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STILL BUILDING

The major engineering problem my younger brother and I found we were faced with in building our car was how we were going to be able to steer this superb vehicle. We had quite a bit of discussion about that problem and finally concluded we really didn’t need a steering wheel, as such. We found our solution in a piece of rope we found hanging from a nail on the wall of the garage. We concluded that we could take a piece of it about six feet long and tie each end to the front axle; one end on the left and one end on the right. Kind of like we had on the old sleds we used during the winter. The driver of our car would then simply hold the rope in his hands and pull on the right, when he wanted to turn that way, and the car would go as directed. If he wanted to steer to the left he would pull on the left side of the rope, and the car would go left. Simple but very ingenious, don’t you think?

All the while we were building this contraption—I mean car—we were talking about the wild and exciting rides we were soon going to be enjoying. In fact, we were getting downright excited about our future as authentic race car drivers! Our dreams were soon going to be realized!

I have come to the conclusion over the years that there is probably nothing wrong with having a dream. I am not talking about the dreams that we may have when we are asleep, but the deep ambition we have to accomplish some deep desire of our hearts; a vision for the future we might have had for years. In fact, I think it can be pretty healthy to dream big dreams about our future. There were people in the Bible that dreamed. There were some folks like Joseph who were given dreams by God when they slept. But Nehemiah had a “dream” to rebuild the wall around the City of Jerusalem after he learned from some fellow countrymen that the walls were broken down and the gates burned. Nehemiah’s dream became all-consuming and he began to pray about the matter. He wanted to do something about Jerusalem but he served a king who would have to give his permission to be away for the time such repairs might take.

Nehemiah finally decided he had to ask the king if he could go do something about Jerusalem, and so he began to pray very specifically about it. Look at a portion of his prayer from Nehemiah 1:11, “Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”

I have become convinced over the years that God desires that we be specific as we pray to him. We beat around the bush too often, I am afraid. We just need to be forthright and up front with our Heavenly Father!

So, what have you been dreaming about lately? Do you need to speak to someone, maybe not in quite the same way as Nehemiah, but you still need to speak with someone and you have been putting it off because you are afraid of the response you may get? Maybe you need to be very specific with God today.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the dreams and aspirations that you give us. Help us not to be intimidated by any seeming obstacles that would hinder our dreams from coming to fruition. Give us the courage to be specific as we come before you with our concerns and fears. Give us the courage we need for the future, knowing that you go before us, and you travel each step of the way with us. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc.™  Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.

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There is a purpose for everything that comes into a Christian’s life.

~ from Pastor Paul Barber, 2002.

Pastor Bill

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There are times in life when we come to the end of our ropes. It is alright, on such occasions, to ask God for a word or a sign from Him.

~ from the late pastor and evangelist, Ron Jeffries, 2000.

Pastor Bill

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BUILDING WELL

This car that my brother and I were building, well, it was kind of a “coasting” type of car since it didn’t have a motor. I mean, we really didn’t need a motor since there were all kinds of hills around our little town. We had reached the conclusion that the summer was quickly passing by and we needed to add a little more excitement into our lives in the few weeks remaining before school started up again. We had seen pictures in a magazine of a soap box derby car. That caught our attention, let me tell you! We liked those little cars and thought it would be neat to build one. Trouble was, those cars were pretty classy, from what we could see, and it looked as if a design like that would take far too long to build. We wanted to get with the program and get a car built so we could begin to use it—quickly! So we forged ahead with our plans and began to scrounge up building materials we were able to dig up around the home place.

We found an old plank in the attic over our garage that our dad said we could use. It was a little long but we could take a handsaw to it and make it the right length; we figured five or six feet would do it. The board was about 10 inches wide. We felt that was plenty wide enough for what we had planned. We figured that board would be near perfect for the main piece of our car. We also came up with a couple of sets of wheels and axles from an old, beat-up kids wagon and it wasn’t long before we had the real makings of our car.

Don’t you just enjoy making plans? I mean the kinds of plans that take some time, like planning all winter for a two-week long summer vacation. Or planning for several years for a long dreamed of cruise to the Bahamas. Or maybe you have been making plans to purchase a new car and you have been working on things like design, color and extras for a period of months. See, it is not just kids that make big plans. We adults usually get a kick out of that, too. In many cases the planning is nearly as enjoyable as the event being planned for.

God is a “planner,” too. In Jeremiah 29:11-12, he said this: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

I can tell you that those two verses are favorites of mine. Sometimes I can insert my name there at the beginning to personalize it: “Bill, I know the plans I have for you…….” I think my Heavenly Father approves of you and me doing that. Sure!

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the plans you have for me. No matter how old I am, or how long I have been your child, you still have plans for me. What a blessing to know that! Thank you, also, for the reminder that when I come to you and pray, you will listen to me. Wow! Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

 

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc.™  Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Do your best to represent Jesus well.

 

Pastor Bill

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EXCITEMENT

In spite of any skepticism which may have been voiced by some of our neighbors, my brother and I awakened the next morning with an increasing sense of excitement. Oh, boy, was this ever going to be one fine day! We could almost have passed up breakfast in our desire to get to work on that car. We were ready! Those fresh sourdough biscuits, bacon and hash browns only slowed us down a little. We were ready to get to work.

As far as we were concerned the “engineering” had all been completed in our minds the night before. We lay in our bunk beds long after the lights had been turned off, talking about all that we were going to do that next day and how we would build our car. Even lying in bed we could practically feel the wind in our faces as we imagined speeding down the hill, steering our new car with delicate but deliberate precision. My, oh my, was this ever going to be a blast! At some point I am pretty certain my Dad probably hollered at us from the living room, telling us it was time to quit talking and go to sleep. Of course, it was no doubt my brother who was talking so loud. I just didn’t understand him sometimes. Oh, well, things like that happen when you have a bother—I mean, brother.

You know, I think that God must smile when he watches young boys and girls in their excitement about what some adults would see as the ordinary or commonplace things in life. It usually takes very little to get kids excited and they seem to go at things with enthusiasm and anticipation. Hmm. Maybe we adults could learn from the kids at times. There was one adult in the New Testament who got excited. In Luke 19:5-7, as recorded in The Message, we find these words: When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.

And wouldn’t you know, Zacchaeus was all excited but some of the folks demonstrated their grumpy and grouchy attitude toward the whole business. In fact, I would suggest it wasn’t Zacchaeus who needed an attitude check, it was the majority of that crowd of people who witnessed all this. . . . . . . . . . . Maybe I should check my attitude occasionally.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the fresh sense of excitement and energy we see in the lives of little children and young boys and girls. Maybe it would be well for me to approach more of life with a sense of excitement nurtured by the realization of all that my Heavenly Father has done for me, and continues to do. Lord, help me to realize that there is a great deal in life for me to be excited about. That includes who you are and what you are doing in my life. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

Scripture quotations from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © by Eugene H. Peterson 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group."

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The only earthly thing you can take to Heaven with you is your family.

 

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