December 15, 2018

Pastoral Nuggets: Random Thoughts from a Wandering Mind

A long time ago I heard the story of a little boy sitting on a park bench.

The lad was squirming, grimacing, and yelling, “Ow! Ow! Ouch!”

An older gentleman observed the boy and asked, “Son, what are you doing?”  Through clenched teeth he replied, “Sitting on a bumblebee.”

The older gentleman asked, “Then why don’t you get up?” The lad replied, “Cause I reckon I’m hurting him worse than he’s hurting me!”  (That boy had to be a Baptist!)

The story above reminds me of something one of my former church members once told me. She said, “Preacher, when people get offended, you’ve heard ‘em say, ‘I don’t get mad, I get even,’ haven’t you?”  To which I replied, “I sure have.”

She said, “Well, that ain’t me. I don’t believe in this “getting even” business. I believe in getting one up!” (Sounds like one of my church members!)

I heard a pastor friend tell about one of the dear saints in his church talking to him while on her death bed. He was a young preacher boy serving in his first pastorate.

She said, “Preacher, let me give you some advice. God has blessed me with a very long life. It’s been a good life. And as I have lived my life I have learned that the way things seem is not always how things are. Be wise preacher. Be wise!”

And along that same line of thought, I heard somebody else say, “We don’t see the world the way it is.  We see the world the way we are!”

CS Lewis said, “Life is like a set on monkey bars. Somewhere along the way you have to let go to move forward.” Sometimes the hardest things to let go of in our lives – are the things we placed there.

DL Moody said, “Let God have your life. He can do more with it that you can. Sometimes it hurts to let go. Sometimes it hurts more to hold on!”

The speed of light is 186,000 miles per second. Do you know the speed of darkness? Think about it. It’s exactly the same. In reality, darkness is merely the absence of light. When light is extinguished darkness immediately takes control.

Isn’t it amazing how in life that our regrets have a way of becoming our convictions?

In Titus 1:5(KJV) The aging Apostle Paul says to his young protégé, Titus, “For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee.”

As Christians, there are some simple truths in this passage that we need to learn and apply to our lives. Paul gave Titus his assignment from God. It was Crete. As Christians, if we find ourselves wanting to be somewhere other than where God has assigned us, we’re in a backslidden condition!

We’re to stay where God assigns us and fight the good fight of faith! Listen to me. Paul knew that Crete needed Titus. He also knew that Titus needed Crete. We all have a Crete. Our assignment is to change Crete without allowing Crete to change us!

And I close with this: Most of the time we’ll not see the Red Sea parted until Pharaoh is after us!

Just some random thoughts from a wandering mind!

Brother Aaron

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