Saturday, January 17, 2009

the world is my widescreen

They say that the older you get, the more you realize how important those “unimportant things really are. Like the sound of little sisters’ feet scampering to the door to welcome you home from work. Or the “read me a book!” routine. Little notes in the lunchbox. The smell of hot tea and the sound of a six-string on a chilly night by the fire. We miss ‘em sometimes, don’t we? The big picture, sure, let’s not forget it, but I can’t help but think small blessings in life are like the grease for the gears.

Take my birthday celebration this past week for instance. Were all of the cards loaded down with the green stuff? No, but an original poem, a little jingle, or just a piece of gum taped to the inside can be worth more than a thousand dollar bills. Who says we have to be rich to be happy?

But, you know, one of my favorite things to do is soulwinning on Saturday mornings. This last Saturday, the Lord led me to three young men, in two separate instances, who received Christ as their personal Lord and Savior! What a BLESSING! It’s like one of the most unbelievable feelings in the world to be used by the Lord in the saving of an eternal soul. Wow. You can have your weekends and your wild parties. I’ll think I’ll take the eternal rewards any day.

So, folks, it’s not about what you have, it’s about who you have. First, Jesus Christ. Then the priceless relationships that make the bad days a little shorter and the good ones a little sweeter. If you have them, thank the Lord for them. Cultivate them. And work on being that sort of friend that lends a helping hand without thinking “what’s in it for me?” The rewards of a life focused on what you can give rather than what you can get is life without regret.
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