Good Folks, it is Friday, July 24, 2015.
I love my wife and her name is Edna. Living in a house with three men one would think that she is outnumbered, out-voted and out-gunned. Wrong. I would tell the boys, “I am in charge until your mom shows up.”
On any given day she asks, “What are your plans today?” What she is really saying is, “I have plans for you that will most likely take precedent over your plans.” And rightly so, because in this household she wants certain things done to achieve her desired goals for that day that are important and necessary.
Recently she bought a wooden curio with these words, placed it right at the base of the television in the family room. Too often, a conversation around the room consists of wanting to do this or that, wishing to achieve this goal or wishing to finish this project. Edna says what needs to be said and reminds us daily: “Stop Wishing Start Doing.”
How often have we as a church done the same, I wish this would be happening, I wish for more people, more money, more this or that in a Sunday School Class, and the list goes on. Christ reminds us that the harvest is plenty but the laborers are few. Pray therefore for the Lord of the Harvest. (Matthew 9:37)
The Apostle Paul is diligent to love us in realizing that everything we do in the Lord is not in vain. (1Corinthian 15:58) In other words, when your heart is right with God, doing acts of God for God’s people, you can never go wrong. Before Nike said it, Paul did: Just do it! in the Lord—whatever it is.
In short order, the Trustees will be presenting a laundry list of repairs, renovations, needs and items that will require lots of work to achieve the needs of the church campus. I would say that all of them are necessary. Some could be negotiable, but not for long. Many will say, “How will we pay for this? I wish we could do this on a pay-as-you-go-basis”…and the wishes will begin to flow.
Church, I love my wife and her name is Edna, and she has a way of cutting to the core of wishing and doing.
See you in church this Sunday and bring someone else with you.