Social Networking . . .

In business school there was a term used in marketing for those who are the “firsts” to get their hands on and use latest technology–“early adopters.”  Although early adopters aren’t known for being risk takers or daring, they tend to “want to be in the know.”  I typically wait as long as possible before I try out or upgrade to a new product and, sometimes I’m forced to due to lack of support for the old technology.  However, when it comes to socializing, Twitter and Facebook now seem to be the most popular methods of communicating.  Truth be told, I’m still old school…I actually prefer sitting in someone’s company having dialogue–I’m intrigued by the verbal and non-verbal exchange.  Absent that, the phone is my next means.  To be able to hear the change in tone, detecting when someone is happy, sad, angry, etc.  Recall Sean Parker’s quote from the movie The Social Network, “we lived on farms, then we lived in cities, and now we’re going to live on the internet.”  Live on the internet?

Facebook has its friends, Twitter has its followers–interesting choice of words.  I rarely log onto Facebook, but I’m getting the gist of it.  At last check, I accepted about 50 friend requests with many more yet to review.  I checked the Twitter list; not because of an interest in following anyone, but to see who’s being followed.  Lady Gaga leads the pack with 16.2 million followers.  However, while checking out the list, something more interesting is tracked…how many people they are following.  Katy Perry has 12.3 million followers, but she only follows 82 people; Kim Kardashian has 11.4 million, she’s following 155 people; and Oprah has 8.3 million followers and she follows 40 people, not million just forty!  Makes me wonder, what if Jesus had an account.  Of all the followers Jesus would have, how many would He be following?  Jesus said, my sheep hear my voice, I know them and they follow me.  Christ’s Twitter following would be exclusive–only those He knows.  Many will say to Him in that day Lord didn’t we prophecy in your name, and have cast out devils and done good works in thy name?  His response is quite significant.  Jesus says, depart from me I never knew you.  This is really another way of saying, “you never knew me.”  Jesus said when you know Him, He no longer calls you a servant because servants don’t know the master’s business.  Instead, all that He’s heard from the Father He makes known ONLY to His friends.  Are you His friend?  If not, have you thought about updating your status?

© 2011 Belinda Powell


HOME . . .

Many of us have just watched the home going of the beloved Whitney Elizabeth Houston.  A daughter, a mother, a friend, a superstar but more importantly she professed to be a child of God!  Many of us live our lives as if this is our home, our final destination.  But I would give you to know that we are all expatriates and one day will all be called back home to spend eternity in heaven or separated from Christ to spend eternity in hell.  If you’re a follower of the Way, then you know that for the believer Jesus Christ is the object of our faith for righteousness, the object of our desire for fellowship in His resurrection power and the object of our expectation that one day we will also be where He is.  Philippians 3:20 tells us that our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ and He shall change our lowly body that it may be fashioned like his glorious body.

Jesus comforted his apostles after predicting His betrayal and foretelling of His departure.  In John 14 the Word speaks and says: “Let not your hearts be troubled, you believe in God believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you; I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am there ye may be also and where I go ye know and the WAY ye know.”  In was said in Whitney’s last few days she was heard reciting scripture, saying she wanted to go see Jesus and that there was gospel music playing when she made calls to her loved ones.  On her last performance she was singing Yes, Jesus loves me.  It is my hope, my prayer, that her family will be given some comfort in the hope that maybe in those final hours Whitney made peace with her heavenly Father.  We read of many countless stories of her troubles in this world.  But the Word has told us that all that if you believe in Him, that in this world we’re going to have tribulations.  Like Whitney, many are being buffeted by the trials of this life.  But if you have believed on the name of Jesus and have put your faith and trust in Him, He tells you to be of good cheer, for He has overcome the world.  And who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God.

All that is in this world — the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life — is not of the Father.  The world and all the lust of it passeth away, but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.  Thus, after believing, we have to do His will.  Whatever is born of God overcometh the world and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.   I believe the world tried to break Whitney, but I also want to believe that she found the road to take her home.  After all of her running, she was saying to the Lord in those final days I’m finally coming home!

We are instructed to exhort one another daily, while it is called Today, lest any of us be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.  For those who know the Way and are running, I pray that you find the road today that leads you back.  For those of you who don’t, I’m here today to let you know that God loves you so much that he gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.   Believe!  If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  Believe while it is called Today.

In parting, I’d like to share a song from one of my favorite movies, a song with special meaning and dear to my heart.  From the movie, Country Strong.  Make heaven your final destination today, Come Home!

© 2012 Belinda Powell

Love . . .

I started my day out in a rush helping my daughter finalize a valentine craft project for school, then  dashed off to the store for last minute treats for her class and then headed to work.  Somewhere around mid-day I was out getting lunch and shared the thought with a friend that I haven’t been someone’s Valentine in over five years.  But then a feeling of warmth came over me and I felt a smile make its way upon my face.  I began to feel the presence of the lover of my soul and I lack the words to articulate how loved and truly blessed I am.

So I share with you this:

“Love came down and rescued me, Love came down and set me free, I am yours Jesus, I am forever yours.  Mountain high or valley low, I sing out and remind my soul, I am yours, I am forever yours.”

Try falling in love with Jesus.  You don’t know what love is until you do — it’s the best thing I’ve ever done!

Pure love!

© 2012 Belinda Powell