Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Friday, September 22, 2017
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 Archived Pastor's Desk 2017.05.21

May 21 – May 27 


Scripture Passage:  “Whatsoever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave where you are going.”   Ecclesiastes 9:10


Dear Friends,


     When Patty and I go on vacation or she organizes and takes a trip with the children and grandchildren, some kind of switch goes off in her head and she becomes a maniac.  Her favorite saying is:  “Come on, we can sleep when we are dead.”  Of course I am older than her, so I am in the background begging for mercy and an opportunity to rest.  I took a trip to New York City three years ago with four women, one of which was my seventy-three year old mother-in-law.  I got so tired trying to keep up with them that when I got to Yankee Stadium to watch the ballgame, (that was my treat for going) we left early to take the subway back to where we were staying so I could go to bed.  The Yankees were behind and had done nothing the entire ballgame.  The next morning I woke up and turned on the television to find out they had loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth and the final batter had hit a walk off grand slam.  I missed a once in a lifetime opportunity because I gave in to fatigue rather than tough it out to the end of the ballgame.  Hum, there is a good message in that. 


    Someone said, “Preacher, can you still do what you used to?”  My answer was, “Yes, it just takes me a lot longer than it used to.”  I find myself giving myself little pep talks throughout the day.  “Get up, you will feel much better once you get going.”  “Take a good hot shower and it will loosen you up and get your blood pumping.”  “Just start the day with something small and then work your way up to the bigger task that need to be completed.”  You get the idea.  Instead of looking at the day through the lens of twenty-four hours, I look at it through the lens of hours.  At least I am not down to minutes yet.  The biggest disappointment is that things I used to really enjoy doing have become more of a chore than a pleasure.  Work has never been a bad word for me because I like it.  If I enjoy what I am doing, I do not even consider it work.  I call it “piddling.”  It hurts because it takes an effort to even do things I am very good at.  To mow my lawn includes rest periods intermingled throughout.  If I mow one day, then I “weed eat” the next, or I look around and say, “It doesn’t look that bad,” and let it go.  I would never have done that even two years ago.  To do something with all my might, looks more like the “Little Engine That Could,” chugging up the mountainside saying, “I think I can, I think I can.” 


     Thank God for a loving wife that keeps everything in perspective for me.  She constantly reminds me that I do not have cancer, I have not had a heart attack or a stroke, and I can still put my shoes on by myself.    I can still do almost anything I want, and my mind is still lucid.  I have a family, and a church that loves me and a Savior that showers me with blessings each day.  I pastor a wonderful church and put in long hours of ministry and service to my congregation and community.  I preach at least four times a week and the passion burns as bright and the energy is as strong as it has ever been when I am in the pulpit.  Come on church, let’s go.  We can rest when we are dead. 


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny




Pastor Johnny