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December 14, 2016

Wasn't just yesterday the first of December, and now Christmas is coming at
breakneck speed?  When I stop to think about it, I just had a birthday, and
now it is time for another.  Where do the days go?  What has happened to
time, for it truly has sped up and now if I blink, I miss a day, so it
seems.  This morning, I  am taking a reflection back on my life, on my
military days, on my hospital days, and the day I first accepted Jesus as
Lord of my life.  When I do look back, it seems like the years have flown
by, but now the days before me are also flying by.  I think of the
Scripture: "Come now, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will travel to such
and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.
You don't even know what tomorrow will bring - what your life will be! For
you are like smoke that appears for a little while, then vanishes. Instead,
you should say, 'If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.' But
as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So it is a
sin for the person who knows to do what is good and doesn't do it." James
4:13-17 In this Scripture, we find it ok to plan, but the plan should be
according to the will of the Lord.  So then, if God changes the plan, we
don't have to be shook up about it, but rather embrace it.  What's more
important is how we live the day.  So when I think about the future, the
next few weeks, or the next few years, I can't help but think of my own
mortality, yet the journey we are all on, is indeed leading us to one place,
is it not?  But thinking about the worries of tomorrow, I find, creates in
me an anxiety that I don't like very much.  Being a planner, I want to know
about the tomorrows, but they are coming so fast that I no longer desire to
set those plans in concrete.  I think of the things that would be nice to
do, yet desire whatever the Lord has in store for me today. It doesn't slow
down the process, but puts it in the right perspective.  You see, we are to
put our treasures in eternity, not on earth.  Yes, it's ok to have things on
this earth, but do they control us?  Do we use them for the rest we are to
take, or do we use them to boast about what we have.  The Tax Collector,
Levi, who became Matthew, was concerned about all the money he was going to
make off of people, and how much he had, yet when he met Jesus, and followed
Him, he would go on to remember the words of the Lord: "Don't collect for
yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves
break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where
neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don't break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
Matthew learned the lesson of what is important, and I suspect that even
with the days seeming to come quicker and quicker, his focus was on today.
When I think of all the things that go into the commercial Christmas, it
makes me anxious, for the days rapidly passing reveal the things yet needed
to get done.  But today, the Lord, has reminded me, that I need to rest, to
think about today, to not worry about all the things waiting for me to
accomplish, but to see where my treasure is today.  So today, I invite you
to join with me, in living for the Lord, for just today, and put the things
needing to be done tomorrow out of your mind, for they will still be there
tomorrow. What's important is to not let the day slip away by worrying about

Pastor Andy

Heavenly Father, speak to my heart, for it wants to be anxious about things
needing to be done.  Teach me, Lord, to rest in You, and take each day at
its full worth.  May my thoughts be on You throughout the day, and may my
plans be Your plans for me.  I pray for those who need You, especially
during this time of stressful living that should be the most restful day we
have, yet we stress.  Please forgive us and give us Your rest.  I pray for:
Kaden, Carol, Michele, Pam, William, Carrie, Ada, Rheba, Mary, Veronica,
Douglas, Fritz, Dan, Dillon, Tara, Kristena, Kristen, Carolyn, Gene, Terry,
Angie, Isabel, Don, Dwight, Sammie, Lynn, Mike S., Barbara, Candace,
Meredith, Abe, Ramona, Ben, BJ, Ida, JV, Nada, Eva, Kelly and her son,
Corbin, Robert, Pat, Ryan, Fred, Dotty, Scott, April, Tracy, Abraham,
Elijah, Japheth, Matt, Liz, Matt, Bethany, Mike, Megan, Jeff, Laura, Tim,
Alex, Ken, Lynette, Patrick, Kathy, Jennifer, Montella, Nancy, June, Pastor
Berkey, Harriet, Shelbi, Fisher. I pray for those congregations in
Gainesville, and Thackerville, that need Pastors. Father rise up Your
workers.  Most of all, Lord, I pray for all of us, who have not learned how
to rest in the day, because of the stresses of the tomorrows in our lives.
May we take each day, and live it to the full, live it in You, and find the
joy that awaits us every day as we try to forget about the days passing by,
and focus on the joy set before us on this day. I pray in Jesus name.

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