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Examine your Heart

Holidays are seen as a time to celebrate. I notice; however, that we do certain things on holidays and then poof, we stop doing the things when the holiday period is over. This past week, I witnessed some of my neighbors putting out flags to celebrate. They never have flags out, but they put them out for a few days and then back inside they go, likely packed away for the following year. Yet, there are others who keep their flags out every day of the year. During the winter, we celebrate Christmas. Some people get all of their decorations out and attend church for the season, and then go back to the old grind when they pack everything away when the season is over.

Holidays certainly give us more time to spend with family and friends to celebrate as we have extra time off from work and school. However, as we remember and recognize certain days, it should not change how we feel and live each and every day. I wonder sometimes why we live in such a packed up, scheduled in increments, society. Why do we only show patriotism during certain days? Why do we “show love” only on the 14th of February, like the rest of the year is different? Why do we only consider Jesus and celebrate His birth only for a season?

Decorate as you wish. Remove and unpack as you wish. Nonetheless, examine your heart. Is your heart a heart devoted to Jesus each day, or do you only consider Him during the “holiday season”? Is your heart one that loves others each and every day, or do you select specific days to be loving? May you celebrate Christmas every day, recognizing that God’s one and only Son was born so He could live a life free of sin and die a sinner’s death, to be buried and then rise on the third day so that we could have eternal life. May you rejoice in Him daily! May you remember that there is no better moment to rejoice and remember what He has done, than this very moment! Thank you Jesus!

“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” – 2 Corinthians 13:5 [ESV]

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 [NIV]

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Shopping for Apples

Shopping for apples is always a fun time. I am very specific about what apples I purchase, and I rarely will buy a bag of apples. I am the strange person you see in the produce area picking up each piece of fruit, turning it around in my hands, closely examining the entire item before making a decision to either place it back with the others of its kind or place it in the fruit bag I will take home. I guess you could call me an apple snob.

When I examine the apples, I’m looking for bruising, for signs of rotting, for firmness, for signs of bug infiltration. I look at the color. I am particular about the type of apples. I know which ones are more crisp, which is something I desire in an apple. I know which ones are more for baking so I avoid them most days as I seek out apples to eat as they are—simple apples.

You may think I’m a bit crazy with my apple selecting process; however, we each are to examine in life. The Bible tells us to examine ourselves. Yes, you are to examine yourself. We are constantly to be examining ourselves, to see if we are in the faith. We are to examine ourselves to see the state of our heart. We are to examine ourselves to test our motives, to see if we are too comfortable, to know if we are allowing something to get in the way of our relationship with God. We are constantly to be examining ourselves. As well, we are called to test ourselves. This means we are not standing still. We are doing. To be tested, something must be in action. That something is us. We must be in action. We must take steps forward. We must move from our comfort zones. To finish the examining process, there is always a testing. Each apple I examine eventually is tested at a future time when my daughter or I grab hold and take a bite. So after you examine yourself, don’t stop there. Test yourself. Walk forward. Faith that is not tested—is that really faith at all?

“Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” – 2 Corinthians 13:5 [ESV]