What’s on Your Mind?

Posted: December 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

I’m sitting in a room with my laptop, guitar and phone.  I started playing some worship songs, then I started listening to worship songs, after that I sat down in the floor with my laptop.  I clicked on my wife’s Facebook page and in front of me are the words “What’s On Your Mind?” Well, there is a lot on my mind, so here goes.

First of all we have a Good, Good Father.  As I was playing worship music on my guitar I played that song over and over.  Then I listened to it a couple of times on my phone, and I know that we have a good, good Father that loves us, that is singing over us, that saves us!! Even when we are down in the dumps and even when we are high as a kite.  Well, high as a kite on life, not drugs, but you know what, even if you are on drugs He is still a good, good Father.  He loves you, He loves me!!! How do we ever deserve God putting on flesh, living with sinners and dying on a cross all for us? So we could live!!! So we could have abundant life!! He sacrificed His life for mine, and He doesn’t stop there.  He continues to lead us through life.  When the waves come, He’s still right there.  When the waves cease, He’s still there.  If He can tell the waves to cease and they listen, then guess what, if there are waves in your life, He can make them cease as well.  It may be rough going, but He is in your boat and has never tried to swim to shore.  How good is that? He never leaves us or forsakes us says the writer of Hebrews.  He’s always there and He always will be.  He loves us and He calls us sons and daughters.  So our God being a good good Father is on my mind!!

Second: Life is hard.  Did I just get an amen through social media? You understand that statement right? Maybe just a statement won’t do.  Maybe it should be an exclamation.  Life is HARD!!!!!!!!!!!  There are so many things that can go wrong and do go wrong on a daily basis.  People fight, people argue, people are selfish and everyone is always right.  We lose people, we lose friends, we get in wrecks, we run late for work, we get fired from work, we get laid off, we get sick, our loved ones get sick, our dog gets run over by the UPS truck and on and on and on I could go.  The point is it’s hard to live life sometimes.  Here is what I have figured out about people and life.  If you don’t read God’s word and do what it says, life will be a lot harder than it should be.  I’m not saying bad things won’t happen, or that life will be full of endless Reese’s peanut butter cups that aren’t fattening, but what I am saying is this.  If you put your faith in Jesus and you are a person of integrity and thank God by the way you live your life, you will have joy.  Even in the bad you will experience joy if you will just read God’s word and live by His standards and not your own.  Check out Psalm 119:1-8.  I would post it here, but I would love for you to grab a Bible or the Bible app and read it for yourself.  It will tell you exactly how to experience joy.  Even when it hurts, even when it’s hard, even when you don’t know how to face tomorrow, joy will overpower whatever you are going through.  It’s not magic, and it won’t just happen, you have to put in the work.  Read it, have joy, and then start living by God’s standards and not a false standard that you create for yourself.  This life is not about us and if we would do these three things life would be so much better for us, even when it’s at it’s most difficult.  1. Give God Glory 2. Build Each Other Up 3. Witness to the world (Tell People about Jesus).  Things will change, and you will see life differently, you will experience life differently and it might just be the abundant life Jesus promises us if we do these things.

The third thing that is on my mind is this.  It’s not going to be very long, but here goes.  America is obviously not what it used to be.  Things have changed and they have seemed to change quickly.  I want you to know our next President won’t fix this mess, our Governor won’t fix it, our Mayor won’t fix it, and God Himself may not fix it.  Ok, pick your jaws up off of the floor.  Why would I say God may not fix it? Good question.  Do I believe God could take out all the evil in this world and there would be non fattening Reese’s peanut butter cups for everyone? Sure I do! I really do, but my mind takes me to what Jesus says when he tells US to go into the world and make disciples.  What if we stopped praying for God to fix our nation and started praying for boldness to go out into this nation and tell people about Jesus and who He is, and what He has done in our own lives? Stop inviting people to your church and tell people who Jesus is.  Stop wearing your feelings on your sleeves and start wearing your faith on your sleeves.  Think about that for a while.  I know this: “The earth will shake and tremble before Him, Chains will Break as Heaven and Earth Sing HOLY IS THE NAME, HOLY IS THE NAME OF JESUS, JESUS, JESUS!!!!!!”

The last and final thing that is on my mind is how in the world do you spell experience?  I’ve tried to spell it three different ways and every time it gives me the red line under it.  Maybe when I right click to find the proper way to spell it I will take time to look at it and remember how it’s spelled instead of just hitting insert!  You guys have a great night.

In Christ,

Steven

Comments
  1. Janice says:

    Well said, son. I love you.

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