_ On Storms We have experienced our share of storms lately, and I am sure there are more to come. Sounds little like life, doesn’t it? I came across a thought on the storms we face. A retired pastor heard a TV preacher say that if we have enough faith we could fly above life’s storms like eagles. The idea didn’t sit just right with him. Living in Alaska he had observed the habits of eagles. The reality is when the storm comes eagles go the forest, find a tree and hide. They are not trying to fly above it, but going through it. “The best way to go through a storm is to go through it.” That is what he heard from a different source. His conclusion, “We should meet our troubles and trials with our face, feet, and faith forward.” How are you handling your storms?
Springtime In a couple of weeks spring will begin. Springtime reminds me of new beginnings. The trees begin budding, and their colors will be bright and new. One of my favorite times is when the Redbuds bloom. The Sunday will come when we celebrate our Lord's resurrection. That speaks of hope and newness of life. Then for many school students there is spring break. A time to get relief from studies and be able to get out of the norm of the routine of class, books, and of course tests. Maybe get a chance to visit the ocean in a warmer climate, be refreshed. We all need refreshing. Someone said, "If you don't come apart will you come apart." Is it time to take a break from the norm? Come apart, or turn aside to be refreshed? What greater place to be refreshed than in the presence of the Savior? I Peter 5:7 says, "Casting all your cares on Him for He cares for you." Think about it.
"How bound are you to mechanical performance? Must you always drive the same way to work? Are you compelled to approach a problem the same way every time? Does a maverick(even wild) idea challenge you or make you retreat into your shell? Have you lost enthusiastic zest for discovery or adventure? Are you becoming addicted to predictability?"
If you are saying to yourself, "Well, that's just the way I am; you can't change me," then you are limiting God, discounting His power and denying His presence. He's offering you an "abundant life," and you're settling for a bland diet of tasteless existence.
Have you ever thought about giving up, quitting? Are things, that is life, getting a little tough or mundane? "Well don't! The Lord never promised you Disney Land...nor a rose garden. In fact, the only time He ever used the word 'easy' was when He referred to a yoke."
Chuck Swindol Remember, I Corinthians 15:58: "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Happiness "Happiness is not a matter of good fortune or worldly possession. It is a mental attitude. It comes from appreciating that we have, instead of being miserable about what we don't have. It's so simple-yet so hard for the human mind to comprehend. No matter what your situation, things could be worse. Count your blessings and enjoy a little happiness while you may."
A few thousand years ago a man named Noah began to build a boat. He was probably mocked and ridiculed for it. The "tree huggers" said he was cutting too many trees. The environmentalist said the smell of the glue he used was a health hazard. Besides, all that mess he was making was an eye-sore. The papers wrote editorials against him. The comedians used him as the brunt of their jokes. The special interest groups where trying to get laws passed to stop the building of such "an enormous, useless boat." However, in the end, Noah was floating stock while the rest of the world was in liquidation.