We often hear about the "Christian Right," or "Conservative Christians." Yet, if you think about it, Jesus was the original liberal.  He cared about motives more than the deeds themselves (Matthew 23:5 & Mark 12:41-43) and more about compassion than adhering to rules (Luke 6:1-11 & Luke 13:10-17). This blog will reflect liberal Christian values of compassion, tolerance, mercy, charity, a thirst for knowledge & understanding, and, above all, love.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Putting Our Blessings Into Perspective

“What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” ~ Luke 11:11-13

I’m on the last leg of a cold; I just need to shake this cough and I’ll be golden. I say that now, but a few days ago I was asking God why he had forsaken me. I was a good Christian. Surely, I should receive the proverbial egg, rather than the scorpion.

Of course, that's not the way it works. We can’t expect to skate merrily through life simply because we believe in God.

My mistake was not looking at the whole board. When I look at my life as a whole, I see God working on my behalf in multiple ways. I’ve never been truly hungry or homeless. I can wake up in the morning and decide what I want for breakfast, which is a luxury most of the world doesn't share. Occasional colds aside, I’m actually pretty blessed.