Well today is the day! We were able to find someone to assume our lease. This will allow us to move on to the next phase without a lease buyout hanging over our heads.
As the old year winds down and the new year begins, we pause to reflect on the past year and I wonder where the time went. Yet, scripture is clear about just how quickly our life dissipates. David wrote about it. (Psalm 39:4-7) As did James;
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”—James 4:13-15
David offers yet another vivid picture;
As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them. —Psalm 103:15-18
Admittedly, I am entering the new year wanting to meet some physical goals, by sticking to a regimented exercise program. I also want to meet some professional objectives. Yet, spending time with my Lord is even more critical. This is the foundation on which the others should be built. Without the solid foundation, which is the Rock, Jesus Christ, our life is built on sand. How can we offer stability to others if our life is built on shifting sand? (1 Timothy 4:7-9) Building our life on the foundation of Christ is like the lighthouse built on the solid rock-bed of the shoreline. In contrast, building our life on the priorities of this world, is like building a castle on a sandy beaches. The former stands strong through the storms of life, while the later dissipates with the ever changing tide of this world’s happenstances.
My prayer for us, this first day of day of 2013, is that although our life is short, the Lord will prompt us to the opportunities to assist others in the coming year and that we will be responsive to His promptings, thereby making the best use of our time left in this world. I also pray that He will help us check our goals against what truly honors Him and then with the aid of the Holy Spirit prioritize our objectives this year to insure that they reflect what is really important in our life, our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Happy New Year, friend.
Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love. — Fanny Crosby, Blessed Assurance
I went to the funeral of a friend and a brother in Christ today. There were many in attendance to celebrate a life well spent. Many stood up to share, but time would not allow all of us to do so.
Therefore, I would like to share a Troy moment here.
As mentioned by so many today, Troy touched many lives. Those in attendance were people who have lived life. Each of us could “see” the scars of life etched on our faces. Many of us have lived enough of life to have made tragic mistakes, experienced hardships, addictions, broken marriages and whatever else has been thrown at us, due to our own choices or through no fault of our own. Troy was there for many of us that have lived life.
Yet, I would like to share this memory with you. I first met Troy at the birthday of my oldest granddaughter. During my granddaughter’s special day, I saw a man with the tenderness of Christ.
“And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.”— Mark 10:13-16
That day, Troy was quick with a smile and a hug and more importantly, he knelt down, and with Christ’s compassion, “entered” my granddaughter’s world. Since that first birthday celebration in 2010, Troy always made the time to share in the celebrations of life for both of my granddaughters. Whenever I think of Troy, I will reflect on that… to me, those celebrations were a picture of how Christ entered our realm to make the ultimate sacrifice for those who choose to follow Him.
“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”—1 John 3:16-18
“and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.”—James 2:23
Thank you Troy and Jessie for entering our life and sharing a bit of yourself.
Many times during the days of our life we encounter situations that are best avoided altogether. Yet, many times we are like the trout eying a fly dancing on the water’s surface. It is best that we keep swimming right on by, but we don’t. If we allow ourself to be mesmerized by our particular “lust” the lure will be set! We must not yield to our “lust.” We must race right on by.
Charles Spurgeon talks about it in his morning entry for July 25. The scripture reference is, Genesis 39:12:
“she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand and fled and got out of the house.”
Spurgeon expounds further,
“A convenant must be made with our eyes not even to look on the cause of temptation for such sins only need a spark to begin with and a blaze follows in an instance… If the mariner knew how to avoid a storm, he would do anything rather than run the risk of weathering it. Today I may be exposed to great peril; let me have the wisdom to keep out of it and avoid it. The wings of a dove may be of more use to me today than the jaws of a lion… I am to resist the devil, and he will flee from me; but the lusts of the flesh I must flee, or they shall overcome me.”
Do not despair friend, for we have a promise to stand on,
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”— 1 Corinthians 10:13
Taking this into account, I pray that, moving forward, we will opt to race right on by!
It was an M Trail Monday, nothing manic about it. Another beautiful, blue skied morning here in Montana. Blood flowing through the veins is a good thing!
I continue to pursue, spending time in the Word (Spiritual and Mental training) and moving (Physical training). Keep on keeping on and stay focused.
Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 2, Psalm 32, Psalm 62, Psalm 92, Psalm 122, Proverbs 2
Verses of Note:
“8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. 9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.” — Psalm 32:8-9
Well, I am happy to say that the sun did not go down this day without me tackling the M. This afternoon I went up through the back door and came down through the front door. It is good to be moving and pursuing better health and fitness.
This pursuit has gotten me thinking about what Paul penned in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.
“24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”
How critical it is that we be obedient to our calling as His children and that we discipline ourselves to continually prepare our bodies, minds and souls for His work. That is why it is essential that we spend time in His Word (Spiritual and Mental training) and moving (Physical training) everyday. Yet, I realize that I can do nothing without “Christ who strengthens me.” Lord, please help me to stay focused on you. Amen.
The day turned out to be perfect for a BBQ. The third annual Big Sky Barbecue Festival to benefit the Montana Food Bank Network will be hosted today by Big Sky Brewery. Every $1.00 generated at today’s event, will result in seven meals for those that really need an assist. If you are in the Missoula area drop on by.