Good evening loved ones!
I’m just chilling after a sweaty cutting of our lawn. I remember when I was a kid and my dad told me I had to cut the grass that day. No exceptions. Of course, I put it off; as it got darker, I realized my plan to wait till the next day had worked! Or did it. No, my dad made me cut the grass that night – with a flashlight!
What does that have to do with my message tonight? Pretty much nothing. I was just reminiscing about the joy of cutting grass. Come to think of it though, I thought of something as I was cutting this evening. Every other week I change the way the lawn is cut. One week it’s perpendicular to the street, the next it’s on a diagonal. (Yes, I know I’m a little uptight about my lawn.) As one makes the first diagonal cut, it’s extremely important to make sure it’s straight, because the subsequent swaths will be based on that first one. In the past, I’ve tried to make the cut by estimating I was going straight because… well, how hard could it be? As I’d turn the mower around to make the return cut, I’d see that that first cut was crazy not straight.
I’ve solved that problem, though. Before I start the cut, I’ll find an object at the end of the cut that I can focus on. No trusting my own instinct to make that first cut, no. And guess what? I’ve been cutting that diagonal so straight you could sight a gun barrel with it!
Here’s the takeaway from this story: When we try to rely solely on ourselves to get through life, it’s going to be as ugly as my first cutting attempts. We wander to the left and then the right and all the subsequent activities in our lives are aligned with that first “cut” and we wonder why the grass looks bad. Yet when we focus our eyes on the target of Jesus, the cuts will be straight! No, not perfectly straight, but right where they need to be. Please don’t try to do life with ourselves as the source of right and wrong, joy and anger, love and hate, light and dark. It gets unnecessarily messy and full of hardship. Not the “full life” that God promises us when we walk with Him: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Another verse comes to mind also: “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matthew 6:33).
So the next time you see a lawn beautifully cut on that diagonal, you can remember to keep our eyes on Jesus for every area of our lives!
There's a new sermon series starting on Sunday: "Advertising Slogans that are Found in the Bible." Like this one on Sunday: "Coke (?) the Real Thing." Come on in and let the love of God and His people overwhelm you!
Here’s a Public Service Announcement from Mitzi and the Social Ministry: Fishers volunteers at the St. Mary’s Food Pantry every Tuesday and Thursday in October. We’ve had a few responses, and that’s awesome, but we still have a few left to fill. If you’re able to volunteer those late afternoons (4:00 – 6:00), let me or Mitzi know. Thank you for being the face and hands of Jesus to folks that need to see it!
Peace out, ya’ll,
FISHERS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Joseph Doenges
WORSHIP SUNDAY 10:00 AM
301 N. 6th Street
St. Clair, MI 48079
a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization