Kenny Howell Managing Editor Mt. Juliet rolled up over 400 yards of offense, and had 12 different players run the ball in a 49-7 win over Portland Thursday.
Isn’t life amazing? Think about all of the things that happen in our lives daily that we either don’t really pay much attention to, or don’t really think about.
For example, how often do we think or say to ourselves when we see a huge jet plane taking off with hundreds of passengers on board, isn’t it amazing that a plane that weighs thousands of pounds, that’s made out of metal and carrying hundreds of passengers and all their bags and suitcases can take flight and fly. Most of us don’t, we sort of overlook these things because we see it happen everyday and sort of take it for granted.
Another example is the human brain. How often do we realize what an awesome instrument the human brain is? When was the last time you seriously thought about it? Think about it, in order to read this article you use your brain, in order to pick up the paper that has this article written on it you use your brain, in order to comprehend this article you use your brain, in order to remember or forget this article you use your brain. Even more amazing is the whole time you were reading this article you were also thinking of other things, blinking your eyes, moving various parts of your body and listening to sounds around you all while reading. Isn’t the human brain amazing?
Let’s take a moment to think about saving lives and other medical marvels. How often do we think about the many lives that have been saved because of heart surgeries and transplants, the lives that have been saved because of cancer treatment? How often do we really take the time to realize how many lives have been saved for various cures, medical procedures and etc?
As we awake each and every day we are confronted with many fascinating and wonderful things. The seasons change every year, it gets light and dark each day and always has, the earth is turning and we don’t feel it, a baby is born, a child learns to walk and talk, the flowers bloom, the grass turn green, water, sleet and snow fall from the clouds, men and women fly into space, the clouds form, the clouds clear and so on.
The moral of this story is to soak each and every moment of life in. Life is not something we take for granted. Life is something we get one chance at and we must enjoy it. So as you start 2012 off, take every chance you get to enjoy the things we often overlook or take for granted. Isn’t life amazing!
It is astonishing that God created us in His own image. And as we certainly know, we are people of great emotions or feelings. Sometimes our emotions can even be mixed. Like the man who said, “I have mixed emotions when I receive Father’s Day gifts. I’m glad my children remember me, but I’m disappointed that they actually think I dress that way.”
God made us that way because He is that way. The Bible ascribes many emotions to God, including joy, anger, and grief.
We have to be very careful about our feelings. They are not usually our best guide to making decisions, because they can be false and fleeting. The difference is that God’s feelings are perfect and holy – they are never false or fleeting.
There is a verse in the Scriptures that was brought to my attention at a time when I was asking questions. Does it really matter to God what I do with my life? With billions of people in existence, am I of any concern to Him?
In Ezekiel 33:11, God tells the prophet, “Say to them, ‘As surely as I live,’ declares the Sovereign LORD, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?’”
Israel had turned her back on God and was now suffering the consequences. The people were in a very difficult situation without much hope. But God reminds them through his prophet Ezekiel just how He felt for them and how He feels for you today.
This verse teaches us that God feels pain when you disobey (“I take no pleasure”). God hurts when He sees you making wrong choices and suffering the consequences of those choices.
He is very pleased when you repent (“but rather that they turn”). When a wayward child returns home, all of heaven rejoices, (Luke 15:10), and the one leading the celebration is God Himself.
He feels passionate about your future, (“Turn!, Turn!”). He is pleading with you to make the right choice and follow Him.
He is puzzled by your decisions, (“Why?”). God expresses puzzlement not because He is not surprised when you make bad choices or does not know why you do, but because it so astonishing when you do.
You really want to know how strongly God feels for you? Look to the cross of Christ! “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8). You were on His mind when He was on the cross.
Some of you may never have realized how God feels about you and some of you may have forgotten. But be certain, God loves and cares for you!
Kenny Howell Managing Editor Kenny Martin was sworn in as the new City Manager during the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday.
This week we have an entry from the Mt. Juliet Homecoming book that is printed in accordance with the event every year. This one is about the history of the Mt. Juliet Telephone Company. It […]