The Art Show

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.~ Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

my son's design for the art show
“Just remember…Daddy and I are so proud of your hard work and perseverance,” I uttered as my husband and I hugged our son, feeling the overflowing excitement in our hearts that finally, his art was recognized for the county’s annual art show from high school students. The judges would never know the effort our child had put into every line of that drawing he made. After studying for other advanced classes, I saw many nights where he fought with dozing off to add more lines, made changes, measured, colored, and other things using the principles from Graphic Arts learned from a few years of taking this class paired with his enthusiasm to advance in this degree.

“I’m just a little bummed out. It seemed like the judges never liked any modern design,” my child assessed.

“Maybe I’ll make some changes next year when I join…”

“Why?” I quickly responded.

“Look at your design…” I suggested.

“What is the title that you had applied?” I hinted.

“Courage and endurance, Mom,” he replied.

“Why change? It is your idea. Unique from others. When others are seeing what they want to see, what they will never see is the hidden meaning you had used,” I suggested.

“What do you mean?”

“Courage…Endurance…Your car looks like a racing car. That is our Christian way of life. We are all in this race to make a difference as we race. Not aiming for recognition but aiming to spread things about our Lord Jesus. And that’s Who our focus is. We are not to please others. We are to please God.”

He was quiet. Contemplating every word I had thrown at him as he agreed.

“Why change? They thought you just copied the picture and pasted it. But when your teacher explained that everything was illustrated by you, that being known, changed the way they looked at your art. They knew deep inside that it was not easy. Hard for others to believe you did it on your own. It’s not about winning. It’s about seeing the courage and endurance you had displayed on your own,” I reassured.

The race is set before each of us. If we allow sins to make us fall, that will slow us down and hinder us from running this race. If focused on Jesus, it helps our attention away from carnal desires. We are prone to grow weary, maybe faint from afflictions but we must not. Trials and afflictions are sometimes God’s way of rebuking for those sins that easily entangles our feet. His way of discipline is not to condemn us but to help us shed those imperfect things.

Courage… Endurance… May we persevere in our obedience to finish this race and emerge not only as victors but fully reconciled to God’s chastisement.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. ~ 1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV)

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.~ Hebrews 10:36 (NIV)

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. ~ Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)
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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 himself and ended up injuring his attacker severely.

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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].