Dec 24, 2015

A Year End Review Of My worth ... and yours

Common Sense Commentary: God revealed our true worth when He gave Jesus to redeem us. I have never felt either inferior or superior to any man ... "...for God so loved the world ....". Since He loves me, I must be as important as any other, and since He loves all the others, I must not be more important than they.
So, we are all equal in value to our Creator who created us all " His image and likeness....". The difference is, some accept God's remedy, Jesus, for His redemption of our sinful selves and some do not. Those who do not know this, need to be told, and those who know it need to do the telling.... "Go ye therefore into all the world...." and tell them, beginning now, where you are.

Life in this world is slowly winding down for all of us. But when one reaches my age they cannot avoid the reality that their remaining time here is very limited. I am thankful to our Lord for another year of life to bless you or bore you with this blog. Of course, the day will come when my last thought and comment will be done. My life and ministry has already far exceeded the average lifespan so I have no complaints if God sees fit to call me home. Those who study such things say I might live another 5.8 years, but He who created us makes those decisions without benefit of statistics.

Whatever the accomplishments, mistakes, successes or failures "this little light of mine" has had, God has certainly given me an exciting and interesting journey. If anything I have done or said has blessed you, please give Jesus the credit, and if I have hurt you, the blame is mine. Please forgive me.

Looking back over the years, God has blessed me so far beyond myself, my ability or intelligence, that there is no way I can take any credit for it. I am just thankful he let me be there .... in the middle of what He was doing all around me.

I will not stir the ashes of a campfire long burned down to coals, a fire which I did not build and still do not need, to keep my personal importance warm. I have more recognition still, than I deserve or want. So I am content to know that God determines my true worth, or lack of it, which neither I nor my friends or detractors have any idea of, with accuracy. So, again, I conclude another year of precious life with the verse God gave me many years ago, as a young pastor, under which I have signed my name in every outgoing letter .... Psalms 115:1 "Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake." If the New Year is not a "Happy" one, then let it at least be one of prayer and at peace with God. Rayburn Blair 12-31-15


Ron Blair said...

I can honestly say that I can count not a single blessing in my life that was due in part or whole by my own knowledge or skill but wholy by the grace of God our Father.
II Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

Comfort: par-ak'-lay-sis (Greek): Strengthing, helping, encouraging

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Rex said...

Luke 19:12-13
He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And He called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

Dad, May my life be counted as an occupier as well. You have and will continue to light the way with your torch (your blog, your life, your actions and your love)until you see Jesus in all his glory.
Thanks for the commitment of "Semper Fidelis" in your life.
On behalf of your readers, we thank you.