Sunday, July 15, 2001

Christmas in July

I thought I was in the twilight zone. It was 5:15 on a July morning. I was on my way to work. I turned the radio on to the Christian station. What I heard was the song, "Joy to the World, the Lord Has Come." I had all kinds of thought go through my mind. I wondered if the D.J. had made a mistake and put in the wrong tape. About that time another Christmas song came on, "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." Then my mind had it all figured out. The D.J. was on vacation and the person that was taking his place was messing up bad. Then I heard the voice of the D.J. saying, "We hope you are having a wonderful Christmas in July." Boy, was I glad that I wasn't going crazy!

I started to change stations but the Spirit seemed to say, you need to listen more. The more I listened, the more in the mood of Christmas I got. Yes, in the middle of July! (I always have a hard time getting in the mood at Christmas.)

The song "O Come, All Ye Faithful" came on. As I listened, my spirit melted within me, as the words of the chorus came on.

O come, let us adore Him.
O come, let us adore Him.
O come let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

I think I cried the last few miles to town. Needless to say I had a great day.

Christmas in July? Yes! Try it, you might like it!

"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us." --Luke 2:13-15

In other words, come let us go and adore Him!

Really, I am not crazy! Why not have Christmas all year round? He is worthy, isn't He?

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, July 1, 2001

My Legacy

Karla has been working on our family tree, on my mother's side of the family. After reading quite a bit of the past history I have noticed some things that are very interesting. I learned that my great-great-grandparents, William and Elvira Rester, died on the same day in 1890 of pneumonia. That was one of the many things that history has revealed about our family on that side of the tree. There were some things that we don't want to talk about too much.

Well, as I was reading page after page of this history, the question that came to me was, a hundred or two years from now what will my history reveal? What will they say about me? Will it be good or will there be a shade over my life?

The life that I live now will determine what my life will reveal in the future!

I desire that people would think well of me... that I was a good husband to my wife... that I was a good dad to my children... that my relatives and friends thought well of me. But, above all, I would want them to say that I was a Godly man... that I did my best to serve Him with my whole life... that I loved to talk with and about Him... that I loved to sing His praises... that I loved to preach His truth.

As I write this I am praying that God will help me to draw closer to Him than ever before.

Let me leave this scripture with you:

"My son, do not forget my law,
But let your heart keep my commands;
For length of days and long life
And peace they will add to you.
Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,
And so find favor and high esteem
In the sight of God and Man."
--Proverbs 3:1-4, NKJV

What will people years from now think about you?