Sunday, February 17, 2008

I think there's a message in here somewhere.

This morning our pastor has the flu. So does the Executive Pastor. But that's ok because we have about a billion pastors, so there's always someone to fill in. Today it was Jeff's turn. I always like hearing him preach. Seems like he gets me right where I live, and today was no different.

He talked about "agents of discontent" - you know, all the advertising that works hard to convince you that you need more, bigger, better, different. It's amazing we can get through the day without buying a new mattress, changing banks, saving money on car insurance, and having a colonoscopy. He talked about how God provided PERFECTLY for Israel in the form of manna, and they still grumbled. They wanted flesh. He gave them quail. They complained. Psalm 81:10 says, "I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it."

Open it WIDE people! He will FILL it!

But then look at what comes in the very next verse: "But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me."

They would have NOTHING to do with Him. God forbid I ever get to that point.

Then we went to Sunday School where we've been studying Ruth and we read about how God provided PERFECTLY for Ruth through Boaz. Read chapters 2 and 3. Think there's a message here? I won't try to preach - God does it much better than I do.

And finally, I leave you with a quote from my oldest daughter, who lives far away and I miss terribly:

"Life is short; buy the shoes."

I raised that girl right. Here she is with Lovely and Abbie:

Be thankful ~



eleanor joyce said...

Great thoughts, thank you for sharing. And I must say I agree with your daughter's outlook!

carrie said...

that just goes right along with what I'm learning in my Beth Moore study about living in a modern day Babylon. Being relevant in our culture without becoming influenced by it. So important.

Lisa said...

Your girl is so right! Life is short; buy the shoes!

Words to live by.

Mostly Sunny said...

I love that saying...maybe she should sell it as advertising to Payless Shoes! She could have the next most famous saying like, "Pop, pop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is." Or, "Where's the beef?" Or some such thing.