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Our Journey to E91: June 28

Tomorrow we close on our house in Owensboro and will be "homeless" until July 23 when we move into our home in Fishers. That doesn't mean you need to call me and offer a place to stay, although we appreciate the offers if they were to come! We'll be in Florida for two weeks for a little R & R and the North American Christian Convention. From there we will come to Indy, close on our new house, get settled and then the fun (and work) really begins!

For anyone who has experienced a move, you know how messy it can be. I mentioned in my last article about how "To-Do Lists" are important, but they can also be a pain in the neck. There are many little details that need to be taken care of, and sometimes we can get overwhelmed with them.  

I don't know about you, but I often think it would be nice if everything in life just flowed along nice and easy, and there would never be any problems, and we could all just be happy. This morning I was in my last Thursday morning Business Leaders Small Group, and we took a look at 2 Timothy 1. In verse 9, the Apostle Paul reminds us that God has not only saved us, but He has "called us to a holy life."  

In a lot of popular, Americanized Christianity, it seems that we're told that Jesus wants us to be happy. It's almost like Christianity, from this perspective, is supposed to serve us rather than us serving Christ. It's self-centered rather than Christ-centered. Now, this doesn't mean that Jesus wants us to be miserable, either. But the Bible makes it clear that God has called us to a holy life and not necessarily a happy life.  

I need to remind myself that in those times when I feel the pressure and stress of moving. And, perhaps, you need to be reminded of that as you go through whatever it is you may be facing today. God has saved you and called you to a holy life, and, as you probably know, living a holy life may not always make you happy.  But it will make you "whole."

Our Journey to E91: June 25

To-Do Lists can be helpful, but they can also be annoying. It seems like I’ve been spending a lot of time these past couple of weeks reviewing, editing, and expanding my To-Do List. Sell house.  Check. Buy house. Check.  Say “goodbye.” Check. Check. And check. Say “hello.” Check. Cancel utilities. Check. Order new utilities. Check. Get “Change of Address” form. Check.

You get the idea. We all have To-Do Lists of some kind or another. But herein lies the challenge.  I’m a “Type-A Personality” who can get pretty focused—o.k., very focused—on completing my list.  In fact, I have a hard time sleeping if I haven’t checked off everything on my list—even if some things aren’t due for weeks to come. My wife, on the other hand, keeps many To-Do Lists but can’t remember where she put them. Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a complaint; it’s an observation.  It’s amazing how God brings people together who see the world in such different ways. And praise the Lord that He does! After twenty years of marriage, Laura has been teaching me that spending a couple of hours with an elderly person may not affect my To-Do List, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t get anything accomplished. And, hopefully, Laura has been learning from me where to put her multiple To-Do Lists where she can find them.

You see, we do need one another—in marriage, work, church, and life. I know when we begin our ministry with you soon we will have many To-Do Lists, and we, by the power of the Holy Spirit, will continue to review, edit, expand, and check off many of those items. But may we also never forget that some things that really matter to God aren’t as quantifiable as checking something off a list.  So if you’re a “Type-A Personality” like me or a “Scatttered-Yet-Happy” person like my wife, let’s appreciate and complement one another for the glory of Jesus Christ.