Vacation Time!

I type this post from the lovely coastal Texas town of Rockport, and it has been an amazing little stay so far!  We originally headed down this way to come to one of my lovely wife’s friend’s baby shower.  Then, it turned into “let’s go see uncle Kevin and aunt Verna!”  After an awesome day on the beach with 5 kids under the age of 5, everyone is tuckered out, and we are winding down as well.  Tomorrow is the day of the shower, and all the husbands will be playing on the beach while the wives do whatever they do at a baby shower, and good times will follow.  Tomorrow (13th), is our 6th anniversary, and it has been an awesome 6 years indeed!  Thinking about the good, and sometimes difficult, times we’ve experienced as a couple makes me think about the marriage we have to Christ.  He loves us unconditionally, is committed to giving us salvation, even through His death on a cross.  How much sacrifice would I make for my wife?  I’m pretty sure there’s no limit to what I would do for her, or our kids if faced with certain death.  The sacrifice Christ made for us was because of His Father’s love.  God sent Christ down to this earth for two purposes; to teach and set the example we are to follow, and to cover our sins with His life.  I think about this sacrifice often, as I now have 3 kids of my own.  I’d like to think that I’d do just about anything for most people if faced with life or death, even giving up my own son’s life for someone else, but I know that ultimately I would end up choosing my child’s life instead.  The fact that God gave His son for the sins that other people committed, blows me away.  That would be like me sending Tyler, my 2 1/2 year old, to die because someone else stole a pack of gum from the local gas station.  It doesn’t make sense to us, because we are selfish by our nature.  Good thing God isn’t like us, eh?  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16.  This verse is the quintessential verse that sums up why I do what I do, the reason we quote scripture about Christ, and make such a huge deal about who Christ is.  Christianity so often becomes a list of things of what not to do, a life not to live, and basically a wagging finger in your face of what you’re doing wrong.  Less and less is it about the fact that God loves us, and sent His son for us so that we don’t have to live in an eternal hole of burning, pain, and destruction.  Do’s and don’ts seem to be such a small sacrifice to have that guarantee of salvation.  He loves us, and the do’s and don’ts become a lifestyle instead of a “sacrifice” to us.  They turn from a hassle into a source of accountability.  He gives us these standards to follow not to make our lives hard, but to help us to follow Him.  So many times, salvation is thought, and misunderstood to be attained by “being a good person” or to just get baptized.  The requirement of repentance is overlooked almost as much as the change of lifestyle.  I will go into greater detail on these topics in the next blog post, which will hopefully be done tomorrow night or Sunday sometime, although there are no promises since we are this close to the ol beach!  Til then, have a lovely evening!

“Be true to myself”– Coming soon!!

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