Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Friday, September 22, 2017
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2016.07.17
July 17 – July 23
Scripture Passage: “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses.” Luke 12:15
Dear Friends,
     What do you have in your life that you think you cannot live without? I have a good friend who trades cars and changes houses on a consistent basis. I have often heard him say, “I always wanted one of these,” or “I had one just like this when I was young.” He will keep it three to six months and then it is gone and he is in search of the next big thing. He can afford to trade like this and hurts no one that I know of by his indulgences. The point is that when the new wears off, it does not satisfy him the way he thought it would. Often people have family heirlooms that have been passed down from generation to generation. They take great pride, and great care, in protecting it and keeping someone else from stealing it. They buy safes and alarm systems to protect it while paying exuberant premiums to ensure their possession is covered. Fires take place, floods come, and tornadoes scatter treasures like ashes. Thieves break in and steal. I once heard of a man who had a priceless Corvette in his basement. He bragged about his alarm system, his technology gadgets and that he even had it secured with a log chain that could not be cut. One day he came home to an empty basement with the following note attached to the log chain: “If a man made it, I can steal it.” I guess he learned to live without his car.
     I have also known people who thought they could not live without a spouse, a child, or a certain friend. Their whole world revolved around that person. If that person is your spouse, I have a news alert for you: “People die and divorces happen every day.” Not only are people mortal, they are also crazy. You never know what they are thinking or what they are going to do. If that person is your child, they are going to grow up and leave. They will develop their own interests, build their own relationships, and eventually someone else will take you place in their hierarchy of life. This is not a bad thing, it is normal. Even a mother bird knows that eventually their young have to leave the nest and start a life of their own. If you turn loose a little at a time, over a long period of time, it makes the transition easier. 
     Over the past fifty-five years I have watched many relationships come and go. Many were my own. Nothing bad happened between us, but one of us moved away or moved in a different direction. We would still consider the other person our friend, we just do not have daily contact with each other. Then there are those friends who betrayed our trust, took advantage of us, or simply done us wrong. Those are the relationships that are hard to get over. We should never have allowed the other person to have that much control over our lives and emotions. People are people and eventually they will let you down and hurt you by words or actions. If we make allowances for their human faults, a good friend will also make allowances for ours. 
     The only thing I cannot live without is Jesus. He does not die or move away. He does not have temper tantrums and emotional break downs. He remains constant in his faithfulness and always looks out for my best interest. He stays by my side when everyone else is frustrated with me and left me standing by myself. He loves me when no one else even cares. When I die, instead of us being separated, we will be together face to face and hand in hand. No, my worth is not in what I own or what I do. It is in the one I know – my friend Jesus.
In Christ,
Pastor Johnny