Are You Going To College?

As many of you are going to college, here a couple of things I want you to remember: 1. Be nice to your parents. When you leave, you are taking a piece of their heart. You may be going away 100 miles or 10 miles, but neither is easy for any parent. You will always […]

As many of you are going to college, here a couple of things I want you to remember:

1. Be nice to your parents. When you leave, you are taking a piece of their heart. You may be going away 100 miles or 10 miles, but neither is easy for any parent. You will always be their child. They tried to train you and prepare you for the real world and for all the things you will encounter when you are on your own.

All the tough lessons and all the hard times are part of preparing you for this moment. When you are on your own and you start making decisions. It hurts! It hurts for them to see you leave. It hurts for them to see you go. It hurts for them not to be there to take care of you. It hurts that they can’t be close enough to protect you. So, be nice to them, this is really tough, one day you may understand it. You don’t have to understand someone in order to be nice.

2. Be who God wants you to be. You will be asked to join many groups. You will feel so important that you are going to choose with whom you will hang out. You are going to be an adult picking your own place to eat and places to go, but remember whose child you are. You are God’s child! What you do, where you go, what you say, how you say it is a reflection on God. Since we call ourselves a Christian, and that question is going to come up, people will find out eventually where you live and where you went to church. In all decisions, consider who God wants you to be. He calls you a light to the world, He calls you the salt of the earth, He calls you the apple of His eye. When you are facing a tough decision, be who God wants you to be!

Provided

And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD." (Job 1:21 ESV) Those words spoken by Job need to be pondered by all of us. We came into this world with nothing...

Some Wisdom for the Day

When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan. (Prov. 29:2 ESV) One's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. (Prov. 29:23 ESV) Scoffers set a city aflame, but the wise turn away wrath....

In Him

In Christ we have every spiritual blessing heaven has to offer. It was God’s choice even before he created the world to choose those who are in Christ to be his chosen people. In Christ we are considered holy and blameless before God. In Christ we are adopted as God’s...

It Is Written

It may have been about 2005 when we moved into our current subdivision. Our house was one of the first houses built in our area of the subdivision. I’m not trying to offer that as an excuse for what happened, but then again, I may be. Entering our subdivision the...

Out With the Old, In With the New

A common slogan as we bring to an end the current year and look with anticipation to the coming new year. A slogan good for the passing of a year that is ending, but not good for everything. There is no “new” word of God. There is the word of God. That word is still...

Some Things Change, Some Don’t

We headed South to spend a couple of days with our vacationing grandchildren and their parents. On the way, our GPS kept giving me directions toward our destination. It kept saying, “Go toward Mobile”. It kept pronouncing it “Mo-bull” instead of “Mo-bill”. I wondered...

What’s Your Custom?

What are your habits of life? How would your family describe your customs? Twice in the New Testament the phrase is used, “as was his custom,” in reference to Jesus. In Mark 10:1 it is used to refer to his custom of teaching the people. In Luke 4:16, his going to the...

Follow Me

From time to time I will see trucks with a “Follow Me” sign on their tailgate. As a matter of fact, I followed one just last week who was directing traffic around the construction of a new bridge in our area. I understood where he was leading me. When I see a truck...

Treasure of Truth

The Bible is a vast treasure chest of truth. It is ours for the digging and the searching. Not just in every book or chapter. But in every verse and word of each verse. Consider this verse: Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the...

Choose God in Every Decision

Every day we are forced to make decisions. What will I have for breakfast, what will I wear, how will I act? But how often do we allow God to influence those decisions? It may seem kind of crazy to think about. We may say, “Does God care what I have for breakfast?”...