On this Father’s Day, I ponder the relevance of the first man on earth and the ancestral father of humankind. Through Adam’s transgression, sin entered the human race. We should be angry with him because his disobedience brought death to humanity and separated us from God. But even with this rough beginning, Adam still shared a close relationship with the Lord. He set the stage for many future generations of fathers.
The relevance of Adam is great, for the Lord taught to him how to be a father, husband, and leader. Men, today, have lost many of his attributes through the centuries, but let’s review some of those original traits.
He was to become “one flesh” with his wife, always loving, respecting and praising her. God asked Adam to honor Eve as the weaker vessel.
Adam was responsible to guide his family in God’s ways by leading his family in prayer and worship. He was to be the head of the family, just as Christ is the head of the church.
The Lord demanded him always to work hard and keep a job to benefit his wife and children. If Adam could not provide for his family, he would deny his faith. (1 Timothy 5:8)
God asked Adam to be strong and courageous, as His presence would always be with him.
Adam was to raise wise, disciplined children while showing them compassion. He was to teach them about the Lord and the importance of following His instructions.
If Adam stayed righteous in integrity, God would bless his children. (Proverbs 20:7) It was crucial to be accountable and honorable.
The Bible speaks to all people – whether men or women. However, Galatians 3:28 spoke to me: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” I hope liberated women will not misinterpret this verse for “man,” alone, was anointed by God with an exceptional title – the Body of Christ. Created in the image of the Lord, the Christian male stands tall and proud, just as Adam, before his family and God. He carries the weight of his loved ones on his shoulders while also following the Lord’s footsteps.
To all fathers, you are so cherished and loved for helping to build the Kingdom of God. It doesn’t matter if you have natural born children or stepchildren; your guidance could ultimately lead a child to the Lord. What fantastic recognition, fathers… you are God’s perfect creation!
3.Your life is a meaningful minimum journey to be enjoyed to the maximum
Another thrash. And in spite, all the modern Gurus encourage us to lead a meaningful life.( self defeating )
What made Gautama Buddha get enlightenment ? It’s because of human suffering.Do we have similar God’s grace to get enlightened ?
Life is full of misery, and you are intelligent enough to accept that it’s painful to lead the life and death is the only permanent solution.Since we can’t die….at least let us accept the truth.
Happiness in your life is only for the time being that too in bits, and rest of the times you are busy whining.
“It’s a misery to be born,a pain to live,a trouble to die” St.Bernard of Clairvaux
Still, temporaryhappiness can come from minor things like,you playing with toys in your childhood, your first Kiss,sex now & then,massage,hot bath, friendship,a short travel,one night stand,A champagne,Receiving a lovely gift or a comforting hug etc.etc.. Drugs can take you to another level.
4.It’s better if you know your life partner before your marriage
Really?………another Utter lie.
No partner in love relationship..should feel that he has to give up an essential part of himself to make it viable May Sarton
Each individual is unique.Only sustained friendship in the form of total understanding between the life partners endures the marriage.
Life partners too expect personal space though they know each other so long !
Even if you knew your partner before,it’s not a guarantee for a successful marriage.
When you can’t understand the people, though you spend your whole life with them,(example parents vs children,children vs parents,siblings vs siblings),then why should you give importance to knowing your partner before?.
Understanding becomes easier after the marriage once you both know your limitations and your strengths mutually over the time.
5.Money won’t make you happy
Ha ha ….Without money you cease to exist.
My dear friend, money is everything.It brings you, both happiness and pleasure.
“Lack of money is the root of all evil” George Bernard Shah
We work / study for what ? is this not to earn money and live happily ?
People with more money are satisfied with their life style and are in a position to help others too.
He who marries for love without money has GOOD NIGHTS & SORRY DAYS unknown
6. Boys’ won’t cry
Virtually a child conditioning !!
“People cry not because they are weak,because they’ve been too strong for a long time” unknown
Boys too have feelings ,emotions, excitements and stages of sadness.
Otherwise why will Dr.Sivan,ISRO( The Indian Space Research Organisation ) chairman became teary eyed,when the Chandrayan mission was not successful ?There are many famous men like Andre Agassi and Obama too had teary eyes.
7.Blood is thicker than water
Unfortunately blood relatives are not interested in you,since they are struggling with their own problems and you have to fend yourself.
you can’t blame them.
‘Blood is always thicker than water,but some family members at times are on blood thinners’ unknown
Many times friends come to your rescue.The understanding with the friends anytime better than the blood relatives.
Ego and Jealousy play spoilsport in blood relationships.Don’t play victim card here !!
She was thrown out of her marriage. That was the saddest thing that ever happened to her. She never, for one moment thought such a thing could happen to her. She cried as she had never done before; and her eyes were swollen. She almost committed suicide. But just when she was about to set on it, a voice from nowhere, so loud and clear said to her:
“Stop! What is it that you want to do? Are you blind? Can’t you read the writing on the wall?”
She stopped; and first, was afraid. Who had spoken? And where was he? She had no answer; and it rang through her mind that an angel of God was talking to her.
Yes! God’s messenger had spoken. Who was she not to listen.
That was how the miracle happened. She did not die. She took the decision to live on and follow the path He would define for him.
As it turned out, what she thought was the worst thing that ever happened to her, was actually the best thing that ever happened to her.
Millions of people are successful and live happier lives today because of her work. The saddest thing that ever happened to her gave birth to the happiest thing that ever happened to her.
I remember my pop
would get dressed on Sunday morning, perk a pot of coffee, and slip on his gardening
shoes. He’d find his car keys, then drive to the local country store to buy a paper.
I guess it was more a habit to get a newspaper than to turn on a TV channel. Sundays
were always quiet.
flipped through the news, I played on the flagstone porch floor whose mortar
joints I used as roads. For hours I built and constructed a world all of my
own. It was a painting better described as Norman Rockwell… a father’s face
buried between the worldly events and sports, and a child at his feet building
miles of dreams in his head. This is what love looked like to me at home.
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
The serene scenery
of swans swimming across the waters of the Tred Avon River lent itself to the ducks
which lined the dock in search of food. It was a different world in those days.
The infrastructure and landscape were ever changing. It would not be long
before we could drive over the waters of the Chesapeake, instead of taking a ferryboat.
This morning I
flipped from Google to Yahoo news and read the commentaries of discernment. The
world is full of hatred – an opposite ingredient of what love looks like with
God in your world. I don’t know about you, but I refuse to live in a place
without the condiments of love! We are God’s prodigies who live in a society of
recreational love with very little significance to the word.
has over one hundred scriptures directly related to the fundamentals of love. I
can find what love looks like everywhere in my world. It’s from my sweet wife
giving me a cold glass of iced tea on a hot summer afternoon; my cockatoo who
comes to me in his time of need; hanging up a fresh towel for my wife on a hook
near the shower; turning down her corner of the bed at night. Love isn’t just an
expression of “I do’s,” but a state of mind.
“Husbands, love your wives, just as
Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing
her by the washing with water through the word.”
What love looks like outside marriage may involve the special squeezes or a smile from our grandchildren; a neighbor getting the mail for a someone housebound; baking a dish for the less fortunate; donations or volunteering to help others. Giving of yourself, even if it’s inconvenient, means more than all the money in the world. A lesson on the definition of loving one’s neighbor is in the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). We are to have compassion and love towards each other, irrespective of the parameters which divide us.
So, what does love
look like to you? Have you searched your heart, or is the wallet more
important? Love is a verb meaning affection based on admiration. It begins when
“The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
It’s another perfect morning, and I give God the glory and love. My gorgeous bride prepares breakfast for her hubby. I think about the many wasted years I wish I could do over, for we missed so much living separate lives. How can I ever show her how much I love her? It’s easy, you know… I stand beside her, and God is our center. I never want to let go of the immense feelings of love I have for her!
It’s another Sunday morning of crowd seekers searching for forgiveness as they rush through the eye of the needles around the world. I, too, came to find my eternal gateway to a place called heaven’s home. I walked across the side street onto the freshly paved parking area extended for convenience. The air reeked of an odor as Satan’s evil sin blew in the breeze. Little elderly women held on to their nicely brushed hairdo as they dashed in front of cars while others ran to find their pew. I reached the entrance of the church and could smell the difference between Satan’s musty humidity and the fragrance of Christ living inside the vestibule.
