Thursday, February 26, 2015

31 Things I Know

Here is what I know thus far in my life.

~God loves me, as I am, and not as I should be.  You too.
~I have some strong gifts and it is up to me to dig them out and use them.
~I do far more damage to myself in my mind than others do to my body. 

~God is trustworthy.
~People like honesty.
~People like eye contact.

~The truth always wins out and comes out in the end.
~All great ventures start within my mind and the words “I can.”
~Today’s step gets me closer to tomorrow’s goal.

~Books take me on magical adventures.
~God sometimes laughs at me and loves me through my folly.
~A daily “To Do” list keeps me on track and on focus.

~Uncomfortable shoes are uncomfortable.
~I feel great when my wife laughs at my silly jokes.
~To be loved as one complete package is pretty spectacular.

~God loves bald-headed men and women.
~A cap in winter keeps my body heat in my body.
~An encouraging word improves my gas mileage every time.

~A day off is so necessary.
~Church is not the only place where I hear from God.
~An open window on a cold night makes the covers even more appreciated.

~Sometimes a dress suit says more than I can say.
~I am capable of making some good choices.
~In the past I have made some awful choices, and I’m still alive.

~My art doesn’t have to reach the whole world.  It just has to appeal to me and those I care about reaching
~Vision is more important than eyesight.
~A crackling fire on a cold night with the one you love is heaven.

~An unequal relationship is hell.
~Some bosses hand down edicts just to be the boss.
~Some employees know how to handle such bosses.

~Life is not fair.  That is why we have a brain and the power of choice.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Trust Who You Are

What a mind-full this title represents.  TRUST WHO YOU ARE!

So, the obvious question is this … Who are you really?

You are not the names that others have attached to you down through the years.

~You are not your mistake.
~You are not a helpless, dumb not-so-bright entity.
~Nor are you a stinko, louse, low-life, trouble maker or any other label that has been attached to you.

I've born a few labels.
You’re an accident looking for a place to happen.
You don’t know what you’re doing.  Get away from that thing.
You are too loud.  Calm down.
Slow down.  Are you stupid or something?

You and I are better than any label we've ever come near. 

Here is what you and I are. 
   Made in the image of God
      The one Jesus loves
         A redeemed one
            An invited one
               A cherished child of God

Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote a song in 1982 and I think it fits perfectly for such a post as this.

Never be ashamed if you’re not the same as the others.
What you’re meant to be is the very best thing by far.
You’re a special plan cut from an original pattern
So hold your head high and remember just whose child you are.

I’m somebody
I am somebody
I’m created in the image of God
And I’m somebody

I’m somebody
I am somebody
I am loved
I am His child
I’m important to Him

Be encouraged today.  Perhaps it is time to trust who you are and whose you are.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Thursday, February 12, 2015

God's Orchestration

(When death knocks on our door, we turn to the one who understands death and all that it entails.  For such as time as this, I offer you a metaphoric post about God at work orchestrating all the elements involved when death comes near.  On a personal note, Carolyn’s Father passed away this morning (Tues. February 10) at 6:00 AM PST.) 

God is working on a new orchestration today.

The first strains we hear are from the harp in welcoming Tom to his new home, his new body and to his place at the side of God himself.

Next we hear the soft lyrical flute of peace.  You see, He offers a peace that passes all understanding for those left behind, and we will need large amounts of God’s peace.

And then comes grace.  Grace sweeps in on the stately sounds of the French horn, punctuated with the warmth of the trombone, and is echoed in the perfectly harmonized notes of the clarinet and oboe.

If you listen closely, you’ll hear touches of strength and endurance.  Those too come from the trombones, with a few blasts from the trumpets.

He’s still writing the timing part.  There are plane schedules to coordinate, work schedules to readjust, and lives to be rearranged.  I imagine He will bring in the tympani and snare drum for these passages.  And remember the bass drum.  That is the ultimate time keeper, and God will have him gently, steadily beating the time so that “all things work together for the good of those called by God.  He works according to His purpose.”
~Romans 8:28

Love is heard underneath it all.  That comes from the strings.  The double basses begin with their warmth and passion, moving to the cellos with a melody that touches the heart.  When the violas and violins make their entrance, our hearts soar with the sense of being loved from those nearby.  The phone calls, texts, and emails of family and close friends all sing a sweet song of love and concern that touches the heart and lifts the spirits of the family left behind.

God is writing a new orchestration.  It is still being written and will soon be performed in full.  We've heard a few portions of it already.  We've heard strains of love, felt the grace and strength parts, and the song goes on.

When the chorus comes in, I imagine we’ll hear words like …
~Peace be still
~Be not afraid nor dismayed, for I your God will be with you wherever you go.
~Comfort is yours
~My grace is sufficient for you
~Cast all your cares on Me
~Trust Me
~“For surely I know the plans I have for you,” says God.  “I have plans to prosper you and not to harm you.  I will give you a future with hope.”

And always remember …

God says … I love you!

God is writing an orchestration, and it is good … very good!

Thanks be to God.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Brother to 'Choice'

I've written more than a few blogs about the importance of making good choices.  You see, the power of choice IS our greatest gift. 

Let’s push this a bit further.

The brother to choice is … responsibility. 


We take action – that’s choosing.

And we take responsibility.  That’s integrity.

We show integrity when we own our choices. 

We blame no one for how our lives roll along.  
We choose our food and the amounts
We choose our work environment
We choose the ways in which we spend our income
We choose our friends,
We choose our voting record or lack thereof

You see what’s happening here?  We are choosing the dimensions of our lives, present and future. 

And we take responsibility for those choices. 

The next ten years are being determined NOW by the choices we are making. 

The most encouraging thing I could say to all of us is this …

Plant good seeds for your future.
You deserve as good a chance
as you can give yourself.

Choices and Responsibility.  Brothers to the end.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time