Archive for March, 2015

Successes, Frustrations, and Failures!

Christian Living, Discouragement, Encouragement, judging | Posted by Eddy Damas
Mar 24 2015

Those things in life that we enjoy doing, we all have them.

For a few Christians, our simple pleasures are doing the Lord’s work…going out and ministering to people: those in need, the desperate the lonely.

Yet, we are also instructed to rest in the Lord. Some may refer to it as keeping the Sabbath.

I have no problem keeping the Sabbath, as I am one of the unfortunate ones who doesn’t work for a living.

Now before you go all ape-wild on me, allow me to explain. Yes, the Lord does tell us (Paraphraxed) “He who doesn’t work, doesn’t eat.”  2 Thessalonians 3:10.

I’ve had that shoved down my throat for many years, to the point that I’ve distrusted many of the Christians who have shoved it.

You see…it’s true. If you don’t work, obviously you aren’t either taking care to eat. You have no income…so you can’t go out to the market, no fast food, no restaurant.

In other words, you don’t derive from the simple pleasures that a working income has to offer.

Now allow me to be brutally honest:

This scripture doesn’t give those who are fortunate to have a steady job to look down on those who don’t. It doesn’t give them the right to declare to the poor man “You must work! You need to work!”

In most cases, that doesn’t go along too well with the poor, striving man who wants to work, but can’t due to the fact that he is either unqualified, or doesn’t know where to look for work.

When I was looking for work, I used to score the wanted ads for an open opportunity. But there weren’t too many “entry level” jobs…most required experience…last time I heard, they still do.

My first job was as a busperson. It was an easy entry-level job, one I landed because my brother was already an employee who knew the bosses. I kept at it for two years. It was at times grueling, but mostly pleasureable due to the awesome management/my bosses and co-workers and sometimes even the customers . The stress was sometimes high, but manageable.

From there I entered into what I thought would be a job with advancement possibilities at a silk screen company. The money there was good, the stress there was too much.

So I worked steadily for a time of four years. After that, things got out of hand for me personally.

I almost already had a college degree…just three semesters shy of graduating. I was needing a recap of psychology 101, American History, Nevada State History, and Astronomy 101.

But despite college: It was because I didn’t know the right people I couldn’t get the right experience. I couldn’t get the right experience because I didn’t know the right people. So I couldn’t find a job in my chosen industry..or really any industry!

But let’s turn that around shall we?

It was because I didn’t know the right people that I couldn’t get the right fellowship. I couldn’t get the right fellowship because I knew all the wrong people.

I would rather judge someone righteously by knowing them, than unrighteously judging them by not knowing them at all!

And so it all comes down to knowing people. Not just artificially, but on a intimate (or personal) level. If you don’t know a person well, it’s hard to go by what you see and/or feel. The person may be going through a harsh time, or the person may have a mental/physical ailment that prevents them from succeeding. Instead of offering them a cup of cool water, all you are really giving them is more fuel for the fire they are in.

Some well-to-do Christians always seem to toot the expression: “It’s all about God!” I believe that, but it’s just not about God – you can’t have a relationship with God, and not have a relationship with people. God knows us, but we don’t exactly know God. And while we search for God, we may end up overlooking the hearts of the people that God is searching for.

Basically God works through people. God uses the right people to secure a right future for you alone, and for us together. If you try to help someone try to help them by really letting the Holy Spirit guide you!

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Working hard or hardly working?

Christian Living, Encouragement | Posted by Eddy Damas
Mar 16 2015

What is ministry? The definition of the word tells all: It’s serving other people.

I’ll admit…though I do consider myself to be a full time Christian, I am NOT a full time minister. Yeah, it’s a hypocritical situation. On one hand, I love God all the time, on the other….sometimes I find myself in situations where I feel  strange, out of my environment.

