Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Just Plain Tired

It had been a long, busy week. Productive but energy siphoning! It was Friday morning, a day I try to take off. But there I was trying to catch up - to at least get done those things that would impact Sunday.The mind was working slower and less creatively. The computer seemed to be making more mistakes than usual. But I knew I should persevere. This was my chance to get some stuff done. Finally, around 12:30, I completed the Sunday agenda. I looked at my "To Do List". There was so much more to do - I knew I'd never accomplish all that I wanted to - and I was tired! So I closed up shop and headed home.
I was reminded of two things when I did so. One was that when it's time to rest, rest. I needed the break. It's good to practice what I preach! But the second thing was even more helpful. I picked up a book with quotations dealing with attitude and the first one I read was an Arab proverb: "Dwell not upon your weariness, your strength shall be according to the measure of your desire." Wham -right on the side of the head! I had lost all perspective that morning. I had let my tiredness to take control of me. I had let my circumstances dictate how I did my work and how I thought. That's the very thing I preach against so often. I realized then how much better the morning would have gone if I had only remembered the admonition of Paul to do whatever we do to the glory of God! If I had approached my list that Friday with this in mind, I still would not have finished it all - but I would have had more mental energy and spiritual acumen, and therefore more energy. I had been duly chided. I'm sorry, Lord, for forgetting you and for losing sight of the goal. Thank you, Lord, for reminding me.

Monday, July 9, 2007

A Little Bit of Heaven

Yesterday (Sunday)was very special at Hope Church. Not because I preached! It was special because Bryan Popin led us in worship. Spirit-filled, divinely blessed, and supremely gifted Bryan humbly drew us into the very presence of Jesus. I can only remember one or two other times when a congregation of which I've been a part had such a unifying, uplifting, sacred time of worship. Praise the Lord! I encourage you to check him out for yourself - and if you ever contact him, tell him Pastor Curry sent you! It won't get you any prizes but it will let him know once again of our gratitude! You can find Bryan @ bryanpopin.com.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Independence Day

Why is it so important that Christians speak out on the moral issues of our society? In an era when Christians are slowly but surely being pushed out of the public square, this is an important question. Perhaps Samuel Adams can give us some perspective:
“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” As we celebrate our independence today, may we also recommit ourselves to promoting, defending, and upholding God's laws and principles for holy living.