July 13, 2015

How do you know if its summer in Texas? The 100 degree days start this week! And VBS is next week. Ha. Hope you had a great weekend like we did. Ours was filled with seeing all 3 grandkids and visiting Jennifer's parents and bringing home their baby-grand piano. Then worship Sunday and an amazing picnic last night. Thanks to Scott Evans and Jason Ferguson for putting that together and doing all the hard work to make it a success. Thanks to all of you who braved the heat and came out. I know you are glad you did!
Some interesting quotes I saw just this morning:

"You can either be comfortable or courageous today, but you can't be both."
"Don't judge a man by where he is, because you don't know how far he has come." ~ C.S Lewis
"God doesn't give us everything we want but He does fulfill His promises, leading us along the best & straightest paths to Himself." –Bonhoeffer
"Sometimes it looks like God is missing the mark because we are too short sighted to see what He is aiming for." ~ Chambers
"Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter." ~ Charles Spurgeon
"I told you these things, so that you may have peace. In this world you'll have trouble, take heart! I have overcome the world." ~ John 16:33

And from yesterday's sermon "Speak softly and wear a loud shirt":
"What we say is a reflection of our hearts."
"Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth." 1 John 3:18 ESV

Don't forget that you are "On Mission" today. Right where you are. God has put you in a unique position that only you can fulfill. But we have to be courageous and not comfortable. The temptation is to sit back and do nothing. God did not create us to be lazy or comfortable. I was thinking about this, oddly enough, as I was watching a little bit of "Shark Week" on the Discovery channel. The thought crossed my mind that here is this big shark eating this huge seal with all this fat and blubber. And again, weird as this sounds, I was thinking how sharks never have to worry about gaining weight or being fat. No matter how many seals they eat they are always perfectly tuned to how God made them. I was thinking how men used to be the same way. Back when we struggled physically to be able to eat and live and just exist, I am quite confident that obesity was not an issue. But today we have it easier. I am thankful for that but in a spiritual sense many of us have become lazy. If our spiritual lives could be described by ocean creatures we would be more like the seal than the shark. God didn't create us to be seals. We were created for more than that. I don't want to stretch the analogy too far but know that today is a gift from God. Use it wisely for His glory.