How Much is…

Is there a limit on how much is enough?  How much money, how many blessings, how much food, how many friendships, how many hobbies, how many vacations, how much truth, how much kindness, how big a house, how many cars, how much time?

As humans, we tend to gage things, by the dollar. As a dear friend of mine said one time said, “Money is the way you keep score.”  

But, is it really?

We tend to forget that the devil pays good wages also.

So, what we may look at as one person being blessed by God could be the devil paying their wages.  Just remember the devil charges more interest than you can ever repay. 

Now many aren’t going to agree with me about that and that’s okay.

This is about thinking about things in our life and looking at them perhaps from a different angle.

We can look, as an example, at a beautiful plate of food.  The plate is overflowing and more than adequate to supply our body’s need for food, and we think, “Geez, I really don’t like that, nor that and that’s gross and that—“  And on, and on, because it doesn’t come up to what WE like.  But, to a homeless, starving man, would settle for just the slice of bread. Or maybe just a cool drink of CLEAN water.

The saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” could certainly hold true here. What one sees as a blessing the other may see as “I earned that. I deserve that.”

In reality, God owes us nothing. He created us because He loves us and wanted our company, but, He owes us nothing. Yet, He continues to bless us over and over again, just as our earthly fathers bless us time and time again.

Maybe we should learn to think, or thank, before we complain.  You never know when you may just make the Chef angry and the plate full of wonderful food will no longer exist.

“The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

How much is enough for you?

Does God Ever Get Lonely

The bible tells us at one point, God got lonely and he wanted a friend.  He created the Garden of Eden and placed Adam and Eve there.  In the evening, God would walk in the garden and talk with his friends.  He loved having someone to share his time with, in such a beautiful place.  In my mind’s eye I can see the three of them sitting on a park bench laughing and talking.  

God saying, “Hey Adam did you see that new star I created last night?  Wasn’t that spectacular? Think I’ll let its brightness be significant of something really important someday.”

Adam answers saying, “Yeah, I did see it.  Man that’s amazing.  It’s the brightest star in the sky. Did you see it Eve?”

Eve smiles and says, “Yes, it’s beautiful.”

Then Adam says, “I saw all those angels hovering around you yesterday, what happened?”

A tear rolls down God’s cheek and he says, “Lucifer, the most beautiful angel I created, betrayed me.  It broke my heart when I had to kick him out of heaven.”

Adam answers, “You got to be kidding me? I know you have all those other angels, but, to have even one betray you? That’s got to be devastating, not to mention back stabbing—–I want you to know, Eve and I are your friends we would never do that to you.  Isn’t that right Eve?”

Eve nods her head in agreement and says, “Never.”

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But, let’s get back on the subject of “Does God ever get lonely?” It’s hard for me to imagine that the Creator of the Universe would have such a problem.  After all, he is the maker of all things including emotions, feelings, etc. But, wait—maybe there’s our answer.  He is the maker of all things.  He created us in His image and therefore if we get lonely maybe God does too.

What’s that saying, “I felt alone in a crowded room.”  Something like that.

It’s for sure in today’s time God has more than enough stuff going on in this world He created.  He’s been betrayed, spit on and denied by us, His creation. The ones He has blessed so much turn their backs on Him and declare their independence, their lack of needing Him.  How very sad, so the answer to the topic, “Does God ever get lonely?”

This lowly wordsmith’s opinion is…

“Yes, I believe he does.”