Tag: portion

Apr 1 Envy to Praise!

car-160343_640Sometimes it is hard to be in this world, Lord.

There are times I look around and it sure seems like the evil, immoral, prideful, arrogant people are prospering.  They seem to have lives of ease and problems that are fixed by money and power.  It is hard not to be envious when I see their beautiful bodies, homes and cars and it seems every need they have is met.

You are so good to me!  In 1990 You gave me a song to sing when I feel this way.  It always lifts my spirit.  And reminds me that You are the strength of my heart and my portion forever!

Has a Reggae – Calypso kind of 4/4 feel…

Some times I look at my life, I don’t like what I see:

I’m not rich, I’m not famous – my glass is lookin’ half empty!

I don’t live in a mansion, I don’t drive a brand new car

Sometimes I look at the rich and want to be where they are!

 

Then I look at my Savior, and what He’s given to me:

Gave me love, gave me salvation, He gave me life eter-nally

He has to-tally cleansed me and washed me white as snow

And He taught me a very good lesson “Man does not – live by bread alone”

 

Chorus:

Je-sus  Je-e-sus  You are everything

Je-sus Je-e-sus praises to You I sing

Lord Jehovah watches over me

that is why I sing praises to Thee

 

Some people think that their life is just for collecting toys

They stockpile cars, boats and money and hope it will bring them joy but

That’s not the reason for livin’  No that’s not why He came

Jesus died, is now glorified and we can call on His name

 

Chorus

 

Now I look at my life – I’m happy with what I see

I’ve got peace, I’ve got contentment – My Lord Jehovah cares for me

I got a mansion in Heaven I know one day I’ll see

And I know my cup overflows with blessing poured out on me – from

fernando-brasil-103271Je-sus  Je-e-sus  You are everything

Je-sus Je-e-sus praises to You I sing

Lord Jehovah watches over me

that is why I sing praises to Thee

Amen

Psalm 73:1-28

Sept 21 Carry each other’s burden

 

Father, Your Word tells me to help others carry their burden but to carry my own.  I was confused until I looked at the original Greek and found that these are two different words.

In this passage of scripture, they are both translated as “burden”.

steamertrunk

Where You say “Carry each other’s [burdens] and in this way fulfill the law of Christ”, that word is “baros”.  Although it is translated four times to read “burden” a more complete definition is “heaviness, weight that would weigh you down, pressing on you, difficult requirements”.

 

 

backpack-145841_640But where You say “each one should carry their own [burden].” The word is “phortion” which simply means “something to be carried”.  So there is a difference here in the amount of weight and in the “burdonsomeness” implied in the original meaning.

One way I think of it is that each person should be capable of carrying their own backpack – the weight of normal daily responsibilities.  But they would need help with a steamer trunk – an extraordinarily unusual additional amount of hardship that would come with an illness, or accident or trouble.

Father, show me how to help others who are in need.  Let me go out of my way when help is needed.  And Father, I trust You will bring me help when I am in need as well.

Father, You knew that this world would be a challenging place, and that we would need each other.  Thank You for bringing friends and loved ones around me when I need their help.  Sometimes I don’t even realize I need it, till You bring someone who calls to cheer me up, or says something encouraging.

And help me “not become weary in doing good”, so that I also may “at the proper time reap a harvest if I do not give up”.   Thank You for the way You inspire believers to care for each other.   Amen

Galatians 6:1-10