Years ago, when Billy Graham was still doing his prime-time televised revivals, I remember him talking about a father and his young boy. They were out in their boat on a lake, and the son, who was much too young to drive was insisting that the father let him take the wheel. His father knew that was not a good idea and gave him reason after reason as to why the boy should not drive. Finally, the father relented, the boy took the wheel and headed straight for the rocks. The point of Rev. Graham’s message was an obvious one: Most of the time we think we are the ones who can drive our lives best – NOT God. Even though we, as believers, say God is in control of my life…our actions say otherwise. Even when we are heading straight for the rocks, it can be so difficult to relinquish the wheel! In Matthew 6: 25-27 Jesus tells us: 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Giving your life to Christ means obeying his commands, and trusting that when we actively follow Him, God will provide. Our new choices will, with God’s guidance, steer us away from the rocks. My Thought for Your Week. If you are struggling this week, put your faith into action! Pray, give whatever issue you have to God and trust that He will pull you through it! Let Him drive and have faith that, if you are following His will and His commands you will never head for the rocks!
My wife and I don’t have kids…Well, we do if you count goats. We have about 25 of them. (Give or take 5 or 6 at any one time.) We also have, we have between 60-100 free-range chickens. That means the chickens are free to wander wherever they choose. The hens just love to cackle after they’ve laid an egg. When the weather is nice, and we’re outside in the afternoon, it sounds like an egg-laying factory! They lay multi-colored eggs so, at our house, every day can be like Easter! My brother, Brad, was born with Downs Syndrome. I always say he was the most perfect example of unconditional love I have ever known. He loved all the holidays and Christmas and Easter were his favorite. We had Easter egg hunts at our house until the year he died. He was 34 when he passed away… I miss him, brand new clothes for Easter morning and those Sunday afternoons. Many times, Mom would have the crock-pot going while we were at church. When we came home, the whole house would smell like pot roast, potatoes, and carrots… Easter is about new beginnings, salvation, hope, joy, and family. The years march on, and God brings new people into our lives. We find new friends and new families. And, when you are ready, new salvation. New forgiveness. New life. My thought(s) for your week: Easter is coming! He is alive! You matter to God! Get to church! Get plugged into His Family!
So, this is a phrase I recently heard. From what I see, it pertained to teaching in general and originated from Professor Alison King of California State University. It can first be found in From Sage on the Stage to Guide on the Side. Alison King; College Teaching, Vol. 41, 1993 pp 30-35. Some of you teachers out there are probably saying, “That’s been around for a long time.” I love this image as it pertains to Jesus. At times throughout the New Testament we do find Him as “the sage on the stage” but never separate. For most of His ministry, He was the “guide on the side.” And aren’t we thankful that 2,000+ years later, He still is! Church on Sunday morning should never be about some person on the stage feeding us little bits of inspiration. The worship experience should never be built on the ability of the preacher to preach…However, all of us have our favorite singers, and for good or for bad, even I have pastors I love to hear. We are all fundamentally, relational and it boils down to the fact that we connect to those who best fit our personality. Ultimately, the minister, pastor, preacher, “sage” should be deep in the process of learning and growing right along with the congregation. I will gladly say, “I have no idea,” when I really…just have no idea. There are so many elements and parts and pieces of God’s magnificent creation where we have no clue as to underlying reasons, motives, causes.
Scripture for your week: Colossians 3:16 (NIV) Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.