Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
Thank you for the support, guys!
Pipeman, I have done that for many years.
One of the first things I do in the morning is let my dog out to do his business.
I rise much before dawn, so it is still dark when I do this.
I step out into the night, look up at the stars overhead, and cannot help but raise my hands to the heavens and give thanks and praise to God for his blessings to me. It is just a natural start for the day.
A later part of my daily routine is a devotional:
Tonight, lots of people will be drinking. Some of those will drive, get in wrecks and be injured. Some will die from those injuries. Some people, therefore, will end their lives due to celebrating the end of a calendar year.
Judy and I will be here at home. If we die today it will be because the Lord deems it, not due to conformity. That makes us oddball, doesn't it? That's OK – we are in GOOD company. Albert Einstein, for instance – and I mean absolutely no disrespect at all, for Albert Einstein is one of my favorite people of all time – but he was not exactly one of the crowd, was he? He always had the wild hair standing up all over his head – he always wore wrinkled clothes that looked like he had slept in them – and probably did. His wife had to keep after him or he would walk outside in the winter without a coat, or in the rain with no umbrella or boots. I believe he is the one that caused the phrase ‘absent minded professor’ to be coined!
It is an undeniable fact that many people who do the right thing are considered on the lunatic fringe for some or all of their lives.
If you stand up to be counted, from time to time you may get knocked down. But remember this: a person flattened by an opponent can get up again. A person flattened by conformity stays down for good.
The Word of God tells us that our courage to stand up has a firm basis:
Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV);
"Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."
We are told that we have a greater power behind us than the power behind the world:
2 Chronicles 32:7 (KJV);
"Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him:"
And finally, we are to never fear those that oppose us, in ANYTHING!
Philippians 1:28 (KJV);
"And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God."
May God bless you, guys, with unconformity!!
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.