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WOW!

WOW! Isn’t God amazing! For the past ten years MaryEllen and I have had the same television. It’s a 19 inch tube TV which was purchased before we got married for almost $300. This TV has been through it all. It has seen the births of our three children, has endured seven moving experiences (from Rochester out west and back again), has had wax dripped on it, fingerprints smudged on it and kids licking it. But through it all it has been a loyal friend and companion. And after ten years with our loyal companion, we as a family began to become very comfortable with its short comings. We overlooked the fact it took 15-20 minutes before the screen showed a picture (sometimes longer in the colder weather…but don’t we all move slower when it’s cold out?). We overlooked the fact that the screen was so small that we had to get within inches to read any subtitles or rolling text on the screen. We even overlooked that the color was starting to lose its luster and vibrancy. Though there had been talk of replacing it with a newer model, we continued to be complacent as long as it continued to work.

Well, that was true until we were kindly given a 27 inch TV from our District Superintendent, Pastor Paul James. When we first plugged in our new TV, we (the complete family) were amazed at what we had been missing. The color was so vivid and alive. The picture was so clear. The sound was crisp. And best of all…it turned on immediately! WOW! It was amazing. It was as if someone opened my eyes for the very first time and I saw everything I had been missing before.

We can fall into the same issues when it concerns our faith. We become so complacent with the idea of having just enough faith to get through the day when in reality, God wants us to have the kind of faith that is ALIVE, VIVID, and CLEAR. His desire is for us to share the same sentiment as Paul the Apostle, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the POWER of God for salvation…” (Romans 1:16). My question for you is where is your faith? Are you simply satisfied with a faith that is complacent (though you know your missing something)? Or is your faith allowing you to experience life filled with wonder and amazement?

Lord, open my eyes to your Brilliance so I can see everything I was missing before.

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Cabin Fever

Around this time of year most people start to get a little antsy. We’ve had our fill of winter events like skating, sledding, and snowmobiling. We’ve enjoy all the treasured moments around the fireplace sipping on hot chocolate with those we hold dear. Winter has been fun and we have made some real memories but… as the saying goes, “all good things must come to an end.” As Spring and Summer creep closer, we get house bound and stir crazy and start experiencing “Cabin Fever”. We crave long days of outside activities. We long for the warmer weather and the late nights around the camp fire. Though we dread the mosquitoes and black flies, it is not enough to discourage us from the freedom the warmer weather brings.

As Christians we can experience a similar kind of “Cabin Fever”; a longing for something better. There is a part of us which knows this world is only a place of transition. We know there is something better out there and the longer we are here, the more stir crazy we get. Paul the Apostle put it this way, “

1 For instance, we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven–God-made, not handmade– 2 and we’ll never have to relocate our “tents” again. Sometimes we can hardly wait to move–and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we’re tired of it! We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies!

5 The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less.

(2 Corinthians 5:1-5) MSG

As the snow begins to melt away and the days get longer, begin to ask yourself these questions: Am I anticipating Christ’s return with as much eagerness and desire as I am Spring time? Am I experiencing a sense of Spiritual Cabin Fever or am I content with living in Spiritual Winter?

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