Is Perspective Really Everything? :: By Don Twobears

I was spending some time lately with my vision; I have had Cataract Surgery on my Left eye. My right eye is doing well…thus far. And I was sitting on our little porch in our rocking chairs with my Wife and drinking our morning Coffee, enjoying the beautiful Texas Hill-Country Weather. The trees out from us are absolutely Gorgeous – different shades of green, and they are full. I couldn’t help myself but to say, “Thank you Lord!” And then I began to notice so many other things to be thankful to the Lord for, like the cool breeze, clean water for Coffee, My Wife and her Wisdom, and Company. And the flood didn’t stop there either.

The next thing I knew, I was saying, “Thank you Lord, Thank you, Thank You,” over and over again. I still have my vision; I Love my Wife and she still Loves me. My Kids next door are Healthy and happy. I couldn’t find anything to complain about. There never is anything to complain to the Lord about; HIS Love knows no end.

I got to thinking, why had I never known this realization before? I must guess I was too busy…with Life and all its needs. Back in those years, in the Work-Life, I was hard-pressed to be anything other than “Nose to the Grind-Stone,” and I was not always happy or Grateful. In those days, I was so blinded by work, our income or School, and the hours; because there are always many needs in the Medical Field. Life and Medical needs never cease for the sick. Yet, I should have Thanked the Lord for all of it. How much happier would I have been?

Narrow Perspectives! That was all there was for me at that time. I spent little time enjoying simple things like a Breeze, clean Coffee, the Love of my Wife…Like I should have. The Medical Field is very demanding of time; so much knowledge must be available. I worked so many hours in overtime—far too many hours at work instead of with my Family—missing special occasions, Birthdays, Anniversaries and the Like. And as I look back, it is simply a blur of activity. So now that I am retired, I often ask myself, was it all worth it?

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

There were many days when I didn’t get any rest – sometimes 22-24 hours straight at work, then coming home ‘Dragging-butt’ and then sleeping till I had to get up and do it all over again, but wishing desperately for some real Down-Time and Peace. We often had to come home from Vacation a day early so that we could rest up before going back to work. Imagine that! Having to rest up from Vacation! We would rush through Vacation, Sleep-in; what was that?! I get tired just thinking back about it all. Just rush, rush and then more rushing!

Nowadays, I get to watch my Kids do the exact same things my Wife and I did. My mission is to get them to relax and enjoy everything instead of rushing all the time. It would appear this is falling on Deaf ears.

Did you notice in the passage above, “I will give you rest?”

That is what I have now and something I should have sought back then! Our lives are not supposed to be all about rushing, working and all that goes along with that – though it is true, “If a man does not work, neither should he eat.”

2 Thessalonians 3:10-11 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.”

Oops! Someone is going to be offended by that Passage of Scripture. So then the question is, how much should we work? My answer is, if it takes away from Family continually, if it keeps you from the Lord, if it takes up all your thoughts…then find something else to do. Notice I did not say…Quit! If your Work-Life is a drudgery, your life will reflect that. If your Work-Life robs you of Happiness, then your Life will lack happiness, and you will need to change. How many love their Jobs and have a full life as well? FEW! There’s that 3-letter word again. Powerful, ain’t it?

If you recall from many of my Previous articles, this life is about coming to the Lord Jesus Christ. Is there anywhere that says our work, liked or not, must come first? It says the Lord comes first, in all things. Wow! What a concept…right?

Work should be a gift. It keeps us focused and moving forward, sharp-minded and moldable. It provides for us an income in our “Golden Years” (for some of us). During those years, we are young and able to do what is needed, but it should be for the Lord in every step…First! I am Thankful to the Lord for my Good Health as I turn 67. Far too many are not in the same boat as I. Somewhere along the way, we lose focus of what we should be working to accomplish – a Life governed by the Lord.

