You can buy the single now through iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

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Weekly Verse – Keeping Quiet

Not sure what the deal is but lately I’ve run across a string of rude people (both online and in person).  My first instinct, right or wrong, is to get mad and combat their rudeness at the same level of meanness.

While that’s the instinct… it’s not what I usually do.  The older I get the more I try and bite my tongue and say little.  When I do speak I try and do it softly and with kindness.

I’ve realized that most rude people have a hard time continuing to be rude when you’re showing them kindness.  Perhaps it’s because it really shines the spotlight on their behaviour.

With that in mind I offer up this week’s Bible verse: Proverbs 29:11.

“A fool gives full vent to anger,
    but the wise quietly holds it back.”

How do you deal with rude people?

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