FEBRUARY 28

Our dogs usually sleep in the den at night on the sofa. However, when we visit my mother-in-law they sleep in the bed with us. Last night I drove to Clinton for a meeting at the Baptist Building and brought the babies with me. You’d think in a queen size bed, there would be plenty of room for one man and two miniature schnauzers. When I woke up this morning I was on the edge of the bed. Why? My dogs are close sleepers. They rest better when they’re close to their master.

I’ve found this to be true in my own life. There are nights when I find myself restless and weary. Sleep comes hard for me during those times. But then I remember to draw close to my Master and things start to change. I realize His presence and love are enough to calm down my spirit. If He indeed has the whole world in His hands, then surely He has my life and problems in His hands as well.

In those sleepless nights, draw close to the Master. Rest in His arms. He’s big enough to handle your problems. Why not give them to Him? Godspeed, my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 27

I have a small corn on the outside of my little toe. The toe which cried wee, wee all the way home. It almost looks like a hardened blister or callous. It appears this time of year out of nowhere. The funny thing about this little imperfection is it causes a lot of pain. It can get so bad that it hurts to wear certain shoes and it can change my entire gait when I walk. That doesn’t sound so horrific, but when this happens it can have a effect my knees, hips, and spine. All this over a small place on my smallest toe.

The same can be said for our spiritual life as well. One little area left unattended in our live can have a rippling effect on the rest of our life. It can change your relationship with others and distance you from God. So what do you do? Take care of the small things in your heart before they become damaging to the rest of you spiritual life. The big things we often master, but it’s those small, almost unnoticeable things which knock us to the ground. Remember, the unguarded strength in your life can become a double weakness when left unattended. Don’t let that happen. Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 26

I don’t know about where you live, but we’ve had enough rain to last us for a while. Of course when August arrives we’ll be praying for rain. Since the storms came through our area Saturday night, we’ve enjoyed a couple of days of sunshine. On Sunday, someone said to me: “I’m so glad to see the sun finally decided to shine for once.” Well, what we need to remember is, the sun comes up everyday. However, there are days when it’s cover by the clouds, but it is still there nonetheless.

The same is true with the presence of God. We have to admit there are certain times when He seems to be absent or missing in action. In the midst of the storms of our lives we wonder where He is and why He’s silent. If you’ve ever felt that way then be of good cheer. Why? Because you’re more normal than you think. Throughout the Bible there are a multitude of folks who are wondering where God is their time of need. When one reads the books of Psalms you’ll notice that most of them are laments. They are individuals struggling to find God just like you and me.

But remember, there is the ultimate trump card which our Creator has given us. He has promised us that nothing will separate us from His love. Our God is present even when we don’t feel Him. Draw near to Him and you’ll feel His presence drawing closer to you. Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 25

Can you imagine how hard it would be to attend a funeral knowing the deceased had no relationship with Jesus Christ? No matter how many wonderful things they did on this earth, the memorial service would be nothing more than a sadistic ritual. There would be no words of comfort or hope because there would be no future for the one who died. How would the family feel as they left the cemetery? How do you carry on in this life?

The Christian faith is not a memorial group built on the knowledge of our fallen leader. Quite the contrary, Christianity is built on the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Because of his death, burial, and resurrection, there is hope. However, that hope is only available to those who have responded to his voice and chosen to follow Him. Apart from Him, there is no hope.

Today I’ll preach a message of hope to a family I know and love. They haven’t lost a loved one for we know exactly where he is today. That, my friends, makes all the difference in this world and the world to come. Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 24

Thursday and Friday night we were warned by our local weather authorities about the possibility of tornadoes which could hit Saturday evening. On Saturday morning, the weather app on my cellphone indicated there was a tornado watch in our area until 8 pm. Around 6 pm we were told a tornado had been sighted and everyone needed to get to a safe place. In just a matter of minutes the storm came and went leaving destruction in our city. Today the sun is shining and one would be hard pressed to know how bad yesterday was unless you visited the sight where the tornado hit. That’s the way the weather works, the storm comes and goes in relatively short period of time. Usually it comes with a warning.

The storms of life are much less predictable. They often swoop in unannounced and bring destruction on an individual, family, or even a church. The storms come in the form of death, disease, and broken relationships. The thing that makes these storms so difficult is, they linger around. They don’t come and go in a matter of hours. They don’t change the landscape of your yard, but they change the landscape of your heart, mind, and soul.