What would our lives be like if we were to put the Lord first in everything? Happier, more fulfilled ya think? There’s that saying “Perspective is everything.” Well, it is everything if the Lord is directing it…instead of us. The Bible tells us the Lord knows everything, so why do we rely on our ideas? It says the Lord knows our future, so why should we work so hard to make our own lives and futures? Is that not the recipe for disaster? Does the world and how it is running right now not prove this to us?

How odd is it…we are living in the “End of Days,” and the Prophecies of the Word of God are coming true before our eyes…and we still have not learned?!

Prosperity and feeling good about ourselves seems to be prevalent today. I know of people that worked their Butts off every day and then had a Heart Attack or a stroke…in their first year of Retirement. Do you think that maybe their perspective on Life was wrong? That’s a logical question…right?

Those that I knew were not always happy with the direction of their lives, yet they doggedly went about the life they thought was paramount. And yet the Bible tells us that our lives should be for the Lord God…first and always! What would they be like had that been the case from the beginning? Would your life be different as well?

I hate to speculate anything; I prefer “knowing!” Yet for humans here on earth, that’s impossible. So, we endeavor to live our lives the best way we know. The Holy Word of God tells us the Lord “knows” the future of every single person. That being the case, wouldn’t it be better to let HIM direct our lives?

2 Corinthians 6:2 For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Think about that! You’re in an Airplane and the Rapture takes place; the people in the cockpit vanish. Will you have the presence of mind to accept Salvation through Jesus Christ before you hit the ground? I know, I know…truth be known, that will be someone’s true situation.

Life is very short y’all! Perspective is everything…right? Reread the passage of Scripture above…one more time. Are you living your Life according to the Perfect Will of the Lord…or on your own?

What would your every day be like if your perspective was the Lord…first and always? The Lord wraps everything all up in one tight package, IF you accept HIS invitation. Will the cares of this world matter anymore to you? Will your days change for the better or for the worse? Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…right? You want happiness and Peace…right? You purchase Insurance for when things go badly, right? What about your Eternal Insurance?

I don’t know about you, but since I have been saved I am able to breathe a whole lot better and sleep more soundly. Life is brighter, my view clearer, the colors more vibrant; and all I can say is “Thank You Lord” over and over again, because HIS Loves knows no bounds!

Does the Lord make us happier in Life? I know HE has in mine! Some say that is not what HE wants for us. They’re wrong, and my Life proves it! My Perspective…y’all.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

All Scripture comes from the King James Version of the Bible.

You may reach me at twobears44@gmail.com

 

 

Too Serious to Laugh About It! :: By Don Twobears

John15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

I know I have stated this From the Bible many times before, and yet…it still rings true. And this is about absolutely everything…Please note here…Everything! The Lord God IS the Creator! We humans simply use what HE provided for us. I wish that was the end of it. It ain’t!

We humans have such delicate egos that are hurt much too easily. We LIKE to think we are so very smart, so intelligent, so ingenious and forward thinking. The sad truth is this: we are given just so much of anything, and still it is more than enough to get us into trouble.

Now I know this is going to anger some people, and so it is with so many other Truths, like the Holy Word of God, the Bible. Yet this is like everything else we deal with on a daily basis; sometimes the Truth hurts. But…guess what? It’s a choice we make!

In the beginning, with Adam and Eve, we did not wear clothes or shoes. The Lord made things that would hurt our bodies…AFTER…they Sinned in the Garden of Eden and were cast out. So here we are today, with all our Fashions and with all our personal Prejudices. And we then scoff at others that do not have what we have. Opinions are like belly-buttons…everyone has one…right? Yet we ultimately know, we are all the same! Our delicate little egos want to always be better than someone else, never the same and, Horrors be known, never beneath someone else; am I correct?

Do you realize that in all the time that man has been on earth, man has never CREATED anything? Only God is capable of that.

Come on ya’ll…everyone knows that to “Carbon Date” anything is guess work at best. Some guy was sitting around and thinking to himself that the world had to take millions of years to ‘evolve.’ Therefore, HE searched for the most common element on earth and called it Carbon; and he believed that everything on earth began with carbon. Then looking at the earth, he put a date into a computer to that effect…by the millions of years. He looked around himself, and a few others began to agree with him. The question is, was he correct? What do you think?

