Celebrating my Birthday with Billy Graham
Today is my 54th Birthday… I feel like I did when I got married at 19… so how is it possible that they keep trying to send me an AARP card… I just tear them up… denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.
My parents are here and we will be having a great family meal together later, but it is what I did this morning that made my birthday. I woke up at 4:00 am which was really 3:00 am due to day light savings time and once I was fully awake I did my devotions (below). Even on a Sunday, when I knew I would be going to church. You know some times I would slide on Sundays thinking church balanced it all out… do you do that too? But God wants quiet time with us. Alone time with us. We always hear it the other way around. But actually He desires our full attention so He can whisper things to us and we can actually hear them. You just never know what life is going to swing your way, but ever since I have been consistent with my devotions first thing in the morning I have been able to withstand better the unexpected side swipes that come my way. Which, in every day, there are quite a few for all of us. Life is a gift and so fun when lived on purpose and “On Assignment”!
Day by Day with Billy Graham for March 8th 2009
1 John 2:15 (TLB)
“Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love these things you show that you do not really love God…”
There are certain elements of daily life which are not sinful in themselves but which have a tendency to lead to sin if they are abused. Abuse literally means “extreme use” and in so many instances, overuse of things lawful becomes sin. Ambition is an essential part of character, but it must be fixed on lawful objects and exercised in proper proportion. Thought about the necessities of life and taking care of one’s family is absolutely essential; but this can generate into anxiety, and then, as Christ reminded us, the cares of this life choke the spiritual seed in the heart. Making of money is essential for daily living; but money-making is apt to degenerate into money-loving, and then the deceitfulness of riches enters and spoils our spiritual life. Much so-called worldliness in Christian circles is misunderstood. You cannot confine it to a particular rank, walk or circumstances of life, and say that one person is spiritual and another is unspiritual. Worldliness is actually a spirit, an atmosphere, an influence permeating the whole of life and human society, and it needs to be guarded against constantly and strenuously.