25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. – Matthew 6: 25-34 NIV, emphasis mine
Consistency is challenging with two little kids and a 50 hour work week. Hence, the lack of updates. My pregnant wife- bless her – told me that I needed to spend some time with God.
This past weekend was the 2014 Christian Korean Jubilee with five other churches in Korea. The keynote lesson done by Kevin Mains from the Orange County Church of Christ and can be found here: http://youtu.be/fbAzTeXdVZ4. It’s half in Korean and half in English.
One point that resonated (I started tearing up) with me was the story of George Greganus (spelling?). George and his wife, Irene, volunteered to be a part of the Toyko, Japan mission team. George was already retired before joining the mission team. He also had Parkinson’s disease. In one of George’s last sermons he shared his dream, the life he was able to live, his love for God, and the love for his wife.
Kevin shared “That’s it. That’s the man I want to be. When I die and I’m on my death bed. I want to say to God. I have given you every second, every thought, every dollar, every decision, every moment, I’ve given to you- to accomplish your dream. Because that is what I saw in that faithful, wonderful man.”
I want to be that kind of man too. Love God, love family, and love people.
I’m very grateful God doesn’t smite people for sinning, but gives grace and time for me to repent.
I’m ashamed that I’ve been using my daughters, my lack of conviction, and lack of organization. I’ve lost sight of my priorities through busyness.
I should be seeking first his kingdom. Simple things like waking up earlier, praying, reading my Bible, reflecting, and writing it down.
I need to make it a habit again.
If I want to wake up at 6:00 AM and want eight hours of sleep I need to go to bed at least by 9:50pm. That’ll be my practical goal for this month.
Thanks for reading and have a blessed day.