I was asked to do a memorial service for someone I didn’t know. In a situation like this, the Gospel of Christ must take precedence; but how will I start? I think I’ll start with Psalm 90:10, 12. I will focus on “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” A memorial service really isn’t for the person who died; it’s to bring closure and hope to those still living and to get them to think about their own lives and relationships.
As I was focusing and meditating on that, my Bible flipped over to Psalm 37 where the title of the chapter caught my eye: “Trust in the Lord.” Verse one says, “Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.” I have been around that a lot, even in church. It does seem at times that liars, cheaters, dishonest schemers and people who are smooth talkers who have small talents with large eyes seem to get ahead in life. Don’t let those people bother you. Never decide that it is better to be a sinner than a follower of God. In other words, take the long view. Think about the future of “the worker of iniquity”. God sees all, knows and records all; rewards are coming: Judgment Day!
But think about now. Those who live by God’s principles receive many blessings that the evildoer never will. The joy of having holy angels as our companions, a clear conscience, peace of mind; these are blessings the wicked will never know. The hope of everlasting life with Jesus! Now we need to plan with eternity in mind. Have you ever experienced the approval of God? With joys like these, what better way to live! There is nothing like God’s wisdom. We need to seek and search for God. Each day we will linger at the cross, where life and death, salvation and eternity, sin and righteousness come into very sharp focus and in proper perspective.
It really doesn‘t matter if we live tomorrow as long as we live on God’s tomorrow! There is always hope!
Life is full, and sometimes you don’t know what to do first. Badona and I each have many of our own projects as well as doing things for other people, but we are starting to focus on my third book, Mastermind. We’re trying to work on it some each day. At the rate we’re going, it will not be out until next February; but we are a great team with Jesus in the center of our lives.
I was asked to do a memorial service on Saturday the 25th. I want to uplift Jesus and present the true Gospel to those who don’t know Him yet. This is an opportunity that the Holy Spirit has given me to be used by Him, and I do enjoy sharing my relationship with Jesus with others. This is what He wants me to do.
God has blessed us beyond our imaginations, and He guides us in all of our responsibilities. Remember to put Christ first in everything, and it will all work out to His glory. You will receive the promised blessings. Often we wonder what happened to the day, but there are enough hours in a day to get done what God wants us to do.
As you may have read in the past, we have several outside cats. One of them is blind; we call him Crip. He always stays around the house. He likes to leans against the house, the deck, the trash cans, the shed, or our picnic table. It’s really comical to see him sleeping in a food bowl. All of our cats stay outside. They really aren’t ours. When I go fishing, I bring back fish for the cats. They love it. I cut it up, and they will grab it and eat it raw. They eat all of it.
One day last week, Crip somehow wandered away with some of the other cats. He missed three meals. In fact, he was missing for almost two days. The next morning when I was feeding the cats after my morning time spent with God in prayer, study, and meditation, I saw Crip working his way back to our yard. Another of our cats, Rascal, was touching his side. They were side by side. Rascal wasn’t leading. Crip was trusting Rascal, and Rascal was trustworthy.
God is always trustworthy. People aren’t. Don’t look up to people. Only look up to God.
Retirement life is really busy! I drive more now than I did when I worked, especially in September and the beginning of October. I also do a lot more for people now than when I worked at a job. The Lord has blessed me with gas money. I need to get more disciplined to work on my books that I am supposed to be writing.
I thank God that I still can do things and that I’m healthy. This past month I have been in both attics and crawl spaces under houses. I come home sore, but I have experienced the presence and love of God with me. That is a great feeling! The soreness goes away after a while, but the love of Christ stays! I’m thankful for my relationship with Christ and Badona.