2016: Page 17

Earthdate:  20160117 — These are the ramblings of one traveler’s journey on earth as he makes his way toward a heavenly home.

It was a snowy start to yet another day, so off to the church building I went to clear the walks before the start of our Sunday morning gathering.  Being Sunday, I was able to sleep in once again — this time until a little after 8 AM!  I was able to finish the walks and still had time to write page 16 about the previous day before the start of our worship gathering.  As I sat in my office finishing up some writing, the cardinals appeared outside my office window gathering food before it was completely covered by snow.    As I watched them, I began to think about the importance of being prepared.  

Many people put a lot of time, effort, and energy into being prepared for a variety of things.  We prepare for work.  We prepare for recreation.  We prepare for meals.  We’ve come to understand that being successful in life requires preparation.  Even more important than any life event that we may prepare for, is being prepared for the time our life on this earth ends.  Business people often talk a lot about maximizing their return on investment.  The greatest return we will ever experience is found when we invest everything we are, and everything we have, into a relationship with Jesus.  For me, Sundays are a reminder of many things.  They remind me each week of the love God has for me that He was willing to pay the price to reconcile me to Himself.  They remind me of the need believers have for one another and the responsibility we have to each other.  They also remind me that Jesus has gone to prepare a place for me and will return one day to take me to that place.  Sundays are a reminder that I both need and want to be prepared for the day I see Jesus face to face.

Following a quick lunch, I was back to the church building for a missions committee meeting.  Not only do we need to be prepared for eternity, it is our mission as Christians to help others know how to be prepared for eternity.  It was a good meeting as we discussed various aspects of the missions ministry of the church and the work being done by the missionaries we help support.  

When I finally arrived home, I had some prayer ministry correspondence to respond to in preparation for some ministry opportunities later in the year.  As the day’s theme of preparation began to sink into my mind, I typed out this “page” for the day.  While the day hasn’t officially ended, perhaps writing this and posting it now is preparation for whatever tomorrow may bring.  🙂

Meramec Springs Cross

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