September 24, 2018

Some people would say every Monday is just like every other Monday. I just want to say . . . I hope not. Ha. I’m praying this will be your best Monday ever!! God has something great in store for you and me. I can’t see it yet but I am trusting Him today.
Life is a constant ongoing process. It is never just sitting still and doing nothing, at least not for long. That beautiful new car you bought is slowly but surely and eventually headed for a junk yard somewhere in the next 10, 20, or 30+ years. It’s inevitable. I have a motorcycle that I bought new. It only has about 5000 miles on it. And yet, it needs work and maintenance and small things fixed on a somewhat regular basis. The back side of our house has some areas that it seems constantly need more caulk and more paint. We caulk and paint and yet we know in a year or two we will be right back out there doing the same thing all over again. When it comes to our bodies we like to think that we are healthy and doing great until the next thing comes along to derail us physically. But if we are smart we do all we can to delay or prevent those things from happening by taking care of our body. We might exercise regularly and eat healthy food and take vitamins and we might even visit the doctor regularly. We do all we can to take care of our bodies because we know they will inevitably decline. We know if we don’t work on our marriage that it will fall into a bad place as well. Our spouse needs our time and affection and attention more than our car does. Our clothes need to be washed and ironed and replaced all too often.
The list goes on and on and yet when it comes to our spiritual walk, our relationship with Jesus, we often spend very little time or energy on it. We just assume that going to the church once or twice a week should be enough right? Why are we paying that preacher if he can’t fix me and keep me in right relationship with God? If we are super-spiritual we might do more. We might come more often and we might even serve on a committee or even show up and help with some activity (or read a blog). Those who take it a step further are the ones who get up every day and they read their bible and they pray and they listen to God and they give more than 10% of their money and they go to “Experiencing God” and they attend every “Block Party” and they participate in the “Memory Verse Challenge” and they do everything the Pastor wants them to do. And yet . . . they might still not be what God has called them to be.
I love this week’s memory verse. Luke 14:33 says, “Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” As I thought about this verse again I began to walk through my life and evaluate whether I have given this or that to Him. Let me just stop here and say how important it is for us to periodically stop and evaluate our spiritual walk. When was the last time you stopped and asked God to fully examine you and to remind you of areas in your spiritual walk where you need to grow? Remember that back side of my house? I walk by it and see it virtually every day. But how many times do I look up and truly evaluate whether it is time to caulk and paint it again? Probably not often enough but I do it on a semi-regular basis. How much more important is my spiritual life? How about your spiritual life? When was the last time you took a day or half a day or an hour or even 10 minutes and said to God, “Where do I need to grow? What do I need to change? How can I grow closer to You? What do I need to stop doing? What do I need to start doing?” All of us, not just preachers, need to take the time to regularly stop and evaluate and ask God to examine our lives. Because so many times we just fall into this rut and we can’t see that our spiritual walk is in a state of disrepair. It needs some serious attention but we miss it. We just fall into our mediocre rut and our time and energy are going to something else.
Now back to my evaluation. Too many times we are like the coach whose team keeps winning but he misses the problems that will come back to haunt his team in a big game. We miss cracks and problems because we get busy with “other stuff” and we forget the most important thing: our spiritual relationship. We cruise along thinking that things are still going pretty good and often it’s only when we get to a point of crisis that we truly stop and wonder what went wrong. Most of the time it’s too late. I again began to think about do I spend too much time with this or do I really need that possession or this and that and really God said to me, “You are missing the point.” He is saying He wants it ALL. That motorcycle I love to ride? He just loaned it to me for a season. That house? Am I using it for His glory? More important are my energy and my passion and my thoughts and my dreams and on and on. Those are where He really wants to have it ALL. He doesn’t just want it from me, but He wants it from you as well. Take that first step today. Spend some time evaluating your relationship with Him!!
I am ON MISSION Today! Are You?
P.S. I have a big list of family members that I need to wish Happy Birthday to this week!!
Happy Birthday to my daughter-in-law, Olivia Katherine Hixon!!
Happy Birthday to my granddaughter, Ree Fuller, who turns ONE tomorrow.
Happy Birthday to her dad, my son-in-law, Allen Fuller, on Wednesday.
Happy Birthday to my sister, Barbara Hixon, on Friday.
And Happy Birthday to my grandson, Carson Hixon, who turns FIVE this coming Saturday!!