Credit to Whom Credit is Due

I can’t believe I’ve finally started to blog!  I’ve been encouraged to do so and have contemplated it for a couple of years.  I sought counsel from my pastors, hubby, sister, mentor/counselor as well as other bloggers but couldn’t bring myself to taking that first step! 🙂  I’ve had many ideas going through my head as to the title of my blog and even the picture I would use…I wanted it to be something that represented what God has done and is continuing to do in my life.

Well, what you’re seeing on my page is not what I had in mind! 🙂  Some titles I thought about were God Meant it for Good, Run the Race with Endurance, Fight the Good Fight of Faith, even The Naked Truth…I was quickly discouraged from this one! 🙂  It came to mind  about a year or two ago while walking my pooch and admiring the beauty of the Winter trees and their “nakedness” that we don’t see when they’re in full bloom.  This thought reminded me how we all go through different seasons in our life spiritually.  We have mountaintop highs and deep, dark valley’s low!  Sometimes our lives are cold, sunless and dreary like Winter, with the sweet aromas of Spring and budding, new life on it’s heels.  Then comes the heat of Summer where we seem to be traveling through a long, dry and hot desert only to enjoy the striking beauty and fresh fruits of Fall.  There’s so much we can learn through God’s beautiful Creation!

Obviously, my thoughts for a blog title have changed…I was reading Matthew 20 this morning about two blind men who were sitting along the roadside as Jesus was heading to Jerusalem…when they heard Jesus was going to be walking by them, they cried out to him, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”  They were rebuked by the crowd to be silent, but they cried out all the more!  When Jesus heard them, He stopped and called them and asked them, “What do you want me to do for you?”  They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.”  Jesus had pity on them and touched their eyes and immediately they received their sight and followed him.

I appreciate our pastor having recently read a quote during Sunday School about what mercy is, “pity plus action”.  Jesus had pity and he gave the blind men their sight…in Matthew 18 there’s a parable (an earthly analogy of eternal realities) of an “unforgiving” servant who had a huge debt he was unable to pay back to his master…when the master decided to sell him and his family to pay for his debt, the servant fell on his knees and begged his master to be patient with him and he would pay everything he owed.  The master had pity (mercy) on him and released him and forgave him his debt (action).  I encourage you to read the rest of the story which represents our need to forgive others of their debt (sin) they might commit against us just as Christ forgave our debt by dying on the cross to forgive us of our sins.  This is mercy!

After reading these stories, I thought a good title for my blog might be something like Open my Eyes, Lord.  My husband quickly threw at me Captivated Thoughts.  I really liked his suggestion but thought maybe, Lord, Open my Eyes, Captivate my Thoughts so I could have both ideas.  My eyes need to be opened in order for my thoughts to be captivated.  My hubby thought it was too long, so I thought about it some more and decided his title suited me well due to where I’m currently struggling in my Christian walk.

I’ve had II Corinthians 10:5 on my mind a lot lately and have been pondering it.  I’m reminded to cast down my imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and to bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (KJV).  The (ESV) says to destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…knowing I struggle greatly with my thoughts and how much I need Christ to help me captivate them, I thought my husband’s suggestion of Captivated Thoughts for a blog title to be a good fit! 🙂

By God’s grace and strength,  I’ll continue to run my race with endurance (Heb. 12:1-2), fight the good fight of faith (I Tim. 6:12) and press toward the finish line that lay ahead of me   (Phil. 3:13-14).   The only way to succeed in this race is to keep my eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith.  Even though others might commit evil against me and my fight is against the world, my flesh (indwelling sin), and the Devil,  I know God means it for my good to make me more like my Savior.  Knowing it is God who began a good work in me and will continue the work he began(Phil. 1:6), I have hope to persevere in my journey heavenward.  To God be the glory!