I was just getting ready to blog…and to be honest…I’m kind of empty in my tank today. Nothing bad…just tired. I’ve tried to do a week’s worth of work in three days so I can try to take off tomorrow and Friday (even though I’m coming into the office Friday morning to do a counseling session). In fact, it’s funny. I had someone ask me Monday if I was taking off this week. I said, “Does the week have a Wednesday and a Sunday in it?” They said, “Yes.” I said, “Well, I’ll be working.” 🙂
Truth is…as a pastor there are no “days off.” There are sermons to write and people to help. It’s just the way it is. I don’t begrudge it one bit. But, I do get tired from time to time. People’s problems don’t take off for holidays or even vacations. Nor do people’s surgeries or sicknesses. Being a pastor is 24/7. Yet, for my family’s sake and mine…there are times I need to unplug to refuel the tanks. So, here I sit… needing to blog… and what pops up on my computer? A blog from Katy on “Family!” Perfect!
It’s a wonderful piece of writing. I hope you’ll enjoy it. Also, after her piece, I’m going to slip in today’s devotion that Clara and I wrote early this morning. It’s about “Freedom.” I hope you’ll enjoy it. By the way, if you would like to get our Daily Devotions, you can sign-up by clicking here. It will take you 20 seconds.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
“How is your family?” “Is your family with you?” “Sorry about your family.” “What a great family!”
One year ago today, I committed to join another family. I promised myself to make another family. In other words, I accepted a marriage proposal! And so one year later, I am well settled in as a wife in my new family.
What have I learned being on both sides of the fence? I have learned that family is a precious thing. It is more precious than I ever realized. Each moment with every person you love is a gift. Each moment is one that you will never again receive. Your family is the only people who love you no matter what. They are the only ones who will be by your side, come what may.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Tomorrow we will celebrate freedom. Independence Day is a wonderful day of celebration for our nation. We are free thanks to brave men and women who have given their lives to purchase our freedom as a country.
Our freedom as a nation is celebrated in a document known as the Declaration of Independence.
It was signed on July 4, 1776 indicating to all that we were no longer in bondage to the “mother country” Great Britain. We continue to celebrate our freedom on July 4th each year.
Now as wonderful as that freedom is in that political freedom is a blessing, the greater blessing of freedom is knowing Jesus Christ. He purchased our freedom and deliverance from sin by His death on the cross. We are free because He died to deliver our souls from bondage to Satan’s kingdom.
The Apostle Paul speaks of that freedom to the Galatians and laments the fact that they would even consider returning to the bondage they once knew.
8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods.9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years! 11 I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain.
Do you remember in the Exodus account where the children of Israel started complaining to Moses and wanted to return to Egypt? They were hungry and they wanted the security of food and they would trade their freedom for bondage and a bowl of food. So sad! Yet today, as Christians we so often live our lives in the bondage of sin. We do not live out our lives in the freedom of Christ.
Paul was so discouraged with the Galatian people that he said, “I am afraid I have labored over you in vain.” He was watching them return to the law and to celebrating and observing certain feasts and special days. Paul was in essence asking them, “What are you doing! Why in the world would you go back to living like you were living? Why do you think you will find freedom in ceremonial washing and cleansing and observing certain days and feasts as if those rituals and traditions will buy you freedom? No! They only enslave you to the law.”
Good works won’t save us. Going to church won’t save us. Giving our money or time to the church won’t save us. All these things are works. The only thing that saves a human soul is their surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Yes, tomorrow we will celebrate our Independence as a nation. Today I encourage you to celebrate your “soul independence” in Jesus Christ and if you’ve never surrendered to Him and placed your faith and trust in Him, I implore you to do so today.
Enjoy your time with your families and I’ll be back with you on Monday!