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Pastor Ken’s Thoughts on a Thursday

Hi, this is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…Mountains upon mountains.

This week my wife and I are on vacation in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. I have made mention in past podcasts of our love for this region. We honeymooned in these hills just about 10 miles from where I now sit in the living room of our tiny mountain cottage. One of the things we like about these hills is…the hills. They give texture to the land that offer unending interest. We love to ride in the mountains, whether by car or by motorcycle it is always enjoyable. Even a ride to town for supplies is an experience looked forward to. Every curve in the road reveals another mountain to be climbed…every hilltop scaled unveils another. When here, the mountains seem unending. They rise and fall as if they were the result of the ridges and valleys of the very thumbprint of God at creation.

It got me to thinking about a scripture from Psalms. Psalm 90 verses 1 and 2 in the New King James version read as follows; Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. These mountains that I appreciate so much, that bring me such pleasure and peace are very, very old and yet they were brought forth by my God who is Himself timeless. As I said earlier they offer incredible interest when viewed and pondered and yet were the creation of a God who is infinitely more interesting. One who my feeble mind will never be able to know the full depth of, His ways being higher than my ways, and His thoughts so much Higher than my thoughts. As each hill and valley introduce me to another so are the number of ways to be excited about the relationship that our God desires with us. From the higher elevations in the area, one can see for many miles’ multiple mountains and valleys at once and yet the vastness of the expanse cannot compare to the love, mercy and grace bestowed upon each and every one of us…on any given day!

A God that great who can do and offer us so much, must have equally overwhelming requirements of us if there is to be any relationship to be had. Right? Not really. He desires that we allow Him to lead. Not only be a source of guidance, a reference for the times we don’t think we can handle, but truly be the leader of our lives. The One we find ourselves always behind…always following. He also asks that we learn to look at and treat others as He would, allowing them to have the same value in our eyes that we give ourselves and those naturally placed close to us. Micah 6:8 tells us that God has shown us what He requires from us, only to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God (Paraphrased).

Psalm 24 tells us that, The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. It is all His, created for His pleasure and purpose, provided by His hand. The Bible tells us that in His very creation; how awesome He is…is revealed to us.

There is one thing God desires however that He does not create for Himself. One commodity so valuable to Him that it must come from a source that He did not simply create for Himself out of nothing like everything else He created. Our worship. God desires that we worship Him. Psalm 100 tells us precisely how to offer Him the worship He desires of us while we live here.  Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.

Interestingly there is no part of this scripture that refers to worshipping this way once a week. There isn’t even a reference to it being a daily encounter. No, it refers to a desired perpetual state of existence. We are to have a heart of worship all the time. Perhaps that is why His creation is so expanse and diverse, so that we never run out of “wow factor” to keep that heart of worship perpetually offered. The Lord’s prayer asks that God’s will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Do you know what worship looks like there? Revelation 4:8-11 describe it for us …Day and night they never stop saying: “ ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.” Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

Let’s learn to worship Him better shall we? Let’s do our best to recognize that He is worthy of it every minute…of every hour…of every day. Yes, we can do it. I’m acutely aware that life offers lots of distractions and responsibilities that your enemy is trying to convince you right now make perpetual worship an impossibility, but God does not make requirements of us that are impossible. If He wants it…and we give it…it will not be to our demise. Worship Him. Worship Him while you work, worship Him while you fulfill those responsibilities. Learn to worship Him in all things and at all times. And for the rest of this week anyway, I’ll worship him when I turn another curve and see another mountain.

So now, with hearts full of the worship your God deserves…go be awesome!