So what can you do? Well, first one must admit there’s actually a storm or problem. Then you have to face the situation. Finally, you need help from others and also the presence of God. The Lord doesn’t take the storm away, but He will navigate you through it. Sometimes that’s enough. Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 23

My daughters are coming in this afternoon for a baby shower which is being given for Melanie tomorrow. No matter how often I’ve seen them, I still have that anticipation and excitement about their arrival. Of course we give the house a good cleaning which includes washing the sheets on their beds. We want to make sure they’re as comfortable as they can be during their stay. Shoot, I even bathed one of the dogs last night. As parents, our children are always worth the trouble.

The same is true in our relationship with God. No matter how much we’ve wandered off or drifted away, He’s always glad to welcome us home. As a matter of fact, the moment we begin to head in His direction, we turn and see Him with open arms. It doesn’t matter what we’ve done or where we’ve been, He loves us as we are and not as we ought to be. As our Heavenly Father, He has said  His children are worth the trouble. He proved that at Calvary. Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 21

And then there were two. We started with a foursome that played golf at least once a week, sometimes twice if we could work it out. The group included a veterinarian, a banker, retired engineer and at that time head of maintenance at our church, and of course the preacher. They called us the dew sweepers because we were usually the first group off on Saturday mornings. We didn’t play for money. There was never a cross word between any of us. Profanity was a rarity. The only thing we were ever accused of was having too much fun.

Cliff Merritt, the banker, lost his battle with cancer a few years back. Yesterday I received a call from Ann White, David’s wife, and she informed me they were taking him back for emergency surgery. I had prayer with her over the phone and told her to tell Big Un we loved him, and we were praying for him. He died before they ever began the surgery. Big Un was the not only the head of our maintenance at the church, but he was also one of my deacons and he was part of my outreach team at church. Over the years we have maintained a close and loving relationship.

This life as I have said before is about loss. We lose our innocence, we lose our childhood, we lose trust, and we lose people we love. The next life is about gain. All I know is there’s a family in shock who never saw this coming. But spiritually, they were and are prepared. That will make a difference. Can you say the same? Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 20

If we’re honest, we have a hard time waiting. Patience for me is a difficult task to master. Most of the time I know what I want, and I want it now. However, there are some things in life which cannot be rushed. So we must learn to live while we wait.

I’m so glad we serve a God who has patience with us. If not, so many of us would still be lost and drifting in this world. But time after time, just as God had patience with the Children of Israel and His disciples, He hasn’t given up on us. So many times we fall short of a His expectations, yet His love reaches beyond of sins and shortcomings and He brings us back into a proper relationship with Him. In other words, He realizes we’re a work in progress.

You may not be a patient person, but there’s hope. You serve a patient God who is willing to forgive you and love you where you are. Make sure you include Him in your journey today. Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 19

Why are we so surprised when the unexplainable happens? Why are we shocked when after we pray, God moves? Why are we so taken back when a miracle happens in our lives? The last time I checked, God never got out of the miracle business. Sometimes our eyes have become blind to the movement of God. He may not part the Red Sea, but he continues to do extraordinary things in the lives of his people.

Last week was one of those moments when God did something miraculous in a short period of time. Due to the private nature of this event, I must write in an ambiguous manner. All I can tell you is there was a need. A big need that was shared with a group of individuals. We knew something had to be done, but we didn’t know how it could be done. There were huge limitations. One individual who knew about our situation was so burdened that he woke up at 2 in the morning and prayed. By 8:30 that same morning, the situation had been solved.

This is just one example of how God works in our lives each and every day. There’s no problem too big for Him and there’s no problem too small. Don’t be surprised when the miracle comes into your life, for that’s what our God does best. Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 18

Time and time again I’m drawn back to the conversation Jesus had with Martha following the death of her brother Lazerus, which is recorded in the 11th chapter of John. Jesus said to this grieving sister: “I am the resurrection and life. He who believes in me and dies shall live. He who believes in me and lives will never die. Martha, do you believe this?”

There have been moments in my life following the death of a loved one or friend in which I would have grieved myself to death if I didn’t believe these words. This passage of scripture offers me hope in the midst of hopelessness. These word have helped put my heart back together after it has been shattered. These words have moved me beyond the grave because I know my loved ones live. But still I wonder sometimes, do we really believe these words and claim them as our own. The question is asked of you: “Do you believe this?”

