Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2016.10.23


October 23 – October 29 


Scripture Passage:  “Until the Lord have given your brethren rest, as he hath given you, and they also have possessed the land which the Lord God giveth them:  then you shall return unto the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which Moses the Lord’s servant gave you on this side Jordan toward the sunrise.”     Joshua 1:15


Dear Friends,  

     I am convinced we do not know how to truly enjoy the wonderful blessings God gives to us each day.  We are so busy working on the “next big thing” that we fail to stop and enjoy the accomplishments and victories that are already ours today.  To have a boat and never go fishing is a shame.  To have a John Deere and never till the ground or mow the hay defeats the purpose for which it was purchased.  To have a toy in a box and never allow it to be played with makes the toy a monument and a dust catcher.  As I sit here typing, there is a whirlwind of memories that come to mind about things I enjoyed as a child.  I remember Daddy buying a pint of Pet Ice Cream and he, my momma, my sister and me all sharing it until it was gone.  By the time everyone got a bite, there was nothing left, but it sure was good.  I remember walking to Billy Golden’s Store and buying my first Pepsi to enjoy by myself.  All of Billy’s patrons would sit on the porch outside while drinking their Pepsi and eating a Moon Pie or a pack of peanut butter crackers.    Talk about independence and freedom.  I did not have to share with my sister and I was just one of the guys sitting on the porch talking about religion and politics.  (I’m kidding) It was a rite of passage that said I wasn’t a baby anymore and was on my way to becoming a man.  Another thing I remember enjoying was a hot bath after a hard day in a hay field or tobacco patch.  We never had a shower, just a tub and the amount of hot water available was limited.  I remember soaking in the hot water till it began to cool and then rinsing off to exit refreshed and ready to have some fun.   

     Another thing I think we do not enjoy enough is our family.  Our family, outside of our salvation, is the greatest gift God has given us.  I find that families spend very little time together.  The idea of a family sharing meals together is almost a fantasy.  Most of our schedules are such that we rarely are home at the same time, and when are, it is a short period of time until we are gone again.  We had one television in the home I grew up in and it was in the dining room.  The whole family was together after dark sitting around the dining room table.  Now there are televisions in each bedroom and family members spend more time on their cell phones and Ipads in the privacy of their own rooms.  Even when they do come out, they are texting or looking up things on their cell phones. That is one of the benefits of going to the farm.  We get poor cell phone reception, so we have to do things together.  Grandkids play in the yard, the women work in the kitchen preparing meals, while the men work in the fields or the shop doing much needed repairs.  After dark is “sitting on the porch time.”  The rockers, rock and the swingers swing.  (That’s funny I don’t care who you are.)  It is a constant reminder that you do not have to be going somewhere to have fun.  My family is always closer together when we have been on the farm than anywhere else.   

     Finally, enjoy the Lord.  I have a pastor friend in Baxter, Tennessee that often says, “I just enjoyed the Lord out of it.”  I think it is his way of saying that we should always enjoy the simple pleasures the Lord sends our way.  Everything that truly brings me joy, has the Lord’s signature written all over it.  When we “enjoy the Lord out of it,” we are savoring every last drop and when we finish the day we have nothing left but wonderful memories to sleep on.  The wonderful thing about the joys of the Lord is that their supply is unlimited.  When you finish one, there is another one on the way.  So enjoy the simple things in life.  Enjoy your family and be sure to make time for what is truly important.  Finally enjoy the Lord because the “Joy of the Lord is our strength.”  

In Christ,


Pastor Johnny