The Morgan Church Devotional

a pastor's thoughts about...uhm...stuff

Location: Morgan, VT., United States

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

I Don't Wanna Grow Up!

a couple of favorite songs:

here and here

I still have some computer problems...amazing how something can become such an integral part of life and work...

any way, i am not certain of the order of bible verses for the week. so we'll go with this one:

1 Peter 2:1-3 (MSG)
1 So clean house! Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy and hurtful talk. 2 You've had a taste of God. 3 Now, like infants at the breast, drink deep of God's pure kindness. Then you'll grow up mature and whole in God.

the art of growing up is knowing when to be responsible and when to still be a kid. we should be responsible to pay our bills, take care of our career, meet our other important obligations, be a good example to our children and discipline them when they need it (and they do sometimes need it), keep confidences and a few other things.

but we should still feel free to jump in the car with the family and go on a day long excursion... or to wrestle with the kids...or to make silly jokes that make your kids laugh so hard they squirt milk out of their nose...

to be in control and out of be silly and be stern and loving...

i've tried very hard to keep that balance as a parent (and as a pastor)...i love to have fun and joke, but there are times when we must be serious. my children feel safe and secure with me, but they also think i'm the silliest dad around...

so it goes spiritually...we have to be serious about somethings, it is true. but we cannot become so serious that there is no noticiable joy in our lives. i've heard it said (i've actually said it, too), "my joy is on the inside". this of course is said with brow furrowed, arms crossed, and lips pursed. well...i've learned that if it ain't showing on the outside, it probably ain't hapnin' on the inside.

so, make a clean sweep! be serious about getting rid of malice and envy and hurtful talk. let it have no part of your life. you've experienced the kindness of God! He's amazing and wonderful! He's gracious and giving and loving and kind! drink deep, deep, deep of His kindnesses...drink like you haven't had a drink in days! He won't run out, He will always have more!

be filled with joy knowing all of your sins (every single one of them) are washed away and are, in fact, no more. become a child in your faith...splash in the puddles of forgiveness and grace.

it will do your heart good.

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Anonymous Bridget said...

Being immature is hard habit to relinquish. I want the mature "status" but am not always willing to take on the responsibility of that position. For example remaining firm in the belief that God wants what is best for me even when things are really tough and often getting tougher. Faith. I see lack of faith as joy smothering and feel joyless. I think that I need to think on this.

Blogger PMike. said...

but the real question is, did you watch the videos? jk...

but you make some good points. i'm reminded of psalm 42...why be downcast, o my soul; put your hope in God.

put is an act of your will.


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