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Focusing on Life Rather than Death

That’s One Man’s Opinion

Focusing on Life rather than Death:

How is your day going? How is your life going? My wife and I were watching a program on TV the other day about how many young people are committing suicide It was so sad see all the potential in the lives so many wasted because they were focusing on all the wrong things in their lives. We can often get so busy with life’s activities that our focus is on the most difficult situations / the problems of life… rather than the things we should be enjoying.

It’s like the professor who hands his new students a white blank piece of paper…. with one black dot in the center. He then tells them to write something about the paper. All the students focused all of their attention on the black dot. They wrote about how the black dot stands out and where it’s fixed on the paper. The size of the dot and the depth of its color.

No one mentions the 98% of the paper that is white surrounding the black dot. How about you, what do you focus your attention on? Isn’t that how we often spend our days, getting so caught up with the black dot in our lives rather than focusing on the wholesome things that we should enjoy…the big picture?

I think that is what God focusses on…the big picture! Oh, I know that he is concerned about everything that happens to you and I…even the little things…but He sees the big picture so that He knows how to respond to us during the little problems we face daily!

Here is the question …… What are you focused on? I challenge you to focus more on the big things in life. What is important to you and how that affects those around you? What you will spend most of your time and energy on? Have you ever thought that that has become your god? Most of us spend so much effort on things that have no eternal significance. So, today I challenge you to spend some time focusing on the first part of Genesis 1:26: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…’” What a powerful thought! You and I are made in the image and likeness of God! WOW!

That’s Just One Man’s Opinion



January 2019

2019 begins a new era …truly all things will become new!
I have pictures of my family in my office of just a few years ago and
everything has changed! We have all become a little older, larger, and
grayer! If there is one thing that never changes, it is that everything
changes!
Sometimes those changes are minor, slow, almost un-noticeable, but
then there are others things that are drastic. When my whole family
gathered around a table for Christmas dinner one of our sons said, Dad,
you and Mom started all of this! It all started back in 1964…54 years
earlier and now there were 25 people all gathered to celebrate Christmas
together!
I am sure your family is the same way…oh…there were changes many
good but others were sad but you need to be able to move forward and
not concentrate on the past but look forward to what God has in store in
the future!
May 2019 be the best year every for you and your family.
That’s One Man’s Opinion


FAITH

I was reading out of Oswald Chamber’s devotional My Utmost for His Highest this morning and came across this for today, “Never confuse the trial of faith with the ordinary discipline of life, much that we call the trial of faith is the inevitable result of being alive.”   I know that all of us face different trials in our lives and some much worse than others. But as a pastor I have been called on many times to help someone who has either lost a loved one or they have a family member facing serious surgery or a life-threatening disease. It is in these situations where faith is the foundation that undergirds our lives and gives us strength to face them head on. Not faith simply in a doctor or a medication but in a loving God who has proved His faithfulness over and over again to use every means available for our good.   We will all face trials because we live in a sin-run world where godlessness is running rampant and where we have to face it daily. In some of these situations we need to remember that it is part of the life and world that we live in. Remember the Biblical faith in your hearts is a faith that stands against everything that contradicts God. Stand like David as he stood against Goliath. Don’t run away from situations or problem but run towards them, knowing that God will give you victory!   That’s Just One Man’s Opinion!


Get Out of the Way!

Have you ever been driving down the road and had an ambulance or rescue vehicle attempt to pass you? Do you just move a little off center of the road to allow the vehicle clear passage or do you make it weave in and out of traffic? What if that were your emergency or someone you loved they were rushing to? You see it always makes a difference when something affects you personally, when the emergency is yours. Next time you see an emergency vehicle coming towards you or coming up behind you move off the road and let them pass; it just might be someone I love!
That’s Just One Man’s Opinion


Living Faith

I was reading out of Oswald Chamber’s devotional My Utmost for His Highest this morning and came across this for today, “Never confuse the trial of faith with the ordinary discipline of life, much that we call the trial of faith is the inevitable result of being alive.”
I know that all of us face different trials in our lives and some much worse than others. But as a pastor I have been called on many times to help someone who has either lost a loved one or they have a family member facing serious surgery or a life-threatening disease. It is in these situations where faith is the foundation that undergirds our lives and gives us strength to face them head on. Not faith simply in a doctor or a medication but in a loving God who has proved His faithfulness over and over again to use every means available for our good.   We will all face trials because we live in a sin-run world where godlessness is running rampant and where we have to face it daily. In some of these situations we need to remember that it is part of the life and world that we live in. Remember the Biblical faith in your hearts is a faith that stands against everything that contradicts God. Stand like David as he stood against Goliath. Don’t run away from situations or problem but run towards them, knowing that God will give you victory!   That’s Just One Man’s Opinion!


Life is a Fragile Thing

  My wife and I had to put one of our little dogs to sleep a couple of weeks ago and it was something that we both really struggled with. He was blind and deaf and his quality of life was very poor. Some days when we would let him out he would just turn in circles and not know where he was and that broke our hearts seeing him suffer like that. I know what caused my deepest struggle was not that he died but that I had to take his life.   Life is so precious and no one should ever take it flippantly. Often life is cut too short and our friends or loved ones are taken away due to illnesses, violence, accidents, and natural disasters, just to name a few. Life is so precious that we should never allow time to pass without enjoying the days we have with those we love.   Far to often we are so wrapped up in our tomorrows or our yesterdays that we are unable to truly enjoy today. We find ourselves longing for something else, never savoring the moment. Sadly, it takes a tragedy or major disaster for us to realize how fragile life really is. Just remember how precious you are in the eyes of God and spend some time with Him and those you love. Meeting around a table at a funeral service is not the best way to spend time with family and friends.   That’s Just One Man’s Opinion