Well, summer is gone. It flew by with the speed of light…in fact I sneezed and it was gone! That’s okay…fall is a beautiful time of the year. I am praying for a nice, long, warm fall. Winter is not something I look forward to, but I have resolved myself to face it head-on and beat it this time. I am going to take up ice-skating again, maybe try my hand at cross-country skiing too. And of course, I will go visit that very cute grandson of mine in the Twin Cities whenever I can! So guess what? I actually don’t dread the thought of winter anymore…in fact I’m almost looking forward to it.
The change of seasons on our earth is symbolic of the changes in our lives we all must face. Change is not easy to face…I don’t always like doing it either. But, we must remember that the heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is change. II Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things pass away, all things become new.” For the Christian, change should be welcomed. I don’t ever want to stay the same, but my desire is that God would continue to change my life on a daily basis. As I grow older I want the following changes to take place:
- To be more loving
- To be wiser
- To be more productive
- To be used of God in the lives of people
- To be humble
These are just a few changes I want to see in my life as I grow older. How about you? Do you desire God to do something fresh in your walk with Him? Do you want others to see Jesus in you as you live your life? Are you excited about what God wants to do in your life? Great! The best way for those things to happen is to spend time with Him…on a consistent basis. Read His Word, spend time in prayer, be obedient to Him, trust Him with your every need, cast your cares upon Him and serve Him by serving others. Of course, being with God’s people in church is a must! J Knowing Jesus Christ makes all the difference. Amen? Amen!
Again, I want to thank you for your warm welcome to me since I have come to Mora and Ogilvie to serve. I am so encouraged by the response to God’s Word each Sunday. I also am having a great time in my visitation ministry. I have greatly enjoyed the fellowship and getting to know each of you. Please feel free to stop by the office and visit also J. You are always welcome!
I am so thrilled and honored to serve you as your pastor. May God continue to bless our churches with His presence, His power and His faithfulness. May we walk worthy of our calling in Christ.
Live for Jesus,