I guess you can say that I am a morning person. It does not matter what time that I wake up but once I get up, drink a cup of coffee I am raring ready to go. As I head out the door, get into my truck, a song will come to my head and I will begin to sing. On some days, I feel as though I could dance (though I would never try to do that in front of anyone or maybe I would). Yes, I believe I am a morning person.
As I was on my way to the church this morning, with coffee in hand, doing my dance and singing my song, I got to thinking of why this day was so wonderful. Then as I was pulling into the parking lot of the church, it was as though Heaven opened up and a revelation came to me. This day is wonderful because of choice. What I mean by that is this, no matter what happens today, we can make it be whatever we want it to be. I believe the prophet Habakkuk had this in view when he wrote: “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock maybe cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls. Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.” Habakkuk 3:17-19 Though Habakkuk was facing some terrible days, he was choosing for them to be good because of his faith and reliance on God. No matter how horrible today may be, remember it can still be a good day, but only if you want it to be. Let’s choose to make this a good day!!!
As a person takes time to read the book of Judges he or she will discover several sad words. Some of those words are found in Judges 1:19 which say, “So the Lord was with Judah….but they could not drive out…”
When the nation of Israel entered the “Promise Land” God promised them that He would be with them and give them victory over their enemies. The questions that we might ask ourselves are: “How is that possible? How can the Lord be with someone but yet they are not able to completely rid themselves of the enemies?, Did God lie?, Did God go back on His Word to Israel?” Yes, God was with Israel but He did not lie to them for it was out of their own choice that they did not drive out the enemies. Israel could have lived in complete freedom but they chose to live partially free in which they suffered for it later.
Many of us are like the nation of Israel, we too have been promised victory but yet like them we have chosen to live partially free. We have Christ as our Savior and we know our sins have been forgiven but we choose not to live in complete freedom. Our sins from the past still bother us and it is affecting our present. May we grab hold of Romans 1:6-7 and hold it close to our hearts, “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.”
Jesus Christ has paid the price but it is out of our choice to live completely free.
There was this lady, who had thought she had found the love of her life. Her boyfriend seemed to love her with all his heart. He was very romantic and would take her nice restaurants and there were times that he would even cook her a candlelight dinner, he would also constantly write her notes expressing his love for her and send her cards in the mail with words like, “Love you forever.” One day her “great” boyfriend broke up with her and moved onto another relationship. She on the other hand had a hard time getting over him. She would read those cards that he had sent her and play their favorite songs over and over again. Finally, she decided that it was time for her to move on and to let go of her life but in truth she never did. For relationship after relationship, she kept comparing every guy to what she had before but what she did not realize was what she had before could not be compared with what she was really missing out on. For in the world somewhere was a love that was greater than what she had ever experienced but she would never know because she could never give up the guy she had before.
Sometimes giving up on what we have experienced or had before is tough. Whether it is a relationship, a church that we use to be a member of; it could even be holding onto resentment, or even feeling betrayed by another. Whatever it may be the truth is we can never give something else a chance until we let go of what might be holding us back. As Paul said in Philippians 3:13, “Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are before.” May we learn to let go of those things those things that we are holding onto so that we might experience something like we have never experienced before!!