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July 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

Distracted Driving and Distracted Living


Many years ago, I worked for a company that delivered furniture.  It wasn't the best job in the world but it paid good and I worked with good people.  I was able to meet new people and see most of the beauty of Cherokee County through the windshield of a furniture delivery truck.  Just so we're all on the same page, this truck was one of the large ones that could carry multiple pieces of furniture and appliances.  This in of itself wasn't necessarily a bad thing.  However, there was one person that nobody liked to ride with when he was driving the delivery truck.  It wasn't that he was a bad person or listened to crazy music or anything like that.  He just had a hard time staying focused on the road and drove way too fast.  If something caught his attention and he looked at it for more than a second or two, the truck would begin to drift in that direction.  There were many trips I had conversations with God asking Him to please let me live through the ride and I would never do anything bad again.  There were even a couple of times I was sure we were going to wreck and die and this was before texting and driving became an issue.  This may be just a humorous, but true, story that many can relate to, but the fact of the matter is that too many people are dying as a result of distracted driving.  Many more people are dying without Jesus because of distracted living.  Let us be as proactive to put an end to distracted living as we are to distracted driving.  Tell someone about the mercy, grace, and love of God today.  Just like that guy drifted in the direction his eyes were looking, where a person's treasure is, their heart will be also.  Proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to someone who is living distracted by the temporal things of this life, that they may find the eternal riches of God in salvation.  

Robert




July 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

Old and Tired


For the first time in several years, I took part in church camp last week.  Our group  was wonderful to be with and the kids were great.  It was my first experience at Preteen Camp(#DSBC2017), and an experience it was.  Sharing a dorm, showers, and toilet with 30 other people, most of who were pre-teen boys, is something words just can't describe.  While it was very enjoyable and a tremendous blessing to see God work in the hearts of students, it didn't take long for me to be reminded that I'm not 25 anymore.  I don't move quite like I used to and more importantly, I don't recover near as quick.  Fortunately, the kids seemed to get less excitable as the week went on as well.  The last night of camp, I had the pleasure of having two of my children resting their heads on my shoulders.  At one point, Toby, our cuddler, crawled up in my lap and lay his head on my chest.  This was such a sweet moment for me, especially since I know how quickly the day is coming when he won't have the desire to do it any more.(Or he'll be too big and then it would be awkward and painful)  As I sat there treasuring up the moment in my heart, I thought about our heavenly Father.  When those days come that exhaust us and we feel as if we can't go on, He is there to hold us and let us feel the strength and comfort of His mighty, loving arms.  His word tells us that His burden is easy and His yoke is light.  He beckons for all who are weak and heavy ladened to come unto Him and enjoy peace and rest.  Just as I enjoyed holding Toby, so does our Father enjoy holding His children.  So next time you've had a hard day or many hard days, remember  you can come to the altar and find the Father's arms are opened wide.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYQ5yXCc_CA

Robert




June 26, 2017, 3:56 PM

Afraid of Heights


I can remember a time when I was a young man, I often made poor choices.  One of those was to climb up to the top of a local tower that was no longer in use.  It served as a watchtower because you can see for miles from the top.  Fast forward about 25 years and things are much different for me.  A couple of years ago, my family and I went to a water park that had some of those tall water slides.  In order to ride them, I had to climb the stairs that extended what seemed to be about 1,000 feet high.  As my daughter and I ascended the stairs, I began to get nauseous.  Within a few seconds, dizziness and tunnel vision ensued.  Laura, my daughter who was about 10 years old, asked me if I was ok.  I obviously was not ok and had started turning a funny shade of green.  I knew there was no way way I was going to turn and go back down.  First of all, who would ride down the slide with my little girl? Secondly, I am a man and stubbornness drowns out logic way too often.  Just when I was about to become physically ill, Laura told me to close my eyes and hold her hand and she would lead me up the rest of the stairs.  Once it was our time to ride, I would be ok long enough to get across the platform and into the tube.  I'm sure it was quite humorous to see a big, bald guy being led by a cute little girl.  If anything, it should have been me helping her overcome the fear of heights.  O, how I was humbly reminded that day of my limitations.  There are few things in life that scare me more than heights.  I was reminded by that day, that when I encounter scary circumstances in life, things I don't think I can accomplish or overcome, all I need to do is close my eyes and reach for the hand that will guide me.  It's kind of like walking by faith and not by sight.  Don't let things you see keep you from getting where God wants to take you.  Take His hand, trust in Him, and walk by faith.  

Robert




June 20, 2017, 2:28 PM

Getting a Good Deal


My oldest daughter is away at dance camp this week.  She calls home each night to tell us of how things are going and the highlights of her day.  She's at the age where she has to make decisions for herself and begin to apply some of the things she has been taught by her mother and I.  The college hosting the camp is where my daughter hopes to attend after highschool and we have been there for various events over the last couple of years.  On one of first trips, Gracie(my daughter) found a sweatshirt that she really wanted but didn't want to pay the asking price.  The highlight of her day yesterday was that she found that sweatshirt half price and bought it.  I don't know if she was more excited about the shirt or only paying half price.  I'm the proud dad who's glad she waited and got it at a discount. She wanted the benefit of the shirt but didn't want to pay full price.  It made me think about my spiritual walk.  Jesus was willing to pay full price for my redemption, knowing ahead of time what he would get in return is far less than what He is worthy of.  Why then do I often find myself wanting the fullness of the blessings of salvation but not wanting to pay full price for them.  I want the abundant life, but I'm not interested in paying the price of denying self daily and taking up my cross to follow Him.  When we choose not to commit the fullness of our lives to following Christ, we're not getting a good deal, we are actually short changing ourselves.  

Robert




June 15, 2017, 1:39 PM

Birthday Cake Decorations


Has anyone else noticed how impressive birthday cake decorations have become.  I recall my family attending a birthday party at which the cake was amazing.  It contained the popular action figures, and characters and the design was unbelievable.  It was better than any of my epic Pintrest fails.  I overheard someone say that the cake had cost over $150 and it was quite the spectacle. However, the cake itself wasn't all that great.  It was a bit dry and not very sweet.(It didn't stop me from eating it)  I wonder if that is how the Church looks to God sometimes.  Here is this thing that is majestically decorated with all sorts of beautiful colors and designs.  So many extras piled on that the main purpose, is forgotten or overlooked.  All the people complimenting the outward appearance of the  cake and the proud parents taking credit for spending an insane amount of money on something that will soon be gone.  What good is it to be finely decorated and maintain a beautiful outward appearance if the purpose we were created for goes unaccomplished.   We were created to be far more than decorations and Jesus didn't die for us to lead lives filled with all fluff and no substance.  

Robert


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