Most of the demands of life are rather ordinary; consuming our days, months, years and lives. We have things that we have to do from day to day, but we have to be careful that we do not let those affairs obscure the pursuit of real meaning. There is a nautical term that describes what those circumstances might do to us if we aren’t careful. One of them is “Boxing the Compass,” which refers to a wind that is constantly shifting. It is an interesting term because another meaning is that of stating the 32 points of the compass, starting at north and proceeding clockwise. The first suggests a situation that is out of control, while the second refers to a greater awareness and thus greater control of the direction in which our lives are heading.
A majority of people would probably say that they have far more regrets over things they said, than things they didn’t say. A knowledgeable person learns how to spare his or her words. A passage in Proverbs goes further to say that even the foolish can be counted wise when they refrain from speaking at the wrong moment (Proverbs 17:27-28). It is the one most apt to listen that will also be the one most apt to learn.
The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come.
It is presumed that most readers of this article will at least acknowledge a Higher Power, whom they perceive as God. However, the question then becomes whether that entity can be known or even needs to be known. Creation (man) needs to know its Creator. Any reasonable, sensible person knows that it is impossible for life to spring from nothing; that a simple cell could not evolve into a monkey and then a human being. An apple tree brings forth other apple trees; a monkey sires other monkeys and humans only produce after their kind: other humans. What a person believes about his or her origin determines everything about the direction of their life.
On a recent list compiled of two hundred forty cities in the United States with a population of 100,000 or more, New York City ranked 222nd in crime, falling into the same category as small towns in California and Florida. Crime in New York City started to fall in the 1990s, but has continued to fall since that time, even though the city of often stereotyped as being a city of rampant crime. Those looking at the trend have concluded that the reason for the dramatic change was due to the impact zones created by the New York City Police Department. The department would double the number of officers in neighborhoods where crimes were being committed and the crime rate would start to drop almost immediately. There were three reasons: prevention (anticipation), resolution (solved) and relocation (displacement).
In Eagle River this March, over a hundred local people had a great time — bowling for a purpose! The local affiliate of “Love In the Name of Christ” is comprised of 19 local Christian churches who are dedicated to providing real love and help to our neighbors in need. We take serious our Lord Jesus Christ’s commandment: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Here’s just a few examples, before we get back to the great bowling event.
Every move we make in life opens up both perils and possibilities. There are numerous potentialities and problems with each step we take and very often they come in the same parcel.
We become fearful about what is coming next in life when we are not sure about the values that brought us to our present moment. Eternity, however it might be considered, occurs one day at a time. The great issues of past, present and future have already been taken care of so it is left to us to live well in relation to those events. Those espousing the methods of the Bible should have a greater awareness of time and what the present moment might have to offer in the way of opportunity. Hudson Taylor said, “If your father, mother, sister and brother, even if your dog and cat are not better off for you’re being a Christian, it is questionable that you are.”
Last year on Good Friday, a group of Chugiak-Eagle River Christian churches (through Love INC. of Eagle River) celebrated together a traditional prayer service called the “Stations of the Cross.” This year, the “Stations” will be held at the River of Life Lutheran Church, located in Chugiak at 21301 Voyles Blvd. “Faith Walkers” can start their stops at the stations beginning at 5 p.m. on March 29 (Good Friday).