Let’s back up for a moment. “Just enough information to get ourselves in Trouble.”

There it is, Carbon dating! Of course everyone has the ‘Choice’ to believe some ‘guy’, or to believe the Word of God…right? Guess which one most people are willing to believe? “Well…that ‘guy’ is really smart and all, ya know.” Someone says. “Heyyy…he’s right! I went to school!”

The ‘guy’ re-iterates, “Now I am better than anyone else, and you need to pay me a lot of money.” Next thing you know, others want to be his Friend and hopefully get a job like his and make big bucks. “We all will sit around and speculate big questions (we look smart), and we can teach others and make even more money. Stop and think of it; we’ll be famous!” Of course, we need to go about every day as if we have really important and big things that we are pondering, you know. We must look busy and important.”

And then someone points out the Bible. “Oh that’s a bunch of malarkey!” Of course, the ‘Guy’s’ Friends are supporting him. So now you have it all; here we are, so smart and smug about it. The question is, where did that intelligence truly come from? The Lord God…that’s where! The ‘Guys’ chose to mislead everyone. Except…if you ask them! Right?

Again, our sweet and delicate egos won’t allow us to admit to the Truth. That, my Friends, would destroy us. Right? One must give credit where credit is due. If the ‘Guys’ actually gave the Lord God the credit, where it really belongs, the ‘Guys’ would then be Liars.

You see, I am not intelligent. I simply read the Holy Word of God…in my Life…and I KNOW the Truth!

You see, in all of my Family, I am the only one with a Baccalaureate Degree. That means the Lord God gave me enough smarts to learn from others and make good grades…that’s it! I was able to perform in a particular job, nothing more and nothing less. Yet I am like everyone else on earth…I am a human. I need Jesus Christ…I need to be saved from my own Sin…by HIS Blood from the Cross on Calvary. THAT, my Friends, is all I need to know. That will provide for me a Home in Heaven and not in Hell.

For lack of a better way to say it…There truly is nothing else…for any of us, than Jesus Christ. Again, give credit where credit is due…and that belongs solely to Jesus Christ!

As the verse says above, “Without Jesus Christ…you and I can’t do anything!” Who do you think provides the next Heartbeat or the next Breath of air? The lack of either means we die. The end of little ol’ me! The reason humans are on earth in the first place is to follow Jesus Christ. That’s it…that’s all there is! Everything else, and I mean everything else…stays right here on earth.

John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Yes, I know; I use these verses over and over again. The question is WHY? Do you ever wonder how many people go through their entire lives and never once give these verses a single thought? The Bible tells us that the answer is…Far Too Many…The Majority of Humans. “Well…I am so busy…I’ll think about it some other time.” Really? So…what if you’re in an auto accident before you think about it? Why should the Lord God give you more time here on earth when you won’t give HIM a single thought, for one small moment? Give me a good reason the Lord God should save you to Heaven?

Those two verses are some really serious stuff to consider! Fail to consider them and you will definitely find yourself In Hell and then the Lake of Fire for all of Eternity. That is total destruction!

Here’s another verse of the like: Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

The Lord is telling you that HE Loves you! HE wants to make your life easy and wonderful; HE wants to give you life for Eternity. How is that a bad thing? How does anyone in their right mind turn their back on that? Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil; therefore, you know what is right and what is wrong. Why would anyone choose to do wrong or evil things? Does this make sense to you?

Psalms 90:10 “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; (60 + 10 years) and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years (80), yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

Did you get that? 70 years! Now compare that to Eternity. Or better yet, the distance from the East to the West. That 70-80 years is wayyyyy too short…Life is wayyyy too short! Yet it is more than enough time to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior…and be assured of a Home in Heaven with HIM. I don’t know about you, but that seems pretty basic to me, and one very easy choice to make.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

All Scripture comes from the King James Version of the Bible

You may reach me at twobears44@gmail.com