30 November 2017

Christian Corner - November

You know, for this month’s Christian Corner, I was having a tough time deciding on what I would write about. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t really give much thought to it for the first half of the month (I’m a procrastinator – ask Melissa), but as the month began to come to an end, I knew I would have to write my post. Still, it was tough to decide on any subject. Sure, I could go with the typical November topic, Thanksgiving, but that would be too easy, and besides, we should be thankful year-round, not just 10 days out of the year.
So, for my topic, I thought I would discuss how my Thanksgiving was briefly; but then get into some things that occurred afterwards, and how my Biblical reading that week compared to what we went through.
Thanksgiving Day went about as well as one could go – tasty food, good fellowship, and great family time. Nothing out of the ordinary happened, and Melissa and I enjoyed going shopping that night with family, as well as more shopping the following day. We are not the type of people (most of the time) that fawn over materialistic things, but we knew we had to buy gifts for the kids in our families, and honestly, the Black Friday deals are simply too good to pass on (in my opinion). Without typing out some super-long synopsis of our journey through the mall and retail stores, let’s just say we had fun, walked a ton, and made some “super-deal” purchases. The difficulties came the day after the shopping had ended.
We. Were. Tired. There’s no other way to say it. I have an issue with my foot, and it was killing me. We were running on a 2-hour power nap that took place between 2-4am early Friday morning. We were back on the road for more shopping at 5:00am-ish, finishing up at around 4pm Friday. This meant that we shopped for nearly 24 hours straight, minus drive time and the power nap. When we picked our children up and got home, we were exhausted. A 9-year-old and a 3-year-old require a ton of attention, and the exhaustion was really getting to both of us. Luckily, Friday night was mostly uneventful, and the kids went to bed early, so did we.
Saturday was just a difficult day. Melissa and I rarely argue, or bicker, but it was like there was this thick air in our home on Saturday. Both of us were still wore out, and the kids were being kids, meaning “I want this”, “I want that”, “Where did you go all day, Friday?”. So, we had a full-blown argument. About what? Literally – nothing. No reason. Well, there was a reason, but it was so petty that it’s not even worth mentioning. I don’t like disclosing that Melissa and I had an argument, but that argument ruined the entire day, and even ruined my time reading the Bible. (Stay with me…)

I had begun reading John near the beginning of November. John is the last Gospel in the New Testament, and I had just finished Chapters 19 & 20 before the Thanksgiving feast and shopping began. On Saturday, I was set to read Chapter 21. That didn’t happen because of our argument. Honestly, I just wasn’t in the right mindset to read the Bible, and felt like I would be doing both God, and myself, and disservice by even trying to read, knowing that my mind wouldn’t be fully focused on the Lord during it.
Simply put, I let an argument get in the way of my relationship, and time, with God. I allowed an argument, that had absolutely no point to it, ruin my time with the Father. I think back to what Jesus was going through in John: 19 & 20. Judas had just led Roman soldiers to arrest Jesus. Jesus was mocked, hit, and humiliated in front of his disciples, followers, and the townspeople. He was sentenced to death by crucifixion, and was Resurrected. Jesus knew that he, and his body, were about to be go through, and he knew that his sacrifice was his Father’s will. Through all of that pain, and torment, he turned his attention to his Father. Jesus sought the Father for comfort and peace. He did not taunt, or retaliate, against those who were mocking, spitting, and cursing him. He didn’t argue with them, or ask God to punish them. He could have spoken a few words, and all who were against him could have been turned to dust. Jesus endured through all of this, and his attention never left his Father, and his Father’s will. What Jesus went through during all of this cannot be compared to by any Earthly woe, especially not a meaningless argument or issue.
I let my Earthly trials and tribulation get in the way of my time with the Lord, and I was wrong. Instead of fighting, I should have turned my attention to God - not on my own, but with Melissa. If I had stopped arguing, and instead opened my Bible, laying our issues out in the open to God, that argument would have ceased immediately. The rest of our day likely would have gone a lot smoother, and that ‘thick’ air would have vacated our home.
When moments of anguish and anger arise in our lives (they will), instead of acting in the emotion of the moment, we should take a step back and lay our issues out for God to handle. Whether it be an issue with your spouse, in-laws, or friends, God wants us to come to Him, and lay out our problems at his feet. In times of feast and happiness, give God the glory; and when we are going through tough times, seek God for rest. In Matthew, Jesus says that he will give us rest – Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matt. 11:28). There is NO burden too great for the Father and Son to deal with, and all who follow Christ should work harder to turn our issues over to him, instead of handling them in our own way, like I tried to do.
I learned, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, that I was not entirely focused on God as I should have been. If I were, I would have sought him with my issues, not allowed my anger to cause me to sin. Pray that I seek him first, instead of trying to solve problems on my own, and I will pray for all of you to do the same.
If you do not know Jesus, and would like to, please let me know.

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