It seems the more knowledge we acquire, the less wisdom we seem to have. The economic security we gain, the more boredom we generate. The more worldly pleasure we enjoy, the less satisfied and contented we are with life. We are like a restless sea, finding a little peace here and a little peace there, but nothing permanent and satisfying. So the search continues! Men will kill, lie, cheat, steal, and go to war to satisfy their quest for power, pleasure, and wealth, thinking thereby to gain for themselves and their particular group peace, security, contentment, and happiness.
However, inside us is a little voice that keeps saying, “We were not meant to be this way. We were meant for better things.” We have a mysterious feeling that there is a “fountain” somewhere that contains the happiness which makes life worthwhile. We keep saying to ourselves that somewhere, sometime we will stumble onto the secret. Sometimes we feel that we have already obtained it, only to find that we have been disillusioned and unhappy.
The happiness, I have learned, which brings worth to our lives is not the superficial happiness that is dependent on circumstances. It is the happiness and contentment that fills the soul even in the midst of the most distressing of circumstances. A few years ago, I was dependent upon circumstances that fulfilled me and gave me true happiness. But, is was through a circumstance that I discovered again my Lord and Savior. He brought me to a time when it was simply Him and me, alone. After all, isn’t that the only thing that matters? When everything in life is peeled away, all that should truly remain is Jesus and me….Jesus and YOU.
” The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid” (Psalm 27:1)?
Have you found that “fountain” of happiness and contentment? Are you STILL looking? You can find it ONLY in Jesus Christ.
I recently read a story about a computer expert named Bill Husted. Mr. Husted went to his fortieth high school reunion, and upon entering he shook hands and hugged people for twenty minutes before he realized there were two high school reunions in the building that day, and he was at the wrong one.
Mr. Husted, a technology expert, used that experience to illustrate one of his own ideas for troubleshooting: Check the obvious first. Before you replace the sound card, make sure the volume control is not turned down. If the modem isn’t working, check to see if it’s connected.
I am in no way a computer “expert”, just ask my children! However, I am pretty sure when I am feeling a little sluggish, or I am not running on all cylinders, I know I need to check the obvious. I need to make sure that I am connected to the Source of my strength. The Scripture says, ” God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble” ( Psalm 46:1). He is there to help us whenever we are struggling ! He is there to lift us up from the depths of our hurts or pain! So, before you give up, check the obvious first.
Due to recent extreme weather conditions, Sunday morning service and Sunday School is canceled for January 26th. Please call everyone that you know to pass the word to everyone. Thank you!
Pastor André here… this is my final regular post on GCC’s web site as Grace moves forward. The landscape ahead is simply delightful and my official forecast calls for increasing spiritual growth with fresh breezes from God’s Holy Spirit, and the chance for scattered pot lucks popping up on the radar screen.
Grace, you are truly in wonderful, caring hands.
My role to assist Pastor Jim in taking over the web site is my current role. I’ll be sending him some video tutorials and my guess is that you will see his first post very soon. Please keep checking back and encourage others whom you plan on inviting to church to check out the web site to stay up on the latest GCC news and previews.
Words will never describe how much love I have for each and every one of you. In Pastor Mike’s vernacular, “y’all” made my job very easy. Why? Because you rolled up your sleeves with me and were excited to build this bridge, now complete! Praise the Lord!
May our gracious Father in heaven shower y’all with an abundance of everything good.
What a privilege it has been to be your pastor for the last six months. Whether you realize it or not, you have all blessed me more than what you may realize. Together, and ONLY together, and as we took our direction from the Lord Jesus Christ, could we have accomplished so many good things. It does my heart so much good to be able to hand the baton to our incoming senior pastor, Rev. Dr. Jim Lee, with GCC in a very healthy state on January 5th. Praise the Lord!
We have been enjoying our time together as a family as we prepare to celebrate the moment in history when the God of all creation… entered into that creation in the Person of His Son, Jesus Christ, the coming risen Messiah. All the Christmas lights over every home in America could never reach the brilliance of His Glory… but it sure is fun to see us express it this way, isn’t it?
Noah and I have had a special Christmas tradition since he was very little. We design and execute the year’s decorations on our home and backyard. This year’s was more elaborate, all Noah’s idea. We decorated a part of the backyard this year so that we could enjoy it from our sliding glass doors, living room and kitchen. When we were done, and especially after snow added a wonderful ambiance to our work, we all commented how we thought this year’s display was the very best one yet! It warms my heart to forecast with near certainty that he will carry that tradition with he and his children in the years and decades yet before us as we wait for the return of Christ.
May your Christmas season be a very memorable one!
Pastor André, Sally and Noah