My Right

I would like to dedicate this post to all the veterans and everyone in the military and law enforcement agencies who unselfishly serve and risk their lives to preserve our freedom. May God bless you all and protect you.




“Can we have more coffee, deputy?” asked one inmate as he managed to slide his small cup through the metal bars in his unit.

The deputy told one of the inmate workers who brought the early chow [breakfasts] if he could pour some coffee into that inmate’s cup, as others followed.

As chow time got done and inmates started giving their trays back, the deputy led the other inmate workers in, into that particular cell so they could start collecting and counting the plastic spoons used.

“What the?….What’s this?” exclaimed the deputy, as he saw many cups with coffee under some of the inmates’ bunk beds. They belonged to those who had asked for extra servings. They didn’t drink the coffee but instead, hoarded them…Just because…

This was their way of stealing items so that the county would end up spending more. Sometimes, upset with being incarcerated, and feeling that they didn’t deserve that jail time, this was what they would do.

The deputy was upset and started taking names of those who were responsible for the wasted cups of java.

As he left to collect the other trays from other cells with the inmate workers, one inmate in that cell uttered, “So what? It’s our right to have that cup of coffee and whatever we want to do with it, should be okay.”

Some of us are like those inmates. We often excuse our own selfishness, pride and other bad things we do by claiming our rights. Some will say:

“Well, I can have abortion if I want to. This is my body and I can do anything I want to with it.”

Or…

“I have no choice but to lie. If others can get away, why can’t I, too?”

But as believers and followers of Christ, these attitudes do not apply anymore to us. We should have that kind of attitude that enables us to lay aside our rights in order to serve others or think highly of others than ourselves.. If we truly want to follow Christ, we must reflect his character, his humility as we serve. To the point that it may mean that our efforts are not recognized at times.

So, are you clinging to your rights or are you willing to serve and think others higher than yourself?

[Philippians 2:5-11; The Message]:

5-8Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn't think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn't claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.

9-11Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.

19 comments:

  1. Your message today parrellels a teaching I heard from Joyce Meyer. She said don't keep accepting coffee fill ups in the restaurant if you are going to leave a cup full on the table and not drink all of it. Bad witness. So simple but practical! Nice of you to dedicate your post to veterans, but you are just a nice gal all around! Love you, my sister.

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  2. Wow - strong message! Good stuff! And I love the Dedication.

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  3. This post made me proud that you were the first I have seen to salute our Vets!

    That said, the coffee episode reminded me of a job interview long ago (sales). I asked the President to allow me to go on a call with any rep from the company and observe. He agreed.

    The man who would be my boss (if I joined them) bought $5 worth of gasoline at the Interstate, and we proceeded to a home.
    (A tipoff that he was cheap and did not fill 'er up).

    As guests, we were offered coffee, and how do we take it. This sales boss asked for cream, no sugar. He was oblivious of the woman, her home, her religion (Catholic icons galore), and anything but his needs.

    She set the coffee he requested down, and proceeded to buy $1,400 worth of product.

    When we were coming back on the Interstate, I asked him, why he asked for the coffee, when he never lifted the cup to his lips for even a taste. It all went to waste!

    He replied: "She asked if I wanted it, and I said "Yes". That doesn't mean I have to drink it".

    I replied that he wasted her offering, her time, and his motives at asking were dubious, if he was not going to drink it. Indeed, they were a lie for he had no intention of drinking any of it.... and did not have a sip. It went to waste, and I am sure she pondered pouring that out, after we were gone. ???

    He paused for another $5 of gasoline enroute back to the company. Such extravagance, eh?

    I walked into the President (who expected me to join up after a swell time with his ace sales guy there) and said:
    "This guy will treat employees as he treats customers. He does not treat them well, and deceives them. I'll pass on working here. Nice to meetcha. Bye".

    It is little things of behavior that tell you a lot about people, even MORE than what they say.

    Later, at a dinner with Board, and CEO at another firm, the CEO did not like the baked potato a waitress brought, and THREW the aluminum wrapped potato off the plate and on to the floor nearby. She was humiliated.
    He, the CEO, lost his multimillion dollar job, for the petulance. I always call it the "12 million dollar potato", for that is the price he paid for the behavior.

    Little things done in behavior, reveal your true character....MORE than what we say or write!

    This post took me down memory lane from the past, and reminded me to behave on little things in the future.

    You, I like! In word, and in behavior!
    Happy Veteran's Day to all!

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  4. A good reminder at this time of year to replace our prideful desires with a humble attitude of gratitude! A good word!
    Joyfully,
    Wylie

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  5. AMEN, sweet friend!
    Saluting the veterans with you.
    andrea

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  6. Rosel,

    A great post to thank our veterans and their families for the sacrifice they make everyday for all of us to keep our rights.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  7. This is the scripture that God woke me up with on Sunday morning and the one that the message was based on at church. I have been thinking about it all week.

    Please thank your husband for his suggestion concerning my battery, and thank you for asking him. I think I need to get a different wrench and use a lot of muscle.

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  8. I knew a man who considered himself to be a Christian who justified many things because they were his right...even stealing medicine from a pharmacy shelf when he was short on cash, saying that he would sneak back in on payday and put money on the counter (I doubt that happened!) We can all justify our decisions through logic but holding ourselves to the standard of Christ brings humility and gratitude for all we have and all we are.

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  9. Such a very powerful message sis, love you.

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  10. Thanks for the encouragement dear sister in Christ. Sometimes it's easy for me to make excuses for my selfishness; may I instead always be willing to lay aside my rights that I may serve those whom God has put into my life.

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  11. Thought provoking...what 'rights' do any of us have? Lifting self above all else says we are deserving of all that God gave, when in fact we are so short of it.

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  12. What a wonderful post to honor our veterans! Thanks for helping us to remember we have rights only because of their sacrifice. Great post! Once again! :)

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  13. Rosel, Thank You for being such a great friend to me and for all your Prayers.

    I pray for all those that have served and are now serving our country. Great post. Love you, Audrey

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  14. Not a rights but a privilage to live in a free country with men and women willing to fight for our freedom. Thank you RCube for this. Sarah

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  15. Oh precious Rosel. What a great message!

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  16. Rosel, I agree with the wine too;) Have a great day... Gotta love Maxine. Love, Audrey

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  17. You look great... Hope you have had a great day. Cheers to you... Wine or Coffee?

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  18. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful tribute! Blessings dear one....

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  19. Great tribute. I also agree with what Mary said about about the message Joyce Meyer gave.

    Thanks dear sister for being a blessing always. Love you.

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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