I’ve never grieved for my loved ones who have gone on to be with the Lord. I’ve grieved for myself because they’re no longer accessible to me. But as for them, they have never been better. There are moments in our lives when we have to put into practice that which we profess to believe. It does make a difference. Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 17

There are events which have such an impact on our lives and world, we remember where we were when the news reached our ears. For example, my parents could tell me where they were when they heard of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. They also remember when President Roosevelt died and President Kennedy was assassinated.

The same is true for my life, although some of the events weren’t as significant as my parents. One which was life altering to our country was the assassination of Martin Luther King, and I remember where I was when I heard the news. Also, I can tell you where I was standing when I heard about the death of Elvis Presley. I also remember the night that Neil Armstrong walked on the face of the moon. I can still hear the voice of my brother telling me that my Mom had gone on to be with the Lord. Some things stay with us a lifetime and there’s no way we’d ever forget them.

But for the life of me I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know that God loved me. You see, growing up in a Christian home, God was always a part of our life. I don’t remember the day I was born. I don’t remember the day I finally walked. And I don’t remember a Damascus Road experience with the Living God. But I do remember wanting to follow Him and I do remember being baptized. And I do remember being called into the ministry. And in those dark days of doubt and fear, I remember His love and presence.

Today He calls you to remember. You’re His child and He loves and cares for you. Don’t ever forget that. Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 16

Yesterday I got a text from a dear friend of mine. He told me he had met one of my former church members that I had ordained into the ministry. He was very complimentary of this individual. I don’t know why, but I asked him a question: “Is he still in the ministry?” His answer was a simple: “No.”. I’m not surprised at how many ministers are out of the ministry today. It might shock you to know there’s a shortage of preachers. Why? Because it’s a hard job on an individual and a family.

Now don’t for a moment think I’m going to break out into Linda Ronstadt’s, “Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me”. However, the demands of the position are at times overwhelming. And to be honest, it’s hard to know who you can trust and who you can’t. There’s not a week that goes by that I don’t hear of a friend or fellow pastor who has decided to throw in the talent.

Why is this vocation so difficult? I’m often asked what’s the hardest part of my job. It’s certainly not the preaching, that’s the fun part. However it’s the loneliness one experiences in this journey. Also, if you think about it, around 90% of what you deal with is negative. However, in this day and time, with social media and text messages, it’s a different game.

I simply prayed for this young man and I hope he can get back to doing what he does best. That’s caring and ministering to others. Pray for your pastor, he needs the prayers and you probably need the practice. Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 15

In the book of Acts, the Apostle Paul was giving his farewell speech to the Ephesian Church. (Acts 20:35) In that address he called the people to remember the words of Jesus: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” What’s interesting about this passage is that it’s not found in any of the gospels. However, John reminded us there was no way to record everything Jesus said or did.

When you look at these words: “It is more blessed to give than receive”, it reminds us that both giving and receiving is a blessing. However, one is a higher blessing. That would be giving.

We have to admit, most of us aren’t good receivers. I know in my own life it’s hard to accept a gift or even a compliment. Remember, a gift is either elevated or degraded by how it’s received. I recently remembered this when a friend wanted to do something for me. He simply said: “I want to do it and I can do it.” Sometimes it’s best just to say: Thank you.

After all, isn’t the Christian life about receiving? We receive eternal life as a gift. Everyday we have blessings which come our ways. Just remember to be grateful. Don’t rob others of the joy of giving. Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 14

Every year at Valentines, my mind drifts back to my elementary days in Cleveland, Mississippi. A couple of days before Valentines, we would decorate white bags and hang them over our lockers. I’m not sure, but I believe these bags were given to us by Delta Donuts. (Bev Card, you might could verify that) Our parents would buy little boxes of Valentines cards for us to distribute to our classmates. A list of all students were sent home in order for us to know how many cards to prepare.

I vividly remember we had one African American girl in our class. As a third grader, I didn’t know if I should include this girl or not. I sure didn’t want her to think I had a crush on her or wanted to be her boyfriend. The night before Valentines Day, my Mom and I were preparing all the cards. When it came to this girl I asked: “Do I have to give her a card?” My Mom simply said: “Everybody deserves to be treated the same.” I never forgot that lesson. As a matter of fact, it has stuck with me all my life.

Bigotry and hatred are traits which are taught. You certainly don’t come in this world with these feelings. Oh, and by the way, these emotions and characteristics aren’t Godly. How do I know that? Because the very nature of God is love and his love is always inclusive and never exclusive. Just treat others with a little dignity. Thanks Mom! Lesson learned and not forgotten. Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 13

Love your children, but don’t worship them. Without realizing it, your child can become the single most important individual in your life. Before you start throwing stones and questioning priorities, let me remind you of two relationships which are more important. First and foremost is your relationship with God. As a matter of fact, the greatest commandment given is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” When you get that relationship right, the rest will fall in line.

