Some God Responses...
Most of you know that I am a camera person. I enjoy being behind the lens, much more than out in front of the lens. This was a passion I shared with my husband of 21+ years while he was alive.
It gives me great joy to photograph the people and places that hold meaning for me. Whether this is family members, favorite vacation places, or the children here at Grace.
I enjoy sharing these photos with others. I especially enjoy sharing our school photos with our families on Facebook, our school website (http://www.graceenglish.org/ ), and the newsletter. After taking photos of the children, I get to work and get them ready for publication. When sharing the photos, I am careful that all identifying information is taken out of the photo; children's names are always removed or blocked. I always tell the children that I only use the photos that show them at their best - what represents them & their family in the best possible light.
How about our own Facebook pages? What do they represent? Do they show the world who we are?
We are instructed in 1 Peter that we are to always be ready to give an account for what we believe, but do our actions truly show what we believe?
What if we could make a Facebook page to represent our LORD?
What do you think it would have on it?
Or better yet....
...What if He could comment on our page and the statements we make about ourselves?
Many of the statements I see on my family & friends Facebook pages are the same statements I hear from our children here at Grace. The children don't come up with these statements by themselves; they learn them from hearing them from those around them. They learn them from the actions of the adults around them. When we use negative statements about ourselves we reinforce these statements in our children.
Here are some examples and what God might say in reply:
You say: "It's impossible"
God says: "All things are possible"(Luke 18:27)
You say: "I'm too tired"
God says: "I will give you rest"(Matthew 11:28-30)
You say: "Nobody really loves me"
God says: "I love you"(John 3:16 & John 3:34)
You say: "I can't go on"
God says: "My grace is sufficient"(2 Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
You say: "I can't figure things out"
God says: "I will direct your steps" (Proverbs 3:5-6)
You say: "I can't do it"
God says: "You can do all things" (Philippians 4:13)
You say: "I'm not able"
God says: "I am able" (2 Corinthians 9:8)
You say: "I can't forgive myself"
God says: "I forgive you" (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"
God says: "Cast all your cares on ME" (I Peter 5:7)
You say: "I feel all alone"
God says: "I will never leave you or forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5)
Remember John 3:17 says "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."
Vicki Helmling is a teacher at Grace English Lutheran School