Saturday, July 30, 2016

Adopted twice, Unconditionally loved.

I’m an adopted child, grown into a man of 52 years. While I was growing up, this fact lingered amidst self-doubt and a type of confusion during my younger years.  It later became indifference steeped in certainty of self- righteousness which sabotaged the love that chose me as someone else’s child.

I am now grateful to my parents for their extraordinary kindness and unconditional love. The epitome, if you will, of a prodigal child. As privileged as I was for being adopted, my rebellious tendency was as  I reckon, more of a reaction to an inability to receive approval my parents weren’t equipped to offer, at least not in the manner I needed or sought.

If there is any responsibility of blame it can only be attributed to man’s ultimate enemy being Satan, or the devil. Anyone willing to offer unconditional love required for adopting any child will tell you of how much our enemy hates it. Money, time, frustration and victimization are all aspects of the process.  These troubles only arise when Satan seeks to prevent the willful loving of God by His children through an expression of unconditional love.

The spiritual reality written of now was never really present in former years.  We did the Christmas/Easter thing as disenfranchised Catholics. God however wasn’t the central focus of our growing as a family.  Through my years I found a great hypocrisy by those who claimed to be faithful.  I made no secret in letting my feelings be known to people of the cloth.

Inevitably my own confidence and self-righteousness matched with stubbornness led to a very dark place. I made many poor decisions for a person of privilege.  I’m not proud of any of these decisions, but as I come to know my relationship with God through Jesus I can begin to see how the poor decisions brought me to a place which is perfectly suitable for where God wants me now. 

When I realized the reality of the darkness resulting from poor decisions, my options only existed with depending on others rather than my foolish self.  My disbelief of man’s possession of truth was validated on convenience, materialism and wealth accumulation. I continued to reject God until I heard preaching that made sense. I began study of God’s word with a great curiosity and urgency.

In reflection the rebuke of Jesus to Satan mentioning that man shall not live on bread alone, but by every word of God really was the transformation that worked within me.  The more I read the more all social problems made sense.  I began to see the light and I wanted more voltage to be a brighter light.

In Scripture Paul speaks of adoption.
Romans 8:15, 23 Romans 9:4, Galatians 4:5, Ephesians 1:5

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory of the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises,

To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

I am not sure when these scriptures came alive for me, but I am glad they did.
I guess the world teaches us to compare ourselves with others always seeking to be the best.
Because I was a stubborn individual, the things that interested me became my focus.  Any of these focuses allowed me to excel in comparison to others.  My confidence in my own abilities was my stumbling block because the world presumed the same confidence to be arrogance.  What amazed me was the very thing the world sought, they’d reject even though I delivered that which they sought. My lack of humility made the very ground I stood on a trap for envy.  The fact that I cared little for feelings of others or materialistic sensibilities others cherished made life a difficult journey to worldly success.

Life wears on us all.  Our age diminishes our vitality, injuries of the past become prohibitions of the present.  Guilt of failings, regret of lost opportunities all work together to make desperation an unwelcome friend.
The purpose I thought to be my own no longer made any sense. Faced with the fact that my life was finite I wondered why I was given a chance at life others had not received. Abortions had been an acceptable form of birth control in my lifetime. My life as lived didn’t amount to any type of redeeming contribution to humanity.

The adoption into God’s family for others than those of Israel came through Jesus Christ’s passion and sacrifice for all men. Israel hadn’t become what God intended. Abram later known as Abraham received God’s first promise to be the father of multitudes. God also promised to bless those who blessed Abraham and his offspring, and curse them that cursed Abraham and his offspring. Many other promises from God to men were made in later generations of Abraham’s line.  All have been kept.

As a servant of Jesus we are adopted into God’s family. God loves all his children, but blesses those that know Him and His law. This is how unconditional love transforms those that accept Christ because they understand that the love of Jesus is redeeming to God and his eternal nature.

Once anyone becomes a child of God the things and concerns of this world’s importance don’t remain important.  They become secondary to God’s desire.

While the world seeks immediate gratification to the nature of self-importance an unexpected pregnancy becomes problematic. Procedures such as abortion become justified in seeking self-important living because of the liability and burden children are deemed to be in our culture.

This world’s notion of love is about the utopia of foolishness people desire.  This world’s love isn’t based on sacrifice of service, but rather getting along for the sake of convenient and expedient living of the self-righteous and self-determined people. The moral relativism people hold onto can’t compare with God’s with the integrity and moral character God demands.

God wishes that none of His children would perish and offers an adoption to a fallen world.  In order to receive this adoption we must desire to know God through His son Jesus and in becoming part of His family we are inheritors of all his promises. By rejecting this adoption we become the thrown away barred from His kingdom yet to come. Much like aborted children of the self-determined and self-righteous people don’t become because of the choice not to abide God’s commandments.

I am thankful for my earthly adoptive parents, but I am forever grateful for my adoptive Father in Heaven.
All sins save rejecting the Holy Spirit of God are forgivable and forgiven through confession and repentance.  That is the promise of unconditional Love only God can give. Those in His family share such grace by His mercy because they understand justice is God’s to determine.
By the way, those that adopt unwanted children are covered in doing unto the least of these and thereby making their own salvation a certainty in God’s kingdom to come. 


Peace and Blessings

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Probation Hotel

The Spirit of the Lord has been upon me.
For years I have been led to providing a means for the undesired in life.
Several years ago I thought greatly about a way to help the homeless.
The idea came to me just as the bottom was falling out just before the TARP Bailouts.

The homeless are still a problem, but now I am put into a position to face the hard reality of seeking residence for parolees getting out of prison. Being a convict and trying to re-establish a normal life without opportunity of employment or residence is a mighty mountain.

If those in prison have paid a debt for wrongdoing, how does it make sense for the general population to continue punishment? Truly as I embrace an empathy for this reality I wonder just how many really participate in forgiveness.

Wouldn't be a great idea to retain possession of an old vacant hotel and update it for the use of a halfway house for parolees released into a free world assisting them back into civil life?  This idea facilitates efficiency for the corrections systems, and local communities. It also offers protection to both parolees from re-offending, and the public from not having to be unforgiving as neighbors.
I'm praying on this everyday and through the days.
All I know is as God put it on my heart, he'll see to the provision.

Peace and Blessings