Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Pinch, Pinch

It’s almost St Patrick’s Day! Do you have your green attire laid out? Who was St. Patrick anyway? Was he just a guy who was overly concerned about green? Was he short…like a leprechaun? Did he go around pinching people? Here’s a little of what I’ve read about him.

St. Patrick wanted to share the hope of Christ with those in Ireland. So, when people questioned him about the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit being “One,” he explained using a three-leafed clover to show how they were three, but still “one.”

Despite what St. Patrick’s Day has become, it started with a simple man, sharing a simple faith, in simple ways. Yet, even today, hundreds of years later, his name is a household word.
Last year I read a book to my kids about St. Patrick. The book mentioned two people I’d never heard of: Nial, the Celtic Warrior and King Laoghaire. It occurred to me that when these two guys were alive (in the 5th century), they felt powerful. Their life was soooo important to them. They, however, were living for themselves while St. Patrick had a higher purpose in life – making God famous.

Our existence in the grand picture, isn’t much to look at. The bible says:
"All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever." 1 Peter 1:24-25

After reading the book, I started thinking, “What am I living for today that will last forever?” The verse pretty much yells that only God lasts forever. It’s hard for us to realize the importance and unimportance of our presence on earth. We are important because God ordered that we should be alive right now – today. But, we’ll be pretty unimportant 100 years from now. The thing that will last is who we follow and how we shared that with the people around us – especially our children. Our name will probably be gone, but our impact can carry on.

When we live with God’s glory as our first goal, our 8-10 decades of life can impact centuries. Amazing! What an incredible gift the Lord has given us in allowing us to live. Really live today by intentionally making the most of the opportunities you have to impact your kids for the Kingdom of Heaven. Oh...and when you sport your green duds, remember to share with your kids what it's all about.

Lord, help me see past dirty laundry, meal preparations, and school projects to the purpose in all the things I do everyday. Help me pour into my kids the things that are important to You. In Jesus name, Amen.

The message St. Patrick shared is still the same for us today. A relationship with Christ isn’t something complicated, but simply trusting that He died for the wrong things we have done and choosing to live our life following Him. Because of His death, we can be forgiven no matter how awful our sin. When we accept His gift of taking our punishment, we are children of God and will one day spend eternity with Him. If you have questions about this relationship with Jesus, please email us. We would love to send you a CD explaining His incredible love for you.

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