A Simple but Important Reminder

I’m sure most all of us familiar with the above verse. It is a simple statement, short and easy to remember. I can’t help but wonder if over time we forget the impact of this verse. This afternoon I got a simple but important reminder of exactly what this verse means.

In order to appreciate what I am saying, I need to share with you a piece of God’s Word. Consider the following passage

Now let me explain how I was reminded of this today. I had the opportunity to go out to lunch this afternoon with my family and a couple friends from our congregation. As we always try to do, before getting up to fill our plates from the buffet, we bowed our heads and offered thanks to God. It may not seem like much since it is something we try to do at every meal. Then it happened, one of the women in the restaurant came by to let us know how much she appreciated seeing people stop to pray before a meal. It made an impact on her because she stated she just doesn’t see this happen anymore.

I am grateful for this reminder that God’s Word is Truth that can be relied on and when it says I am a light to the world, that is exactly what I am and as such need to be a positive example. May we all try not to take God’s truths for granted but allow them to guide us each and every day.

Do You Ever “Fret” Over Things?

I think if we were to answer the question in the title of this post honestly, we would say yes. We all have times in life where we feel things seem unfair and out of our control. It is during these times that we can find ourselves making this worse by not properly responding to the situation. As always, the place to turn for answers to man’s problems, God’s Word. The solution can be found in the verses below.

My final suggestion for you, rather than fret and worry trust in that God is in control.

Understanding the Importance of Encouragement

I had a chance today to do something for the first time in my life. For the first time ever I participated in the Cooper River Bridge Run in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina. Being the first time, I tried to pay close attention to how everything is handled and run. There was one observation that came to mind that I felt was very obvious. It was clear the people who put the race together understood the value and importance of encouragement. Throughout the entire race there were people on the sidelines yelling and screaming and clapping trying to motivate the runners to the very end. It was interesting to note that the further into the race runners got, the more people there were to cheer them on. Clearly there was an understanding that the longer one races, the more tired they become and the easier it is to just give up and quit. Having people to help and encourage the runners that they were “Almost there” seemed to give the extra push necessary to finish the race.

I believe there is a definite spiritual correlation here. Paul describes the christian life as running a race. Just like in any physical race, there are going to be times where we become tired or worn out and feel it might be easier to just give up or quit. It is during these times that we need encouragement from other Christians to help us to finish the race. We all need encouragement to keep us going and God understands this and that is why He has given us passages like the following to consider and do.

Now that you can see the importance of encouragement, go out and spread some today.

The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth

If you have ever taken a class on law or watched a court room case or television program I am sure you have heard these words. As I think about what’s being asked,”Do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth…?” I can’t help but wonder what that implies. If you think about it, this means that there is a possibility that the person who is about to speak may in fact speak falsely (lie). It kind of makes me wonder why we shouldn’t be able to just assume that when someone is making a statement they are speaking truth. And then I really get to wondering when a judge feels the need to make the statement, “And I remind you, you are under oath,” as if to say remember now, you are supposed to tell the truth.

When I think about lying in general I can’t help but wonder how we miss such simple verses as;

There are countless more verses that I could post that speak to lying. I feel these are enough and now would like to finish out this thought with a couple passage found in proverbs.

The truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth. It is expected in a courtroom, more importantly, it is expected by God.

All You Need for Joy and Pleasure

Do you ever have times in your life where you just feel worn out? Times where it seems no matter how hard you try you just can’t seem to find peace? I believe we have all been there. The question is not one of will we ever feel this way, the question is what will we do about it. For those of us who have chosen to obey God the Father, we have an advantage. We have the almighty creator by our side and with Him we can overcome. There are countless passages that remind us of this truth but I will share just one that I think says it well.

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Without Him in your life there can be pain, frustration, and confusion. With Him We know the path to take and there is joy and pleasure. Which would you prefer?

It’s Good to be the “Dad”

It’s very interesting sometimes how children view their parents. About three weeks ago Jared (my oldest) came to me and asked me if I would have breakfast with him before school. I understood that it was about more than just the breakfast, it was about spending time together. In the past (95% of the time) my wife would get up with him and make his lunch and make sure he got off to school on time. The only time that didn’t happen was when my wife was sick. Clearly Jared had come to rely on “Mom” to make sure that his lunch was made just the way he needed it. So mom gets to be the one who gets up and works hard to make sure her child is ready for the day while “Dad” gets to sit down and relax while having a bowl of cereal.

The serious point behind this post is to remind you that children are a blessing from God and they rely on their parents to both make sure they are taken care of (ie lunch and off to school “Mom”) and you are available just to spend time with them (ie. eating breakfast together “Dad”). Failure to spend time with our children and remind them they are loved can lead to a great deal of heartache in the future. However, spending time with our children can lead to a lifetime of blessings.

May we all continue to take advantage of the time God has given us with our children.

Encouragement in Times of Death and Loss

It has been a rough few months for me personally and I am sure for many members of the congregation where I attend. There has been four deaths in a very short amount of time. I can remember one day where my family and I got up and went to a burial service then had a short break to grab lunch and then headed to another burial service. The loss of loved ones and seeing loved ones suffer over the loss of their family can be emotionally draining and hard on all of us. It is verses like the one below that help me to get through these emotional times.

May you always look to the Lord for strength and encouragement when times are rough and may you ever be a support to others in their time of need.