Archive for Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Pastor’s Corner

February 4, 2009

Today’s thought is for anyone who is facing one of those difficult transitions in life.

It may be a transition you are forced to make after losing a job or losing someone you love. It could be the transition of giving up something, going from a smoker to a non-smoker, from a no exercise person to a physically fit person.

We all have some form of transition before us. There are a lot of people who only get serious about those transitions one day out of the year.

You guessed it — New Year’s Day.

I wonder if we did a survey, how many people would say that they have totally stuck to their New Year’s resolution.

And the survey says: Recent research shows that while 52 percent of participants in a resolution study were confident of success with their goals, only 12 percent actually achieved their goals. There are always those who say “I got close.” Close doesn’t work with the IRS, close doesn’t work with e-mail or phone numbers. Why should we be satisfied with close when it comes to major personal transitions? Moses got close to being the leader of Israel that God wanted him to be, that is up until the time when he broke the tablets out of anger that contained God’s Law. His transition that followed did not achieve perfection, but it did produce results. The one thing that made a difference in Moses for the transitions he faced was an encounter with the glory of God. Not an encounter with any self-help group or higher academic status. Just an encounter with the glory of God. When you truly encounter the glory of God, there is no transition you can’t handle.

The Bible says “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Seek God and His Glory and everything else will make sense.

2 Peter 1:3 says it is … His divine power that has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him …

— Ron Swaim is pastor at Cornerstone Family Worship in Tonganoxie.

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