From The Pastor's Desk

Blessings-Part 1

Do you recognize the presence of God’s blessings in your life?  I know that it’s easy to get caught up with the problems and the trouble. . . .

 In fact, much time and energy is exerted by many in concentrating on and being captivated by all that is not right in their lives.  There’s so much to be put right, yet there are so many obstacles to arriving at that plane of life where everything is just how it is supposed to be.  It seems that we are always dealing with some sort of dysfunction or disturbance. So, our days, and months, and years are spent in frustration, weariness, and discouragement.

 Still, I am compelled to ask-have you noticed what God is doing in your life?  The reality of God’s blessings often are, but never should be, lost on us.  There are things happening for you right now for which there is no other explanation but God.

 1.     Consider your life itself.  I remember a familiar saying of my old dorm supervisor, Bro. Don Snow, who would offer the same testimony every morning.  He’d say I’m glad He woke me up this morning and started me on my way. Indeed, He has!  Paul preached and said [f]or in him we live, and move, and have our being(Acts 17:28a). 

 2.    Think of your children.  Often children try our patience and have the potential to create or contribute to a tumultuous atmosphere. Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward(Ps. 127:3).  Children are God’s property that He loans to parents to be stewards over.  While this is a huge responsibility (deserving of extended focus at another time), it is also a unique and incredible privilege.  God has entrusted you to shape a life and impact them forever!

 3.    How about the “good things” in your life?  Look around.  Take inventory.  Think about those things that really matter.  Do you think that God had something to do with them?  I’m convinced that He did!  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17). 

 I recognize that your life may not be what you envisioned it to be.  Youthful enthusiasm and optimism tend to fade after some bad experiences in life and are often replaced with bitterness and skepticism. 

 In spite of that, I want to encourage you to discipline yourself to focus on God and His blessings in your life.  This may be very difficult at first, but if you will keep at it, I guarantee you that life will begin to look different!

 

Micah Perry

Posted by Pastor Micah Perry on Feb.04, 2017