Pastor's Monthly Pen
Spring has sprung with its warm and inviting call. I hope that we all find blessings in this renewal of God’s creation. It is a blessing to be able to walk or drive around our town and see the beauty. It is a blessing to be able to go out and tend to our own little piece of God’s creation as it unfolds anew.
Why is it that we often love to go out and tend to this part of God’s creation, but usually look at one of the greatest creations of God - ourselves - and cannot even begin to know how to or have the desire to renew ourselves?
We know that in order to take care of the flowers, lawn, and shrubs in God’s creation we have to renew them from the inside out, then their beauty shines. The same is true for us. We need to pay attention to our habits. As one of God’s greatest creations, we have both physical and spiritual attributes which compose our total self.
We know that we need to pay attention to our physical habits in order to impact our physical self. We also must pay attention to our spiritual habits in order to impact our spiritual self. If we neglect one or the other we will not be renewed properly, and our whole beauty will not shine.
We usually pay a lot of attention to our physical self – every time we walk by a mirror, that is what we see, and that is usually what we reflect on. But when we sit in silence and reflect on our lives we see our spiritual self.
When others see us they see both.
Paul talks about the benefits of both physical and spiritual self in 1Timothy, chapter 4: 8 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 9 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it. 10 This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.
Renew yourselves mind, body, and spirit. I often find the best way to renew myself is to take my mind off myself, and help someone else. We still need to read, study, and meditate on scripture; and if we do, we will know that we are blessed by blessing others.
SPRING HAS SPRUNG … GO AND RENEW.
All glory and honor to God. Peace and blessings, Tim.