Slow Down!

Have you ever felt like your life was too busy? If you’re anything like me or many of the people I talk to on a regular basis, than I know you do. It seems like life is an old, creaky carousel that is starting to spin out of control. It’s going faster and faster and faster and we’re hanging on, waiting for it to fly apart. In today’s world, we seem to take a special kind of pride in being busy. We brag about how fast our carousel is going and laugh off the notion that it can only go so fast before it breaks. And yet, science has proven that the busier we are, the less we get done. I recently read a book that I highly recommend called, “Free to Focus: Achieve More by Doing Less.” In this book, author Michael Hyatt shows how slowing down and creating margin in our schedules actually helps us become more productive while living happier, more fulfilled lives.

I’m currently trying to find ways to slow down my carousel. I feel like I’m doing better than I was; however, I still have days when I can feel it spinning out of control. During times like that, I need to be reminded that God tells us to “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10). God longs to have a relationship with us. He’s standing next to the carousel, calling over the racket of the gears and the screeching of the metal, “I love you! I want to know you! Be still and know that I am God!” Today, I’m going to make slowing down a priority. How about you?

Come and See

This last week, Lawrenceburg hosted the Middle Tennessee District Fair. It is a large, award-winning event that brings approximately one hundred thousand people into Lawrence County annually. The Lawrenceburg Seventh-day Adventist Church decided to do something a little bit different at this fair. Our church booth incorporated a mission-themed escape room for people to experience in order to raise awareness for missions and to provide an opportunity for people to give donations for a missionary family who are members of our church. The booth was a great success, with nearly two hundred people attempting to solve the 15-minute immersive puzzle over the course of the week. I particularly remember one boy who had to have been around ten years old. He did the escape room and managed to solve the puzzle in time. Later on that evening, he drug a few of his friends to our booth, and together they got out. The next day, he brought more friends to the booth. Chelsea and I talked about it later and I asked, “How many other church booths have ten-year-olds dragging their friends to them? I think this idea was a success.”

When we encounter something that we enjoy or have a particularly pleasant experience, we like to find our friends and tell them about it. How often, though, does that center around something spiritual? If getting to know God is as incredible as it should be, we would be telling our friends about Him all the time! When Jesus was on earth, a man by the name of Philip was called to be His disciple. He then went to find his friend Nathanael, and told him all about this incredible Man. “And Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see’” (John 1:46). Jesus really is the most amazing friend and Guide we could ever ask for. Let’s get to know Him better so that we can drag our friends to Him, just like Philip did and, yes, like a certain ten-year-old boy at the Middle Tennessee District Fair.

The End From the Beginning

As a kid, I enjoyed doing mazes. You know the kind — lines on a page that create empty passages between them, many of them leading to a dead end, with only one possible path leading unobstructed from the start of the maze to its finish. Something I learned early on, however, was that a maze is much easier to solve if you begin at the end and trace your way back to its beginning. From the beginning, there are a myriad of options, most leading nowhere. From the end, however, there is only one path, leading straight back to the beginning. If you start tracing a path from the beginning of the maze, the journey is filled with uncertainty and doubt, missteps and retraces. Yet, beginning at the finish line, the journey is a simple straight line, leading directly back to the start.

In the Bible, God tells His people that the thing that sets Him apart from other gods is that He is “declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure’” (Isaiah 46:10). This means that God is never surprised by what happens; but not only that, He can see the end from the beginning! As humans, we are forced to start at the beginning and work our way through a life filled with uncertainty and doubt, missteps and retraces. But God, from His incredible vantage point, can see our lives and the history of our world, from the end, as simple straight lines, all the way back to their beginnings. I don’t know about you, but the realization that God can see the simplicity and order within my crazy life, makes me want to trust Him to lead me where I need to go.

Your Value

Last week I was able to spend a little bit of time at the Aircraft Owner’s and Pilots’ Association Fly-In in Tullahoma. On Thursday, I volunteered to help marshal aircraft - basically direct them down the taxiway towards where they were supposed to park. Sometime in the middle of the afternoon, a Cirrus Vision Jet landed. The Vision Jet is a beautiful, 2 million dollar personal aircraft, seating seven people and cruising fast and high. It represents the epitome of luxury and definitely gets quite a few stares wherever it goes. Directly behind this jet was a tiny Cessna 150, the same type of aircraft that I own. It’s arguably one of the cheapest airplanes to buy or operate, probably worth somewhere between 15 and 20 thousand dollars, seating two people, and cruising quite low and slow. Yet, I gave this airplane the same level of attention and help as I did the much more luxurious personal jet and noticed the other ground crew doing the same.

