You have heard the saying, “You are what you eat?” Well, I love to eat. I don’t eat to live, but live to eat! In fact, if heaven were tailored made, I want a big table with all kinds of wonderful and delicious things to eat! For me, it could be a place that I get to go and not have to worry about calories or whether it was healthy! However, what we eat and how we eat is important. But, have you ever thought about why?
Have you ever stood in the line at the grocery store and noticed all the magazines in the racks? There is everything to choose from – about how to decorate your home, all the fad diets about how to lose 30 pounds in just a few weeks (maybe exaggerating), and about how we should be taking care of ourselves in a healthy way. But, what fascinates me is all the magazines about “celebrities!” People want to know what other people are about, what they are up to, and even about their relationships with others – whose married to who and who is best friends with who, and whose kids belong to whomever, etc…
There is nothing like falling in love for the first time. Meeting the one that you want to spend your whole life with is an amazing feeling. When I met my husband almost 34 years ago, it wasn’t long before I began to wonder how I lived without him. I wanted to be with him night and day – and still do! I trust him. I enjoy my time with him. And, I would probably do just about anything for him.
When I was in my internship in the Atlanta area – now several years ago, I went to the doctor for a routine check- up. I was so shocked when they called me back in and told me I would need to see a kidney specialist. To make a long story, short – the specialist gave me a diagnosis of stage 3 chronic kidney disease. I was told I would only get worse, not better. It would just be a matter of time and at what rate I would eventually need a kidney transplant. I was devastated. I asked God to give me a sign as to whether I should continue the trajectory of becoming a pastor. I asked God to answer my prayer as to what was God’s will for me.
We often make decisions in our lives that are not the best choices. I know that I have had my fair share. But, it’s like a slippery slope that once we begin down a wrong path, we cannot stop ourselves and one keeps falling further and further away from God. Things that come to mind are the things of God’s Law – adultery, disobeying our parents and not honoring their rules and discipline, profane language, and especially all the things that we put before God that keeps us from a relationship with Him.
When my daughter was in undergrad at Georgia Southern University, a group of students who were doing their nursing internships at the hospital in Savannah, GA were traveling on highway 16. There was congestion on the highway and traffic had come to a halt. A tractor trailer apparently didn’t realize that traffic had stopped so going full steam ahead, he crashed into the stopped car of the young students who were on their way to their internships. None of the students survived the crash.
When we are young, we tend to think that we are indispensable.
I never dreamed that in my lifetime, I would see the disrespect for authority and disrespect for the public office – the police, the military, and the presidential office. Our country is in turmoil from lack of trust, hatred, and even bigotry. What has happened to us? What has so drastically changed in this country?
After being a parent, I have learned how hard it is to raise a family. My mom and dad were not perfect by any means; however, I do believe they did the best that they could. We always had a roof over our heads, food on the table, clothes to wear, and we knew we were always knew we were loved. My dad has passed away and now that my mom is getting up there in years, it is so sad to me to think about how the years have quickly passed us by. And, now the tables have turned – It is us “kids” who are now taking care of her. My sisters and I realize and recognize that we have been blessed and now come together to try and meet her needs – to make sure she has a roof over her head, food on the table, clothes to wear, and that she is loved!
I like to think of my life as a journey that I am on with Jesus. Every day has twists and turns, ups and downs, and sometimes forward, while other times backwards. What I have learned on this journey is that I cannot live a life of Christ without Christ in my life! In other words, my relationship with Jesus is the most important thing to me – because it is Jesus that guides me in my everyday life. Therefore, I look forward to time spent with Jesus, fellowship with other believers, being in the Word of God, and most important – Worship! It is the only way that I can know what God is up to in my life and where I am to serve Him.
In the movie, “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark,” actor Harrison Ford is in search of the “Ark of the Covenant.” The Ark of the Covenant was a sacred chest built by the Israelites, under exact specifications given to them by God. This was a promise by God that he would dwell among his people. Only the priests were allowed to carry the Ark, which contained the Two Tablets given to them by God. Later, Manna that came from heaven, and Moses’ staff were added to the Ark. The Ark in the Old Testament was a place where believers could go to have their sins forgiven.