Whimsical Saturday- Volunteering

19 10 2013

The pursuit of whimsy, the light-hearted, yet serious, adventure.

Love means volunteering to…

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serve even the least of these!

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ ”
Matthew 25:45





Whimsical Saturday- Art

22 09 2013

The pursuit of whimsy, the light-hearted, yet serious, adventure.

Sometimes love means making art…

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Simply for the joy of creating.

          For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
        Ephesians 2:10




“Did not our hearts burn within us…”

20 09 2013

As I walked to another day of subbing yesterday morning, I captured this picture of the sun illuminating this flame looking cloud with a bit of a pink tone.

And they said one to another, Did not our hearts burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

Luke 24:32

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Which reminded me of the Will Reagan song, “Set a fire,” so please enjoy this as a Friday Morning Refresher.





Whimsical Saturday- Reading

14 09 2013

The pursuit of whimsy, the light-hearted, yet serious, adventure.

Love sometimes means getting lost in a world 

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of Elves, Dwarves, and Hobbits.

So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.” -Matt 13:35





Loving the Unlovable

11 09 2013

I was reminded this week of Jesus words in Matthew 5:43-48 where He tells us that we are to love our enemies. Instead of, doing things the old way, you know, loving our neighbor and hating our enemies. Recently, these verses have taken on a special significance in my life. I found that I looked forward to dealing with a certain kind of people, while, simultaneously, I dreaded spending time with another. And I don’t mean like simply trying to avoid someone who I find annoying. I mean D-R-E-A-D-I-N-G talking to, looking at, pr hearing from this type of person. What I really discovered is that I didn’t like them because they weren’t very easy to love.

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Which brings me back to this passage, Jesus didn’t say love those who are easy to love. He said love your enemies. While I don’t consider them my enemies, my attitude toward them has been unloving. Which is a nice way of saying I hated them. That last part was difficult to write. Because as a Christian, I should, and do “know,” better.

Another thing interesting happened to me, as I pondered these verses and my hateful feelings. I started substituting for a life skills/work place readiness teacher at a local high school, and the first subject that I was going to teach was about attitude. This interesting item that got my attention was the definition of attitude contained in the materials. The chapter of the book defined attitude as your feeling toward something.

The light went off for me when I read that definition. You see, I have been taught my whole life that my attitude in life was my choice. I could choose how I would respond to my circumstances or to people I encountered. In other words, I can choose my feelings, and my choices reveal the true condition of heart.

What does this have to do with love? For me, it means that I don’t have “right” to be annoyed by, to dislike or to hate a person. I, especially, can’t show those feelings toward that person. I do believe that this “demanding” position of Jesus on loving our enemies is impossible under our own strength or “will” power.

I do believe a proper perspective helps us in this struggle. This perspective to me come from Romans 5:8, ” But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” This verse coupled couple with verse 10, “while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son,” clearly indicates that God loved me as His enemy, a sinner. How can I do any less for those I view as enemies?





Whimsical Saturday- Mirror

7 09 2013

The pursuit of whimsy, the light-hearted, yet serious, adventure.

Love sometimes means enjoying where you’ve been

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Mirror

on the way to where you’re going.

There is  a time for everything, and season for every activity under the heavens…a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and time to throw away.
Ecclesiastes 3:1&6





Whimsical Sunday- Work

1 09 2013

The pursuit of whimsy, the light-hearted, yet serious, adventure.

Love  sometimes means enjoying a brief glance at

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the view during a busy day at work.

In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:8