But that’s the word of God challenging me. James writes “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” Today was a challenge. I went from serving from the brokenness in my pocket to serving from the brokenness in my heart. My aunt invited me out for a late afternoon lunch, for which I ended up paying the bill for, to visiting one of her old friends. Afterwards it suddenly hit me. The three of us hit a shared trait: we each were alone. And yet, we had each other. We were each alone despite the obvious difference in and circumstances, yet we had each other. And like it or not…we needed each other’s company.

We may not like where ministry is bound to take us. Sometimes ministry will take us to the highways and byways. Sometimes it will take us ministering to the poor and outcasts. It will take us to the uncomfortably rich, to the poorest of the poor. To the very young and to the very old. Ministry will quite often take us from whom we would rather serve, to whom we would rather not. Now I’ll admit something: during those times where I feel  I am at a place where I’d rather not be…

I’d be like a mouse who suddenly found themselves face to face with a cat… In other words: I’ll be scanning for the best possible nearest exit: real quick  like.

But  you just  know there ain’t no easy way out: there are no exits when it comes to our Christian walk.

My point is this: everyone needs some kind of ministry in our lives. And ministry is a face-to-face, word-to-word exchange. We always need to minister to, yet we don’t always need to be ministered to. There is a time, and a place that we should be ministered to, and that time and place is only dictated to BY THE LORD Himself, not by us. As Christians, we don’t barter with the Lord. We offer ourselves up as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service. Unfortunately, just as a cat and mouse, there are no substitutes! Ministry is for Christians who LOVE THE LORD. As a matter of fact, ministry is built right into the Greatest Commandment of them all. If you can’t handle that commandment, you can’t handle the TRUTH!
One of the greatest misconceptions among “God loving folk” is that ministry revolves around family. I find that Jesus challenged that misconception as He put family aside so that He could focus on his ministry. This doesn’t mean that family doesn’t  come first. But when there is a sudden need for ministry, family comes second.

Is your ministry hard work? Is it hard working all of the time. Are you the Cat or are you the Mouse?

Separation Anxiety

Christian Living | Posted by Eddy Damas
Mar 10 2015

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It’s been a little over a month, and I am feeling the separation anxiety a little bit more every day. Everything has changed so much so fast; one moment she is here, and the next she is gone.

I’ve got one photograph of her on my bedroom drawer. She is sitting, smiling, looking at the camera. I hardly look at it, but it’s there. It reminds me that she is now an angel, watching over me that much closer.

For the moment, I am alone in a three bedroom house. And it’s quiet…real quiet. There are no more machines, there are no voices except the nightly two hour TV  time.  Soon it will be filled again with family. But it won’t ever be the same again, because she won’t be here.

So many plans I made, and I find that they don’t really matter anymore. Oh they will be fulfilled in time. In the meantime I wait, like a eagle perched on a high rock, ready to sweep and soar. It all goes back to what the Lord says. He promised that He will bless us, give us hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29

I’m hoping and longing for the day when I am reunited with both my parents. Until then I fully understand what loss is.

I Must Complain?

Christian Living | Posted by Eddy Damas
Mar 09 2015

There is NO REASON and there is NO PLACE for a Christian to complain about their circumstance(s). If God is putting you in the middle of a storm, and you’ve been there complaining for YEARS it’s because YOU don’t have the patience to wait on GOD in the STORM. It’s ALL in God’s time…NOT ours! In this life, if you are a Christian, you WILL have trials and tribulations. COUNT ON IT!

Blessings? They will come, but they will be small and forgetful. But the pushing…sometimes it will seem like you’ve been pushing, or carrying that boulder for a long time, a long way. Friends, the journey we are on only ends the moment we go home to be with the Lord. I don’t like complainers. Why? Because complainers go against SEVERAL of God’s Words.

Such as Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. I think the main problem with uncontentful Christians is that they go about complaining of their circumstances, instead of praying, reading the Word, and seeking God above all else, including their circumstances.

Luke 6:46-49 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”

Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

What I find is that Christians get all huffed and puffed that things never go their way.

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

You will NEVER find where it says in the Bible “go on complaining, and I will give you rest” Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Do we really want it our way, or the Lord’s way? Whom is it that you choose to serve? Self, or The Lord?

 

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