Category Archives: Thanksgiving 2016

Waste Not God’s Mandate to Be A Good Citizen

“Make the Master proud of you by being good citizens.

Respect the authorities, whatever their level; they are God’s emissaries for keeping order.

It is God’s will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you’re a danger to society.

Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules.

Treat everyone you meet with dignity.

Love your spiritual family.

Revere God.

Respect the government.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:13-17‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Waste Not the Good Citizen Card

Show respect for the offices of power

Show respect for civil law

Show that love conquers fear

Show yourself to be one who can

Cross the street, shake a neighbor’s hand

Keep the peace, follow God’s plan

Which never includes giving up what you believe

Or keeping your opinions up your sleeve.

Instead it is up to you and me, to be

Prayerful first, exhibiting courage based on kindness

Not empty mindedness.

To echo scripture:  Revere God, respect, love, and serve

Go over the top, give more than others seem to deserve

Waste not the mandate to be a good citizen.

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Waste Not Grace

As for me, I will sing about your strength; I will praise your loyal love in the morning.

For you are my refuge and my place of shelter when I face trouble.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭59:16‬ ‭NET‬‬

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Dependable Love
Unfathomable Grace
Strong arms that reach
Catching me there in midair
before my faith
Dissipates
Before the flames lick my feet
Before I give in to fear
There You are in my face
In your powerful embrace
I know without question
Dependable Love
Unfathomable Grace

Waste Not a single moment doubting the powerful embrace of Grace..Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Photo Credit:  Tom Wilson, Kentucky

Waste Not Movement–Do What You Can While You Can

If I keep my eyes on GOD, I won’t trip over my own feet.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭25:15‬ ‭MSG

imageWaste not walking
While you can
Even if you need a walker,
A cane, a hand
Waste not walking
Outdoors, indoors
A few steps here
A few steps there
Especially if you are going nowhere
Even if you forget
Why you rose to walk from this room
To that
Waste not movement
Don’t sit too long
Move while you can, upright
Posture conscious, eyes open
Waste not walking if you can
For there are many who cannot
And if you number in that span,
Move your arms, your hands,
Don’t just simply sit or lie
Waste not the chance to move
What ever body part you can
Blink your eyes, wiggle your ears
Waste not motion while you can
Even if you need a hand.
And with each effort sing a tune
Of gratitude.

 

Waste Not the Power of One

“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:4‬ ‭

Waste not the value of ONE
One sheep
One coin
One child
One life in danger
When many are safe
One voice
One vote
One final embrace
One life in danger
When many are safe
One kiss
One hug
One kind word

One life in danger
When many are safe
One phone call
One note
One steadying arm
One life in danger
When many are safe
One praise
One prayer
One yielding hand
One life in danger
Though many are safe
God yielded
His One Son
One gesture
Of Grace
So great is
Heaven’s Love
So gratefully
Waste not the Power of One

One God, Triune

One me

One you

Seeking the one in danger
Until all are safe
Just ONE

by one, Until all are safe.

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Waste Not Time Pleasing People–CANNOT DO IT ANYWAY.

“Do you think I am trying to make people accept me? No, God is the One I am trying to please. Am I trying to please people? If I still wanted to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1:10‬ ‭NCV‬‬

Waste not time pleasing people

CANNOT DO IT ANYWAY!
Strategizing, manipulating,
Only serves to breed distrust
Of fellow human beings
Or sneering disgust
Waste not time pleasing people
To do so divides the mind
Doing this for one
And the opposite for another
While trying to keep the stories
Straight breeds HATE
Waste no time on this slippery slope
Sliding into the muck of twisted
Agendas that so often court enemies
While ignoring friends.
Speak truth, stay strong, when tempted
To project a self that fits
Conversations with any group of people
Or simply keep your mouth shut
No if’s, and’s, and buts
Choose instead respect of all opinions
Without parlaying favor with politic speech
Pull close those whose grace upends
Any need to parlay them as friends
Choose to please God
By loving people, praying for them
God’s will for all, including you.
Waste not the energy needed
To try and please people

BE KIND WITH NOTHING ELSE IN MIND
Be a SIMPLE  servant of Christ
So you can love them.

AND BE GRATEFUL TO HAVE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE.

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Waste Not a Single Greeting

imageWaste not a single greeting
Planned or chanced

However, meeting
Smile, reach a hand,
Exchange a hug
Look up, look out
Kneel and look
Into the eyes of child
Whether bold or shy
When you look them in the eye
When you are face to face
See with grace
In every one you meet
A precious child of God
Waste not a single greeting
Make that call, send that text
Message someone on Facebook
Waste not any modern means
You have to renew and keep new
Relationships most precious
For which we were created.

 

“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know what his master is doing. But I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I heard from my Father.

This is my command: Love each other.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:15, 17‬ ‭NCV‬‬

Waste Not Awe

 

“Start with GOD —the first step in learning is bowing down to GOD; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭MSG‬‬‬‬‬‬

Waste not the awe
That comes just before dawn
Moments at 4 am when
The dog insists on a walk
Off you go leash and doggy bag
In hand to seize the day
Accompanied by
The hooting of the owl
A crisp clear sky with stars
Only so bright right before
The rising of the sun
Waste not moments
When creation screams
Worship not stars or skies
Or owls in the woods
Worship the One
Who creates, recreates
Who takes the trash like me
From scornful sacrilege
To one who sees the Star
Beyond the stars
Waste not awe
Sunrises, Sunsets,
Be present in God’s Presence
For AWE is the beginning of Wisdom.

imageWisdom cannot be measured by the number of gray hairs or years.

The first breaths of wisdom come at the first quick inhalation: the first time one’s breath catches as the tiny purple Crocus pushes its way up to the sun through the snow or as mouth finds nipple flooding the emptiness with substance and nutrition.

Wisdom begins with awe, wonder, and gratitude. Wisdom begins with the acknowledgment of God. One can be smart, intellectually gifted, one can be savvy, one can even have common street smarts without gratitude, but one cannot be wise without bowing the knee to the Creator.