Just a stones show

Hi, this is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…Just a stones show…

I have spoken in past podcasts of my late brother Gary. Because we were such fast friends for nearly half a century I think of him often. Usually those thoughts bring a smile that quickly turns into a laugh. Gary was incredibly funny. Not always appropriately so…but always funny. Even much of the mischief Gary got into as a kid was birthed from his sense of humor. Some would have called him disrespectful. Some would have called him ornery. Some did call him obstinate, we just called him “Hard rock” Hard rock was the nickname Gary earned because all of the adjectives I spoke of a moment ago fit. He was all of those things but not because he was bad, no, it was because those attributes were the avenues that Gary used to humor himself or others.

I thought of that nickname we used for Gary this past week because of a scripture I was reading congruent to the season we are in the midst of. The following describes the original Palm Sunday celebration. Luke 19:37-40 in the (NKJV) reads; Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: “‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the rocks would immediately cry out.”

The Pharisees were accusing Jesus of letting his disciples and the other followers make proclamation they did not accept as truth. Furthermore, the crowd lauding Jesus as King threatened to get the Romans upset and cause the Jewish leadership to lose their favor with Caesar who would then likely strip them of their power.  Jesus on the other hand being the fullness of the Godhead in human form understood that His position in The Kingdom as King was forever secured, even if the crowd was mistaken as to which throne He would occupy. Having the greater and fuller understanding, He simply correctly stated that His creation was created to bring Him glory and if one segment of that creation designed specifically for that purpose refused…another would take its place…but the King would not be unheralded in either case!

I don’t know about you, but God has been so, so very good to me. He doesn’t have to be, it isn’t even what makes Him good. He just is because He loves me so immensely and intensely. I said a moment ago, “I don’t know about you”, but that’s not true. I do know God has been so, so very good to you as well. How do I know? Because He loves you as intensely and immensely as He loves me. I know that because just five days after the account this scripture chronicles, that same Jesus went to the cross and died a horrible and agonizing death to pay the eternal price for my sins and for yours. So, if for nothing else…though there is much else…though nothing greater…I know that God has been so, so very good to us. Not because of us but because of His great love for us.  Romans 5:8 proclaims, But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Knowing that God has been so, so very good to me in every way…Even in the ones I have not yet attained clarity on aka the things He allows into my life that I don’t see as good. I invite you to join me in doing our part to keep the rocks around us quiet by not failing to bring Glory to God. I understand, sometimes it is difficult. Sometimes life delivers blows that knock the wind out of us so to speak. Those times have happened in my life too. Contrary to popular belief, pastors don’t get an insurance policy against difficult times at ordination. There are times when we are reeling from the unbelievable pain and unspeakable agony that results from living in a profoundly fallen world. In times such as these it seems difficult to give God the glory He deserves because frankly we aren’t feeling it. However, it is such praise and adulation for our King that will begin to correct our imbalanced emotional condition. If you ever need a set of cue cards to begin the process because it seems as though you don’t even know where to start, then turn to Psalm 118. It is an awesome set of prompts that will begin to turn your mind to offering the praise you should. Interestingly, verses 22-24 speak about Jesus in the context of the original scripture I referenced today. Those verses read “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. I love the way verse 24 is written. It is one most of us know and can recite. Have you ever looked at the structure of the sentence though? It begins with a statement of fact. This is the day the Lord has made This day, your day, a good day or a terrible one. This is the day that the Lord has made. None of what has or will happen in it has caught our all-knowing God by surprise…and yet He made it anyway. Then comes the finishing touch of the scripture We will rejoice and be glad in it. This denotes that a decision is being made. It is not a result of what the day brings, it is not in response to the day at all but rather to the God who made it. We will rejoice and be glad in it. It is an act of the will…and it keeps the rocks silent.

Join me…in spite of our life experiences…let’s keep the rocks silent…all except that “Hard rock” in Heaven…he is making a crazy amount of noise…but it’s a joyful one!

So now, making your joyful noise to the Lord even though “Hard rock” won’t be silenced…GO be Awesome!

 

Being Conformed

Hi this is pastor ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…being conformed.

