There was plenty of controversy around the recent executions in our state. In fact, Arkansas gained national attention from the multiple executions. Some are for capital punishment and some are totally against it. Both sides were vocal during Arkansas’ recent executions. No matter what your view is and where you fit into the capital punishment argument, I think we all agree that executing an innocent man would be a horrible tragedy. The judicial system would call it the worst thing ever and a major travesty. I’m sure much effort goes into making sure this doesn’t happen.
It did happen! An innocent man was executed. Over 2,000 years ago an innocent man was sentenced to die by crucifixion between two deserving and convicted criminals. Jesus, convicted of no sin or wrong doing, died on a hill outside the city of Jerusalem an innocent man. From a legal perspective this is the worst thing ever. From a spiritual side this was the best thing that could have ever happened. In this incident, the worst thing was the best thing. The death of an innocent Jesus was the best thing ever for mankind because through His shed blood we have healing from our sins and the hope of heaven.
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”(I Pet.2:24)
I can’t think of a more difficult job on the planet then that of being a mother. Think about it. Being a mom is a full-time, 24 hour a day, 7 day a week job with terrible pay and no vacation time. I’m sure every mom would tell us that it’s the most rewarding job and I’m sure it is, but, I still believe moms have a difficult job. If a mom is a stay at home mom or a mom who works outside the home, it’s a tough job. Moms are always on call to be doctors, counselors, taxi drivers, cooks and at times, the evening entertainment and cleanup crew. Mothers do so much for their children.
As important and difficult as the role of being a mother is, there is no way that any mom should ever feel unappreciated or overlooked. Mothers should be honored and not just once a year on Mother’s Day. Honoring mothers is a Biblical teaching that dates back to the ten commandments in the Law of Moses. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother – which is the first commandment with a promise – that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”(Eph.6:1-3 Quote Deut.5:16) Let’s notice all the things our moms do for us and honor these most valuable women every chance we can. Happy Mother’s Day to every mom!
For nearly twenty years now I’ve been teaching people to cling to their faith no matter what. Life throws a lot of difficulties our way and in the midst of the worst situations I hold tightly to my faith and I encourage others to do the same. It’s our faith in God that anchors us when the storms of life blow us all over the place. Our faith is really what makes us who we are and what we do. It’s our faith that should dictate how we will act and respond to others. Faith is the foundation to a relationship with God. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”(Heb.11:6)
Faith is the most important aspect of the Christian’s life, and now I’m about to tell you how I must let go of my Faith. Sounds strange, right? Well, just keep reading. In approximately two weeks, on Friday May 19, 2017, Cabot High School will have its graduation and that’s the night I’ll be letting go of my Faith. On that night our second child, Faith, will graduate high school and I’ll be clinging to my faith while letting go of my Faith all at the same time. As she walks across that stage and receives her diploma I’ll no doubt be letting go so she can become the woman God has called her to be.
I have no clue where the time went and I’m sure every parent of a 2017 senior feels the same way. Congratulations to every 2017 Senior. My prayer for each of you is that as we parents begin letting go, that you will begin to grip tightly and hold close to your heart the faith that we have shared with you.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight.”(Prov.3:5-6)