Last week I wrote about Ps. 100:4 which talks about entering His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise! For the last week I have been very intentional in starting my day doing just that! I had planned on going a completely different way this morning, but last night my wife and I were listening to old praise and worship songs as we reminisced about the last 36 years since we started dating. Side Note: Guys … if you want some brownie points celebrate your “dating anniversary”!
As we listened to various songs from our early years, of a song came on by Ray Boltz called “Thank You”! I hadn’t heard it in a long time, but it really encouraged and in some ways convicted me. On one hand, I can think of things I have done, helped with or provided funds for that I am sure impacted others for Christ. On the other hand, I know there are times when I was too self-absorbed or wallowing in self-pity to see other’s needs or just simply missed opportunities laid before me by the Lord. I am so very thankful that God is gracious and forgiving! I am also so very thankful for those who did things along the way in my life that pointed me to the Cross. I know my grandmother and (future) mother-in-law prayed for me when I certainly wasn’t living for the Lord. Others who taught me by example, shared scripture or just loved me when I was so unlovable. I am thankful for the friends and teammates we currently have and for the contributors to this blog. I learn and grow every time I read a post. 1 Timothy 4:16 says, “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” Let each of us be mindful of how we are living and (in my case) what we are speaking, over others and ourselves, that we would only speak life and life abundantly. 1 Cor. 10:32 reminds us “Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God”. There is another verse and I couldn’t find it this morning, but basically admonishes us not to do things, although in-and-of-themselves may not be “wrong”, but that my lead others astray or cause them to stumble in their walk with God.
I have included Ray Boltz’s song below. As you listen, remember those who have poured into your lives over the years or those to whom you have poured.
Father, thank you for the men and women you have placed in my life whether past, present or future. May I always be sensitive to You, Holy Spirit, and not miss an opportunity to lead someone by word or example to the Cross of Christ! Blessings!!!