On Tuesday of last week I had a appointment with my doctor. Nothing to worry about...just my annual wellness visit: and I am fairly well, thank you!
There is a part of every wellness visit, though, that requires a needle, a syringe, and an arm. For this part of the visit, you are supposed to have fasted. Well, I forgot and had eaten breakfast before my appointment.
The doctor laughed and said she would leave the orders and I could come back at 7:00 AM any day and have the blood work done. So I went back Wednesday morning.
To make a long story short (too late!), my body was apparently using the blood they took from me because I passed out...not once, but TWICE!!
What possible point could I be making? That I enjoy waking up lying on the floor of a doctor’s office with my feet in a chair?
Some people can donate a pint of blood and be OK...but if they give any more without taking some time to replenish their supply, they will not do so well (like some other people do who have a few CC’s taken from them).
Blood is life: without the blood pulsing throughout our body, we would not be alive. If we wish to carry on in this life, we must have blood.
Blood is life: unless we are covered in the blood of Jesus, we are not alive spiritually speaking. Hebrews 9:22 says, “...and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”
And it did not take just a few CC’s, a couple of vials or even a pint of Jesus’ blood to have your sins forgiven. It took every single drop of His precious, perfect blood.
And Jesus didn’t just pass out (even twice), He died for you. Are you covered in His blood? Only when we are covered in His blood can we live for Him?
His blood IS eternal life!
So this week is “Homecoming” at Siloam Springs High School. This means several things…
Students get to dress in strange ways to go to school (well, stranger than they usually dress anyway).
On Friday there will be a parade. This year the parade will follow a different route than in years past, so be sure that you know the new route before you grab your traditional spot.
There will be a very important football game on Friday night. As it turns out, the band will be presenting the first half of their show at halftime, FYI.
There will also be a whole host of people who come home for Homecoming. They may only make it back once a year, and, if so, this is it!
This will be a great time of renewing old acquaintances and, possibly, forming new friendships. What a great weekend it will be!
One day there will be another Homecoming celebration. Nobody knows when it will be...so we just need to be prepared for when it happens. Of course I’m speaking of Christ’s return.
There will not be a bunch of festivities and parades leading up to it...no signs that will tell us it is about to happen; it will just happen!
If we are prepared, then we will experience a fantastic homecoming. We will see friends and loved ones who have gone on before and be reunited with them.
But most importantly, we will see Jesus face to face and be with the Lord forever.
Are you prepared for Homecoming? If not, please do what ever it takes to get prepared today.
May the Lord speed that glorious day!!
Last week I took advantage of my day off to do something I had not done in over two years...I played golf. Linn Rice and I ventured out to the booming metropolis of Kansas, OK to the Flint Ridge Golf Course and chased a little white ball around for about three hours.
I started off like I had not played golf in two years: I took a 7 (that’s a triple bogey or three over par) on the first hole. The second hole is a par 3. I don’t know what I was thinking when I stood on the tee box, but I hit a lovely 7-iron that sounded good and looked good to within three feet of the hole: that is the closest I have ever been to a hole in one in all my years of golfing.
I promptly lipped out my birdie putt and made a three. On the third hole, a par 4, I played two nice shots to the green and two putted for another par.
So after two pars in a row, I began to think, “Hey, I pretty well got this whole golf thing down. Maybe I should try to hit the ball harder off the tee to shorten my second shot and I can start making birdies instead of pars.”
If you have ever played golf, you know that thinking like that is what gets you into trouble. Instead of focusing on the shot at hand, I was thinking back to holes 2 and 3...and I reverted to playing golf like I had not played golf in two years.
I thought I had figured the game out...I actually started to think I was a reasonably fair golfer: but that overconfidence was all it took to drag me back to earth.
In 1 Corinthians 10:12, Paul warns us: “So if you think you are standing firm, WATCH OUT that you don’t fall.” In our Christian life, so often we make the same mistake I did while golfing: we become overconfident.
And sometimes that overconfidence is all the opening that Satan needs to trip us up and cause us to fall. When we think we’ve got the whole Christian life thing figured out, that’s really when we need to watch out!
Do you ever allow circumstances to dictate your behavior? Do you ever act differently when a certain someone is around? What about picking out something to wear based on who will see you wearing the specially picked out attire? I’m pretty sure all of us, at some point and time have done all of these.
A lot of times doing these sorts of things isn’t a very big deal. Why, just this past week, I had prepared both sermons for Sunday when it dawned on me that Monday is Labor Day. So I totally changed my sermon for Sunday morning so that it would have something to do with the “season of the year.”
But sometimes it can be a big deal. Take, for example our speech. I have been talking with people and, when they find out I am a minister, they feel the need to apologize for the language they have been using. I try to let them know that I’m not the one they need to worry about offending.
Also having to do with speech is gossip. How many times have we heard (or even said), “I really shouldn’t say this but…” If you really shouldn’t say it, then you really should NOT say it!
Take, for example, clothing. The world says style and comfort are what is most important in choosing what clothes to wear. The Bible says modesty should be our primary concern (see 1 Timothy 2:9 as an example).
This starts, by the way, even before we begin to decide what we are going to wear. When we look at the item at the store, our first thought should be, “Is it modest?” Then we can worry about if it is cute or looks good on us, etc.
The bottom line is that we are always in the presence of God. So the way we act, the things we do, the places we go, the words we say, the stories we tell, the clothes we wear should always be appropriate for one who is a child of God.