Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Pastor Matt's Thoughts

 Be Balanced

One of the most difficult things in life to do is to maintain balance as a believer. It requires a constant effort 24/7.

Did you ever try to balance a broom on the end of your finger? If you have, you know it requires a lot of attention. First, you must move the finger forward, then backward, then to one side, then to the other. You can’t hold your finger still and balance the broom or else it will fall off.

The same principal is true in life and in our spiritual life. If we are to maintain a balanced life, we must move quickly and constantly be making corrections. It is easy to go too far in one direction or the other. Eating too much and not enough time for exercise, or playing too much to the neglect of reading God’s Word, praying, witnessing, going to church and so on.

Life it seems, can be like the pendulum on a clock-swinging from one side to the other. If you were over disciplined as child, it is likely that you will be too easy on your children. The chances are that one who was not properly disciplined as a child will be too strict on their children. Balance, that’s the important thing in anything we do in this life and as a believer in God. Surely that‘s what the Bible means in Philippians 4:5; “Let your moderation be known unto all men.”.  God bless.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

                                                         Pastor’s Thoughts for July
                                                            What am I Chasing?

Have you heard of the dog that chased a freight train and when he caught it, he didn’t know what to do with it?
I guess he had a good time while he was on the run, but all his efforts ended in disappointment. It would have been a story with a different ending had he gone after a cat or a rabbit but he spent all his energy chasing an iron horse that couldn’t reward him with a single juicy bone.
It is a good thing for us to take stock of life now and then and to ask ourselves, What am I chasing? What are the objectives of my life? I keep wondering whether that dog took a good look before he took off after that train. Maybe his blood hound nature made him chase it because it moved, he probably didn’t stop to ask whether or not the effort was worthwhile.
I am afraid that too many lives are being spent pursuing unworthy things. Having nothing to show for all our efforts when it’s all said and done. (Life is over). Only as we “set our affections on the things above” can we be certain that when this life is over, we have not been “chasing freight trains.”
There is also a story of a missionary in china who was more familiar with things Chinese than any other man at that time. Because of this an oil company sought his services. He was offered a large salary. When he refused the salary was doubled and then doubled again. Each time he refused and finally he was told just to name the amount and set his own salary. In reply, he said, “The salary you first offered was large enough. It is not your salary that is too small; it is your job. I have a bigger job than the world can even offer.” I hope we all feel the same way. “If ye then been risen with Christ, seek those things which are above… set you affections on things above, not on things on earth.” Only what’s done for Christ will last! What are you chasing? What are your priorities? Why not pursue something (things of God) that will last?