Praynlady's Blessings & Other Fun Stuff: WHAT WILL THEY SAY OF ME?

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

WHAT WILL THEY SAY OF ME?

Once again, I find myself saying, "I am not catholic". (Please do not take offense to anything I say, as most of it is because of my back, I am not being judgemental at all)! This morning I attended the funeral for my best friend's brother in law at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Brazoria. Now, if you put aside the up & down, the up & down, the up & down, and the awful smell of the incense, and the droning recital of prayers and scriptures, it was a beautiful service and a very thought provoking ceremony!

One of the scripture readings was from Matthew 25:31-46 (New International Version)

The Sheep and the Goats

31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
37 "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
40 "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
41 "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'
44 "They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'
45 "He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'
46 "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."


The priest (an Asian man with a thick accent) gave examples in detailed clarity, of how Bill met all the needs as stated in the verse and it hit me like a ton of bricks.

Will I be considered "A Good and Faithful Servant"?

Have I fed, given drink, clothed, invited in, comforted, visited, and nurtured Christ? Have I been unselfish enough to do the simple things that God has asked me to do? Or am I guilty of walking by? Ignoring what is in front of me? Passing by someone or not hearing their need or cry for help? Mistaken need for greed? (Pan handlers, people with tables sitting outside Walmart and other places asking for money for one thing or another from a church or religion I have never heard of)?

Will God separate me with the sheep or the goats?

In my heart I know that I am a "sheep" of the True shepherd! I know that I have set myself out for others yet I have also closed myself off to some as well. Have I been a good example to others of how to "step out of the boat" and put myself out on the line for others? I hope so! I would like to think of myself as a good, kind, loving, person who is there for those in need and I would also like to think that in the years past that the times I tried to help others or took kids into my home for extended lengths of time, that I was doing what God asked me to do. Did I teach my children to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you"? Yes, I know that I did. I also know that they are capable of making their own decisions and they will not always be the right ones.

Therefore, the question I ask myself and my Father is this.....


What will they say of me?

What will the pastors and family and friends and acquaintances and neighbors and so on say about me when I have gone home? Will I leave behind a message of good deeds? Of being a good person? Of living for Christ in my daily walk? Are my sins and idiocies enough to distract someone from their walk? How do I present myself when outside of my home and is it any different that when I am at home? It should not be!

Think about this in your own situations and in your life.

Will you be separated with the sheep or the goats?

Blessings and hugs,
Colleen

ps...If I think of more I may add to this later!

pss....This is not a fishing trip for compliments, I just want to know your opinion on whether or not, we, as christians, actually do what God is asking us to do.

Comments:
I would say... she was a STRONG, YOUNG, HOT, FUNNY, SWEET, PRAYER WARRIOR who made a good difference in many peoples lives by demonstrating GODS LOVE and serving JESUS CHRIST.

seriously

LOVE

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P. thank you for that! I wasn't fishing for compliments, I just had that deep feeling of question on my mind about what would God think of me. Thank you for them, I am glad that you would think so even sooo many miles away.

:>)
Colleen
 
yes, i know what you mean sometimes I wonder myself, am I doing my JOB right??? am I acutally representing JEsus in my actions, decisions, ATTITUDEs ....

i know exactly what you mean...
 
Happy Mothers DAY!!!! Hope you have a great mother's day :)
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