Personal Responsibility

August 29th, 2014

Our times have been called: “The Age of Disruption,” a period when we’ve lost belief in certain kinds of moral understanding of good and bad.

Taking responsibility for your behavior and your expenditures and your actions, and not forever supposing that society must forgive you because it’s not your fault.

I wish that all could understand and learn the lesson of “personal responsibility.” It is taking responsibility for behavior that will aid in the improving of our society. Isn’t it interesting that the Bible has been saying this all along? The Bible emphasizes personal responsibility!

Paul declared, (Galatians 6:7-8) “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

We can blame no one but ourselves for our actions – we are responsible.

 

-James Johnston

Regardless of Which Way the Wind Blows

August 22nd, 2014

The story is told of a preacher who was out for a walk in the countryside when he stopped by a farmhouse for a drink of water. As he sipped from his glass, he struck up a conversation with the old farmer who lived there.

As they spoke, the preacher noticed that the farmer’s barn had a weathervane on it that was spinning around in the wind, which was picking up. On the weathervane the words “God is Love” were engraved.

The preacher turned to the farmer and said, “Are you saying God’s love is wishy-washy and changes, depending on which way the wind blows?”

“Not at all,” replied the farmer. “That weathervane is saying, “No matter which way the wind blows, God is Love.”

Hebrews 13:5: God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

 

-James Johnston

The Father’s Whistle

August 15th, 2014

A lot of noise was coming from the hilltop behind the fisherman but all was quiet at the edge of the lake. The fisherman had just slipped away from the picnic to cast his favorite “top-water” when three small boys, all brothers, eased up beside him at the water’s edge.

They stood very still and quietly watched the lure until a whistle (which the fisherman hardly heard) from someone in the crowd caught their attention. They moved ever so slight­ly, looked at each other and the fisherman, and one said, “We had better go–that was our father’s whistle!” Without an­other word off they ran toward the hilltop to their father.

As the fisherman pondered what he had just wit­nessed he couldn’t help but believe there was a beautiful relationship between this father and his sons.

John 10:27:  “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”  Do we hear our Heavenly Father calling us?

 

-James Johnston

 


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