As I watched the tiny Cessna pass me, it hit me - humans are a lot like airplanes. Some of us may be wealthy and famous and turn heads wherever we go. Others may be poor, in bad health, and seem not to be noticed by anyone. Yet God treats us all the same. To him, we are all valuable. We are all beautiful. We are all worth saving. In probably the most well-known verse in the Bible, we read, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). God so loved the world. This includes you and this includes me. No matter what kind of value the world places on you or you place on yourself, God thought you were worth the sacrifice of His Son. And that certainly makes you incredibly valuable.

Share Your Story

Pastor Schomburg, who served previously in the Lawrenceburg and Pulaski district, had the idea to host a fifteen-minute radio program on the local station to help bring faith and hope to those in our community. He and the late Dr. Norman Henderson went on the air in the summer of 2016, interviewing guests both local and distant. After Pastor Schomburg’s retirement, I was transferred to the Lawrenceburg and Pulaski district, and I began hosting the program with Dr. Henderson. Shortly thereafter, I created a podcast, expanding the reach of the program beyond our local community. Today, Stories of Faith and Hope strives to continue the vision Pastor Schomburg had at its inception — to inspire faith and give people a reason to hope. http://faithandhoperadio.com/

I’m honestly so grateful for the opportunity to have conversations with people I would have never had an opportunity to meet, had it not been for this program. So many stories that I’m able to share that not only inspire the listeners, but also inspire me. And that’s what a person’s story is supposed to do. In the last book of the Bible we read, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death” (Revelation 12:11). One of the ways that we will have final victory over the devil is by sharing our testimonies, or our stories. This not only helps those who we share it with, but it also helps to remind us what God has done in our lives. So keep sharing your stories at every opportunity, because you never know how it will effect the person who hears it.

Overcome Evil With Good

What a week it’s been! The news has reported several shootings, a boat fire, and a hurricane stalled over the Bahamas on its way to Florida. Amid the sea of bad news, it’s so refreshing to hear about people like Mike Peruta. Mike lives in Vero Beach, Florida, and several days ago he began helping his neighbors and others in the community get ready for the impending storm. He compiled a list of elderly and disabled people in his town and, with the help of a few friends, began to board up windows and install shutters. Wearing their "Vero Beach Neighborhood" t-shirts, they began work at six o’clock in the morning on Friday. While they were at the first house on their list, they discovered that the next-door neighbor had a serious heart condition, so they helped him get ready for the storm as well.

It’s so easy to get bogged down in the evil and pain we see in the world around us, but even in the darkest times, we can see God’s spirit at work. Paul told the church in Rome once, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21). Yes, as long as we live in a sinful world, evil will abound. There will be darkness and pain and sorrow. But may we, as the church of God, become the hands and feet of God, overcoming evil with good. As you look around your neighborhood today, what can you do to begin overcoming evil? Maybe you just need to pick up a hammer, like Mike Peruta, and help a few neighbors, showing them that Someone cares.

Heaven’s Elevator

As you may remember, Chelsea and I had an incredible opportunity to visit several European sites last summer, including Rome, with a few of the other pastors from our conference. We really enjoyed seeing the ancient sites, including some of the very cobblestones Paul would have walked on when he was in Rome. One of the things that is different in Europe versus the United States is that many of the building structures are hundreds of years old, which means that any modern amenities have been added recently. Our hotel in Rome had an elevator in it — not a large, fully enclosed one like we have in the States, but a small elevator with a sign on the outside reading, “Two people plus luggage only.” Well, Chelsea and I were with another pastor and we figured, since we didn’t have any luggage, the three of us should be able to ride the elevator. All went well until the elevator was squarely between the first and second floor. It got stuck! We began bouncing up and down, inching the elevator up, until we pried the doors open and the other pastor crawled out onto the second floor and took the stairs the rest of the way. Chelsea and I never went up that elevator again.

You know, the way to heaven is a lot like that Roman elevator. In His sermon on the mount, Jesus said, “Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:14). I can imagine a sign over the door saying, “Two people only — no baggage allowed.” But here’s the difference between that elevator and our path to heaven: Jesus is the second rider and elevator operator. He enforces the sign, not by pushing people out of the elevator, but by taking our baggage for us. He knows how to get rid of the pain from our past and the addictions of our present. As long as we’re riding with Jesus, we’ll never get stuck between floors.

