Every day on this side of the grass is a wonderful day

I’m quite sure I plagiarized that from somebody. I just don’t remember who. But it was a profound enough statement that I’ve started using it on a regular basis.

Sometimes it’s very hard to agree with that statement. When our old (or young) bodies are wracked with pain for example. Or we’ve lost a loved one such as a child or spouse.  Or those times when financially we just don’t see how we can even buy groceries; and who even wants to think about the rent or mortgage payments. I’ve been in each of those situations and most of you reading this probably have been also.

When I’m really down I’ve started thinking about that statement though and start contemplating what makes being on this side of the grass so wonderful “today.” I can name several. I have a wonderful family (sons, grand daughters, brothers, sisters and all the others). I have great friends. I have a roof over my head (wherever I want to move it). I can afford to eat. I have the freedom to go and come as I please (still). What’s not wonderful about that. I’m sure you could also find wonderful things about your “today” if you just think about it.

Well, then I think about the OTHER side of the grass. Wow, let’s jump back to the previous side. Did I mention I can worship any God I want, how I want, when I want? Of course I choose Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. GOD!

Okay maybe you get the picture. But if I’m not on this side of the grass what does that mean. Two simple conclusions. I’m headed to Heaven; I’m headed to Hell. Well actually that process started on this side of the grass as well. How we live our lives will determine what our life will be like on the OTHER side of the grass. If I’ve lived my life for Jesus (and I don’t mean just in words, but a TRUE Christian life), my life is now GREATER. If I haven’t my life is MUCH, MUCH worse. Think about it.

Make sure you’re spending your time on this side of the grass livng for Jesus so that you can have a truly great and wonderful time when you’re “body” is on the OTHER side of the grass.

Until next time…

~May God’s blessings shower down on each of you~

Nick

Confessions of a gambler

Ah. Got your attention did I? It’s amazing the things that will grab our attention. A simple headline and we scoot off to check out the story behind it. Would you have had as much interest if the title had been “Confessions of a Christian”? Well maybe. Seems that’s what the world is looking for; something juicy to bash Christians about.

I was just musing (after all that is one of the reasons for this blog) about how we so easily get pulled away from the important things in our lives. I can easily be distracted by a picture of beautiful landscape scenes. I love pictures of the mountains and lakes and trees and can really get wrapped up in that. But I can easily skip right over a picture of a Christian scene. Do you have that problem?

How about music? Now I for one don’t give a lick about the modern take on music. I love the classics whether it be classical, big band or anything from the before the early 50’s. I’m also hooked on early Southern Gospel (four part harmony) or bluegrass. Therefore I seldom listen to any of the current music and skip right over it.

The bad part of these “preferences” is that I’m probably missing out on some great photographic interest or a song with a great Christian message.

I think the same thing can happen with our Christian life. We get so wrapped up in how it used to be and still want it to be that we overlook how it is and how it affects our lives today. I don’t go for most of the modern day inventions of a relationship with God. I believe in Hell. I believe not everyone is going to Heaven. But should I look for a church that is still locked into the 40’s or 50’s and overlook some of the vibrant, on fire, Holy Spirit filled churches?

So this really is a “Confession of a Christian” who is starting to push the realms of my expectations to a fuller and better relationship with Jesus Christ my Lord. I for one want to go to Heaven. And no I’m not a gambler. I want solid assurance of my salvation and my future in Heaven. Taking no gambles with that.

Until next time…

~May God”s blessings shower down on each of you~

Nick

The Journey Continues

058_IMG_1661cSometimes we stroll (or maybe drive) through life looking neither to the right or to the left. We use a myriad of excuses to not look around us at the beauty or the decay. I’ve been one of those people that has often gone down the road with blinders on my eyes so that I can be spared the ugly around me and thus missing out on so much beauty.

I still find myself occasionally forgetting to look either way and just plow ahead on the course I’ve planted in my head and thus often overlooking the plans that God has on my life. I was especially guilty of this over this past few years but now that God has placed Boo into my life I have tried to at least put on clear blinders. The Lord is helping because I’m now allowing Him to guide OUR lives. Thus the beauty that you see displayed on our blogs through the camera lens guided by Boo’s seeking eyes has started to unfold a whole new dimension in my life. I’m starting to see the beauty around me. It encompasses all my senses and has allowed me to experience the joy of living, caring and sharing. God has placed a wonderful helpmate, friend, lover and wife into my life and I will be forever grateful to Him. But even more than that, Boo has sharpened my desire to draw closer to my Lord.

I could probably leave this blog right there and feel that I’ve posted a complete blog but I also know that I must share our experiences and the beauty around us with each of you. You can’t help but see the magnificance of lofty mountains, flowing rivers, giant trees, the smallest of flowers and not believe that there is a God, our God, that created this beauty. It wasn’t mere chance or some big bang eons ago. It was formed for us by our loving God.

Blessings to each of you and thank you for allowing me into your life over these past two years.

Update: (May 2015) – We’ve made a slight change in our travel and plans from this point forward. The Lord directed us to a little house in Texas that we now call home.  We are thoroughly enjoying bringing you thoughts and sights as we travel. God is good!

May God’s love and blessings shower down on each of you,
Nick (now with Boo by my side)