Years ago I owned a small woodworking business that provided me the opportunity to design and build furniture. Although that was not God’s calling on my life and therefore was not to be what I did for a lifetime, I enjoyed the process immensely. It was a great deal of fun and very satisfying to take a pile of lumber and shape into something that someone would buy and keep in their home as a usable work of art. I remember one project often because it sits in a prominent place in our mountain retreat in Virginia. That particular piece, a hunt board, is made of old growth redwood. Its grain is tight and strait and those qualities made it a thorough pleasure to work with. It machined beautifully and when finished it had an amazing patina almost from the first day. Somewhere among my photos there is a picture of the lumber stacked on the shop floor before I began building. It was not new clean lumber, it was full of nails and covered in filthy old white paint. It had formerly been the lower section of a bay window on a house I was working on at the time. As I began the demolition process to replace the window, I noticed the back unpainted side of the lumber for what it was and then carefully dismantled the rest so that it could be saved for a furniture project. Thinking about that got me to thinking about what God does in our lives.

Romans 8:29, 30 says “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified these He also glorified”.

Prior to beginning the job of removing that old bay window I had been thinking for a while of building a hunt board but I had not yet decided what species to create it of. As soon as I saw the backside of those redwood boards I knew what I wanted to do with them. In fact, in my mind’s eye I could see the finished product completed while the boards were still in a pile on the shop floor yet to be cleaned and stripped of the ugly paint covering them.

With time the nails that had scarred the wood were removed, the undesirable covering of the old paint was stripped away and the split ends were then sawn off square. Soon a pile of freshly milled lumber was in its place ready to be conformed into the piece of furniture still residing only in my mind. A week later a beautiful piece of usable art stood where the pile of lumber had formerly been. Now that hunt board sits against the wall under a cabinet made of the remainder of the redwood.

The scripture above describes a similar process that we go through at the hand of God. He takes us as we are. Just as He finds us, He finds us acceptable to Him, yet there is a plan from the beginning to make us something more. He sees the value in us from the beginning. There are scars from former hurts that have left us more than imperfect. There are layers of covering on us that have been applied over the years in an attempt to cover our imperfections and brokenness. Aren’t you grateful though that your master carpenter is able to see that in the midst of all that damage you are infinitely valuable to Him?

Just as I cleaned the lumber up, the transformative power of the Holy spirt cleans us up and mends our brokenness. He removes the parts that aren’t useful to Him for the final purpose He has in mind for our lives. Slowly over time He lovingly peels back the covering we have hidden ourselves behind and exposes us, never for the purpose of shame and ridicule but rather to bring out the inner beauty He has always seen in us. The He begins the job of conforming us. Just as I took those boards and conformed them into a piece of furniture, He conforms us into the image the most beautiful thing in all of the heavens…His only begotten Son.

I could have sold that hunt board; I know because I sold several after I built that first one. But that first one wasn’t for sale. I brought into my own house. It was so valuable to me that I wanted it to be a fixture in my own home. God does the same for us. This verse says that though He has only one begotten Son, he conforms us into His Son’s image so perfectly that we become seen as His brothers and sisters…members of the family…prominently placed alongside Him. The second of the two verses I spoke of above speaks of how who He chooses, He desires, and who He desires He restores, and who He restores, He displays beautifully. Lest we make the mistake of wondering if we are one of those special chosen ones, consider the following. For God so loved the whole world (everyone) that He sent His own begotten Son and whoever believes in Him (His Son) will live eternally with them both.

There is no question you have been chosen, the only question is, are you willing to be conformed? The redwood I conformed into that hunt board had no choice. It was going to come into close contact with transformative machinery. We on the other hand have been given free will that the Master might know who desires to look just like Jesus. I don’t know about you, but I want to be a useful work of art in the Master’s home.

So now, accepting gladly the conforming work of your Savior, Go be Awesome!

The Countdown

Hi this is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…The Countdown.