Keeping Watch Over You

Last week, Chelsea and I were able to take our plane down to Florida for a few days to visit Chelsea’s family. Even though our plane isn’t that big or that fast, it still gets us to our destination significantly faster than a car would. In addition to the speed, I enjoy the view and the perspective flying brings. In fact, on one of the days we were down there, we drove an hour and a half north for the day and I found myself mentally complaining, thinking how much faster it would have been if we had flown. But then I started noticing things that I wouldn’t have noticed from the air; such as the living conditions, types of cars people were driving, and what people were doing in the various towns we passed. I discovered that, for all the perspective flying gives me, there’s a lot that I miss from a mile in the air.

In the book of Psalms we read, “The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever” (Psalm 121:8). Here’s the crazy thing about God. His perspective is eternally higher than the one I get from an airplane, able to see everyone on Earth in one, sweeping glance. Yet, He sees the kind of detail that I can only get when I’m on the ground, driving through a neighborhood or even walking through it! He keeps watch on you as if you were the only person on Earth and He was standing right next to you. Doesn’t that bring you so much comfort?

Unprofitable Servants

A few days ago, I listened to a podcast episode featuring Captain Tammie Jo Shults who safely landed the severely crippled Southwest Airlines flight 1380. You probably remember hearing about the incident in the news. On April 17 of last year, the flight had departed Le Guardia Airport in New York and was still climbing at 32,000 feet when the left engine failed. It broke in pieces, one of which smashed a hole in one of the windows in the passenger cabin. This caused a rapid depressurization of the airplane, sucking one of the passengers halfway out of the aircraft. With help from Air Traffic Control, and because of the well-executed response from the crew, Captain Shults and First Officer Darren Ellisor were able to land the plane safely in Philadelphia. During this particular interview, the podcast host remarked that he had previously spoken with the Air Traffic Control officer who had assisted with the emergency and he had been a little surprised when he met Captain Shults. He was excited to meet her and was expecting some sort of, “Wow, that was crazy! We did something amazing, saving all those lives!” Instead, she seemed unmoved by her heroics and simply conveyed the attitude that they had done what they were supposed to do - what they were trained to do - nothing more and nothing less.

As I heard that comment, my mind went to something that Jesus said. He told the story of a servant who spent the day working for his master, then came in and prepared food for him. Only after everything else was done could that servant eat and rest. But he shouldn’t be thanked or congratulated, Jesus said, because he was just doing his duty. “So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do’” (Luke 17:10). As Christians, we may think that we’re doing an incredible job of serving the Lord or sharing our faith or volunteering in church and in our community; but that’s not something we should be proud of. We are doing what we are supposed to do - doing what we are trained to do - nothing more and nothing less. Yet praise God, He will reward us and the reward will be worth it all!

All Things New

Sometimes I look at the news and wonder how long this world can keep going the way that it is. Just in the last few days, there have been two major shootings which have sparked renewed debate around gun control and safety in general. I have friends who believe along the spectrum regarding those issues and I don’t want to get into a political debate. I realize that, as Christians, we do have a responsibility for helping the hurting and putting measures in place to help with the safety of as many people as possible, but I also realize that there is a war waging between Christ and Satan and that bad things will continue to happen to good people for as long as we are on this planet. But one thing that I know for sure is that these are indications that very soon, we will be going home.

One of my favorite portions of scripture is found in the book of Revelation and it reads like this: “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’ Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful’” (Revelation 21:1-5). Yes, we may be plagued with pain and tears and death while we are here on earth, but let them remind us of the day when, very soon, those things will have passed away and God will make all things new.

What Kind of a Reader Are You?

What kind of a reader are you? I was in a book store the other day and as I picked up one of the books, I was thinking about different kinds of readers. Some people are so anxious to get started on the story that they skip the back of the book, the acknowledgements, the preface, and the introduction, and they jump right into chapter one. Others may begin with the last chapter to find out the end of the story before going back through the entire book. And then there are people like me, who have to read everything in order, without looking ahead, in order to experience the book in the way that the writer intended.

As I thought about this, my mind went to God, who intimately knows your story from beginning to end because He’s the one who wrote it. The Bible says, “Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure’” (Isaiah 46:9, 10). God not only reads your story as it happens, He started with the last chapter, so He knows exactly how it ends. And here’s the good news: He’s told you the end of your story as well. The Bible says that God longs to save you, to let you spend eternity with Him! That’s the end of your story if you want it. When you know the last chapter, how does that effect the way you read your current chapter? What kind of a reader are you?

Do the Research

Over the last week and a half, I’ve been learning a lot about theories and models and methods for doing proper research. I’m still in Virginia, taking two more classes towards my graduate degree, and in one of them, Effective Church Leadership, our professor has been teaching us using various models and theories. I don’t know about you, but my eyes sometimes glaze over and my mind begins to wander when someone starts talking about a theory or study that someone did. But I’ve discovered that theories are vital to knowledge because they form the basis of research which provides us with everything we know. Most books and articles are based on someone’s research, because if people are going to take them seriously, they must be based on more than just hearsay.

