“What Shall We Do, Differently … The Same?”

“What Shall We Do, Differently … The Same?”

Oh, my! What a big set of questions! Ours is not to look backwards so much as to look forward. We have a brand new year, and a brand new decade.  I asked Gevena, “Did you ever think we would reach the 2020’s when we were in college?”  Neither one of us had even thought of it!

What shall we do the SAME & DIFFERENTLY?

It depends on what you have been doing. I personally have done some things well in regards to my relationship with Jesus. Those I need to keep doing.  

Example: I do well with ABC’s — Altar = Prayer; Bible = My daily dose of God’s Word that I am ingesting into my spirit; Church = I do well with attendance.

Relationships with people: It seems to me that we all need to work harder on that one. I feel that our great need in relationships with people is that we need to quit relying on the important people in our lives to reach out to us.  Rather, we need to aggressively reach out to them. The Bible says, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24. We really need to become more friendly — Aggressively seeking out people, and arranging more time to spend with them. That amounts to invading your space and time. However, it is well worth it.

Your ABC’s? We can and should do better! All of us! Up your prayer time. Develop a prayer list. Pray it daily. Read your Bible daily and spend more time in the Word. Remember, five foolish virgins lost out on being ready for their wedding day because they didn’t have enough oil in their lamps. That will describe “Rapture Candidates,” of which you are one. Will you have enough oil in your lamp, meaning, will you be spiritually ready when the trumpet sounds — Prayed up, read up, with a spirit cleansed of besetting sins? Are you in the mode where you are so busy with life that you ignored a relationship that is right and ready to meet Jesus?  I pray you will be ready.

We also should expect troubles, because they are part of life. God didn’t guarantee us a life free of troubles. My mom had a wonderful caption on a picture. It said, “Sometimes God chooses to calm the storm, and other times He chooses to calm His Child in the middle of the storm.”

Be Blessed and Not Stressed in 2020,

Pastor Stan