From the Pastor’s Desk May 2018

April 26th, 2018 by Kali Lewis

It was a great vacation, spending quality time with Polly, taking walks, going to the beach and reading lots of books, I read the Gospels Mark, Luke & John and four other books written by my favorite authors. I was able to spend time in prayer and meditation while enjoying the warm weather and the beauty of the area. We ate a lot of fresh Shrimp, some oysters that were char broiled and of course my favorite Fried Green Tomatoes, they even have a Fried Green Tomato BLT, and it was really good. I also was able to eat some grits. Polly and her friend Les, visited an old plantation and they also went to the school production of “Cinderella”, I visited the oyster bar while they were at the show. It was a great relaxing time until we flew into Detroit on our trip home and of course we found that our flight to Marquette was cancelled, so we spent the night in Detroit and flew the next day to Escanaba. Thanks to the “Uber” driver who would accept no compensation, Bill Tufnell for picking us up and drove us to the Gwinn house, helped shovel the over knee deep snow so we could get in the house and stayed until I could get my car out and we then headed to Manistique.

OK, winter is over and it looks as though Spring is here and warmer weather is in the forecast and time to get back to working on sermons etc. As we progress through springtime, we may be sprucing up around the yard, the home, the office, and the garage. In doing that, we may want to also include our spiritual lives as well. Are there things that need to be thrown out, polished, or replaced? Looking at the Parsonage garage, I am reminded of the definition for clutter.

Four words are offered as synonyms for “clutter”: mess, disorder, litter, and confusion. The garage is not cluttered, but needs to be swept and the cleaned up. Do we approach our spiritual lives with the same concern that we have for our physical wellbeing or our social wellbeing? Do the nagging questions about our relationship with God or our ability to remain faithful in our discipleship get placed with the other pile of thoughts in our garage? I would like to suggest an idea that might help with your spiritual spring cleaning that I found. Take a sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle from top to bottom. Put the heading “God” on the right side and “Me” on the left. List those things that you are doing or thinking during this time. Place Christ-like or Godly thoughts or activities on the right and those things that relate to “self” on the left.

Of course, some thoughts of self may be Christ-like or Godly. But, if your thoughts have nothing to do with serving the Lord, then you might want to put them in the me column. This can be done on a daily or weekly basis. Upon completing your list, note whether your list is lopsidedly in favor of the “Me” side. If it is, consider some actions that might help to balance your lists, or hopefully, make it more lopsided in favor of God. You will find that much deep thinking and maybe agonizing may occur. At the end of your contemplation, I am sure that you will be ready to clean house and organize your spiritual nature. As you continue your spring cleaning remember that God gives us life each day. That life does not belong to us, it belongs to God. When that fact finally sinks in, our need for spring cleaning will be minimal and we can spend more of our time giving God all the praise for the joy that fills our hearts. All of us wonder what we must do to clean house. Micah provides an answer in chapter 6 verse 8: “….and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” And so, there you have it, a simple solution, yet so difficult to begin. My prayer is for fortitude and persistence and patience to wait on the Lord and to prepare your hearts to receive guidance from the Holy Spirit so that you may walk humbly with your God.

Pastor Don