When we think about the Bible, we probably don’t think very often about theories or research. In fact, the Bible was written by the Holy Spirit through those who were willing to listen. But there is one book that we know for sure was written as a result of research. Luke introduces his gospel this way: “Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught” (Luke 1:1-4). Luke had a theory that Jesus was the Messiah, so he did the research and wrote an orderly account of his findings, sharing it with us. What kind of theories do you have about God or the Christian life? Have you taken time to research them or are you relying on what other people are telling you? I want to challenge you to do some research and find out what is really true. Your faith will be strengthened and you’ll discover things you never knew before.

In Class

I’m currently in Haymarket, Virginia, thirty minutes out of Washington D.C., attending the Living Hope School of Evangelism. I’m taking the next two classes required for my graduate degree: Equipping Laity for Ministry with Mark Finley and Effective Church Leadership with Barry Tryon. So far, both classes have been incredibly practical and inspiring. I realize that school is something we often dread because it means a lot of memorization and testing, but I actually enjoy it (for the most part). I love learning and believe that each one of us should be learning regularly for the rest of our lives.

An area of life that we should certainly be learning continually about is how we should live to honor and please God. Thankfully we have the best instructor possible for that class! In the book of Psalms, God promises us, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye” (Psalm 32:8). Don’t you want to join me in His class? The things He teaches will help us for eternity.

Share It!

Every once in awhile, you discover something that changes your life. One of those things for me was aloe vera. I remember several times as a teenager when I would get sunburnt. My pale skin didn’t stand much of a chance agains the sun, even with a generous coating of sunscreen. The days following would be miserable as my back would become too painful to even lay down properly. No amount of essential oils or mayonnaise would ease the pain. Recently, however, I discovered that aloe vera works miracles against the effects of sunburns. In fact, when I got burned several weeks ago on a short visit to the beach, I slathered the stuff on me multiple times a day for the next few days and the red gradually disappeared with virtually no pain. It made me want to tell everyone to buy aloe vera because the stuff really works!

As humans, when we discover something life changing, we want to tell others about it. It’s true now and it was true a couple thousand years ago when Andrew met Jesus. The gospel of John tells us, “One of the two who heard John speak, and followed (Jesus), was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus” (John 1:40-42). Andrew had discovered something that changed his life and all he wanted to do was share it with someone close to him. Have you met Jesus? Has He changed your life? If so, why not share Him with someone today?

Preaching Deliverance

The heat was nearly intolerable as a bee flew through the open window of the Pennsylvania State House and landed on the desk next to Benjamin Franklin. Mr. Franklin was too focused to notice. Sitting on the edge of his chair with his cane in his hand, He was concerned with one thing only: the Declaration of Independence. The date was July 4, 1776, and the Second Continental Congress was debating about and preparing to vote on the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. The document had been in revision since Thomas Jefferson had submitted the first draft on July 2. Franklin knew the risks involved in making such a declaration as did the 55 men around him. They felt so strongly about this, however, that they were willing to conclude the document with the words, "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor." A month later, as they signed the document on August second, these 56 men were willing to risk everything for the freedom of themselves and the people around them.

As we celebrate Independence Day tomorrow, remember that there is someone who is holding much of the world around us in captivity. He has bound people in darkness and sin, but we have been called to join with Jesus whose mission statement was this: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord" (Luke 4:18, 19). Preaching deliverance and liberty isn't the safest thing to do though. Do you understand the risks involved in making such a declaration? Are you willing to rely on the protection of divine Providence and pledge your lives, fortunes and sacred honor to support the declaration of freedom? My prayer is that you would be willing to risk everything for the freedom of yourselves and the people around you.

Building Strong

I heard an interesting story the other day as I was listening to a podcast. Several years ago, a home was being constructed in Mexico Beach, Florida. The local building codes required some storm proofing, as protection against hurricanes. But built into the codes was the idea that the trees surrounding the community would help block wind and create a natural barrier should a storm come through. The contractors building the home that became known as Sand Place didn’t think the codes were good enough. They built the home to withstand 250 mile-an-hour winds. Some of the neighbors laughed, thinking that the builders were wasting their money on features that would never be needed. However, when Hurricane Michael tore through the region last year, it flattened nearly everything in Mexico Beach. Even the trees, which were supposed to be a natural barrier against the wind, were uprooted and used to destroy anything in their path. One of the only structures left standing was Sand Place.

