Yesterday my blog had record high readership! I guess you folks would rather laugh a little at satire and sarcasm, than read my religious rants and political diatribes. ;o] That sure says something about my marketing image!
It's been a strange few weeks, looking for work, interviewing, and now entertaining an offer -- seeing old friends at the church anniversary, buying a car with my eldest daughter, the warm weather, a date night with Mary Anne, good night kisses from the little ones -- lots of things to be grateful for. Thanks, God, you're awesome!
Most people would say, "you're good!" and I am-- but not because of all that I have. Emotionally that is all very gratifying, and things have been a lot worse for darn sure! As I was meditating this morning, I started to think about the following verse. It all started when an old classmate (Don't you love Facebook!) shared how difficult things were for her, her health, her relationship and her job.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matt. 6:19-21
As I sit here thinking, meditating, brooding, praying-- I think about all that God has done, not just in terms of what I have-- I mean Donald trump has more stuff than I do-- but in terms of miracles, healing and lives changed. I have to say, that is where I live. I think about the mission trips I have been on, the awesome power of God at work, the people that I have met, the opportunities to be Jesus for someone in need-- going to work doesn't do it for me.
Don't get me wrong, my times with Mary Anne are a daily joy that I wouldn't trade for anything else on earth. For sure, when I stomp the accelerator of my Mustang GT, while yelling "global warming is a farce" as Tim Hughes knocks out "Happy Day, All My Sins Are Washed Away" -- the adrenaline, the endorphins and caffeine race through my veins-- I am close to God!
I admit it, I'm truly a piece of work. I have a "Gun Owner - Voter" bumper sticker and just purchased one that says, "[GM] Government Motors". I wear a "What WOULDN'T Jesus Do?" t- shirt to church, with a graphic of Jesus hang gliding. Worship music has to have an electric guitar-- better if I am playing it.
I think about how I have to get along in this life until I get to the next. Some days it is hard, life is hard, stuff is hard; overwhelming and too much.
I had a friend die of cancer who was just a few years older than me. I was at the service thinking, Bill, you son-of-a-gun, you left without me. You have it easy now and I am stuck here. Life can be that tough. There is, however; a way to overcome things in this life.
Revelation 12:11 - "And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death."
Until I depart this life, I need to see God at work. At the church anniversary, there was a cardboard testimony. "DIAGNOSED WITH BRAIN CANCER - 3 MONTHS TO LIVE" And when the cardboard was flipped over, it said, "THAT WAS 9 YEARS AGO"
This morning, I am thinking about what God wants to do with me. Sitting in front of a PC, although I enjoy it, it isn't where my treasures are. But I know that the Kingdom of God is at hand-- for me, some days it's tough to put my finger on it.