Second in the list of priorities is to love and respect your spouse. If you want to model correct and Biblical love, teach your children love by how you honor and love your mate. If your love for your child or children is greater than your love for your spouse, you have a major problem. You may not believe me, but it will have a negative impact on your children if mom and dad don’t get it right.

Finally, remember this important fact. Your child is just on loan to you. Sooner or later you have to turn them loose. The best thing you can teach them is to follow and love God and respect others. In doing so, you’ll raise a child that will be productive in society rather than thinking the world owes them a living. Parenting is hard, hard work. But it is the most rewarding job and privilege you’ll ever have in your life. Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 12

On rainy days like this I wish my dogs would listen to me. As I’m putting their harness and leash on their little backs, I remind them: “It’s raining outside and the longer it takes to do your business, the wetter your going to get.” We go through this ritual every time it rains. And every time we get outside and they slosh around, sniff, look back at the door, and run around in circles. The whole time I’m encouraging them: “The sooner you do this, the faster we’ll get back in the house.” In the end, we both end up wet. They have a hard time listening to their master.

I believe the same is true in our relationship with God. There are moments in our lives when we find life raining down on us. The storms we’re facing can come in the form of a broken relationship, failing health, financial difficulties, or spiritual drifting. Our Heavenly Father reminds us: “The faster you turn this over to me, the quicker it will be resolved.” But instead of listening we slosh around, sniff, look back at the door, and run around in circles. In reality, we have a hard time listening to the Master.

Today is life’s storm are raining down and you don’t know where to find shelter. Listen to your Master, He always wants to guide you home. Godspeed my friends.

 

 FEBRUARY 11

Recently I’ve had some of my writing proofread by two individuals who know a thing or two about sentence structure and punctuation. When I compare my knowledge to theirs, it’s easy to see how little I know. The same is true in other areas of life as well. For instance, you might think you’re a decent golfer. But compared to the guys on the PGA, you see your game doesn’t quite look the same as the professionals.

Personally, I think for my age I run pretty fast. (I never thought I’d ever say: “For my age”) Last month when I ran a half marathon, the guy who won the full marathon finished about a minute after me. You talk about putting speed in perspective. I guess if I compared myself to other runners using by own standard of measurement I could look pretty good. For instance, if I measured myself as a runner by height, I’d look great! But that’s the wrong standard.

Likewise, for many Christians we tend to measure ourselves to other people. Now I can tell you, don’t compare your life to mine, you’ll get egotistical at how good you look! Compare your life to Christ. After all, He’s the standard. When we do that, then we see how far we miss the mark. Jesus said: “Be perfect, just as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” You will not hit the bullseye, but that’s the goal. Now, get started. Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 10

Most of us have been taught the Golden Rule since our childhood. “Do unto others as you would  have them do unto you.” Our churches, cities, and nation would be much different if we actually practiced this simple teaching of Jesus. By the way, you know this rule was meant to be lived out in the lives of God’s children. The problem is, many of us have our own Golden Rule. For some, it is: “Do unto others before they do unto you.” However, for many the believe: “He who has the gold makes the rule.

The Golden Rule forced us to put ourselves in someone else’s life. As the Native American expression encourages us: “Walk a mile in my shoes.” I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be an African American in the 1960’s. In order for me to truly understand another and treat them as I want to be treated, I must ask myself: “How would I feel if I were that person?”

Also remember this important aspect of the Golden Rule. You have to see his teaching as it relates to the Teacher. You can’t live by Golden Rule if you’re not actually related to the One who gave it. When I walk with the Teacher, it becomes a bit easier to live by His teachings. Remember, Hpqpis words weren’t meant to be just studied and admired, they were meant to be lived out each day. You might as well start today. Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 8

I wrote this a year ago, but it’s a great reminder for all of us.

How many of you would classify yourself as a worrier? Come on, be honest, do you tend to worry unnecessarily about things in your life and the lives of people you love? If we’re really honest with ourselves, many of us tend to worry about a multitude of things in life. We worry about our children. We worry about our finances. We worry about our relationships. We worry about our health and security. Some of us worry that we won’t have anything to worry about in the days ahead. So how can we find relief from the stress of worry?

