Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Friday, September 22, 2017
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 Archived Pastor's Desk 2017.04.02


April 2 – April 8 


Scripture Passage:  “For which of you intending to build a tower, sits not down first, and counts the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?  Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish.”    Luke 14: 28-30 

Dear Friends,


     What was I thinking?  I had an epiphany the other day.  The grass in my yard has died out over the past few years leaving me with a cacophony of weeds.  I spent a lot of time this last winter thinking about what I was going to do and the equipment needed to accomplish the task.  I hauled the tiller from the farm that goes behind the tractor, bought fertilize, lime, seed and straw, and fueled up the Troy Bilt walk behind.  Monday night I dug up my entire yard.  My yard is one acre in size!  Then I heard it was supposed to rain, hail and storm Tuesday, so I worked all day to level, sow and straw  the areas right around the house before the torrential rains hit.  As I scattered the last bale of straw, the rains began.  “The rains came down and the floods came up.  The rains came down and the floods came up.”  (Forgive me I broke out into a song from my childhood.)   I just knew when I got up Wednesday morning everything would be washed away and my straw would be blown all over the neighbor’s yard.  Thank the Lord everything was still in place. Patty said the Lord had sent me a free watering job.  He always knows what he is doing, so it is best not to worry about things we cannot control.   

     Now I am looking at what is left to do.  There is a lot.  I do not have a work crew, it is just me.  I love to work outside and operate the tractor, but there are a lot of things that have to be done by hand at this point.  I have the mind of a teenager, but the body of a fifty-five year old.  When you spend the majority of your time behind a desk or steering wheel of a car you grow chubby and physically out of shape.  I only know one speed and that is wide open.  The problem is my “wide open” is about the speed of a fifty year old golf-cart with worn out batteries.  I am working harder than ever but accomplishing less.  I thought about this Scripture as I contemplated what to do next.  It is a little like chewing on a piece of fat, the more you chew the bigger it gets.  It all sounded so good as I sat in my recliner and made the plans.  Reality has set in and I know I still have a long way to go before my yard is finished.  It will get finished.  I will do the work, but it is going to cost me more than I anticipated and I am not talking about money.  My free time is very limited so it is probably going to take me longer than anticipated.  I may have to call in re-enforcements.    

    Looking back, I know now I should have done some things differently.  It would have been better to dig up small portions at a time and work them down and sow them.  It would keep the soil from washing and I would not be stressed about it.  Also the small portions would allow me to use the time I have available without killing myself trying to do too much.  My neighbors know I will finish the job because I have that type of reputation, I just don’t want them to find me lying in the dirt, dead.  I am trying to remember I am not Superman, and I am not invincible.  Neither am I seventeen anymore.  I can still do everything that needs to be done, but I am old enough that I have to work smarter instead of harder.  So may each of us count the cost of projects and directions our lives are moving toward and plan with God’s help to finish well. 


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny