What Do You Live For?

What do you live for? It’s a simple question with two ultimate answers: this life, or the next.

What we do in this life is either for this life, or the next. The testimony you have and the legacy you leave behind will continue to affect people’s lives in this life even after you’re dead and gone. When you live for Christ, serving Him faithfully, you are living for the next life and storing up for yourself treasures in heaven:

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
-Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV)

The price is high for Christians to live for Christ; that price is continuing to inflate in this world. Are you willing to give up your life for Christ, or are you holding on to the life you have all planned out? Are you trying to make a name for yourself, or are you letting God make a name for you by serving Him with all humility?

To live a life that outlives us is the Christian’s goal. Our life, its testimony and legacy, should continue to bear witness of Christ. Christ gives us the strength and endurance to live for Him. He is the source of our strength; apart from Him, there is no strength. Seek to live a life for Christ: a life that will outlive you.

That Place Called Home

Here’s my playlist that makes me think of home. Some of these are about the place, but almost all of them are really about the people. What really makes a home, a home?

  1. Where the Green Grass Grows – Tim McGraw
  2. Just Another Day in Paradise – Phil Vassar
  3. Sweet Southern Comfort – Buddy Jewel
  4. Down Home – Alabama
  5. Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days) – The Judds
  6. The Best Day – Taylor Swift
  7. The House That Built Me – Miranda Lambert
  8. Come Home Soon – Shedaisy
  9. I’m Already There – Lonestar
  10. Home – Celtic Thunder/Damian McGinty
  11. Letters From Home – John Michael Montgomery
  12. Long Way Home – Steven Curtis Chapman
  13. Dirty Dishes – Scott McCreery
  14. Dime Store Cowgirl – Kacey Musgraves
  15. Mayberry – Rascal Flatts
  16. Front Porch Looking In – Lonestar

What is Home?

What is a town? Typically, people think of a town as being a physical conglomeration of people and buildings. This is the accepted definition of a town. There are a lot of things that are seen in this fashion; another example is the Church. Some people view the church as a group of people, others view it as a building, still others view it as a universal body of true believers in Christ.
The Bible teaches both a universal church into which every true believe is baptized into by the Holy Spirit, and a local church which is any localized group of true believers who meet and fellowship regularly together. The view that the church is only a building is something that any Believer should recognize as fallacious.
Drawing from the analogy of how the church is viewed by Christians, I view a town as a localized group of people who live together.

This leads me to my second question: what is a home? It really is not that difficult to answer after reading what I said above. A home is a localized group of individuals (generally related) who live together, support each other, and love each other. “Home is where the heart is.”
A home is even more than this, though. Generally speaking, when people refer to home, they are referring to a single place where they go to. A home is usually a single place. A home is where you can rest and feel safe. Many Europeans view the home as almost sacred, a place where only those they absolutely trust may go. A home is safe.
A family may be thought of as the people who live in a home. A home may be the place that we refer to. In a way, home is where we feel safe, secure, comfortable, and is the place we only share with those we love, trust, and feel comfortable around. My home is that place.
Some people don’t have a place to call home. Others move around so much that they have many places they call home. For Christians, we look forward to our eternal home with Christ, realizing any home we have now is uncertain.

Home is where you make it, so make it where you are. Be content with where you are. If you are given the opportunity to go somewhere else, then take the opportunity. In Christ, we are able to live securely wherever we are. In Christ is our hope and home.

Joyful Joy


Sunshine in leaves

There’s something about the joy in a smile
That brings a few tears to my eyes.
It’s a little silly, I’m not quite sure why,
But my heart overflows with delight!

A smile, a laugh, in the midst of sorrow,
Is a magnificent, wonderful show!
A dazzling light amongst the shadows;
In the dark, blissfulness glows!

A beautiful contrast, ageless and fair,
That warms us all to the core.
The jovial voice after years of despair:
This joy is from my Dear Lord!

Love from a friend, in its due season,
Brings joy to the deepest of grievance.
Every smile, a graceful achievement;
The beauty of God’s benevolence.

Love: Definition or Prescription?

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8,13 (NKJV)

I recently did a study of this passage which examined all these characteristics of godly, true, Christian love. It was a study that was well worth my time! But now, as I look back and think back on the study, I realize that my study missed something.

As I expounded on this passage and studied it, I failed to see is two, very important, sides: description and prescription. Scripture is not just a lens that we use to evaluate and see the world through, it is also a manual that tells us how to interact and live in this world. You see, I failed to apply this passage in my own life, and, instead, used it as only a way of recognizing and describing love.

With all Scripture, it is important to learn the lessons from it and see how they are to apply to our own lives. Three major steps to studying the Bible are: 1) Observe what is written, 2) Interpret in light of all Scripture, and 3) Apply to your own life. For so man Christians, we only go so far as step one or two, but rarely implement step three into our studies.

I challenge any Christian to change their personal Bible study methods to include all three steps outlined above. If you don’t have a regular Bible study regimen, make one. Don’t think about how much time it would take out of other things in life, because your spiritual life is what should be a top priority in your life. Do it. Actively live for Christ and not for yourself. Look for ways to honor God with your life TODAY, not tomorrow or down the road. Today could be your last; make the most of it.

The True Hero


Who is a true hero?

He stands at the front of the battle line,
Alone, when all others have fled.
Frost forms in the fox holes at night:
The true hero’s cold, awful bed.

Darkness continues to engulf the field,
Accompanied by firework light.
In the trenches, there’s no coffee or tea.
The true hero’s rest is not kind.

Stars look down on the sadness and fright
In every soldier’s own heart.
Their spirits are weary of the terrible fights;
The true hero’s hope is a spark.

In the shadows, the moon sheds the twitterlight
For all to see only smoke.
Fires burn across the ground and the sky;
The true hero’s tears only choke.

Dawn of the day begins with the shouts
Of guns, tanks, bombs, and war.
There is no peace in battlefield sounds;
The true hero’s peace is yours.

Sorrow of sorrows! Agony so ripe!
The loss of a comrade, dear.
No greater love than to lay down his life:
The true hero’s motive is clear.

Soldiers in pain, their fears never end;
They look to the hero to unite.
But on who does the hero truly depend?
The true hero’s sight is on Christ.