Archive for January, 2012

January 21, 2012

It’s on the House!

by Lester Young

Have you ever really thought about grace? No, I’m not really referring to the “Thank You, Lord, for this piece of pie, Amen” grace. I’m talking about grace as in ‘graciousness;’ the kind of grace that God shines on His people with. The absolute kindness God showed to us – to every person – by sending Jesus to come get us.

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January 12, 2012

Location, Location, Location!

by Lester Young

Have you ever wondered why location is so important when talking about real estate? Yeah, I know – that’s an outright silly question. A property’s value is completely tied to and totally dependent upon what someone in the market is willing pay for it, and what someone in the market will pay for it is completely tied to and (almost) totally dependent upon where it’s located – and it’s not all that hard to understand why. Nearby amenities, mineral rights, proximity to water (or to the end of the local airport’s runway) are all very important considerations a prospective homebuyer will weigh when deciding to purchase a piece of real estate.

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January 7, 2012

Take a Load Off

by Lester Young

I guess it’d be reasonably accurate to say that we’ve all, at one time or another, felt alone. You might have utterly given in to the thought that you’re all by yourself – even if there’s a house full of folks around. “No one knows the burdens that I’m carrying…no one cares. Poor ole me…!” If you’ve been feeling that way, my question to you today is, “Why are you carrying those burdens around – or any burdens, for that matter?  Didn’t you get the memo?”

Listen, I’m not here to make light of whatever circumstances you may be dealing with. (After all, if you’re a Christian, you’re going to go through some stuff simply because you’re a disciple of Jesus [2 Timothy 3:12; Mark 4:17]. Let’s face it; in today’s world, if you’re breathing you’re fair game.) But I am here to motivate you to set your sights someplace other than where you may have been looking; because, if you’ve been tempted to feel sorry for yourself lately, your crosshairs are clearly focused on yourself and just how down you are. Not only does that solve absolutely nothing, even more importantly, it can crystallize in your own mind just how bad you perceive things to be for yourself. And that’s extremely dangerous; because once you’ve convinced yourself in no uncertain terms how hopeless your own situation is, you won’t let anybody talk you out of it. As a matter of fact, you’ll defend your position and argue to stay there. But I digress…

Back to the memo. “Memo?” Yes, the memo. THE memo. “Surely He has borne our griefs (our diseases, sicknesses, calamities and anxieties), and carried – or bore the burden of – our sorrows (our anguishes, afflictions and pains)” (Isaiah 53:4). Jesus, from His own mouth, extended a personal invitation to you, to me, to everyone, to give up those heavy burdens we’ve been lugging around everywhere we go. He implored, “Come to Me, all you who labor (work hard, toil and are wearied) and are heavy laden (loaded up, overburdened with anxiety), and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart: and you shall find rest for your soul. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

We don’t have to carry around those burdens – any burdens, none, nada! Jesus has already carried them, handled them and discharged them, so what good reason do we have for letting them stay on our shoulders? If we do, it disregards the price He paid for each and every one of us, and we certainly don’t want to do that. Casting all of our anxieties and cares over onto the Lord (1 Peter 5:7) is simply acknowledging what He’s already done, and showing faith that He’s big and powerful enough to handle any situation we might ever find ourselves in.

Remember, regardless of how you feel, you’re not alone. If you’re in Christ Jesus, He’s with you and in you all the time (Matthew 28:20) – especially when you don’t feel Him, because He lives in our hearts by faith; that is, simply by believing and accepting that He does (Ephesians 3:17). And He’s already taken your burdens and given you the right to walk burden-free. He’s got your back! So stop fussin’ about it and let Him have them. Then you can shift your focus back over to where it’s supposed to be – toward others (Galatians 6:2). You know, it’s amazing how quickly your posture improves when your head is up…

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