June is here and summer is getting in full swing here in Texas.
For those not from Texas, there are a few rules of summer you need to know, the first rule is it’s not hot until it gets to at least 100 degrees. Anything under that is jacket weather.
The second rule is, the first rule does not apply in Houston. In Houston, it’s always hot. I’ve lived through 115-degree days in West Texas, and still not be as hot as a 90-degree day in Houston, even the Devil says, “At least it’s not as hot down here as it is in Houston.” That humidity is a killer and the only time the wind blows is when a hurricane arrives.
Rule No. 3 for summer in Texas, hay doesn’t grow in the winter, so get out there and get after it, as the old saying goes, “Make hay while the sun shines.” Rule No. 4, when going on summer vacation, there’s never a reason to leave the friendly confines of the Lone Star State.
That one is my favorite, as this great state has so much to offer, from historical sites sure to tug at the most cynical Texan’s heart strings, to the grand vistas of the West Texas mountains, or the cool waters of a Hill Country river, or a day at one of the great East Texas lakes, Texas is a place built for fun.
For those who may not know it, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18. That’s the day the country strives to honor all the dads out there. The thing is, all of us have one special
Father. Some may not acknowledge Him, or even know He exists, but He’s still there, loving us through it all just like a Dad does.
Too many times we forget to honor Him on this day. God the Father does not need a new tie, nor does He need a card from Hallmark®, the thing He wants most is us. He has given us everything, in Philippians 2:5-8 Paul wrote: “Have this attitude in yourselves which also was in Christ Jesus, who although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
Now that is a Son, honoring His Father, who gave everything He could give; all because He loved us so much. It’s a hard thing to get our minds around. Paul also tells that, “while we were still enemies, Christ died for us.”
Those are strong words that don’t really clarify the picture. C.S. Lewis explained in his magnificent and bare bones explanation of being and becoming a Christians in his classic work, “Mere Christianity,” if I may borrow, paraphrase and condense from him; that every sane person has some sense of morality — even the atheist, though they will argue about societal norms and so forth, they can’t deny the ubiquitous norms across the different cultures of the world.
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Where does that come from, well, it comes from God prodding us toward something. He’s prodding us toward a higher morality that He established. Upon learning of it, we realize that we can’t possibly live up to His standards.
We may say, “I’m really a good person.” That all depends on the lens you use to view yourself. Compared to Charles Manson that’s probably the case; but what about compared to Jesus Christ. You see, sin is corruption, and we are corrupted and our minds are corrupted when we try to rationalize our “goodness.”
Only the spotless can stand before God, and if you look back at your life, I dare say there is not a single person without a stain in their life. That stain keeps us out of God’s presence, that is unless we can wash it out.
That’s why God sent Jesus, to cleanse us from all sin. God the Father, sent Jesus the Son, so that we as children can once again have a relationship with the Father.
If you’ve never had a relationship with God, a real relationship that flows from the grace we get from Him through faith in Jesus Christ, who emptied Himself for us; then today is the day to get in that right relationship with Him.
Or, if you’ve let that special relationship slide, the Father will welcome you back with open arms, and I urge you to make amends to your Father, and honor Him not just on Father’s Day, but every day for the rest of your life.