Good gifts

Once we began the process of closing on our house, I was thinking about how I wanted to do the landscape. There is a lot of work to do and a lot of plants that I need to purchase so I can get the landscape where I want it. In the back of my mind was many many plants that I wanted to have in my own landscape (like the pink peony that is pictured). I wasn’t really wanting to spend a lot on the landscape right now, because we had some other money goals right now, but I want my landscape perfect right now.

As I have worked on the landscape, I have found many of the plants that I wanted already on the property (peach trees, grapes, rhubarb, peonies, iris’, daffodils, day lilies, forsythia bush, and cool trees. So I have been busy moving plants to better locations. Also, I have had several jobs lately where customers wanted some plants pulled. Amazingly, many of the plants are ones that I was wanting to add to the landscape (four o clocks, liropes, magic carpet and bridal bush spirea, to name a few). Daily, I have been installing plants and bringing new (free) plants home. I still have plants in pots and buckets that is waiting on me to plant.

If you get some down time, come over and I will put you to work.

Through out this process, I have seen how we serve a good God that wants to give us good gifts. Honestly, I don’t remember ever asking for any of these, but God knows my thoughts and desires. Don’t forget to acknowledge God for the little gifts in your own life. All good gifts come down from above.

James 1:17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

Roles of the Older

With false teachers working overtime, Paul had qualified men strategically placed within the churches to help promote sound doctrine. With properly qualified leaders, the church will thrive, and its members will grow in their faith. While this was very important, the other men and women had their own duties that they must perform, to assist the younger members in their midst. The younger are to submit to the older and be willing to listen. (1Pet 1:5) This list to the older men and women is given in Titus chapter two and expanded on in chapter three encouraging the believers to live a godly lifestyle by being subject to rulers, obedient in general, and to live at peace with all men. Paul reminds them that they were just like these false teachers at one time, until Jesus Christ saved them by his mercy, basically they need to live a godly life and avoid the false teachers’ controversies.

Older Men:
Most importantly these older men needed sound doctrine, because this was a command. Interestingly, these men are to have some of the same qualifications as an overseer or deacon. It is intending that all Christians need to have a high standard of godly living. The older is to beg the younger to think properly and urge him to do right. By example the older needs to show the younger how to live the Christian life. These are commands from Scripture that all older men should be doing.

Older Women
They are to have a holy behavior and way of life. Again, they should not live like the Devil by falsely accusing other people; they need to be free from wine, and to teach what is good. Their role is to encourage and teach the younger women to love their husbands and their children. Also they need to be taught to think properly. The younger needs to be taught how to be sensible good homemakers. For God’s glory, she should be able to place herself under the authority of her husband.

These commands should speak to most every one out there. There is usually always someone younger around you. I have taught similar lessons to teens and children: there is usually someone younger than you that you can teach and be an example for. Be on alert to the younger that is hanging around you and watching your every move. Be sure that you are walking close to Jesus, so when others follow, they will be led in the right direction.

Hebrews 13:7 Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.