Enjoying Life

DSCN6961So often the posts on this blog tackle very serious matters.  Even life or death matters.  Spiritual matters that may well impact our eternities.

It is my calling from God to preach His Word, undiluted and in all its fullness and glory.  It’s serious business!

But for those who may only get their impressions of me from this blog, or even from my sermons, I want you to know I actually do enjoy life.  At least most days I do – ha ha!

God has blessed me beyond measure with the most amazing best friend and wife a man could ever want.  And to our union, God has gifted us with two simply wonderful daughters.  Most days, our home is filled with laughter and silliness.  Granted, like all sinners in need of Jesus, we have our “moments.”  But all in all I am very happy when I’m hanging with my girls!  Blessed.

Recently, my youngest daughter and I enjoyed an amazing day out turkey hunting.  Now, to be sure, the first 5 hours of that hunt were spent in a pop-up blind.  By 11 am it was getting hot and uncomfortable.  We had only seen a few hens, and no gobblers.  But just as we were packing up to leave, things got crazy in a hurry!

Long story short we heard a distant gobble, which set into motion a mad scramble for us to get set up in a tree line to intercept him and/or call him toward us.  The picture accompanying this blog entry shows the end result!

Blessed.  In the right place at the right time.  My daughter made an incredible shot on a trotting gobbler, and then exclaimed “Thank you Jesus!”  It was a back-slapping moment, until I realized the other tom was still just standing in the field confused.  So I went ahead and filled my tag too!

Fun, fun, fun!  Blessed.  Not everything in life is deadly serious (well, I suppose our hunt was deadly on these two toms, but you get my drift).  God has given us so many little pleasures, hasn’t He?  I have often said that so long as I have Jesus, every other good in this life is just icing on the cake.  But oh, how my Savior seems to just keep layering the icing on that cake!

So, dear Christian, take some time soon to enjoy some of that Divine icing.  Our God is so good, even on our worst day.  We, dear chosen ones of God, are blessed.  Let’s not neglect to praise the Lord even for the “little” graces He lavishes on us in this life.

I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor – is the the gift of God” (Eccl 3:12-13).

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