LOOKING UP • JOE BAISDEN
One of the most encouraging statements in all of the Bible is found in verse 2 of 1 John chapter 3. The old King James Versions reads: “It doth not yet appear what we shall be.” The New International Version: “What we will be has not yet been made known.”
Christians are under construction. They will not be finished until they come to see the Lord face to face. The verse continues: “But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
Of course the standard for man’s best friend is a dog. If you are in Texas, your dog and pickup truck run close as to which one is really your best friend. The truck won’t give you much for unconditional love but then again a dog can’t carry a load of lumber home either. (That previous statement might be debated a bit if there is an Alaskan in the reading audience) Here in Texas we take pickup trucks seriously. Granted they are not living beings, but they are every bit a part of our lives. Each one in a way reflects characteristics about its owner. Now before I get angry letters from dog lovers, the above comparison was mostly satire; we’ll just leave cats out of this.
Most of us have climbed trees as kids. It was fun and relatively safe, as long as you didn’t try to scale the trunk all the way to the top. It did not cost anything but time, which we seemed to have a lot of in the summer months while on summer break from school. Building a tree house was a must for any imaginative and adventurous child and led to hours of fun shooting imaginary foes with our toy guns as they lurked in the bushes. However, this is not a story of sweet innocent children playing in trees. It’s about a tree climbing dog.
One of the most often quoted passages of Scripture in all the Bible is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (KJV).
We like to quote the passage when we set out on some high adventure of faith or undertake some challenging project. We like to use the verse to liberate us from our self-imposed limitations and doubts as we seek to advance our lives beyond where they have been.