God Is Interested in People, Not Religion

Yesterday, I got up at 4 am, and after devotions, went to the Fairfield square. It was “Kiwanis Kid’s Day.” They set up a huge tent and serve pancakes. You can enjoy sausage, juice, milk, coffee, and all the pancakes you care to eat. (Later there is a parade and other events.)

This fundraiser is well attended. We saw people we haven’t seen in years. It was fun catching up with neighbors and acquaintances. I invited one young lady to church. I am not trying to make her religious, I want to see her more often.

Zechariah 7:6, 9, 10, “And when you held feasts, was it for me? Hardly. You’re interested in religion, I’m interested in people. (9) …Treat one another justly. Love your neighbors. Be compassionate with each other. (10) Don’t take advantage of widows, orphans, visitors, and the poor. Don’t plot and scheme against one another – that’s evil.” The Message

Life is about balance – spend time helping others and spend time with your family. Work hard but enjoy the “fruits of your labor.”

Psalms 128:1, 2, 6, “All you who fear God, how blessed you are! How happily you walk on his smooth straight road! (2) You worked hard and deserve all you’ve got coming. Enjoy the blessing! Revel in the goodness! …(6) And enjoy your grandchildren. Peace to Israel.” The Message

Remember, you have a purpose. God planted goals, projects, and dreams in us. A full life means we work on them. They give us a reason to get up each morning.

“Giants can be tangible or intangible: the things we haven’t overcome because, seduced by fear, we think we can’t. They can also be unattainable goals, unfinished projects, or unfulfilled dreams – the ‘loose ends’ of life that keep us mired in mediocrity…”

“The Word for You Today,” September 16, 2018

Write down your goals, projects, and dreams. Pick a day in the next month or so to work on each one. Take small steps. Do the first thing, and then the next, and the next.

How do you eat a stack of pancakes? One bite at a time.

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