coffee, bagels, prophecy, and LeBron James

Ah, I remembered that I have a blog again! lol.  I gotta stop taking three month breaks without announcing it first.  But anyway, that’s over and today is July 9, 2010.  I’m starting the day off right with two cups of coffee and a bagel.  Working from home is the shiznatt!  I know it’s going to be tough to stay focused and concentrated at home but it’s definitely a  lot better than driving to Severna Park or Marriottsville every day.  That’s the beauty of Aflac, you work for yourself and you make your own schedule.  But of course common sense comes in to play, if I don’t work, I make less money.  So working hard is definitely important, especially when I’m just getting my business off the ground.  But enough of that.

Last night was the first night of my 416 class.  I’m taking the “No greater love” class with Pastor Matt.  The class is focusing on the love of God towards us.  As P. Matt so truthfully said last night, “The love of God is the least doubted attribute of God, but it is also the least understood.”  I find that true in my life too because since I was a kid in Sunday school I’ve been told that God loves me and all the red, black, yellow, green, and white people (affirmative action much?).  But WHY?  Why does God love me and all these other crazy people?  Since becoming a Christian, I’ve learned that all people are incredibly wicked and sinful.  If God is so irreproachably holy and must punish sinners, than how on His good green earth can He possible love anyone of us?  Again, P. Matt wisely answered that question, “God loves us to glorify His Name, for His Name’s sake.”  The Westminster Confession of Faith says the following about man, “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever” (just ask John Piper to expound on that a little).  The whole universe’s existence is to glorify God and magnify His Name.  Humans are not created to make much of each other, but to make much of God who created them.  The whole of creation is meant to give glory to God and magnify His Name.  So following suit, God loves us because He is saying something marvelous about Himself that He wants us to remember so we can glorify Him and magnify His Name.

I’m sure you’ve heard it said that “God loves you just the way you are”.  Well that’s not exactly true.  God hates sin and thus He hates sinners.  While the previous quote usually has good intentions, what it really should read is, “God loves you better than you are!”  God knows that you’re a wicked sinner who consciously rebells against Him everyday, but He sent His own Son to die and atone for your sins in order that you might experientially know the love He has for you, so that you will glorify Him and magnify His Name.  The answer to the question of WHY?, is BECAUSE God is so passionate about His own glory that He gives to us His most prized and precious gift, Himself, so that we might know that He is God and understand all of His attributes and understand the pleasure of the worship of a good and holy god.  It’s all about giving God the glory that He is due!

Now I’ll put my two cents in on the latest news in the sports world.  LeBron James is now a member of the Miami Heat.  Let me just be the first, or maybe the 1,849,562,359,000th , to say that the Heat will NOT win the NBA championship this year!  The Washington Wizards will!  John Wall…that is all.  And also, the Netherlands will beat Spain in the World Cup final on Sunday.  What does a stupid octopus know anyway?!