…AND NOW I WILL PREACH….

FJ 6

“The plain man is the basic clod
From which we grow the demigod;
And in the average man is curled
The hero stuff that rules the world.” —SAM W. FOSS, The Man from the Crowd

Take a look around you…YOU ARE UNIQUE!

There is NO ONE like you!

No one else on Earth has the same features, love capability (for we all are given a DIFFERENT SHARE of that!)

THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A SECOND….God made YOU an INDIVIDUAL…not some cookie cutter pre-fab! Oh sure, He gave you arms, legs, torso…a HEAD (yes, I will get to that in a second)

But in ALL THE WIDE WORLD, YOU are the ONLY ONE OF YOUR KIND!

He gave you a head to THINK with…so, why is it I see so many people NOT using THEIR BRAINS?!?!?

Do you not know of what He went through just to give you His love? God lost a HOST of Angels, HIS SON (ref: John 3:16 “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.”) and, in my opinion, His SANITY….what have we done?!?!? We have taken a GIFT He has given us: LIFE! and IGNORED the sacrifice He has put HIMSELF through simply to ensure WE are the object of His love!

When you stand there in front of your mirror, what do you see? Do you see just a plain person…and ugly person….a person like any other? YOU SHOULDN’T!!!

“This Being of mine, whatever it really is, consists of a little flesh, a little breath, and the part which governs”.—MARCUS AURELIUS, Meditations

I want you to do an experiment for me…stand in front of the mirror…AND LOOK WITH GOD’S EYES…see how MAGNIFICENT you are in His creation!

See how He made you with such LOVE and GRACE!

Look at the eyes…those windows to the soul…do not look at the lids, or the brow..but the EYES ALONE…see how complex..how INTELLIGENT…how WONDROUS He made them? They take in EVERYTHING God has made in nanosecond shuttered pictures…and yet, somehow we have put on blinders about ourselves…

We pick at defects, notice flaws, search for signs of aging or change…STOP DOING THAT!

YOU ARE THE VERY THING HE CREATED HEAVEN FOR! Do you not realize this?

“Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superman—a rope over an abyss.”—NIETZSCHE, Thus Spake Zarathustra

Your worth cannot be summed up in money…nor in goods..nor in property. YOU ARE WORTH THE UNIVERSE TO GOD!

“What a chimera, then, is man! what a novelty, what a monster, what a chaos, what a subject of contradiction, what a prodigy! A judge of all things, feeble worm of the earth, depository of the truth, cloaca of uncertainty and error, the glory and the shame of the universe!” —PASCAL, Thoughts

The moment you realize how UNIQUE we are in the vast universe, the SECOND you SEE the Divine Spark inside your eyes, realize the simple truth: YOU ARE PART OF GOD’S PLAN…true, some are FLAWS in that plan…those who ignore others, those who destroy, those who deny He made them, or that He does not exist…but YOU
..YOU, the one who is AWARE of how wondrous you are in His gaze will in that very instant come to know the dedication and LOVE He put into you.

I hear people degrade themselves, decry their potential, latch onto something of their past and let it rule their present and future, and I say to myself: “WHAT ARE THEY THINKING!?!?”

Do you not know that EVERY SINGLE TIME you draw breath you are doing so THROUGH HIS GRACE?

Do you not know that it is by HIS LOVE FOR YOU that you WAKE UP every single day?

NOTHING in this life is promised!

From the time we first draw breath upon entering this world a clock starts..it ticks by the seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, years..and at some point the alarm on that clock is going to say “TIME IS UP!”

In between that first and last breath ALL WE HAVE is what we FILL IT WITH..love, good works, laughter, friends, family, companions…

We can take NOTHING but what we have inside ourselves when we leave this rock. A heart, emotions, and what we did whilst in the body (for good or evil!)

All we LEAVE behind: Memories, love, family, friends, thoughts and emotions they felt of us…THAT is what our legacy IS.

People are fond of finding fault with others, but who is to say we need to listen to THEM?? IT IS YOUR LIFE! They CANNOT live YOUR life, just as they CANNOT JUDGE YOU! ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE YOU…

In the end it is WE as INDIVIDUALS who stand before His Throne to be judged…

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” – 2 Corinthians 5:10

NO ONE can live YOUR life BUT YOU…no one can walk in your shoes, or think your thoughts, or feel the way YOU feel…each person is a unique creation, and therefore PERFECTLY MADE…

“And your renown went forth among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through the splendor that I had bestowed on you, declares the Lord GOD.” – Ezekiel 16:14

NOTICE HOW WONDROUS HE HAS MADE YOU…THEN REJOICE AT HIS DESIGN!

“For You, O LORD, have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.” – Psalm 92:4

“What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god!” —SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet

The next time you look in the mirror, look past the flaws, the errors, the pain, sorrow, sadness, and trouble…SEE HOW HE HAS GRACED YOU AND WITH WHAT HE HAS ENDOWED YOU!

You were worth Him sending His Son here to DIE FOR YOU…that alone should tell you to what lengths He is willing to go to show you His love!

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2 thoughts on “…AND NOW I WILL PREACH….

  1. Betty Bauer says:

    Astounding… We as unique as we are should always. always see ourselves in this light of His love… I ( like many others) need to be reminded of how unique we all are…
    Thanks Friar Jefferie… You are a blessing…<3…

  2. Reblogged this on MandysPath and commented:
    Wonderful sermon!

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