11/3/2005 6:57 AM
Title: DON?T LET THE CARES GET YOU DOWN
S: ?Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who
hears the word, and the cares of this world and the
deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes
unfruitful.? Matthew 13:22
O: Interesting to read this ? after last night and after I
realized I was supposed to be reading in Mark, thought I
was in Mark and read to Kylie and still thought I was in
Mark, until I started to read again as I journaled.
Perhaps God is trying to tell me something.
A: Last night I went to a Colorado Eagle?s game with my dad
(he had two free tickets). We used to go all the time when
I was a kid ? to the Buckaroos? games. I went a lot to
Winter Hawks games when I was in High School. Last night
as I sat there, I realized that I liked hockey. But I
lived in a very different world than the hockey games. The
loud music, the beer, the sex. Although the surrounding
issues I didn?t like, hockey was still fun.
Gail had an interesting thought ? don?t you always see the
false gods built around worship, women and food. Hmmm?.
I think it would have potential to get me down, drag me
away from God, if I allowed myself to continue going,
started watching the scores, etc. But I walked away sad ?
because these people needed to be reached with the gospel
and I wonder if I can, wondered if it were possible,
wondered if they were too far away from the simplistic
message of the gospel. I left sad. I left saying, I
probably wouldn?t be back.
I said that after the Blazer game that my brother and I
went to 8-10 years ago. I am saying it again now. I live
in a different planet than most of society. I thought,
?Wow! I?ve become a country bumpkin! I don?t even fit in
9But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an
holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth
the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into
his marvellous light: 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)
9But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people.
You are a kingdom of priests, God?s holy nation, his very
own possession. This is so you can show others the goodness
of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his
1 Peter 2:9 (NLT)
When I left, my dad and I talked some. And I said I
probably wouldn?t go back. It was different ? the crowd
was quiet and subdued until there was a fight ? and I kept
thinking this isn?t what hockey is about. The music was
loud and probably is what kept the fans so quiet. Every
break it was LOUD. The game was different and shabby. The
dancers ? I didn?t need and didn?t watch. But when I said
it was different, my dad said, ?Yea, for $5 (the parking
fee), I?d rather go hit a bucket of balls.
I thought that was rather weird. I wasn?t thinking of
replacing this with another form of amusement or
entertainment. Rather, I was thinking of replacing it with
a way to reach these people, wondering if there was a way
to reach society, etc.
But then this scripture also speaks to me on another level.
The cares of this world. It?s not only about being
distracted with the fun the world has to offer. But I see
in this text not to get distracted from the things of God
because of my stress.
We?re dealing with a potential boundary issue dispute over
the property we?re buying. And it?s stressing me out.
Placing the house on 55 acres feels like it?s forever and
that it?s a critical decision. It is, and it isn?t. But
lately I wake up stressing about:
1. The church Property
2. Our personal property
3. Our selling of our home
4. Building questions
5. House plans
6. Church budget
7. staff issues
and I am sure I could go on and on. I think God is telling
me to not get distracted ? with email, with web sites, with
news, with the stress. Stay focused.
P: Lord, my prayer is that I will stay focused. My prayer
is that I would be the good soil, that receives hears the
word, and understands it. My prayer is that I would be the
one that ?indeed bears fruit and produces: some a
hundredfold?.? Matt 13:23 NIV
Lord, I invite you into my heart today. I ask you to guide
me as I lead my family, my church and myself. I pray you
will fill me with the Holy Spirit. I ask you to change me
and make me like you. Please come into my heart. Please
come in and fill me with your presence. I love you.