Just Sayin’

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. [Parents], do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.  (portions of Ephesians 5:21–6:5, NIV 1984).

My Musings – Three in the morning and I’m still awake, so I picked up a pen and a page. And I started writing just what I’d say, if we were face to face. I’d tell you just what you mean to me. Tell you these simple truths. Be strong in the Lord and never give up hope. You’re gonna do great things, I already know.  God’s got his hand on you so, don’t live life in fear. Forgive and forget, but don’t forget why you’re here. Take your time and pray. These are the words I would say.  From one simple life to another I will say, Come find peace in the Father. I know ’cause I’ve already been there, so please hear these simple truths. (Sidewalk Prophets).

Yesterday, I wrote about what we might want people to say about us when we are gone.  But I think you might agree that things are much better when they are said before people are gone.  The song lyrics above, remind me that  too many things in life go unsaid that should be said.  Of course, a lot of things are also said that shouldn’t be, but that a topic for a different blog.

We have many people in our lives that mean the world to us.  People, if it came right down to it that we would die for.  So why wait for the things we should say?  Words delayed until a eulogy do no good for our loved ones.  Though distance may separate us from our loved ones, and we cannot always say things face-to-face, there are many other ways to communicate.  To me, texts and e-mail should be the last means used.  If face-to-face is not possible, do it virtually, call them, or write them a personal note in your own handwriting.

My Advice – From one simple life to another, please hear these simple truths.  Let your loved ones know just what they mean to you.  Don’t let them be words that you would say, or even what you should say.  Let them be words that you will say.

Author: thebrewisamusing

I was raised in a Christian family and my earliest childhood memories include regular Sunday school and Church attendance as a family. I was taught that our Judeo-Christian values were not just a part of our Sunday routine they should be part of our character and influence all aspects of our lives. I was also taught that as important as these values were they could not save us. We must also be “born again” by accepting Christ.

4 thoughts on “Just Sayin’”

      1. I agree Steve, it surely does. But then, I knew that going in, and that actually is one of the reasons for doing a blog, because it helps me keep focused on the reality spoken of in God’s Word. I need that, and the longer I do it, the more I realize how much. And one of the bonuses is that I’ve come to know a very small handful of men, like you. I could work and listen to you any day of the week because in my mind and heart, you’re truly rare, because you speak God’s truth from your heart in a beautiful, non-offensive way and I could use more of that. I am mindful of some of the difficulties you live with, with your wife. You’re not alone, my wife has early dementia and it is becoming increasingly difficult but as difficult as it gets, I just keep on loving her more. Only God can do that. We also have a single daughter with a three year old black daughter that we just adore. This daughter has a Narcissistic personality disorder with a long history of verbal abuse. We cautiously help her and her child a lot. We’ve been doing it for many years. I don’t write about my wife’s early dementia nor do I write about our daughter’s Narcissistic personality disorder and the difficulties it presents but God has consistently guided us throughout and sustained us. We have five children so there is more but these are the big ones. So much grace. You are part of God’s grace to me. I just want you to know that. You make me mindful and that is a good thing. If I could hug you I would but some glorious day we shall meet and I honestly longingly look forward to that. So I thank you for being faithful. And I marvel at God’s grace. God’s grace, peace and blessings to you and yours my brother. Love in Christ – Bruce

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      2. Thanks for your kind words of encouragement Bruce! I know you know how much that means to a fellow blogger. I also want you to know that my feelings are mutual. The Holy Spirit helps us discern the truth tellers, and you are one. “These are the words I will say.” Keep serving brother!

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