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Monday, August 08, 2005

I'm back!

Hey, I'm back after a week of vacation and a week of being with other ministers of the Assemblies of God in Denver, Colorado. We had a great time, saw some old friends and ate dinner a couple of times with family.

Denver was hot, yet dry and the evenings cooled off nicely.

When we flew into Denver on American Airlines, we were supposed to arrive at 2:10 P.M. I had two tickets for Debbie and I to go to a Colorado Rockies game at 3:05 P.M. The plane was two hours late, due to mechanical failure. We hustled off the plane, got our rent-a-car and promptly got stuck in a traffic jam on the highway going into downtown Denver.

We only got to see the eighth and ninth innings. Bummer. However, we did get to see the stadium, and in one sense were grateful that we didn't have to sit through the whole game because it was literally close to 100 degrees, and it was a lousy game.

I also painted one side of our house, cut down branches, mowed the lawn twice, pulled weeds and played some golf.

Let me give you a thought that has really struck me recently.

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

Chew on that for a while.

True or false?


God created us as spiritual beings. We are body, that's true, but we are primarily soul and spirit. After we die, it's our spirit and soul that continue, until we receive new, created, perfect bodies in heaven.

So many times we spend an enormous amount of energy in satisfying our bodies. That, I believe, is a deception from both our spiritual enemies and our soulish flesh.

The deception: If I only take care of my body (i.e. what I eat, what I drink, getting enough exercise, etc.) than I will be happy in my spirit and my soul. Yet I am learning that it is just the opposite.

It's as I feed my spirit and my soul that I find happiness and peace in my body. How many illnesses are caused by anxiety and fear in the soul?

We are first and primarily spiritual beings.

Having just taken a vacation to rest my body, I encourage all of us to take daily "vacations" to restore our spirits as well.

Feed your spirit. Feed your soul. And perhaps your body will take care of itself.


Jon said...

After being on vacation myself, and then you two being gone, I've missed blogging with you! Good to have you back!! Having daily time with God is (almost) always refreshing...the almost is those days when my hearing is not so good or my will gets in the way, stopping me from doing what God wants me to do. Being in His Way is refreshing in and of itself and spending time with Him brings so much joy into my day (and life). Just this morning I was walking around our campus and asking people how they were doing...the usual answer was, "I'm doing okay" or something like that. When they asked me in return, I gave them a hearty, "I'm blessed!" That in itself was not the excitement for the day but the reaction I got from one young lady truly was...after my response, she said, "Why, so am I, thank the Lord!" She was truly excited to realize that we are all blessed every day...even in the toughest of times, we are blessed to have a Father who loves us and wants to prosper us if we will just accept Him and ask for what we need. I love serving a God like that!!

God bless and welcome home!


Youth Extreme said...

I find that we to often get caught up and concerned about what we might be missing instead of enjoying the moment. Yes, there have been times in my life that I needed to get somewhere and realize it is not going to happen. In the midst of getting upsat and angry I realize that I am experiencing a new challenge and opportunity to see things a little different. Yes, it requires that I rearrange my schedule and it might cause me to have to repeat the whole process. But I try and understand what I learned as a result, how can I change or what should I change so it does not happen again. Then there are those moments that I am reminded God is in control and nothing happens with out him knowing. So I look to heaven and ask What? Because he is getting my attention. Next time we need to slow down and except the situation and look around to what God is trying to show us or tell us.