For many Americans, this is a short work week. I have the joy of only working for two and a half days this week, but does that mean all is done? Of course not, as work continues on the home front. Every now and again I have to support work from home, as the other side of the globe is just getting their work day started. Sometimes we all get so caught up in our workday that we tend to not think of the workday of the Almighty. Referencing a scene from a not-so-religiously based movie, the scene where the person ‘acting as God’ is flooded with email prayer requests, I have to wonder if God ever thinks (even in the slightest), “I need a day off!”
Well, let us ponder the bigger issue… Do we find ourselves taking a day off from our Walk of Faith? I must say that we should all admit we do, for that is why/how we have sinned. If we are diligent in walking the talk and talking the walk every day, every hour, every minute, then we could/would be blameless, but since that cannot/ has not/could not/would not ever happen we are all found to be at fault for playing hooky from our Walk.
Let us all strive to take time off of work, but never time away for the Walk. As we enjoy time away from work, let us all remember to reach out to others that may have never spent a day on the Walk, or others who may have fallen into the weeds on their Walk. All the while, be thankful for all the many blessings of this year!
This past Thursday, as I was going to bed, I stepped on a shoe that was on the floor next to the bed. My knee buckled and to the floor I went as if I was a house of cards! The next day my knee felt a bit tight and sore. As the day lingered and the night came, my knee felt worse. To make it to my truck as I left work following an ‘all-nighter,’ I had to compensate for my knee. Fast forward to Monday… my knee still hurts, but now my back, shoulders, and hips are all out of whack from compensating for my knee. Two thoughts regarding Christianity come to mind based upon this little incident…
1. As we step into sin (inevitable) we try to overcome it by compensating with another part of life. Then, years later, we realize our entire life is out of whack, as it has been severely affected by the original injury. Healing via salvation is the only way to remedy this situation.
2. Why do we not go to the “E-mercy room” immediately following an injury of sin? Maybe we diminish the problem thinking it is no big deal, despite the fact a sin is a sin is a sin!
This week, be careful as you walk in the dark. Put away the things that can trip you up, (yes, I know, I should have put my shoes away), and most of all, tell someone else about the way to recover from the injury of sin… Mercy, Grace, and Salvation.
Well folks, as I am writing this article, I am the only remaining sibling in my family to still be younger than 50. I say that as today, Monday 29 October, is my sister’s 50th birthday. Wow, does that make me feel young!!! My sister, though older than I, always referred to me as her “Little brother” despite the fact that compared to her, I have almost always been taller and (shall we say) beefier. I remember taking care of business when I was about four years old and my sister was in the first grade as two young boys were chasing my sister. The teacher and my mother were able to catch me after I had tackled both boys. Though my sister and I (as well as our older brother) would fight like cats and dogs, do not let anyone come between us!
So, as I remember the good old days, I have to ask, what do you remember most of siblings, school days, and yesteryear? Is everything the same, or have things changed? Do you converse frequently, or only on the special occasions, such as birthdays, bowl game days, and holidays? How about old friends? Is communication frequent, or just as sparse as some family communication efforts? As you ponder that, I must ask the burning question… how is our communication efforts with God? Do we tell Him what we think He wants to hear? Do we ever speak up at all? Do we ramble about the things we wish we could have if only it were in His will and oh, by the way if we get what we want we will always/never do that as promised, etc…
Whatever your communication strategy with siblings, God, or neighbors, please make sure you do communicate. I am sure it is safe to say no one communicated with family, friends, neighbors, enemies, or God nearly enough. If we did, we would have more friends than enemies, more neighbors than friends, and more family to boot! This week, make a special effort to communicate with someone about something important; i.e. a relationship with God.