February 15, 2016

Today is a Monday and a day when all of us need maybe more encouragement than normal. “Don’t be discouraged today. You can leave your ‘what ifs’ and ‘if onlys’ in the hands of the One who loves you and rules ALL things.” Find someone today to encourage!
As most of you know by now . . . and some may be sick of hearing about it . . . Jennifer and I were in Durant over the weekend to help Lauran, our daughter, with her Cupcake shop (Caked UP!). As you can imagine there was a mad rush for Valentine’s Day and we were the designated reinforcements. We worked pretty hard from late Thursday until Saturday afternoon but not as hard as she did. I was pretty tired but it was good to spend some time with my daughter and a little bit with my grandchildren. Mya, my oldest granddaughter, told me a perfect rendition of the “3 Little Bears” story and I was surprised at how well she told it and how much I enjoyed hearing it. Simple joys in life sometimes catch you when you least expect it. Even in the midst of hard work I found times like that one where I could sense that God was blessing me and encouraging me. I mentioned this yesterday, but as I was folding many, many boxes I was reminded back to my summer jobs when I was in high school and college. I worked at several places where it was mind-numbingly boring, assembly line work. Making boxes was a piece of cake (pun intended) compared to that and God reminded me of that. He also reminded me to be thankful for my church and the job I have here. Fortunately I am not asked to do a lot of physical labor as a pastor though sometimes it might be easier – ha. Let me encourage you that, “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23). God will honor your effort and He will be the one to encourage you even in the midst of that labor!
I hope that Harvest America is on your radar. It will be here in less than 3 weeks. I’m not sure if you realize what a huge undertaking this is. The concert and the message and all that goes into it is FREE to those who attend. That is pretty amazing. But the budget that Harvest America is working on is somewhere in the $2 million range. If you listen to the radio you have probably heard commercials already and not just Christian radio. Garry Burt is heading up our local effort and is doing a great job of coordinating everything. Our live simulcast will be easier and we will have FREE food and you won’t have to fight 100,000 people for a seat either. So come join us March 6th and bring someone with you!!
Please be in prayer for my grandson, Carson, who had some minor surgery this past week. He seems to be recovering well but I wanted to mention him today as I am thinking about him! Remember our rule from yesterday? If you think something good, say it!!