2016: Page 348

With the snow day yesterday, page 348 began with what is usually the Monday morning version of cleaning and building prep.  As I took the trash out, a light snow had begun to fall once again and continued through the school drop-off time which means the floors will be needing extra attention.  Once the building was ready for the day, I spent time formatting the prayer guide for next week and scheduling it to be sent out and posted on Sunday.  Once the email and online posting was scheduled, I turned my attention to the lesson I’ll teach to the elementary class tomorrow evening.  We will be talking about Joshua with a focus on being strong and courageous in the way we listen to and obey God.  

The rest of the workday was filled with work on a combination of the elementary Bible class lesson, two sermons, and a lesson on praying in the real world.  In between the Bible study and research, I took care of some correspondence regarding having an Impact Prayer Ministry display at the Christian Camp Leaders Conference and the National Student Conference next year.  God continues to provide opportunities that require an ever-increasing faith that He will provide the resources needed to accomplish His will in every circumstance.

By mid-afternoon it was time to call an end to the workday and get some lunch, but first I stopped to clear the morning snowfall from the walks so they would be clear for the student pick-up time at the end of the school day.  After lunch the sun was still out and shining brightly so I headed down to Potato Creek again today to get some exercise and take some photos.  There was a brisk wind blowing across the lake and ice had formed over all of the water surface except a small area that was filled with an assortment of geese and ducks taking advantage of the remaining open water.  But it was the sky that grabbed my attention the most.  The bright sun, the vibrant blue sky, and a collection of fluffy white clouds made for a scene that demanded to be photographed.  After a few landscape photos taken across the lake, I headed out on a trail to get in my waist management hike and see what the actual distance of yesterday’s hike was.  As I followed the route of yesterday’s walk, I was surprised at how quickly it seemed I reached various photo stops.  I knew that pushing Susan through the snow in her wheelchair yesterday was a lot more work than walking on my own, but I didn’t realize how much more time it had taken until I walked the same route today.  

Sometimes our perception of the difficulty of a task causes us to avoid doing the things we know we ought to.  God has given us the gift of family and of one another with the purpose that each of us would serve in ways that looks out for the needs of others above our own.  I think of so many leaders written about throughout the Bible who accomplished great and difficult things for the benefit of others, even at great cost to themselves.  They understood their life was not their own but was a gift from God that was given with the purpose of worshiping Him and serving others.  Far too often we want the easy path when God is calling us to walk a path of serving Him in the way we serve others.  My favorite Biblical account of the Christmas story is not told in the Gospels but rather by Paul as he writes to the Philippians about our need to imitate the example of Jesus, “who did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross.”  The Christmas story is about God’s Son walking the difficult path of life on earth in order to serve mankind for their benefit in a way that only He could.  Perhaps you are the one God has gifted in a way that can serve a specific person according to their needs but it will take great courage and humility to do so.  

I pray that you and I would spend time with God for the purpose of being prepared to serve others.  I pray that we would make the difficult choices to live with courage as we serve others.  I pray that we would understand how Jesus would have us to learn from His example of humility and submission.  I pray that we would seek wisdom in how to serve others with the gifts God has given us.

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