Good Morning! Today’s Bible Reading is – 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. Jeremiah 29:13 (NLT)
My older brother says “Anybody that wants to be a millionaire can be if that is their total life’s focus.” Says the guy who worked hard all his life and isn’t one… he cares too much about doing people right to have that as his focus. If you guessed being a musician has always been my life’s goal you are right, my first word was “TurnTheRadioOn” and I have been listening, singing and making music ever since: I learned how to build guitars because I love them and wanted to know everything I could about them and I sought information any way I could find it. Dad says that having a family wasn’t my goal or I would have had one by now… I have to admit in one sense he is right: the way the world we now live in views a family I have never sought because why would I seek failure with that failure the known end before I begin. I have made a living in a business that is seasonal and stayed in business by trying to figure every job where I make money by doing it even if things go wrong because things always go wrong… I turn in that bid and if they say someone else will do it cheaper then I say “Well you should get them to do it then.” None of those that did it cheaper are still in business. I have never liked being someone’s “Option” or “Alternative” or “Failsafe”; I understand that God doesn’t either: you either believe God and act on that belief and live your life by what He teaches you… or you don’t. People that reject me by saying I am too this or too that never wanted me to begin with: they just used me as an option to convince the one they wanted to straighten up because “You are NOT my only option” and many people try to manipulate the thought of God in the same way “You can be my God if you give me everything I want.” When I went to work in Jesus’ vineyard I understood that He is the “REAL DEAL” and there is no other option: 10,000 other choices are just 10,000 flavors of emptiness. A friend once told me “I used to feel sorry for you because I thought you were poor: but I now realize God gives you everything you want!” It is true that I don’t want much, but I usually don’t ask God for any of it – 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33 (NLT) The things God gives is because I have given myself to Him and He knows what I want before I ask or even if I don’t feel it is important enough to ask… and He gives it anyway: Why, Because I want God in every part of my life not just His stuff. And if women want me for my stuff and don’t really love me, I had rather not have the stuff they want: but I would do whatever is necessary or die trying for the one that we see no other alternative but each other. Jesus died so we can be forgiven; doesn’t He deserve our whole heart and being? Even your religion with Him as an alternative will be powerless and empty.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.12 In those days when you pray, I will listen.13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.14 I will be found by you,” Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NLT)
Good Day and Godspeed!