First, we need to realize that there’s a big difference in concern and worry. There are things and aspects of our lives which should be of great concern to all of us. However, worrying about a situation is unhealthy when we become consumed about a problem or situation. Remember this simple rule: “If you can change something, change it. If you can’t change it, don’t worry about it.” Worry is interest on a note before it comes due.

Second, unnecessary worry is a form of atheism. Yep, it sure is. You have to realize that your Father in Heaven knows what you need. Also remember that He’s always going before you. So if He’s already in tomorrow, don’t worry about the future. “Trust him in all of your ways and He will direct your path.”

Finally, unnecessary worry is counterproductive. You can’t add one minute to your life, or grow one hair on your head by worrying. As a matter of fact, worry actually reduces your life span. You actually take time off your life by worrying. Now I’ve really given you something to worry about, haven’t I?

Whatever problem you’re facing today, I can assure you it won’t get solved by worrying. What I can tell you is God’s big enough to handle whatever you’re going through my friend. Trust Him and allow his strength and power to be enough. You’ll find peace and less stress when worry is replaced with faith. Godspeed my friends. Don’t sweat this, God’s got it.

 

FEBRUARY 7

As I grow older, there are things which have changed in my life. I’ve been told by my family I don’t hear as well as I once did. I prefer to believe instead that I have selective hearing and therefore hear what I want to hear. My eyesight has changed over the years, or maybe they’re printing restaurant menus in small print these days. My body does move as fast as it once did. (Well, to be perfectly honest, it never moved at record speed.) The simple act of getting out of my chair can bring the popping and cracking of joints singing in unison: “I ain’t as good as I once was!”). However, in my mind, I don’t feel old. But the reality is, time waits for no one.

It’s hard losing your hearing and sight. Its frustrating not to be able to move like you once could. But there’s a greater tragedy that can come in anyone’s life at any given time. That tragedy is the loss of one’s spiritual sight and hearing. How sad it is to never hear or see God. Our ears have been overrun with the sounds of the world and we’ve turned a deaf ear to the one who loves us the most. Sadder still, so many of us haven’t seen God in quite some time. It could be that our sight has been turned inward instead of outward. And as for walking with God, well, we feel like we can just choose any route in life and we’ll be fine.

If your feeling a little overwhelmed by the physical condition of your body, you might want to make an adjustment in your spiritual life. Turn your ears and eyes towards God. Hear his voice and see his mighty works. Then get up off your spiritual rear end and start following him. Even when you don’t know where the journey will take you and even if your whole body creaks. Trust me, you’ll feel a lot younger and healthier when you just hear and see Him. Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 6

It’s hard for a society to be built on respect for one another when our leaders act like children in a church nursery. As elected officials, from both sides of the aisle, there should be the ability to agree or disagree without being childish. What I witnessed last night in The State of the Union Address was nothing short of a total embarrassment. As we look at our country, how can we get along with each other and accept one another’s differences if our elected officials can’t model it before our very eyes. You may not like the current administration’s policies, but at least be respectful.

This same principle is often a problem in the church as well. Before the church can have an impact on society, it must be spiritually healthy. That is, the Body of Christ must be unified and built on love and respect for one another. If you show me a church built on love, I’ll show you a church that’s making a difference. If you show me a church where there is discord and divisions, I’ll show you Satan’s greatest tool. I’ve always said: “Where there are 3 Baptists, there will be four opinions. The only opinion that’s right is the one that belongs to Christ.

It’s a shame when our elected officials haven’t figured out that it’s an adult world. Maybe if we acted in a grown up fashion things could actually get done and lives would be changed for the better. Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 5

There’s nothing quite so sweet and satisfying as seeing the finish line. I know it’s true in running because I’ve felt the emotion of coming around the corner and seeing the line of people cheering you on to the end of the race. However, the same is true in certain areas of our lives. There are finish lines that we see on a daily basis that encourage and motivate us to complete the task at hand.

There are high school and college students who can now for the first time see the finish line. What seemed to be a long and impossible journey is now coming to an end. An engaged couple is just weeks away from their wedding. All the planning and preparations that have gone into this special day is now becoming a reality. The finish line, which is also a starting line is within their grasp. A couple expecting their first child is now 60 days from welcoming home their new baby. What seemed like a lifetime of waiting is now about to happen. The finish line is in sight.

