Friday, December 2, 2016

“God longs for a relationship with His children.”

A thought by Kyle Idleman (2014-03-01) from his book, AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything (p. 206). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)

Kyle shares, “A friend of mine told me about an elderly man he knew who could no longer take care of himself and whose family made the difficult decision to put him in a nursing home. Every Sunday afternoon the man’s daughter and her husband and their children would go see him. Every Sunday this elderly man would wait for his daughter and her family to come visit. He looked forward to it all week and was always out waiting for them. As the years passed, his mind grew weaker, and he soon had a hard time remembering his children’s names. He would sometimes have a hard time getting back to his room. But no matter what happened, on Sunday afternoon, he was always there waiting for his daughter and her family. One day the daughter asked her father, ‘Daddy, do you know what day of the week it is?’ The father couldn’t tell her what day of the week it was. So the daughter said to her dad, ‘Well, Daddy, how did you know to wait for us today?’ The father replied, ‘Oh, honey, I wait for you every day.’”

Kyle goes on to say, “God is a loving Father who longs for His children to come home. On the day you finally come home, you will find Him waiting for you. You might wonder, how did He know to wait for me on this day? How did He know I was coming today? He has been waiting for you every day.”

We are headed into the Christmas Season and we as a family are all going to be together for the first time in few years.  It is going to be a very special time. Well
God longs for His family to come home to Him.  That is what Christmas is all about. He sent His Son, Jesus to earth to clear the way for us to come home. And as Kyle says, “He has been waiting for you every day.”  He is waiting for you today.


So don’t you think this is a good time to come home?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

“If it were pain-free, we would act.”

A thought by Kyle Idleman (2014-03-01) from his book, AHA: The God Moment ThatChanges Everything (p. 171). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)

Kyle goes on to say, “Most of us don’t want to act, because we don’t want the pain. So we put it off.”

And that was true of me.  I hadn’t gone to the Doctor for over 6 years.  I was feeling pretty good but I knew there were a couple of areas I needed looked at.  I was feeling ok so I didn’t go.  A few months back I was listening to a sermon by Rick Warren and he said that taking care of himself physically was a personal thing until he got to thinking about how important he was to his family and how they would feel if something happened to him.  And that hit me where it needed to hit me.  So I had my wife make an appointment for me to go to see the Doctor as a 69th birthday present for my family. 

Now the spots on my head were skin cancer.  And I get the biopsy report on whether I have prostate cancer tomorrow.  The Doctor is pretty sure I don’t but he just wanted to make sure.  Now the stage two skin cancer surgery was an ordeal but it was a success.  The skin cancer has been taken care of.  But I had to go to the Doctor to have it taken care of.

Kyle says, “We put off the workouts, because we don’t want sore muscles. We put off living within our means, because we don’t want to cut back on our lifestyle. We put off the hard conversation, because we don’t want awkward tension. We put off getting help, because we don’t want to feel vulnerable. We put off asking for forgiveness, because we don’t want to embarrass ourselves.”

He then says, “The Prodigal Son knew how hard making the trip back home was going to be. He knew how painful it would be to see the disappointment in his father’s eyes. He knew how humbling it would be to feel the judgment and condemnation from his older brother. He knew it would be painful, shaming, and difficult. Waiting wasn’t going to make it any easier. In fact, the longer he put off action, the more difficult it would become. So he got up.


So what are you putting off doing because of the pain?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

“The truth is we need to obey God even when we don’t feel like it.”

A thought by Kyle Idleman (2014-03-01) from his book, AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything (p. 166). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)

And we want the truth, don’t we?  But the truth is, I don’t feel like it.  And there is my problem, I don’t feel like it.

But Kyle says, “When we obey God without the motivation to do so, our feelings will eventually catch up with our actions.”

He goes on, “I remember learning this lesson when we lived in California. One thing that stressed me out there was the traffic. I hated sitting in traffic. One day I was sitting in a line of cars not going anywhere, riding the bumper of the car in front of me. I honked my horn, hoping that somebody miles up the road would hear it and decide to go a little faster. I kept switching lanes, trying to move ahead a few extra feet, and I was completely stressed out. I knew this wasn’t what God wanted for me. He wanted me to be at peace. I didn’t feel at peace, so I decided to fake it and see what would happen. I thought to myself, I’m not a man at peace, but if I was, what would I do? Well, for starters, I would back off the car in front of me. I would quit honking my horn, and I wouldn’t switch lanes. A man at peace would probably put in a sermon or worship CD. So I stuck in a worship CD. A man at peace would probably sing along with this CD, so I started to sing. A man at peace would smile, so I forced myself to smile. A man at peace might wave at somebody, so I waved. I thought a man at peace would probably let someone else in front of him. But it’s hard to say for sure, so I didn’t go ahead with that one. I don’t know when it happened, but at some point I began to feel at peace. You see, our attitudes and emotions can catch up with our actions. We are called to be obedient even when we don’t feel like it.”  

He then says, “Find your first step and act on it now, whether or not you want to. And you may find that along the road, with God’s help, actions that at first seem artificial can become authentic.”


So what do you need to do even if you don’t feel like it?