Jesus gave us the greatest commandment(s) in all three of the synoptic gospels. It was important to Jesus so it should be substantial for us as well. He alone is worthy of all of our praises. We have to understand this concept that He alone is worthy. His worthiness means that we relinquish control, that we trust Him completely. The Bible tells us that God is jealous. We (the believer) know that God does not want anything to be before Him. Our lives must be clear of clutter. I am talking about the things that we accumulate while living our lives that has the tendency to take our eyes off Jesus.
Every day on planet earth our clocks keep ticking, and it seems as if humanity out does itself and we become more and more fractured from the society that we live, work and function within. Crazy things are taking place here on this third rock from the sun, and many times these events appear to go unnoticed. Perpetual motion seems to carry us onward with little or no attempt by ordinary people to gain control of this wackiness and wickedness the world produces. We live our lives not thinking about earth’s other inhabitants or the consequences of our actions.
I know that every time I write my personal thoughts down on paper for others to read I wind up dating myself. As I quickly approach the sixth decade of my life, I have decided that this is ok. I am getting older, and because of this, I am becoming wiser. With life wisdom comes the ability to not worry so much anymore about what people think of me or my writing. I write these thoughts down for me and if you happen to mine a nugget here and there good for you!
There’s always tomorrow for dreams to come true. This song truly highlights my childhood. I have heard this classic song all of my life. As a child, I would hear this melody year after year as I watched Rudolf, the red-nosed reindeer. I would hear and sing this beautiful song never actually considering what tomorrow might bring. Up to this point in my life, there has always been a tomorrow. I have always had a chance for a do-over. I have been able to take the mulligan no matter how awful yesterday might have been. I have learned that the mistakes or missteps often characterize the direction that our lives will take.
I love my city!
I truly do. Today (as many days) I was reminded of how fortunate I am to live in such a beautiful place. I work in the Fairfax area of Jacksonville Florida, and most days I look forward to walking to one of the many local eateries near my office.
Church Planting is probably one of the hardest jobs that I have tackled in my 25 years of ministry. I must be a real glutton for suffering because shortly after I planted the church that I currently lead, we merged with a dying legacy church in the heart of the demographic that God called us to serve. So the vibrant church plant turned into an ongoing revitalization project that is now approaching its fifth birthday.
Today is a special day…
I am resting…I am sitting in my favorite slightly worn out recliner listening to a news channel drone on and on as I drink great vessel of 8 o’clock coffee from my favorite cup, with no particular plans in mind for this beautiful North Florida spring day.
Distraction is the de-railer of forward progress.
So many times in ministry I have experienced forward progress being stymied by meaningless distractions. I personally believe that the devil is the engineer on the “City of distraction” train and he is looking for subtle ways to take the leader and the organization off task by cropping up with little ankle biting distractions.
This is great advice…
Jesus came so that we could have an abundant life. I like to think about the abundant life. I do not know about you, but to me the abundant life sounds fun. The abundant life sounds hilarious. I am certain that an abundant life, full of family friends and fun would make me laugh and I like to laugh so, give me this abundant life. I want a life full of peace, joy and happiness. Give me Jesus.
Happy presidents day.
I hope that each of you enjoys an extra day this weekend to take advantage of doing something out of doors. It is a beautiful spring day here in North East Florida so I want to take advantage of getting out and taking a walk down by the St. Johns River.