One may wonder what background or experience we have in writing about our God. My wife who is a very good school teacher helped me define my qualifications:
One of my greatest attributes is still to be a child at heart. I love to play, tease, and just enjoy being with children. Being able to come down to a childís level and look through their eyes. Jesus told us we must have a childlike faith and trust to be able to find our Lord, to be able to accept Him, to understand what He would have us do.
Another one of my attributes is having an agricultural background. Experience in raising crops and livestock helps one understand, feel, what Jesus is trying to explain to us in many of His parables; those about the farming and animal raising practices of His day. The basic emotions of raising crops or animals in the time of Jesus, are basically not that much different than they were in my younger years on a family farm. The sadness of watching an abundant crop which is ripe for harvest, be suddenly destroyed by weather or pests. While being amazed, as a crop you didnít even believe would be worth harvesting, unexpectedly receives a life giving spring shower, and produces the best crop you ever had. The frustration of watching a strong expensive animal die, after working with all of oneís might to save it. And the joy of saving that weak animal which shouldnít have made it through the night, but somehow lived, and then watching it grow into a strong thriving animal.
In farming and ranching the odds seem stacked against you. For it often feels like there are many more losses than joys one encounters. But despite this one develops a loving orneriness that brings a true farmer, a devoted rancher out at all hours, in inclement weather, with great risk, regardless of their profit or loss. A loving orneriness that often has them doing things without the knowledge of even why they are doing it. Except it is the right thing to do, the work must be done, with the deep seeded hope that with the Lordís help there is one more miracle left, then applying this emotion, this concept to the Lordís work.
My next qualification is best described by the phrase, ďdumber than dirt.Ē Jesus did not choose the elite bible scholars of the day, He fought with their humanistic legal ideals. Jesus chose as His disciples men that were mostly fishermen, with a tax collector and some other vocations thrown in. They were mostly uneducated, although one had some education and was made treasurer. His name was Judas. There was another well-educated man Jesus called to be His apostle. His name was Paul and he was persecuting Christians until Christ opened his eyes to the truth. Jesus chose unlikely men so all would know that it was not manís intelligence or ability that brought them to the Lord, but the Holy Spirit opening their hearts to allow Jesus to come in.
No one has ever said I was the sharpest tack in the box. It should be very obvious to all that only the gift of the Holy Spirit has allowed me to meet and know my Savior. And it is only when I push my pride away that He is able to use me. To the extent one is humble is to the extent one is able to know Jesus, to do His work.
Another of my qualifications is to understand it is alright to be a failure in the eyes of the world. One of the hardest lessons to learn is not to be part of this world, not to make our earthly dreams our goal in life, and measure them by our worldly successes. Our human nature would have us believe that if we do not attain worldly stature in some degree we are a failure. Yet even the lucky few who attain worldly stature, find nothing there but emptiness, and when they die they must leave everything behind, except that which is done for our Lord. Sometimes it takes failure or emptiness to bring us to Jesus; to shatter our human concept of expecting God to answer our prayers right now, the way we want them answered. To dissolve the concept that we deserve earthly blessings and notoriety for the great Christian life we live; instead of knowing we will receive spiritual blessings for all we do out of love for our great God.
For Godís way is not manís way. We must accept our Masterís plan for us, bringing all our problems to Him, while patiently awaiting His answer. This answer may not always be to our liking. But our Savior will always provide us with the faith to carry on, will give us the ability to accomplish what He would have us do. This could be anything from being a humble Christian leader, to one merely praising our God for all the blessings our He has given us.
My last qualification is to be one of the wealthiest persons in this world. Not in earthly riches, but because of a gift that is far more valuable. I have sinned much and for these sins God sent the most valuable possession the world has ever known, His own son Jesus Christ, to die as atonement for them. I am beneficiary to this priceless gift of grace which opens wide Heavenís gates to me. No one could be any richer, but all can share in this priceless gift.
We try in our own meager way to tell all about the many blessings God has given us, the many blessings which our Lord wants to give all who will follow our Master. Only with the Spiritís help can we take the focus off of ourselves, allowing the love of Jesus to shine through our lives to all around us. And it is the passion in our hearts, not the eloquence of our words, which show our Godís great love is within us; allowing us to love our God above all things, our neighbors as ourselves.