Let God and Let God!

LET GO AND LET GOD!
Psalm 31: 14, But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” [1]
As our children grow we remember the times when they came running to us with a bruised elbow or a skinned knee and we made it feel better. We fixed their problem and made it all better. Sometimes we just can’t stop doing that as they get older. We still feel the need to fix every Boo Boo and every problem they have gotten themselves into in life. We can’t help ourselves. It is an addictive behavior brought on by our always being there for them when they were younger. We love them and want them to be happy all the time.

However there is time when we as parents have to grow up. We have stop bailing them out of every situation they get themselves into and let them grow up. We need to trust God that He knows what is best for them and us. God may be placing them in a situation where He wishes to teach them a valuable lesson of life and we are getting in the way. We are not supposed to get in God’s way when he is teaching them how to trust Him. This is the moment when we grow also because we grow to trust God even more with our precious jewels. Sometimes we have to remember how God picked us up off the ground in our twenties, thirties, and forties. Our smile today is a direct result of accepting His hand. Let our children hold His hand so they too can pass it on to their children. Don’t get in the way of God. Let go and let God take your children to the next level of life, trust in Jesus to give them the most valuable gifts we can all receive faith(trust), forgiveness, and eternal life with Him.

Pastor Randy Johnson

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Ps 31:14). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

What does a loving friend look like to you?

John 15: 12-14, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. [1]

What does a loving friend look like to you? Is it someone who stays out of your business and leaves you alone to live your life? That is what some people might say a good friend is but that is not a good friend and it is certainly not a loving friend. Jesus gives us the way a friend should and does act for those we care about.

We are asked to place our friends above our own needs, wants, and desires. WOW, that is a huge statement and commitment given to us by Jesus. I don’t know about you but for me when I hear those words of Jesus I have to shutter at the thought of laying down my life for a friend. Now, don’t get me wrong, my family, my wife, my kids, my grandkids, not a problem but just a friend? That is a whole different story. I have thought about this for years. Would I be able to give my life for a friend would I have what it takes if Jesus placed me a in a position to give up my life for a friend? I would like to think I would. But is this really the whole story? Or is there more to it than dying for someone or is it also about placing the needs of others ahead of my own needs? Now, it is most certainly about dying for your friend if the need arises but it is also about placing the needs of your friends above your needs on a daily basis.

The action of placing the needs of your friends above your needs on a daily basis is much more difficult to do then in a moment of time to throw yourself in a situation where in a moment you save the life of your friend at the cost of your own life. Daily trying to fulfill the words of Jesus to all your friends is much more difficult of a task.

Because each day we need to take the time to find out what are the needs of our friends and how do we go about meeting those needs. This is a great calling for every Christian to attempt to fulfill in his or her life each and every day. This is what Jesus calls all of us to do and fulfill. We can be assured that Jesus has already fulfilled the greatest need each one of us have and that is forgiveness and eternal life bought at the price of His pain, His blood, and His life. This is by far the greatest need we all have and because that need is fulfilled in Christ we are set free to go into the world and care for our family, our friends, and even our enemies. Go into the world and meet the need of your friend by answering the call of Jesus Christ to give of yourself for others. God bless you today, tomorrow, and forever.

 

Pastor Randy Johnson

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. 2001 (Jn 15:12–14). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Time Wasters and Time Gainers

Ecclesiastes 3: 1, There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.

Have you ever felt like there are just not enough hours in the day to accomplish all that you have to do? I know I have and I am sure you have felt the time crunch hit you on more than one occasion. So what are some of the time wasters that we have in our lives? How about unclear goals, failure to plan, failure to prioritize, failure to schedule, indecision, procrastination (one of my favorites), spending time on low value activities, and the list could go on and on. We have a failure on our part in some way, shape, or form. That failure is not just reserved for time wasters; it comes as being a child of God as well. We fail in many ways to live up to the high expectations that God has for us. He calls us to be His hands and feet here on earth to proclaim His love and to proclaim the Truth (Jesus Christ).  As His hands and feet we are to be about His work of caring for our fellow human beings from conception to the end of life.

But the problem always seems to be “I just don’t have the time”. So what is the answer, well let’s start where we should always start at the cross of Christ. Lay all our cares, concerns, and hurt at His feet and He will take them off our shoulders and put His righteousness on ours. However, there are practical ways we can gain time. First start our day with prayer, ask Jesus to lead, guide, and direct our path each day in the way He would have us go. Take the time to meditate on His word, the bible. List and keep a copy of your life’s goals. Review your goals daily, make use of a daily “to do” list, divide large tasks into manageable segments, remember your energy level in planning, handle papers only once, make decisions then “do it”, use waiting time for productive work, do physical exercise (gives you more energy), share responsibilities with others, and last and most certainly not least pray often throughout your day. Jesus gives us great examples of His prayer life. Learn from His example and you will lead a more productive life and have less time wasters and gain time to follow His greatest example of loving us even before we loved Him. Take the time you need to know Jesus and He will know you before His Father in heaven when we go home to be with Him for all eternity. May God bless your days with abundant time to accomplish all He has for you to do.

Pastor Randy Johnson

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