Recently I was given an electronic tablet. It was given to me because it was an older unit and the owner continually had problems with it. I got it going again and working without a problem. While working on the tablet, I found a fun little game called Flow Free. In this game one connects pairs dots of matching colors with dots. Sometimes the solutions appear before my very eyes quite easily while at other times it takes up to 97 tries to connect all the dots. On some levels it seems I can never connect all the dots; which makes me think of our Christian walk with God.
Sometimes it seems that it's very easy to connect with God, while at other times it seems we can never connect with God. But I realized the problem is not God connecting to us but rather us connecting to God. Sometimes I know I tend to take the longest path possible to connect with God. What say you?
This week please reach out to someone that you do not know and try to help them connect with God in the simplest of ways. The simplest way for someone to connect to God is through corporate worship. Invite them to Striplin Terrace and let's grow Gods fold for His glory.
Coming home from my third trip to the farm in as many weeks, I mulled the events of the weekend. I got to spend time with Tyler and Molly, bought a chainsaw, removed most of a fallen oak and inspected a destroyed power box, spend $$$ on 200 feet of wire, conduit, and yada, worked until 12:30AM Saturday night wiring the well pump (soaked from head to toe in sweat and from the drizzle), and saw the most amazing night sky.
So let us recap. The high points? Seeing family and the night sky. Oh yes, getting the water supply back online. The bad parts? Did I mention the good parts and how awesome the night sky was?
In life let us all focus on the good things. You will be amazed how quickly the mundane, the arduous, the "I do not want to do it" moments will melt away when we focus on the beauty God puts before us.
This week, be that beautiful person God wants you to be as you reach out to someone who just cannot find the good in each day. What an awesome feeling to know you provided the part of a day someone will remember because you told them of the Savior.
I woke up at 6:30 AM Monday morning, even though work was canceled, and looked out my kitchen window to make sure all was well in the back yard. Nothing looked unusual. Now I admit at this time of morning I am only awake enough to be able to pour a bowl of cereal, add some milk, and find a spoon. I ate my breakfast as I watched the morning news. Storm news, rinse, and repeat. Upon finishing my bowl of cereal, I returned to the kitchen to rinse my dishes and place them in the sink. What is this, pecan leaves and branches where there were not any the day before? Oh my, when did that happen?
Well, it turns out the healthy-appearing limb fell about three or four in the morning. Of course, that is the “M-O” of pecan trees drop when they feel like, not when they are dead.
So what does this have to do with our Christian walk? Not a single thing. Except it reminds me how many times we are looking right at something and cannot see it. Such as a person looking straight at grace and redemption and not knowing it. How can we remedy this? Well, we show the lost the things they are missing that are right there for the receiving. We invite, and we encourage. We invest, and we nurture. We never give up! One day that person will arrive at church and suddenly have that "What is this? Grace and redemption that have been there all along? Yes, please!"
You know what to do. Meet and greet someone this week as we all pitch in to clean up after the mess
Irma left behind.