But there’s a finish line that everyone of us will cross sooner or later. When our time on this earth is done, our race will have been run. We don’t know when this day will come, but come it will. How you finish says everything about your character, faith, and life. Finish the race strong my friends with your eyes clearly fixed upon Jesus. Don’t you want to hear one day: “Well done thy good and faithful servant.” Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 4

Eight years ago I had an opportunity to lead a group on a tour of the Holy Land. To say that is was a trip of a lifetime would be an understatement. When you have an opportunity to see the Mount of the Beatitudes, boat ride the Sea of Galilee, visit Bethlehem, float in the Dead Sea, and walk the Via Dolorosa (the way of suffering, and finally visit the Garden Tomb, you’ll never read the Bible the same. There’s something about walking where Jesus walked that changed not only your perspective, but also your life. I’m hoping to lead a group over there in the next year.

A lot of you will never get the opportunity to experience first hand the Holy Land. The political climate and other obstacles will prohibit you from ever walking those ancient roads. However, there’s something more important than walking where Jesus walked. It’s actually walking with Jesus each day. You can do that by spending time in his word and also in prayer. Scripture tells us that “Enoch walked with God”. Notice that he walked “with” God. He didn’t lag behind nor run ahead. I believe our Creator wants the same thing for us. One thing’s for sure, if you do that, your life will never be the same. Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 3

I don’t know if you like to use eBay or not, but I’ve been a regular for a number of years. It’s almost like a hobby for me. It certainly doesn’t make me any money and at the end of the day if I break even that’s a win.

I bought a used pair of shoes from an individual I’ve done business with a lot in the past. Thinking the shoe ran small, I bought a size bigger. When the shoe came in, it was too big. Rather than sending it back, I listed the larger pair on eBay and bought a size smaller from the same guy.

Well, my shoes actually sold for 15.00 more than I paid for them. I boxed them up and headed to the post office to ship them out. As I was driving home a thought ran through my head: “Did I ship the right pair?” When I got home I realized I shipped the smaller pair, my pair! I quickly head back to the post office hoping I could correct my mistake.

When I arrived, I could see my package just behind the counter. I told the lady about my mistake and she handed by box to me. She said: “We all slip up every now and then.” It took me two minutes to swap out the correct shoes.

The same is true for our lives. We need to realize we’ve all made mistakes. Scripture tells us: “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God!” (Romans 3:23) Your sins can be forgiven if you ask God. It will happen quicker than I swapped out the shoes. All you have to do is realize the mistake. Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 2

You only have one opportunity to raise your children, so make sure you keep the main the main thing. In other words, don’t leave spiritual matters to osmosis. Too often, as parents, we make sure that our children have every opportunity to succeed academically, socially, and athletically. But somehow we fail to see the significance of spiritual matters in the lives of our children.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a parent say: “I don’t want to force religion on my children. They have to decide that on their own.” Are you kidding me? Let me think about that for a moment. You don’t mind forcing an athletic or sports allegiance on your child. From the moment that boy or girl comes into this world, their parents dress them in their favorite team’s apparel.

We don’t mind forcing our children to take dance, piano, gymnastics, or involve them in other activities. But remember this, while a child is young, the very foundation of their lives are being laid. That’s why church activities are so important in the life of a child. It’s a parent’s responsibility to make sure that boy or girl has an opportunity to know Christ. Oh, and when your child tells you they don’t want to go to church. Remind them that your house isn’t a democracy, but rather a dictatorship.

Sooner or later your child will leave the nest and be on their own. Prepare them now for the future by making Christ and His church a priority. You’ll be glad you did. Godspeed my friends.

 

FEBRUARY 1

Do you remember the valuable lesson we all learned as a child. “Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today.” Now let that sentence sink in for a moment. Are there certain things you need to say or do today, but you’re considering putting them off till a later date. Don’t do it. Whatever you need to say to someone, say it. If there’s something you need to do for another, do it. Why? Because this is the only day you’ve been promised, so get after it. You’ll never know the impact or the difference it can make in another individual’s life.

But you know what our problem is, don’t you? We’re so busy being busy that we just let opportunities slip away from us. I want you to think today about one person who has had an impact on your life. It could have been a teacher, coach, neighbor, minister, or family member. All it will take is a little time an effort. Shoot them a text or call them on the phone. Better yet, write them a note and thank them for the investment they made in your life. If you delay this process, you actually gamble with time.

Finally, remember to thank God from whom all blessings flow. Believe me, He never gets tired of hearing the words: “Thank you”. Godspeed my friends. And by the way, thank you for reading this.

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