I wondered when the
dress codes at church changed because men used to don three-piece suits with
cuffed trousers and tacked ties. They held the doors for those feminine dressed
ladies in their finest ensembles. After the church service, everyone mingled
with each other to share the week’s news over a cup of coffee and pastries.
Those were better times when men talked about the drought and ladies conversed
about canning tomatoes. It’s another world away now as I vaguely remember my own
The church was clearly
a refreshing place to sit in the comfort of Jesus Christ. I wondered if it was
just me or did the rest of the congregation feel the Holy Spirit? Was their only
intention of attending church to just rush in with the hope of forgiveness
handed to them? Satan’s shining sin glows everywhere, you know, but he’s so
exposed in God’s house.
Our world of sin is
never so obvious nor blatantly displayed as it is today. I will push the
envelope by saying schemes and gimmickry have run to the forefront. It’s like
running for the presidency. Subliminal ice cubes in a glass spelling
“SEX” in bold letters was an impressive way to relay the message to
the public. Most movies flaunt “R” and “X” ratings which have become the norm
in this distorted society. We catch up with friends on social media only to be
subjected to jokes and articles about the male and female anatomy. What
happened to sex and our bodies being personal and sacred?
1 Corinthians 6:12-13
12 “I have the right to do anything,”
you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but
I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the
stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not
meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
But as far back as
the Roman Empire, sexual exploitation was Satan’s key denominator. John the
Baptist contested, in public, King Herod’s lack of discipline for he replaced
his wife with her sister, who was a younger, more vivacious aristocrat. John
was beheaded, consequently, as requested by Herod’s daughter. Sex was the
ultimate sin which began the betrayal of God’s words. Kings and Queens fell
like dominoes in the world’s wake of Satan’s shining sin. Sodom and Gomorrah
suffered God’s divine judgment because of prolific prostitution and
degree of accountability exists in sin by exploiting sex outside of God’s marriage.
Adulterated sex is a gateway to Satan’s castle. If one relishes breaking the
laws of God, I must ask, “Where will it end?” When you break one of God’s cherished
laws, the rest will seem obsolete. More men and women today need to hold to
God’s commitments because Satan, without a doubt, has made sex a sport – a game
with damning results.
Satan uses his
power of persuasion to convince us it’s all right to sin against God. Whether you
have a lack of willpower, insecurity, or mental illness, sex outside of
marriage is Satan’s invitation to give you a life of perversion, long-lasting guilt,
and recordable sin. It changes personal values and corrupts the mind where
cleanliness and innocence once prevailed.
1 Peter 5:8-9
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your
adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may
devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings
are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”
In the beginning
of this blog, I spoke of dress codes. A lack of proper attire invites Satan into
the mind. His shining sin, sex, makes it appear acceptable though, doesn’t it? As
history repeats itself, God seized empires because of this sin, and improper sex
was the root of their evil.
Be alert and be
informed for God knows our thoughts before we act on them. Satan lurks on every
page of life. He is in the movies and programs we watch, and the commercials
impeding clothes. Sex sells! The satanic air you breathe, whether in church, at
home, or in public lures the perfumes from afar, tempting the spirits within
I pray this world, one day, will wake and beg for forgiveness from such absurd things. Straying from God is like being dropped in an ocean of sin – you will eventually drown! Your life will be forever changed when you find Christ. Pray to fill your spirit with hope and God’s true love!
I smiled; Then I laughed; I couldn’t have failed to; It was too good; Did I say too good? No! Not too good; It was so good; What happened to me Was so good That I smiled; And laughed; And was happy; You may want to know What happened to me; Simple; My sweetheart agreed to marry me. My honey told me, “I love me.” And promised to be mine, Not for a while, But for ever. Isn’t that sweet? As soon as I heard Those words, My heart glowed; My face shone; I smiled; I laughed. I was extremely happy.
Do you know That you are indisputably My best friend? Do you know That since the day I first set eyes on you I have not found anyone Like you? Do you know That there’s nothing I cannot do for you To show that I love you? Do you that I can Die for you? Do you know That the love I have for you I do not have for anyone else? Do you know? I like you to know. It is important that you know. Because that is the truth.