Flannel, the indication that the shorts and t-shirts of summer must be
exchanged for something with a little more substance. Looking around you see
some of the early indications that the trees will soon be ablaze with the
brilliant colors of Fall. Winding down another season and looking forward to
some time to reflect. What changes have we made to the path we are walking
in life? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
At the end of the season we need to take time and look back, reflect on
what weíve done. We need to look at where we were and where we are now. Did
we end up where we hoped to be? Maybe there is some work still to be done.
We make many changes in life but they all do not work out the way we
intended. We think we know what to do, but sometimes we fail to see the
entire picture. As we wind down it provides for us a moment to step back and
look the path we are walking.
I think some of our greatest moments are when we acknowledge the
significance of the small steps we take in life. Think about the little
things that you have done this year. The things you have done that have
enabled you to grow and advance, not only on the track but in your walk with
Christ. Maybe this was the year you started reading your Bible every week or
even every day. Maybe this was the year you made an effort to attend chapel
service or a local church. Maybe it was the year that you made the effort to
talk with God on a regular basis.
Donít take lightly the things in your life that are truly significant. We
all are guilty of not placing the right importance on seemingly little
things, but it is the little things that add up to make significant changes
in the direction of our lives. I am reminded of Paulís words to Timothy;
2 Timothy 4:1-8 (New Living
Translation); I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ
who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up his
Kingdom: Preach the word of God.
Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct,
rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and
They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell
them whatever their itching ears want to hear.
They will reject the truth and chase after myths.
But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Donít be afraid of
suffering for the Lord.
Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God
has given you.
As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The
time of my death is near.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained
And now the prize awaits meóthe crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the
will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but
for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.
These were not only the words Paul wrote to
encourage Timothy, they were the same words one of my mentors shared with me
as I entered into ministry.
T. Marshal Thompson was a wise man who had seen many things in his life.
He helped me overcome the desire to please men instead of pleasing God. He
encouraged me to be a little bolder in my faith. He listened to my fears and
helped me overcome them. Little things that helped me become a man dedicated
to serve Jesus.
T. Marshal is home now, but his memory is as alive as if he were still
here. He helped me focus on the little things that, when you add them up,
become significant things in life. He guided me through my doubt and showed
me the hand of God on my life. As his life was winding down he took the time
to invest in mine.
As we reflect on the things that we have seen and done this past season I
ask you to think about those who have helped guide you. Those who have
encouraged you to make decisions that were beneficial to your life. Those
who provided the resources you needed to continue on.
It is easy to continue on without remembering where you have been or who
helped you get to where you are, but I suggest it is more beneficial to
reminisce a little. Take a look at the baby steps you took. Remember who was
holding your hand as you took those steps.
With another season winding down there is more racing ahead. Without the
help of many others we wouldnít make it to this time of the year and still
be able to race. To enter the homestretch each one of us needed the support
and encouragement of someone. That support helped us take the little steps
that add up to a giant leap. We all need someone to walk by our side. Take
time to say thanks and acknowledge what others have given so that we could
pursue our dreams.
One of our chaplains reminded me of these verses, Proverbs 3:5-6, written
in the form of a prayer. I am thankful for Godís willingness to lead me.
Lord, I trust in you with all my heart and I wonít rely on just what I
understand. In all my ways, I will rely on You, because you will direct me
in the way I should go. Amen
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