The United States has seen her share of tragedy lately with all the wild fires burning and Hurricane Harvey which hit Texas and Hurricane Irma which hit the Islands and Florida. And as I was watching the clean up efforts, I noticed one thing that really stuck out to me. I saw neighbor helping neighbor. In spite of color, race or creed, these people in the recovery and rescue zones were helping each other. Did you notice that?
Just one week prior to these fires and storms, America was a divided country right down the middle. The Left was against the Right. The Black Lives Matter people thought the world owed them something for which many of us were not even around for. This group and that group were touting their “wants and needs” and the Entitlement Generation had their hands out too. But I noticed, for the most part, that hands were not reaching out as much as they were now reaching in to help. I even saw a Nun, on the news — in full dress — using a chainsaw to help cut down tree limbs. That was pretty neat. I guess America can get along when we want too. Even the President was able to work with the Democrats in getting flood relief monies appropriated. What a week.
Which brings me to this point. “How do you treat people?” (Ask yourself that question again.) Is your word, your word? Is your word good? By that, I mean, when you tell someone something, can they count on you to do it? I have waited for about seven months for a man to do something he said he was going to do. This week, after me contacting him again, for about the 10th time, I was told that he was not going to do what he said he was going to do. Hmmmmm. That tells me a lot about this man.
Jesus said, “Let your yes be yes and let your no be no.” If he would have just said at the beginning that he wasn’t able to do what he said he was going to do, I would have been OK with that. Just say yes or just say no and mean it.
George Washington was riding with a group of gentlemen one day and the last horse to jump a fellow neighbor’s stone fence, knocked part of it over. Everyone in the group stopped and Washington stated that he thought they needed to fix the fence. But the others shrugged their shoulders and rode off. He rode off with them. But after the party disbanded, one of the riders was riding homeward and noticed that George Washington had circled back and was carefully replacing the stones in the neighbor’s fence. “Oh, General,” the man yelled out, “You are too big a man to be doing a thing like that.” To which Washington, inspecting his work replied, “No, I am just the right size.” That is what a man of character looks like. Washington went above and beyond what was necessary and even though he wasn’t responsible for the man’s fence being knocked down, he was responsible for it being fixed.
Do you care about others? Can you be counted on? Is your word good? If you want to be a person of good character, don’t worry about what everyone else is doing you do what is right. God did. God loved us so much, that when we were still sinners, against Him in all of our ways, He let His Son, Jesus die on the Cross for our sins. And Jesus offers you a free gift today. But, like a gift, you have to accept it. In order to spend your eternity in Heaven, you must receive the free gift of eternal life and be saved. (Romans 10:9-13) “Dear God, I know I am a sinner. And I believe that Jesus died for my sins. I confess my sins to you and I ask Jesus to save me from them and from the penalty of them which is eternal death in Hell. I accept Jesus as my Savior. Come into my life and save me today. Thank You. In Jesus Name, I pray. Amen.
That is Something to Think About for this week.
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Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.