When I came into the office this morning (Wednesday, May 25, 2016) I was met by a rather unpleasant surprise: we had no phone service and no Internet service.
So I called Cox and, while talking with the Customer Service Representative, I mentioned I didn’t mind the phone being out, but I need the Internet.
They said a technician would be here by 10:00 (FYI, it is now past 10:00 and I’ve not seen anybody from Cox yet).
For the past 2½ hours I’ve been twiddling my thumbs, trying to stay busy...I’ve done some off line work and I’ve got a big part of Thursday’s work already done. And here I sit, totally at a loss as to what to do next.
Then a sudden realization hit me: I am very dependent upon the Internet in my day to day life. When my Internet service is interrupted, my life has to be put on hold until a technician can come by and restore service.
Then a sudden conviction hit me: can the same thing be said about my personal devotional life? If I miss a day of reading God’s Word or praying (not in relation to my job as a preacher, but in my personal study and prayer time as a Christian), does my life feel interrupted? Or do I just go on with other “important” things and not really even miss that devotional time?
How important to you is your personal devotion time? If you miss it, do you miss it? Or if you miss it do you even notice it’s not there? How much of an inconvenience is it to you if you miss your time with God? Are you able to just continue with your day, almost as if nothing was missing?
God has done more for each of us than anyone else in this world...He’s even more for us than the Internet.
I hope your personal prayer and study time is something that you never take for granted. I hope that you never have to “do without it.” I hope that you could not and cannot “do without it.”
I hope the technician from Cox gets here soon!
While each and every Sunday is an important and special day, this Sunday will be extra special. This Sunday, we will be honoring our high school seniors as they prepare for graduation. This year we will honor three young men: Jackson Noll, Cody Washington, and Kaelan Wiles.
As we have done in the past for our high school graduating seniors, on Sunday morning, we will present each of these three young men with a Bible and share a little bit about what their plans are for the future.
This year, though, we will start what I hope will become a new tradition. Not only will we share some information about their future, we will also be looking at their past.
With a big assist from their parents, a slide show showing these three boys growing into the young men they have become has been prepared and will be shown at the conclusion of the service (it’s only 4 minutes and 45 seconds long)...some of the pictures are quite telling, so you’ll definitely want to plan on sticking around.
In speaking of the Body of Christ (the church), Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 12:26b, “...if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” This is an important time in Jackson’s, Cody’s, and Kaelan’s lives. We should rejoice with them as they celebrate this accomplishment.
The most important thing we can do for them, though, is to remember each of them in our prayers. Graduating from high school can be trying. It can be scary as the reality of life after high school sinks in...so pray for them.
And plan on being with us on Sunday morning as we celebrate all that God has done and will do in the lives of Jackson, Cody, and Kaelan!
My family has grown by one this last week. “Rachel” has “adopted” a black Lab from the animal shelter. As a shelter dog, “Shadow” has some trust issues...at least one human has already abandoned him.
We have some friends who have 17 years experience raising Labs and they were over on Tuesday. While they were at our house, apparently Princeton (our 3 year old Shih Tzu) got too close to Shadow’s cage or toy or something and the two of them had a brief “discussion.”
Of course we all scolded Shadow for attacking Princeton. Our friend said they were just figuring out territory and toy possession and that it looked a lot worse than it really was and we really only needed to be worried if it looks like there will be blood...we really don’t want it to get to that point. (If you are not familiar with the size difference of a Lab and a Shih Tzu, we’ll just say it is considerable.)
The bottom line is they were determining who was the “Alpha Male” in the home. What they fail to realize is that there already is an “Alpha Male” in our home...and neither of them is it: I am.
I am the head of the household...a position given me by God (see Ephesians 5:23). The two dogs can argue and “discuss” things all day, but I am the one in charge. I’m not trying to rile anyone up by saying this; I am wanting to make a point.
There are people who want to fuss and fight over who is the most important, over who is the “top dog.” So we debate things and argue about things and get ourselves all worked up trying to show that we are number one.
Unfortunately, this can even be seen in churches. I say unfortunately because Ephesians 5:23 reads: “The husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, His body, of which He is the Savior.”
The church already has it’s “Alpha Male” and it is the One who is the “Alpha and Omega.” We must submit to Him in all things.