My dearly loved PEPpers and far-flung family and friends,
Well, this week there has been a shift in our lives called autumn. It happened this past Thursday with very little fanfare. The day was pretty much like every other day lately: hot and dusty with temperatures in the 90’s. Yet that day marked a major global shift of our planet that will cause our days to become incrementally shorter and the temperature to slowly but progressively get cooler.
I’ve been thinking about that over the last few days. I think that is how most change occurs in our lives. We often think of change as happening overnight. We wake up one day and out of the blue change has occurred. But that is not usually the case. Change is much more like this past Thursday, which appeared on the surface to be just another hot, dry day in September, but in reality marked a major global shift toward shorter and cooler days that will eventually usher in winter.
I have witnessed this reality happen many times. For example, I’ve had people share with me that they had experienced a change in their feelings toward a spouse. They’d tell me that they did not love them anymore. On the surface it seemed like the change happened suddenly. But in reality – a long time before – there was a subtle but major shift in how they acted toward their spouse. Incrementally over many days, weeks, months and years, they allowed their love to cool toward their spouse. The time they spent together became shorter and shorter and cooler and cooler and then one day they woke up and bam! They no longer love their covenant companion. But in reality, that change didn’t happen over night, it was a long sad road of compromise and misplaced priorities.
The principle works with our health. Long before their final breath, many people had been digging their grave with poor choices relating to their diet and lifestyle. It applies to our finances, our minds, our careers and many other areas of life…including our spirituality.
But the good news is that it can work in your favor as well. This upcoming week provides you with a choice. You can choose to make a major shift. By one wise decision at a time you can begin to change, to dig out, to improve and to progress. It may take a while and people may not notice at first, but then one day someone will come up to you and comment on the sudden change that has taken place in your life and you will smile to yourself and say, “Thanks!” But in your heart you will give yourself an “Atta-boy” for sticking to that long, long path of discipline and dedication that led to that sudden change.
So in your quiet time, take a little time to reflect on the changes you need to see in your life. Don’t allow change to happen through drift and entropy. Make some positive choices and then begin to take wise incremental actions. One day you will be glad you did when your slow but determined changes begin to show up on the bottom line of your life.
IMPORTANT DATES & ISSUES:
Heritage Sunday, October 3, 2010
- Music artist, Jason Crabb will be with us followed by a FMCOG family meal and worship service at the Andrew Jackson State Park.
October 31, 2010 – Firm Foundations begin / Evening service – our annual Harvest Festival
November 13, 2010 – Annual Mission’s Banquet
December 3-5, 2010 – Annual Fine Arts Christmas Production
December 11, 2010 – Annual Christmas Banquet, special guest Aaron Wilburn
December 12, 2010 – Special guest Aaron Wilburn in service
January 19, 2011 – Day 1 of 40-days
RESOURCE OF THE WEEK: “Mighty is the Power of the Cross”
- Download this song from the Phillips, Craig & Dean project: “Let The Worshippers Arise”
- The entire project is excellent. But this song has in particular ministered to me this week.
AFFIRMATIONS OF THE WEEK:
- I will guard what I say endeavoring to make my words: Deep waters…a gushing stream, the utterance of wisdom (Proverbs 18:4)
- I embrace and affirm Proverbs 3:3-4: [May] faithful love and constancy never leave [me]: [I shall] tie them round [my] neck, write them on the tablet of [my] heart. Thus [I] will find favor and success in the sight of God and of people.
- Ephesians 4:22-24: [I shall] put aside [my] old self, which belongs to [my] old way of life and is corrupted by following illusory desires. [My] mind [shall] be renewed in spirit so that [I] can put on the New Man that has been created on God’s principles, in the uprightness and holiness of the truth.
LIFE IN “KEMPSVILLE”:
Well, it’s been a good week in Kempsville. Sonja had a first; she took David Lee to get a haircut. Our little “angel” didn’t like the idea of a haircut one bit. David Lee is not one to call people by their name. I am proud to say that he calls me by name – at least the name he has given me (That’s a story for another day). But on haircut day, for the first time Sonja heard him cry out for his mother. Clear and distinct his plaintive cry went out: “Ma! Ma!” I’ve thought about that a lot since that day.
What a blessed child my dear grandson is to have a loving mother that he can call on. I’ve also thought about the millions of little children around the world that do not have that luxury. It is my determined goal to do as much as I can to help those children and to instill that same desire in my grandson. We can’t change the entire world, but we can change the entire world of one.
Well, I guess that’s enough for this week…except to send my heartfelt love and affection to all. Blessings and favor to YOU!
Patiently progressing with great joy,
david l. kemp