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JUST THINKIN'

“Just Thinkin’”

5-21-20

So, I’m sitting here at my computer as I watch our daughter Kelsey’s cat “Ollie” – perched on his “cat tower” staring out the window. Its’ kind of a ritual most mornings – or anytime - when I sit down to do work. He sees me pulling out my laptop & runs up to the perch & is ready for me to open the window. And yes… there is a screen to keep him from jumping out!  ?  It’s fun to have him “hang out” with me a bit and he is always ready to sit up there & feel the fresh air - check things out!

 

And then there’s “Ranger” … our 90 lb. Labranard.  That’s right … Labranard. A mix of Labrador & St. Bernard. As I spend time outside playing fetch or sitting on our glider with him next to me as he watches over the backyard… he enjoys the attention I give him. And I enjoy this time with him as well!

 

But ya’ know… there’s something I find is so natural for “Ollie” & “Ranger”. They are easily distracted.  I can be having the best time playing with them or enjoying their company.  But if “Ollie” hears a noise or see’s something go passed him – his attention is taken away. And if I am playing “fetch” with “Ranger” & a neighbor dog starts to bark – he stops playing & runs to our fence where the other dog is.

 

I am “just thinkin’” … have I ever been this way with God?  Ya’ know… I think you & I can answer that for me… right?  Of course, I have!  When I look back at the times that I’ve allowed distractions to pull me from my time with HIM… my focus on HIS truth… & my trust in HIS promises, I am heart broken.  And my friend… I can only imagine that some of you reading this may be able to relate.

 

And another thing I’ve realized… “Ranger” loves to be “loved on”. But whether its’ as he’s standing on our patio, sitting in front of the recliner I’m in, or sitting with me on the glider outside – he’s usually turned with his back at me, looking away from me enjoying it. And, whenever I stop… he will then look at me to see what is going on.   And again, I’m “just thinkin’” isn’t that so like us sometimes?  As we go through our daily routines & earthly business – it is enjoyable to be receive our MASTERS everlasting love. And if I may say… it becomes just a “normal – expected” thing.  Ouch… that hurts me when I put it that way.

 

To even think I would take HIS everlasting love for granted that way, scares me. I am constantly reminded that HE is to be the focus of my life – not an afterthought or expectation. Though HE promises to always be there… (not based on my actions towards HIM) it is not a promise that is meant to encourage a “lack-luster response” from us!   And… when we take our main focus off of HIM, of course we will be distracted by this world & it’s offerings – thus, forgetting the beauty, power & eternality of HIS love for us. 

 

“Ranger” & “Ollie” will forever remain & dog & cat. They will always be driven by & respond to food & play… as well as continue to be distracted by things. But you & I?  We were made to have relation with GOD… to be HIS glory here amongst the rest of mankind. To shine… because HE loved us first - & those who say they love HIM cannot help but respond to HIS loving us.

 

So, my friends… let us not get comfortable in our being loved by our LORD, or the practice of relishing in HIS love while our focus continues to be distracted.  Oh, His love will never dwindle for you or I.  

Can HE say the same for you & I, regarding our love for HIM?

 

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”

(Philippians 3:12)

 

“… Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

(Philippians 3:13b & 14)

 

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

(Romans 5:8)

 

 

For there is no greater love…

Pastor Brad