Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Enjoy It!

“Enjoy life. This is not a dress rehearsal.” 
I ran across this quote today and it made me think about many things.  First of all, I don't really like dress rehearsals. I would rather just do the performance once in costume and not have to go through all of the "dress up"! To me its always painful to go through all of that for a "practice" session.  Secondly, could you imagine what it would be like if we did get a second chance because this was only practice? A "do-over"? Made a mistake today....do-over! Said something I would like to take back...do-over!
The point of this quote is that we should take seriously the seconds, minutes, hours and days of our lives and spend our time carefully. We should enjoy every minute of it. Once it's spent, it's gone. We don't get to "dress up" and run through a practice. This is real and its one time. This IS it! There are no do-overs. Trust in the Lord, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Enjoy it!
I love the moments in my life when everything seems to be in sync with the Lord. My thoughts are good, my actions beneficial and my heart is full.  And when His glory falls, it is simply unbelievable! All I can say when that happens...enjoy it!
You are where you are because of the choices you have made and God is able to make ALL things work out for your benefit if you can begin to trust Him. So get ready...lights, camera....ACTION! Enjoy it!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Serve Here!

Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon's mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. Luke 4:38-39

Jesus was all about helping others. Everywhere he went he healed sickness and disease. Even at the home of Peters mother-in-law! She had a fever and Jesus spoke not to her but to the fever and it left. He was teaching us how to get beyond pain and hurt and to a healthy place. Speak to the root of the trouble. Kill it. But don't miss what happens next. The whole and healed, completely well mother-in-law got up and took care of everyone at THAT house. Right there, right away!
In my years as the lead pastor at The Landing, the trend I have seen more often than not is people getting well and then moving on. It's been the hardest part of being a pastor to watch people get better inside the ministry, touched, prayed for and cared for by the people there, and then run off to some other place to serve. Peter's mother-in-law got right back in the game and took care of those in the house that she was healed in. She served where she was made well. I think there is something very much "Jesus" about that! 
I pray today that you and I would feel a special call to rise up with our healed bodies and take care of those that are around us. How about starting the process by praying for your mother-in-law? Don't have one? Pray for your mom!