The older I get the more I find youth to be superior. Sure, there are some benefits to age, but the older you get, the harder it is to remember what they are. In all seriousness there are things about aging that seem on the surface to be advanced in comparison to youth. I do like that age has brought with it many life experiences. Getting older seems to mean that I have the ability to exercise more wisdom. I know without a doubt that many of the joys I experience today can only come with increased days…watching my children succeed as adults, having grandchildren and seeing them grow into young adults. Things like these would cause one to think that age has its advantages, make no mistake it does, but it has its downsides to be sure. I keep seeing my dad in my bathroom mirror in the morning, sometimes grandpa even peeks back out at me! My voice did get deeper when I was a younger man, but now it seems to rise and fall as if it has a mind of its own. Speaking of minds, mine doesn’t seem as sharp as it once did, complicated math requires pencil and paper where it was once unnecessary. I get less done in a day than I used to and yet end up doubly tired. George burns who lived to be 100 years old said on his 90th birthday that he had finally gotten so old that when he bent over to tie his shoes in the morning, he looked around to see what else he could do while he was down there.  Yes, age may have its upside, but the downside falls off rather quickly!

I wish we could use a countdown to measure age. Countdowns are exciting. I remember as a child watching the countdowns to rocket ships being launched to the moon. We gathered as a family around the television and watched with baited breath. As the time to launch got down to 10 seconds we would all say it together 10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1…BLASTOFF!! Through the years we have continued with an air of excitement and hope to ring in each New Year together counting down in unison as the ball drops in Times Square. Counting down is something we do as people whenever we are getting ready to experience something adventurous or amazing. I submit that if a countdown were unexpectedly begun over a public address system, people would immediately stop whatever they were doing and look around trying to take notice of whatever it was that was about to happen. Countdowns are awesome, and so I wish we counted down our age. At first glance one might not think it a good idea, but I think getting younger instead of older might be reason enough.

One way we can reduce the “age” we are is to “enter” the kingdom of Heaven. No, I’m not talking about going to Heaven, though I am very excited to do that someday. I am speaking of what Jesus spoke of in Mathew 18:3, Mark 10:14 and Luke 18:17, in each of these scriptures it is recorded that Jesus said that we must be like little children to enter the kingdom of Heaven. One might ask, “How can we enter the kingdom of heaven without going to heaven?” but Jesus made it a point to explain to his followers that The Kingdom of Heaven had come to them. We are able to enter the Kingdom not by going up to it…but because it has come down to us. Jesus was saying in each of the scriptures I referenced above that it takes childlike qualities to be citizens in His kingdom. In Mathew 18 Jesus said specifically that unless we become humble like a child, we cannot enter His kingdom. The latter two reference Jesus rebuking the His disciples for trying to keep the little children away from Him and in that instance, He said that it was people who were like little children populating God’s kingdom.

So, what are the childlike characteristics we need to take on if we are to be able to be citizens of the kingdom? As I said earlier, Jesus specifically mentioned humility. I think He did so because it is humility that allows so many of the things we see children do seemingly without reserve that age and life experience in this troubled world make very difficult for us adults. Children understand that there is much for them to learn and are often eager to do so…how about us? Children are responsive to their consciences and don’t resist the need to change as we often do. Children have a wonder and awe of life that the years so often seem to dull in us. Children are able to forgive with much greater ease than the years of life and hurt make us want to do. Children never stop asking questions of the people they trust, why do we?

If you have children and or grandchildren like I do, watch them for a while. It won’t take long for you to see some quality or characteristic that you could take on or improve to be a better citizen in the kingdom. In the Kingdom of Heaven we become more and more childlike the longer we live there. Its almost as if we get younger instead of older the longer we walk with our King and Lord Jesus. I want to become more childlike, how about you? Wanna race into it? C’mon lets do it…ready? 3…2…1…GO!

So now, as fast as your childlike legs will carry you, race into the Kingdom and Go be Awesome!

