“Roses are red
Violets are blue
I don’t like candy
That makes me chew chew chew”
Someone asked me where I dig this stuff up and why would I go looking for it in the first place. I guess it is because sometimes my thinking is a bit off center or because I find amusement in the oddest things.
In August we are two months into the down slope of the year. I have heard that as we get older, times goes by faster (it sure seems that way). Thus far, our year at SLCC has provided us with some causes for celebration and some that were fodder for frustration. However, through it all, we cling to the promise that we serve a God that loves us in the good and the bad times of our lives. He loves us when we are walking as we should and He loves us when we make bad choices. He loves us because, as they celebrate on the 16th of the month, true love is forever (the actual holiday is “True Love Forever Day”). Paul wrote “But God shows His love for us in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). His true love is indeed forever.
That His love is forever because it is true love is cause for us to praise His name every day as well. Not only on Sundays but our praise should be evident in our thoughts, our actions, and our words as we go about our daily lives. With all the challenges that society is throwing at us these days, let us strive to be good stewards of His gift of salvation. That He loved us even while we were neck deep in the muck of our sin does not mean we stay in that muck. The endeavor to walk in a manner that honors Him is a lot easier when we are part of a church family. A family that loves us enough to congratulate us when we are walking as we should and who will raise a cautionary flag when we start to go where we should not.
Let us make every effort as long as it is called today (phrase borrowed from the Book of Hebrews) to help each other stay the course that God has set for His children. Let us labor to remind each other that God is God, He does not evolve, His word does not evolve, and His view of ungodly behavior does not evolve either. With all the pressures we face from the world and contemporary society, we need more than ever to help each other hold on firmly to His truth.
In mid August, thousands of people gather to pay tribute to Elvis Presley during Elvis week. Elvis . . . the king. We gather each Sunday and each day in our homes to praise the name of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Let us hold fast to Him, His love, and His promises. And let us each day help each other to do so as well.