There are three possible solutions to all of the world’s problems presented in this comic strip. Two of them depend on pudding cups. One does not. I guess that makes it fairly obvious which one I prefer! But what is the cost of that solution?
Any real change for the better will come through and because of a Real Life Messiah who people love more than they love themselves. I guess that’s rather direct, or more direct than usual. But what do you do when the pudding cups run out?
I believe that may be the thought behind messages from the Old Testament prophets like this about the Real Life Messiah:
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. Isaiah 11:6 (KJV)
I think about what if I had been one of the twelve disciples. Being in the presence of the Real Life Messiah, would I have loved Him more than I loved myself? I don’t think so. I would have fled for my own life when He was arrested.
But that is only a hypothetical “What if…?” question that I’ve asked myself. Every day is really centered on one real life question: “Will I show that I love Real Life Jesus more than I love myself?”
It helps me to remember this small portion of scripture, just eight words.
…who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
How can I not do the same for Him? Yet I know it will require His strength in me.
You may notice this face as that of a new character introduced in yesterday’s post for “The Lloyd Servant Show.” His face was drawn beat up and his posture beat down. He’s the kind of person who makes me wonder “What are you seeking?”
Why this man would open up in this way is uncertain, though I’d like to believe that even the roughest exterior and most hardened heart holds on to a small amount of hope that one day somehow they will be able to find what they are seeking.
I believe, or I want to believe, that Jesus can work in the life of a man like this to make him the kind of man that someone would want to have coming home to them at the end of the day, and it would be the kind of someone he imagines.
While I don’t want to believe that anyone is hopelessly lost when it comes to knowing Jesus in a real way, I think it may be possible that some of a person’s hopes may become hopelessly lost because of decisions that they have made. It’s sort of like Jesus can remove all of our sins, but not necessarily all of the consequences of our sins…things like his beaten up nose and cuts from barroom brawls and who knows what else.
Still, I can envision this man with a kinder heart and a gentler disposition created through a living and vital relationship with Jesus.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:27 (KJV)
So perhaps the hopes and dreams of his youth can be replaced by new hopes and dreams for the new creation that he can become in Christ?
Maybe sometimes we need to let go of old worn-out hopes and dreams so that they can pass away in order to see Jesus more clearly and then He can give us new hopes and dreams?
Hi, everyone! Chicken duties, job searchs, and a pile of other things have been consuming a great deal of time lately when what I would really prefer to do is just focus on comic strips! But that’s the way it goes sometimes, I guess!
Not wanting to stretch my neck out too far…but I have been reviewing some stats and things and am prayerfully considering how to best use my time and resources here in order to share God’s Transforming Love.
I really do like the routine of posting something new daily, even though it gets to be a real challenge at times when life things get in the way. Posting daily forces me to be creative and to focus on what God is saying to me every day. So I want to continue that. But where should my focus be? Am I using my time for things that few people read? What can I cut back on or eliminate to better serve my readers?
So with all of that said, there should be new comic strip posts again on Monday! And they may have a new perspective as well! We will just have to see!
Oh, and “Grumpy Chicken”…probably not going to happen. Shhh!