What’s your favorite state?

Hi this is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…What’s your favorite state?

I am not the most well-traveled of those among us, but I have been to a lot of different places. I have traveled a good bit of this country, have lived in several different places here as well as a six month stay in the interior of the northern part of the country of Panama near the Costa Rican border. As I was saying I have traveled a fair amount and have been fortunate enough to visit Puerto Rico and 33 of our 50 states so far. I enjoy the taglines states choose for themselves. New York, where I was born is “The Empire State”. My current home, Delaware, is known as “The First State”. We all know that Florida is “The Sunshine State”. My wife and I honeymooned in Virginia because of course, “Virginia is for Lovers”. Texas is “The Lonestar State” and Vermont is known as “The Maple State”. I like reading these taglines, often found on the license plates of cars from those places, they sometimes tell us something about the state, or at least elicit some desire within us to go see those far-away places as they are designed to do.

I have actually lived in or owned property in five of our fifty states, but the best state I have ever resided in was also a homeplace of the Apostle Paul. I love living in the state of content more than any other state I have ever been in. When you live there all is well. If I’m not mistaken their license plate says “Problems are Simply Opportunities” The air there is full of promise. Make no mistake, it’s no Shangri La, it’s better! If they ever have a bad day in Shangri La it throws the whole place into upheaval. No one knows what to do. In the state of content there is trouble sometimes but it is accepted as expected when living in a fallen world. There are rich people and poor people in the state of content. There are those who have more than enough to eat and those who are hungry, but they are all equally capable of possessing a place in the state of content. There, not everyone has the job they want, some are even unemployed but they have all learned to be grateful for what they have and maybe more importantly, not be envious of what others have. It’s a wonderful place to live. There aren’t a lot of laws in the state of content, just ten actually, but if you follow them you get to live there as long as you want to. The most important of these laws is to love. Love God first and foremost. Learn to put Him first in everything and to be grateful to Him for whatever He has given you…and even what He has chosen not to give to you. Second, and equally important, one must learn to love others as much as they love themselves. They have to be ready to treat everyone exactly as they want to be treated in each and every situation. These two laws are so important that the King of the state of content once said if everyone followed these two laws they wouldn’t need to worry because the other laws were all structured around those two. There is a much larger state nearby. It is known as the state of discontent, I think their license plate has a scowling face in the center and says something like “Land of the Ingrates” on it, many more people live there but few are willing to admit it. One of the beauties of the state of content is that it is always open to new and returning inhabitants. There are no aliens in the state of content…all are welcome.

So how do you get there? Paul gave us some clear directions while he was a resident. Several times he published the roadmap that allows any of us to find the way to contentment easily.         I Corinthians 7:17 in the English Standard Version says Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. There is little doubt that the context of this verse makes the point that married people who then come to Christ should not divorce their spouses just because they have not made the same decision. However, the greater implication here is that the way to live in the state of content is not to try to exchange the things we have in our lives for other things. Rather we should accept that what we possess has been given to us by God even before our relationship with Him began, and that the way to being content is to be grateful for all that we possess…even an unbelieving spouse!

1 Timothy 6:6-12 in the New International Version reads as follows: But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. Paul makes the point here that living in the state of content requires that we take our focus away from the things the world around us is constantly trying to get us to focus on but rather to put our focus on the one who created the world. Seeking godliness in our lives and giving that the most of our attention not only allows for us to live as we ought and to look more like Jesus as a true Christ follower should, it has the added benefit of getting to live in a state of content. It allows us to truly accept that what a good God gives is good, therefore what we have is good. Trying to seek after the riches of this world, allowing that to gain too much of our attention brings only discontent.

Finally, I offer the clearest map Paul shared with us directing the way. Philippians 4:11-13 from the New Living Translation says; …for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Paul had found the secret map to the hidden and elusive state of content, and he shared it with the world. Learning to live in the state of content is all about knowing that whatever we have or don’t have, wherever we live or don’t live, weather it seems we have all we think we need or deserve or not…we can live happily, with gratefulness…we can live content…through the power of Christ who strengthens us to do so.