As I heard about this home, my mind immediately went to Jesus’ story of the wise and foolish builders. “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall” (Matthew 7:24-27). As you think about your life, ask yourself whether you’re hearing and doing the sayings of Jesus or not. When you live according to the words of Christ, the world may laugh; but when the storms of life blow through, you’ll be the only one left standing.

Rest in the Lord

Do you remember what it was like before we had digital cameras? We almost take for granted today that we can pull a phone out of our pocket, snap a picture, and instantly share it with our friends and family on the other side of the world. But just a few years ago, taking a picture was a much longer process. You had to take out a bulky camera, snap a picture, then snap a few more pictures, then wait until you had finished taking enough pictures to fill up the roll of film. Then you would take that roll of film down to a photo center where they would process the film. Several days later, you’d be able to go back to the store and pick up your finished photos as either slides or prints. It was a process that took time and patience.

God works on us like a roll of film. We need to be developed before we can be used. And just like with film, if we interrupt the development process, we ruin everything. In the Bible, David writes, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7). If you’re like me, there are a lot of things you want to accomplish and you probably feel lazy if you’re not constantly working. You get impatient when God doesn’t answer your prayers fast enough or when it feels like nothing is happening. But sometimes, God is using the stillness and the darkness to develop your character, just like a roll of film. Surrender to Him, knowing that resting in the Lord is often the best thing you can accomplish for God.

Warning Label

Last week, my brother Caleb came over to visit for a few days. It was fun spending time together and dragging him into whatever we had going on. One morning we were making biscuits and gravy for breakfast. I had made the biscuits and stuck them in the oven and he had put together the gravy and blended the ingredients until it was smooth. After he stuck it on the stove, however, I ended up stirring it with the whisk as it thickened while he worked on something else. While I was still stirring the gravy, the timer went off for the biscuits, so I asked Caleb to pull them out of the oven. I pointed to the basket with the hot pads, and he grabbed an oven mitt. He noticed, however, before getting to the oven, that it had a big hole in the thumb. He made the comment that it should come with a warning label, telling people not to trust it completely.

That experience got me thinking. I think people are a lot like that oven mitt. Not just some people, but all of us. We should come with a warning label, telling people not to trust us completely. In the book of Psalms we read, “It is better to trust in the Lord, Than to put confidence in man” (Psalm 118:8). I don’t think the psalmist is saying that we can’t expect our friends to look out for us or that we’ll always be disappointed by humans. But what he is trying to say is that humans are incredibly untrustworthy. If we put all our trust in humans, we will someday be disappointed. Instead, trust in God. He’s the one friend that will never let you down.

You Shall Receive Power

As a kid, one of the things I really enjoyed was a good, long power outage. I know, that probably sounds strange, but there was something homey and cozy about lighting candles and lanterns. The house would be quiet without the hum of the fridge or the noise from other electrical appliances. We couldn’t really accomplish anything, so we would often curl up in the living room and sing or read stories. I enjoyed it so much that, even after the power had come back on, I wouldn’t want to turn on any lights for fear of ruining the feeling. I honestly wanted to remain without power throughout the rest of the evening.

The theme of camp meeting this year was Our Greatest Need. It was all about how much we need the power of the Holy Spirit. This got me thinking. How many of us actually want the power of the Holy Spirit? I feel like we are often like me as a child, preferring to sit in relative darkness, not really wanting the power to come back on. Before Jesus left His disciples and returned to heaven, He promised them: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). God longs to give us the power of the Holy Spirit. It may be comfortable to sit in the dark, but God wants us to be filled with power to witness for Him. Won’t you ask for that power today?

Fellow Citizens

I’m kind of tired of living out of my suitcase. Since May 5, I have been home a total of two days. First, I went to Maryland for the Believe Conference by Voice of Prophecy, where I learned all about their new Discovery Centers. Then I flew from there to Iceland for my brother’s wedding. I immensely enjoyed the time there, exploring a new country and catching up with friends I hadn’t seen in a long time. Then I flew with my mom and siblings to London, where Chelsea and I played tour guide and showed them around one of our favorite cities. After that, I made it home long enough to preach and repack before heading up to Highland Academy for camp pitch. I’ve been here for a week and a half now, busy with getting ready for camp meeting and now busy with helping out with camp meeting. It’s been fun for the most part, but I’m ready to head home.

It’s during times like this that I can relate with characters in the Bible who didn’t have a permanent home. In fact, there are some places where we are told that we are strangers and sojourners. But, just like me, we as Christians aren’t completely homeless. We do have a home, one that we are longing to be in. The Apostle Paul tells us, “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19). We may be living in temporary dwellings currently, but someday soon we’re going to go home. I can’t wait for that day!