November 23, 2020

Pastoral Nuggets: Three Encouragements

In his book, “First Things First,” Stephen Covey says, “Basing our happiness on our ability to control everything – is futile.”

Without question, 2020 has been a poignant reminder of this truth!

And I am certain that one of the most frustrating things regarding 2020, is our inability to control the events that affect our lives.

We feel totally out of control!  So, as we enter September, I want to give you three reminders/truths to encourage you.

First, in life, there is a course for us to follow. However, we must choose to follow that course. Matthew 7:13-14 tells of two courses. One is the broad way, which leads to destruction.

The other is the narrow gate and straight path, which leads to life.  Many will choose the broad way, while few will choose the straight and narrow way.

The path we choose determines our eternal destiny. As surely as there is a literal place called heaven prepared for those who choose the straight and narrow way, there is also a literal, burning place called hell awaiting those who reject the broad way.

As we travel the straight and narrow way, there are some things we need to remember.

First, the course is unchanging, it is not easy, and we are required to travel it – in its entirety. There are no shortcuts.

This is why I find great solace in what the Apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 4: 6-8.  He simply said that he finished his course. He did not say he won the race. All he said was that he finished his course.

Three times Paul asked God to remove his Thorn in the Flesh. (Change his course) Three times God said no. Then he said, “My grace is sufficient for you!” Note: Paul could not change his course, but his course changed Paul!  So it is with us!

Secondly, let me remind you that as we travel our life course, we have a Compass! His name is Jesus. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life …”

And in Isaiah 30:21, we find where He whispers in our ears which way we should go!

Finally, let me also remind you that there is a clock.  In Revelation 10:6 we are told that one day the angel of God shall declare that time shall be no more.  Nothing in this world is permanent – including you and me! We must work while we have the time!

The Clock of Life

Robert Smith

“The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power, to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour.  To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed, to lose one’s health is more, to lose one’s soul is such a loss, that no man can restore.  The present only is our own, so live, love, toil with a will, place no faith in “tomorrow,” for the Clock may then be still.”

My encouragement to you is that you remember what Stephen Covey said, “Basing our happiness on our ability to control everything – is futile.”  And remember these three truths:

1:  There is a Course.  Stay the Course.  

2:  There is a Compass.  Trust It!  

3:  There is a Clock.  Always be mindful of It!

Brother Aaron

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