So now, walking in that power and choosing to live in a state of content…Go be awesome!

Dumbing it down

Hi, this is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…dumbing it down 

I have decided that I want to identify as weightless. I have been working hard trying to be fit and eat only what I should in reasonable portions to be at, and maintain a weight that my doctors feel will be advantageous to me living a long and healthy life. I like the thought of the long and healthy life part, but the discipline it takes to accomplish it…that part I don’t like so much. Who are they to tell me what is good for me? I should get to choose right? I mean who made them the standard bearers of health and fitness…they are only doctors…you would think they think they know what’s best for me. Besides that, I think being weightless will be fun, there are other advantages too…my shoes won’t wear out as fast, I can levitate above the ground instead of walking, which has got to be easier on my joints…there are any number of reasons identifying as weightless is a great idea. Maybe I should petition my congressman to write legislation guaranteeing my right to so self-identify…yeah…that’s what I should do. 

Sound crazy? That’s because it is! But it seems to be the leading national brand of craziness that is sweeping the land right now. I know, I know I’m not supposed to use words like “crazy” because they are offensive…except that it seems lately like the more offensive something is to our good senses the better. So I’m not sure, are we supposed to try not to offend…or is the idea to be ultra-offensive. I can never keep it all strait. Am I allowed to say “strait”? I’m just not sure anymore. It’s all so confusing. I know I’m old, but there used to only be two genders…and now…who knows how many there are? That particular bar just keeps on moving, seemingly picking up speed by the day! I’m not sure…are gender reveal parties still allowed or are they considered to be presumptuous? 

Why is it even necessary to consider such things? Because we have lost our way. So much so that in the hallowed halls of the capitol of our “One nation under God” a U.S. Congressman stated this past week in response to a call for greater godliness in our law making that “God is no concern in this congress”. We have totally and completely lost our way, and the “forward thinking” of our society prove it on a regular basis. Just wait five minutes if you don’t believe me. 

We have totally dumbed down life to the point that if we keep going in this direction it will quickly become unsustainable…literally! Why can’t I decide to identify as weightless? Aside from the law of gravity identified by Isaac Newton 300+ years ago which was integral to Einstein’s theory of relativity accepted by every serious scientist for the past century…it just isn’t feasible, but then those two relatively smart guys said it wasn’t. The fact of the matter is that I don’t get to decide what laws of physics I will agree with and which ones I will ignore. You kinda have to follow the science to use a contemporary phrase. Even more so I cannot ignore God’s laws. We don’t get to decide what is righteous…it’s already been decided. People will try, they have for all history…but it won’t change what is righteous and what is unrighteous. Those were chiseled in stone thousands of years ago.. 

God’s word exposes how we have gone so far astray. 2 Corinthians 10:12 tells us that…when we measure ourselves by ourselves and compare ourselves to ourselves we are not wise. One version goes so far as to say “we understand nothing”. In other words when we try to decide what will be good for us ignoring the outside influence of authority we dumb it down and become stupid. A surefire recipe for a stupid decision is to make it without consulting God. If we want to succeed in life we must consider the creator of that life. To do anything else is folly. Thankfully God’s word also explains how to be wise and succeed. Proverbs 9:10-11 says The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied and years of life will be added to you.   

We cannot say as that foolish congressman did that God is of no concern in our lives. We must consider and obey the author of life if we are to live, and we have to give our lives to the author and finisher of our salvation if we are to be saved. We have been created with a mind. One that was given to us to reason with, but also one that was intended to reason with our God within the confines of His design and plan for our lives. 

I have decided against identifying as weightless…the gravity of the situation was just too important.  

So now, considering God and giving Him His rightful place in your life…go be awesome! 

 

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