pastors garage

*Pastors Garage-April 18/2024*

Well it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go! Here
we are in the middle of seventh winter……are you getting tired of me
writing about snow in my PG’s? Well trust me, so am I! It’s nothing short
of amazing to me how much the weather can affect my mood and energy level!
On Monday I was full of energy, zest and life, and here we are on Thursday
and it’s all I can do to muster the energy to get out of my chair!

As I was writing the above paragraph the verse in Hebrews about
strengthening the tired hands and weak knees came to mind. As I read it in
context it’s not so much about how we react to our surroundings but rather
how we react to the discipline of our Heavenly Father. That can also be
hard to endure, but we need to be reminded that He does it because He loves
us and it always brings a reward later on. I can relate to those verses as
I try and somewhat be a good father to Ben. I want the best for him now,
but also have in mind what’s best for him in the future which is why I
discipline him now. I can also vaguely remember having some very similar
battles with my own father several decades ago, not understanding why
certain things were such a big deal to him and why I couldn’t just have my
own way all the time. Funny how one’s thinking changes over time! We have
to trust that even in the midst of discipline or correction by our Heavenly
Father, even though we may not enjoy or understand it now, we have to
remember and trust that He knows best, sees the big picture, and ultimately
has our best interest in mind.

“*For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best
they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might
share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is
happening-it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of
right living for those who are trained in this way. So take a grip with
your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path
for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become
strong. Work at living in peace with everyone. And work at living a holy
life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Look after each
other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that
no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.”
Hebrew 12:10-15*

This Sunday we have a couple gentlemen with Children Camps International
joining us to share about that ministry and it is also potluck Sunday! C u

Pastor Mike