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READY TO GO!

I continued to puff and pant my way up the cow path, stopping for a moment to wipe the sweat out my eyes. Hey! Things were looking better. I must have been half way up the hill by now. I turned and looked back down the hill and, would you believe it! There was my brother, sitting in the middle of the trail with his back to me, obviously taking one more break. Apparently he must have thought he was tired—and I was the one doing all the hard work!

I stood staring down the hill at him, feelings of exasperation and disgust boiling up within me. I should have just left him at home, for all the help he was. Suddenly I had an idea. I would fix his bacon! I would take the first ride in our car, and why not do it right now? Sure! No reason to go all the way to the top on this first run down the cow trail.

As my breathing slowed and I wiped the sweat from my eyes once more, I took our car, turned it around, and pointed it down the hill. I made sure it was pointed in just the right direction and I stepped across the board that would be my seat, took a firm grip on the rope that I would use to steer, and sat down. Oh, boy! This was gonna’ be a blast! I was downright excited, let me tell you!

I enjoy watching people who are excited. It seems to fill them with energy and enthusiasm. There are folks you can read about in the Bible who were excited at various times. I have referred to one of them before, but I want to do that again—Zacchaeus. In Luke 19:6 it says, “Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy.”

That verse doesn’t say that Zacchaeus was “quite pleased” that Jesus was going to have lunch with him. No. It says that Zacchaeus was filled with “great excitement and joy.” In other words, he was really pumped up! He was going to get some one-on-one time with Jesus. I like that thought. Maybe those around us, who have never met Jesus yet, would have more of an interest in meeting Him if they saw excitement in you and me over our relationship with Him. It’s something to think about, isn’t it?

Prayer: Lord, if I have lost the excitement I once had in serving you, would you please restore that in me? I want those around me to know that I am truly excited about living for Jesus. I want them to know that there is nothing dull about being a Christian. Help me to portray the picture of a vibrant, enthusiastic child of God to those I come in contact with each day.. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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I’m not God’s child because I’m somebody; I’m somebody because I’m God’s child!

 

Pastor Bill

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I did my very best to put aside all my younger brother’s whining and complaining and, very politely I might add, requested that he keep quiet! As soon as I was breathing somewhat normally I started pulling the car up the hill. I found that the whole matter was not nearly so depressing if I made sure I didn’t look up ahead of me to see how slow things were going. It was best if I kept my eyes locked onto the ground just ahead of me and just continued to keep on keeping on. I will admit that, once in awhile between gasps for air, I would chance a look in hopes that I might be nearing the top of the hill. It seemed like I had been walking long enough to go up the hill a couple of times. In fact, to my way of thinking, I should at least be to the half-way point where my brother would have to take his turn. That wasn’t to be the case. I couldn’t quite figure out how this hill seemed to continue to stretch out before me. Man, I was ready to get to the top and sit down for a while! I needed rest—badly!

I have learned that all of us need rest, and we need it on regular and consistent basis. We need periods of rest at least daily and weekly. There are other times, after a lot of exertion (like pulling a homemade car up a long hill), when we need additional periods of rest. In the Old Testament, there is an account involving King David and some of his men. They were being harassed by a group of people that had no use for them. Not only that, David’s own son was trying to find him and kill him. Simply put, David and his men were having a bad day. In Second Samuel 16:14, we find these words: “By the time they reached the Jordan River, David and all the men of the company were exhausted. There they rested and were revived.”

I like the sound of that! Not only were they rested, but they were revived! They were ready to get up and go once more. That is what some quality rest will do for us. Are you getting the rest you need to live the quality of life the Lord desires for you? I pray that you are.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for planning those parts of each day when we can take time to rest and be revived. Thank you for the added periods of rest you bless us with, such as Sabbath rest. And thank you for those occasions when we can take extended periods of rest that restores us, body and soul. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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He who guards his lips guards his soul, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.

~ Proverbs 13:3

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Being filled with the Holy Spirit does not mean that a person is never going to get angry. But, being filled with the Spirit helps a person temper their anger.

 

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BROTHERS

Well, I was not going to let my brother’s stubborn attitude ruin my day. If I was going to have to take the first stretch of pulling our car up the hill, then I was going to make sure I got to have the first ride back down. Sure! That was only fair!

And with that brilliant thought in my head, I started out up the long hill in front of me. It was only a minute or two and I realized there must be a little more weight to our car than I had first thought. Or maybe this hill was just steeper than it looked, because I was getting worn down and tired out very quickly. Within a matter of just a few minutes the sweat was rolling off of me and I was huffing and puffing like an old steam locomotive. Whew! This was turning into work!

After a short distance I began to realize that pulling this car with my hands hanging onto the rope behind me was a bit awkward. There must be a better way. Suddenly it struck me. I needed to put the rope over my head and around my chest. It would be a lot easier to pull that way. Besides, I needed to take a breather for a minute. This was really turning into work.

I stopped and stood staring at the ground, sweat running in my eyes, and my breathing coming in large gasps for air. That was when my brother piped up. “What’s the matter? Why’d you stop? You haven’t done your part of the hill yet! What’s the matter, anyway?”

Oh, man. Why did I have to have a little brother, anyway? I was beginning to think they weren’t good for anything!

There are a lot of brothers mentioned throughout the Bible. Some of them seemed to get along alright, but a lot of them didn’t. Jacob had problems with his brother, Esau. Joseph had a lot of problems with his several brothers. And there was the story Jesus told about the Prodigal Son and the situation with his brother. In Luke 15 Jesus was telling the story and he reached the point where the prodigal had returned home and the brother learned that he was back. Here is what happened as we read it, beginning in verse 27: “Calling over one of the houseboys, he asked what was going on. He told him, ‘Your brother came home. Your father has ordered a feast—barbecued beef!—because he has him home safe and sound.’ The older brother stalked off in an angry sulk and refused to join in.”

I wonder if the two brothers ever got to be friends after that. Yet, in Proverbs 18:24 we find these words: Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.

Those words imply that family, and that includes brothers, should be close—very close. I like the sound of that.

Prayer: Lord, please help me to love and appreciate the members of my family the way that you desire. Help me to overlook any shortcomings, refusing to be critical of them, and cause me to always extend a hand of friendship and love to them. Help me to treat my family they way you have planned. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

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Grumbling, whining and constantly complaining “Christians” are a picture of someone with a lack of faith and without a complete trust in God.

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