On Our Minds

Just Jerry's Jibber-Jabber

We were all saddened to hear of the passing of our brother George. He will be deeply missed by all of us that knew him and loved him. Lift up Sister Sue and his family in your prayers and ask for their souls to be comforted. Death, in the Christian's view, is strange compared to the world's view. It is strange in that it is a paradox of what appears to be opposite points of view. Death for us is a mixture of a time of sadness and a time of joy. We are saddened when a loved one is gone but also joyous to know that they have received their reward. We seek to live lives like Paul who, when the end comes, we can say that we have finished the course and we have kept the faith.

We were all saddened to hear of the passing of our brother George. He will be deeply missed by all of us that knew him and loved him. Lift up Sister Sue and his family in your prayers and ask for their souls to be comforted. Death, in the Christian's view, is strange compared to the world's view. It is strange in that it is a paradox of what appears to be opposite points of view. Death for us is a mixture of a time of sadness and a time of joy. We are saddened when a loved one is gone but also joyous to know that they have received their reward. We seek to live lives like Paul who, when the end comes, we can say that we have finished the course and we have kept the faith.

Sometimes it seems to be a time of fear and also a time of confidence. I have a fear because I do not like change but also a time of confidence that the Lord will keep His promises. I remember when my mom passed away a few years ago. One thing that my brother, sister and I determined before her funeral was that the service was not going to be a time of mourning and sadness but a time of joy and victory. My brother gave her eulogy which was actually a humorous look at the full and rich life that she lived. My sister had promised mom that, because of the faithful life she had lived, she would receive a standing ovation for her successful winning of her race. We fulfilled that promise at the end of her funeral service.

The world does not understand why beneath our frowns is a bit of a smile and a little laugh beneath our tears. It is due to the fact that we know a Christian is with Jesus in paradise. Our encouragement today is to try to live our lives so that we join those faithful brothers and sisters who have gone on before us.

Jerry McCorkle

Just Jerry's Jibber-Jabber

Vivian does the taking out of the full cans of trash to the street and I bring back the empties. This task for me causes me to think of the changes that have been made in the trash pickup schemes over the years. When I was a young child, growing up in North Little Rock, trash pickup was much different. Your trash cans had to be accessible from the street and the trash men would actually go into our back yard, haul the big, silver cans to the street, dump them in the truck, and bring them back to our yard. The next change was that we had to haul the cans to the road and have them waiting for when the truck came. The next change was that the cans were not acceptable and we had to have trash bags by the road. The last change made was like it is here. You have to have a special can, wheeled to the road so a truck with a large robotic arm can pick them up and dump them.

Vivian does the taking out of the full cans of trash to the street and I bring back the empties. This task for me causes me to think of the changes that have been made in the trash pickup schemes over the years. When I was a young child, growing up in North Little Rock, trash pickup was much different. Your trash cans had to be accessible from the street and the trash men would actually go into our back yard, haul the big, silver cans to the street, dump them in the truck, and bring them back to our yard. The next change was that we had to haul the cans to the road and have them waiting for when the truck came. The next change was that the cans were not acceptable and we had to have trash bags by the road. The last change made was like it is here. You have to have a special can, wheeled to the road so a truck with a large robotic arm can pick them up and dump them.

As Christians, we have trash to take out. Look at these scriptures from Ephesians 4: 
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;° Therefore, each of you must put off falsehood° Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

We have several things to take to the street, don't we? Like taking out our physical trash, this is not a one-time thing but a continuing process. The big difference is that, in our spiritual lives, the cans don't come back empty. Look at these encouraging words from Ephesians 4: 
be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness°speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body° Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

So today, as in every day, take out the spiritual trash, fill the cans up with the good and bring them back to the house.

Jerry McCorkle