“GETS UNDER YOUR SKIN!”

“Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.”  Proverbs 12:16 NIV   Read:  Proverbs 12   Recently, I had a small wire, less than an eighth of an inch long and as thin as a hair, embedded in my fingertip.   Overnight, it became swollen and infected…and very painful.  How could something so small cause so much pain?  After all, it was just under the skin. Often, we allow things other than physical splinters get under our skin.   Notice, I said ‘we allow’ other things to get under our skin.   What things do you allow to get under your skin?   Besides these annoying physical injuries, we allow a lot of emotional things to get under our skin.   Do you allow people and situations to get under your skin?   How about bad drivers, loud speakers, cell phone conversations in restaurants, inappropriate language or undisciplined children?  And the list goes on! Will any of these things have a major impact upon your life?   Probably not.   If they don’t or won’t make a difference for the long term, why allow them to make a difference at the moment? Easier said than done!  At times, these or other things probably get under your skin.  Ask yourself if these things get under GOD’S skin.   If they are not a concern of GOD, should they be a concern for us? We have a few old expressions we can bring to mind.  Let them roll off ‘like water off a duck’s back’ or ‘don’t sweat the small stuff and it’s all small stuff’.  GOD has given you plenty to care for in...

“ONE BAD BULB, NO LIGHTS!”

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'”  John 8:12 NIV   Read:  John 8:12-20 Christmas memories are sometimes mixed.   With the joy of celebrating the birth of our SAVIOUR, we sometimes fall victim to those distractions and aggravations of life.   One of the things I remember is decorating with lights.  Even though the package advertised ‘if one goes out, the others remain lit’, I wondered why I would spend hours stringing out the stands of light and one by one trying to find the one bulb that was the culprit. Now we have festivals of lights throughout entire neighborhoods that have taken on a professional look.   People plan all year, detailing and building a show.   One house in town is claiming to have over a half million light bulbs all illuminated at one time.   There are a few ranches that have ‘drive thru’ Christmas light displays.   Hmm…and I was frustrated with one bulb that kept the whole strand from burning! Do you have a frustration this Christmas?   Don’t let it be your downfall.   Look around you.   Look at all GOD has done and is doing for you.  ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff’ is something we have all heard.   Concentrate on the ‘big stuff’…Christmas is the celebration of our RISEN SAVIOUR. Just over 2,000 years ago a bright star appeared in the east announcing the birth of JESUS.   Today we don’t have that star.   We have the light of the world.  JESUS is the light...

“NOT THE MAYTAG REPAIRMAN”

“God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.”  Psalm 53:2 NIV Read:   Psalm 53 Over the years, you have probably seen the television commercials of the lonely Maytag repairman.   Supposedly, he is all alone by his phone waiting for someone to call…but no one does.   Maytag’s message was their equipment was so good it did not need repair. We are not like that.   We are in constant need of repair…sometimes physically and emotionally, but always in need of spiritual repair.   All we have to do is call upon GOD and HE is always there.   The truth is we don’t call upon GOD ever often enough.   GOD is not just a repairman waiting for us to call.    GOD knows what is best for us at all times.   The best time to call upon GOD for help is before you ever realize you need HIS help. We can all be reminded of the faithful men and women in scripture who called upon GOD not just for help when they were hurting or anguished.  They went to GOD in an open counsel of communication. Do you go to GOD only when you need something?   Sure, HE is there and always available to you day or night.   But, we know GOD is also there to hear you tell HIM “Thank YOU!” or “LORD, I have a decision to make and I need YOUR help.” or “Talk to me, JESUS, I need to hear YOUR whispering voice.” No matter what you say or how you say it, GOD is there for...