Organized

God is perfectly organized and His creation is as well, but most of us are not naturally organized at all. The purpose of organizing our life is so that the important things in our life get done well, and that we accomplish as much as is possible with our life. I am working at organizing my life, and becoming a person that does the high priority things faithfully and successfully. Managing time is important, but an aspect of being organized that I need to work on most is organizing my surroundings. Having a system of storing things and being disciplined to put things where they belong so it doesn’t take half a day to find a tool. Getting rid of clutter and unimportant things that tend to complicate and hide that which is needed and important. In our Christian life there are a few really important things like reading the Bible, praying, worship, but often they don’t get done because our life is so full of stuff, choices, activities, and events. An organized person simplifies his life so the important stuff gets done. I am determined to do that.

Praying for you

I have a prayer App on my IPad And I have close to 2,000 people in it that I pray for. The App allows me to add pictures of people to help me remember them better. I collect many of my pictures from Facebook, others I take when around you  with my IPhone.  I record information about each person as I become aware of it so I can pray with insight. I try to get through every person each week. It takes me about an hour each day to make that happen.  It is funny how many think when they hear about my praying how hard this must be. It really isn’t because my faith in the power to change people through my prayers has grown so much that I feel a special sense of priviledge to be able to influence so many for good.

Tuning up my behavior

Working on my 1949 Ford pickup today when I got home from my office. I put a power steering unit in it out of a Toyota 4 runner and a power steering pump from a 72 Ford Mustang. I am having trouble getting the pump lined up square with the other pulleys of which there are three.  I am always working on something on it, after all it is 67 years old.  I am 67 years old as well, and I am always working on me. One would think that by this time I would be close to perfect😀 Many people stop working on themselves and stop growing and changing. They either don’t care, it takes to must effort or they are so focused on all the flaws of others they hardly notice their own flaws. Jesus said, “blessed is he who hungers and thirsts for righteousness, he will be satisfied”. I crave holiness in my own life, but I mess up regularly anyway.  I try not to ignore it or justify it,  excuse it,  or blame others, but to own it, confess it to the Lord, reconcile with any people that I have hurt, ask for His strength to do better next time and move on.

Back in the Saddle

Worked in my office at the church all day today. Most of the time I was working on my sermon for this weekend.  I enjoy very much studying the Bible and trying to figure out how to make it clearly understood to anybody. When Jesus taught the Word to two disciples after the resurrection they responded by saying that their hearts burned within them while He explained the Bible to them. I want to teach like that. Jesus said that because He was going back to the Father and sending the Holy Spirit to us that we would be capable of doing greater works then He Himself did. I want to do that. I don’t care about walking on water I just want to preach and teach the Bible so that it is alive and sharper than a sword and changes people’s lives. I pray for that everyday.

Home

The airplane landed at 9:30 am in Portland and our daughter Sherri was there to pick us up. When we got home I walked around and checked everything out and went down to the church and went through emails, there were over 3,000 of them, and mail, and talked to some staff. Then I sat down a made a to do list. I added to it, then added to it some more, then I had so many things on it I had to rewrite it putting the most important things on the top.  Everything seemed to go good at home and at church while I was gone, in fact it seemed like it went even better than when I was home😊  Sitting in my recliner writing this, and home seems so nice. At times like this I get so full of thankfulness to God for my life. I have such a blessed life from God. I have so many things to do that have purpose and value, I have so many challenges to overcome and conquer. I have so many adventures lined up to experience. I have so many people in my life who love me and that I love and enjoy being with. My wak with God is so meaningful and fulfilling. Life is good. Thank You Lord.

Airports

Patty and are sitting in the Jacksoville, Florida airport.  We had to be out of the motel by 11 am and our flight leaves at 7 pm so we are doing a lot of sitting. We get to Dallas, Texas airport at 9 pm and get on the plane to Portland at 7 am, so again about 10 hours of sitting. The tickets were cheap😀 Lots of people watching in airports, and it is always interesting, often, funny, and many times sort of a mystery why people act the way they do. People’s behavior is driven by their desires, dreams, past experiences, the training they received growing up, fears, faith etc. There are many nice, polite, and gracious people, but as you know there are a lot of very rude, impatient, selfish and childish people in the world, and it seems that a bunch are in the airport today.  As I sit and watch and listen thinking about the worth and value of people I wonder what God thinks and feels. I wonder where most of them will be after they die, I wonder what my responsibility is in the whole scheme of things.

Endurance

The Bible says to “run the race with endurance that God had set before us”, in another passage it says, “in due time you will reap or succeed if you don’t quit”, and again, “if we put our hand to the plow and then quit God has no pleasure in us”,  and finally the Apostle Paul says ” I finished the race”. Endurance is a big deal to God and is a major key to growing in character and accomplishing anything of worth. On this bicycle trip every day was very hard and the thought “I would like to quit” popped into my head everyday, often every hour. Continuing to get on the bike every day was a choice.  Jesus said, ” the gate is narrow and the way hard that leads to life and there are few who choose it”. In many people the desire for ease and comfort is stronger than the desire for success, growth, and accomplishment. Endurance is a mental thing. Our flesh is lazy, driven to seek comfort, and will prompt thoughts in our brain to choose the easy way. Conquering those thoughts with determination, commitment, and resolute pursuit of our goals is key. A bicycle trip across the nation isn’t really that big of a deal, but a marriage is, our walk with God is, our faithful reading of the Bible is, our commitment to a ministry is, our devotion to prayer is, and people quit those things all the time.