Monthly Archives: June 2011

Undeserved Grace

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The Parable of the Whiny Workers – Matthew 20: 1-16 

If you haven’t heard of this story, I would recommend reading it for details, but I’ll give a quick summary right now: Early in then morning, a landowner went out to hire men to work in his vineyard. He said he’d pay them a day’s wages. At the third hour, he saw more people standing around and hired them. He told them he’d pay them the correct amount. This continued throughout the day. At the end of the day, everyone got their wages, and they all ended up getting the same amount – about a day’s wages. The people hired got angry and said it was unfair because some of them had worked much longer than others. However, the landowner said he paid them what he promised and said “…are you envious because I am generous?” (Matthew 20:15b)

This is another story we studied in VBS. When reading through the details, what stood out to me is that these people were STANDING AROUND and they got hired. (Matthew 20:6) It was after that that they were complaining. We have to realize that the landowner didn’t have to hire them in the first place! 

God provides us with so many undeserved blessings. SO MANY. And then we complain when someone is better at us, or when we think God isn’t being fair in our lives. Truth is: we don’t deserve the blessings in the first place. 

We never will. God is so pure, and we are such sinners! That’s something that will never change. What can change is our attitude. Change it to gratitude! That was actually one of our VBS songs I was singing in the car haha. 

God is so gracious. We need to stop being so selfish.

<33 Salome

Parabless

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This last weekend was VBS weekend. It was SO exciting! I got to play a character named Heidi Claire Super Sleuth Extraordinaire each session and I got to sing one day! Then on top of that I was a student. 

Every year we typically just focus on biblical stories we’ve heard throughout our childhood, and I don’t really see anything new, however this year we were lucky enough to have a couple from Chicago teach us. I’m happy to say that I have definitely learned something this VBS, and I’m going to briefly share it with you.(:

The five parables we focused on were: The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, The Parable of the Good Samaritan, The Parable of the Talents, The Parable of the Prodigal Son, and the Parable of Unmerciful Servant. Now I’m sure most of you guys have read these stories before, but have you read the context of why Jesus told these parables? That itself goes one direction, but the other direction I want to go is the way the servants, workers, etc. view their Father or master.

In all these stories, the father is disliked by The servants and workers. However, you come to realize that the father is really as awesome as it gets, only the workers don’t see it. (Yes, it’s in almost all those stories!)

I think so many people view our God as a cruel God, but in reality, he’s really not. He’s  the most merciful, loving, kind, graceful, compassionate, gracious God that will ever exist. We really need to acknowledge that. 

Salome

Who to Trust?

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So a while back (I meant to blog about this a while back haha), God had put trust on my heart. One thing I’m always reminded by others is that you can only trust yourself. I’ve definitely learned this the hard way, which also questions the value of a friend, but that’s a completely different topic than I want to talk about today.

What I realized is that there’s more to trust than yourself – God. 

So, lets start off with this: God already knows you. (Psalms  139:1-5) He knows every thought, every secret you have and will have, and he knows more about you than you yourself do! Scary right? I’ll admit that it was for me at first… And it still is in a way. 

But, there’s still so much to learn from this! God is a trustworthy God. (Psalms 9:9-10) And the best part is, you don’t have to hide anything from him because he already knows! You can just talk to him flat out. And  indeed it’s scary, but it feels so good talking to someone you know you can trust.(: 

Whoo, I seriously need to get back to this blogging business!

❤ Salomee

Imperfections Create Perfection

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I’ve been trying to get back to blogging for awhile now, and tonight I found the urge to share a quick thought so it all worked.

I’m not going to lie, today I was extremely frustrated. I’ve been playing tennis for quite some time now, and I’m definitely not the most athletic person, but after playing a sport for awhile you’re expected to become better, right? Well, my serve in tennis (which is really important) still hasn’t reached a strong point, it’s weak. Under my “theory”, it’s because my arm is awkwardly built and I can’t do anything about it because it’s my body structure! My dad’s sitting here trying to help me, and I’m completely ignoring it because of my ridiculous “theory”. That night, I walked into my room in lets just say, not the best mood. I didn’t want to talk to anyone, especially anyone who was trying to teach me Tennis or even mention the name.

To be honest, I was kind of frustrated with God because I was thinking of why I suck at tennis so much! I know God makes everyone the way they are for a reason, but seriously, what reason could there be?!

Coincidentally, that night the first verse I read in the bible was: “A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.” -Proverbs 13:1

*Ouch! That hit me pretty hard. Maybe I should listen to my dad? (Speaking of which…he just walked in…awkward…) At this point, I was still pretty annoyed with God. I was blaming God for all my anger. Why was I awkwardly built? Why can’t I play tennis? Why, why, whyy?!

I was about to go to bed, and I always sleep with Klove on. The song that played was “From the Inside Out” By Hillsong

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AHSzdSGeJE&feature=related ( LISTEN TO IT! )

I LOVE THIS SONG. I actually learned it in choir for a performance…which never actually happened…but what actually did happen, is my perspective completely tossed around.

God gives me talents for his glory. Even if I’m not good at something, I can glorify him with what I have. I shouldn’t blame God for not listening to my dad. I will grow in Tennis if God wants me to glorify him through it, or whatever purpose he has. God created me imperfect so I am perfect the way I am. I shouldn’t be worried, I shouldn’t get mad when others are better at tennis than me – that’s God’s gift for them, and an inspiration for me to strive for in the future. My friend told me that last sentence a while ago, and it really helped. 🙂

Anyways, now I’m in a great mood. I love God. I really need to get back to work with him though. I think this was like a stop light, asking me where I was going. Now it’s green, where should I go?!

Guidancee ^^ is the key.

-Salome