Contemplating the Last Week

Today’s photo of the day is once again of my youngest son, Connor. Today he is a week old. I captured this photo a few days ago and thought I would share. Considering his posture, it made me think the following, “Each day we should make time for quiet reflection.”

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

 

How I Treat Others Says A Lot About What I Think of Me (Quote)

When I was 15 I was given a Bible which belonged to my Grandfather, Capt. George Ellis Tallmage, USMC Ret. It was in my fathers possession. It was a KJV Thompson Chain Reference which was given to my Grandfather in the 70’s by the congregation of First Assembly of God in Walterboro. It was passed down to me as a gift a few weeks after I announced to my family that I accepted the call to preach. This particular Bible sits in my office right next to my desk.

In the first few blank pages of this Bible there are a few things penned, mostly by my father. Here is one quote which I have read often and still retain in my memory today. I would like to share it with you. I haven’t found where it is attributed to anyone else so I will give the credit to my dad for this quote.

The way I love my neighbor is the way I love myself. – George E. Tallmage, Sr

There is a lot of truth in this quote. If the greatest commandment is to Love The Lord God with everything you are, and to Love your neighbor as yourself. Then it is only accurate that the way I love those around me is deep down what I think about and how I love myself.

The Joys and Struggles of Life (Quote)

Our Pilgrim life is a remarkable combination of palms growing in the sun and willows drooping alongside the brook. In the providence of God our smiles and sighs, our pleasures and pains, our triumphs and tears are intermingled. All our joy is touched with pain.

Dr. Herbert Lockyer, pg.60, All The Holy Days and Holidays, Meditation for Palm Sunday

Spiritual Transformation: Begin Today

Histroically, the Church has sporadically surged and declined as a result of disobedience, and the evangelical church has largely remained disobedient to the Great Commission. The refusual to consistently make disciples causes decline that leaves the church more defeated than before, and the world does not become evagelized. -Bill Hull | Quoted by Johnny H. Moore, pg 477 in The Great Commission Connection

God can use you today to help someone take their next step towards spiritual transformation.

Hanging With The Birthday Girl

Made it too Sumter and spending some time with the family before a busy day tomorrow for Riley’s Birthday Party. Was able to capture this shot of the birthday girl when we walked in the door at Shannon and Bobby’s. Super tired from work and then hitting the road to head up to Sumter. The bed is sounding super good at the moment.

“Make Everyday Count, And Every Moment Memorable.” – George Tallmage

Moments

Heading out this weekend to celebrate Riley’s 5th Birthday in Sumter. Can’t wait for a bit of a getaway…Then Monday the shop has the day off so it will be a day around the house. I can’t believe Riley is five already. Man how time flies. My little niece is growing up. Seems like yesterday we were at her first birthday party and I was able to be the first to witness her taking her first steps. Great times. One thing about it, we never grow younger…only older.

I am reminded…

“Cherish all the moments because soon, those moments will be only a memory.” – George Tallmage | May 28, 2010

A League Of Your Own

A League Of Your Own is the statement one of the Judges said about Crystal Bowersox, one of the final two on this season of American Idol. I haven’t kept up with the competition this year with the exception of a few shows at the beginning and the final sing off between the last two contestants tonight. However, the first time I heard Crystal Bowersox sing in the start of the season I felt she would be the one to beat. She had determination, purpose, and she was herself. She didn’t change throughout. For so many in these types settings you end up seeing a different person in the end than who they were in the beginning. It’s almost like you see Minnie me’s of other artists or trends. A League of Your Own is what I feel should be the characteristic of a disciple of Christ. He is to be our example and our life is to be hid in Christ. We are not to conform to pattern of this world, but instead be transformed [Rom12.1-2]. I believe that transformation is a transformation to the image of Christ which will ultimately bring us into a League of our own… Not to get caught up in the trends or be like everyone else in the Christian community but instead, just be ourselves. Who God created us to be, in the image of His Son. There is nothing wrong with learning from others but we are not made to be them. Be different, be unique, let it be said of you, that you were in a League of Your Own.