License

I was thinking about licenses the other evening.  We have seen some serious Church bus crashes in the recent past and I usually wonder if the driver had the proper license to operate the bus and a multitude of other things that I think about.  Sometimes my background haunts me.

As I was talking with a friend on the phone last night we were talking about his wife.  He said the other day a fly got into the torch lamp and burned up.  It caused a horrible smell of burning.  His sweet wife was concerned for their welfare.  She insisted they sleep on the sofa because there is access out of the house by three different doors.  She placed her cell phone, keys and their marriage license on the table close to them in case of an emergency exit.

My friend was looking at their marriage license and noticed that the city and county were the same indicating there is an error in the city.  He told his wife that their license was void and he was a free man because their license was invalid due to this error.  We had a good laugh.  He also told me that he not only did he have a marriage license; but, he also possesses a “Pestering Permit”.  We had a good laugh over this.

Here is the thing.  God created man and woman to live together and perpetuate humanity.  Look at Genesis 2:18, “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”  Now, God did not intend for man and woman to just co-exist.  I believe that God intended the marriage relationship to mirror the relationship of Jesus and His Church.  So, I also believe that our relationship with our spouse should be one that is modeled after Christ and the Church.  There should be joy, gladness, happiness and many other emotions.  Yes, there will be trials, temptations and troubles.  These make us stronger and should drive us closer to one another.  If this does not describe your marriage relationship you are sadly missing out.

So, how are you doing?

What Revival Is 6

Revival is recovered joy.  Far too many people today are looking for happiness.  The problem with that is that happiness depends upon stuff or circumstances.  What people need is true joy.  Joy is a result of our relationship with Jesus Christ.

If I know Jesus Christ as my Saviour then I should be filled with His joy.  This joy does not depend upon what happens or what does not happen.  Joy comes from Jesus.  It is produced by the Holy Spirit of the Living God.  He lives in us and so that joy should flow freely from us.

Look at Psalm 51:12, “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”  We have to be careful.  We can allow too many things to cause us to surrender our joy.  Nobody or nothing can take our joy away from us.  We willingly surrender it.

As you go through life do you have the joy of the LORD?  It will be obvious if you do.  It will just radiate from us like sunshine.

So, how are you doing?

I Love To Laugh

I received a text from my wife the other day.  In the text was a picture of our son.  This is nothing out of the ordinary.  In this picture she told him to pose for me so he did.  He posed drinking my chocolate drink out of the refridgerator.  We had a good laugh about that.

Sometimes life gets to be such a burden that we think we cannot laugh.  Yet, sometimes that is just what we need to do.  We need to take life seriously; but, not too seriously.  We need to laugh.  Sometimes it is the best medicine.  Look at Proverbs 15:8, “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”

If life has you down and is seemingly beating you in the face try with all of your might to find something to laugh at.  It does help.  If you need some comic relief just drop me a note and I can share some true life experiences with you that will make you think your life is not all that bad.

So, how are you doing?