Life Has No Opposite

As the final days of this year have drawn to a close and the first day of the New Year has come, I, like many people, become more reflective and introspective. This past month has been a source of much emotion. The month started with the loss of people. A good friend and good man lost his battle to a horrible disease later in the month. But, two days ago, I met a new baby who came into this world full of life.

While at the hospital, I had a interesting moment of clarity. On the third floor of the locGift-of-Life-imageal hospital, there are three very unique departments. They are the Intensive Care Unit, the Oncology Care unit, and the Family Birthing Center. Caught in the divide between birth and death, a phrase came to my attention. Eckhart Tolle wrote in his book, A New Earth, “Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal.” We have all heard a situation describe as a life and death matter, which portrays those two statuses as opposites, But, as Tolle reminds us, birth is the opposite of death.

Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal.

In this New Year, my choice is to see life as a gift from our Heavenly Father. Romans 6:23 NIV says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” If we accept the gift that God has for us in the New Year, then we can echo the author’s thought and say, “Life is eternal.”

Know His peace in this New Year! Soli Deo Gloria!

Thoughts from Oklahoma: Day 11-Army of the One

My time in Oklahoma is winding down.

One thing this experience has taught me is how proud I am of the work and ministry

of The Salvation Army. SPOILER ALERT: If you do not like The Salvation Army, then this blog post will not be something you want to continue reading.

I love The Salvation Army! We are the Army of the One!

My Army feeds people.

My Army helps people.

My Army talks to people.

My Army prays with people.

My Army loves people.

My Army cares about people.

My Army works for people.

My Army serves people.

My Army witnesses to people.

My Army prays for people.

My Army stays with people.

My Army holds people.

My Army stands up for people.

My Army is an Army of the One!

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of Gods grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10 NIV).

I love my Army!

I love the people of my Army!

I love the Head of my Army!

“And he (Christ) is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy” (Colossians 1:18 NIV, parentheses added mine).

Soli Deo Gloria!

Consider donating to The Salvation Army Oklahoma Disaster Relief Fund!

I can tell you I have seen first-hand where it has gone and still needs to go!