Jonathan's Journey
Wednesday February 27, 2013

Wednesday March 6, 2013

You might wonder why the two dates.
Well, I began this Journey post on the 27th...but for what I am sure is some good reason(s)---excuse---I never finished the post. So, I thought I would just add to it...and post it today.

I am at the Atlantic Sun Basketball Championship in Macon, Georgia. The Bisons play tonight---#8 seed against the top seed--Mercer on their home court! Our broadcast begins at 7pm with the tip off at 7:30 pm (CST) on 102.5 the GAME. (Also take note that we go on CDST---this weekend as you move your clock one hour! remember to do that before you go to bed Saturday night or set your clock to get up at 2 am and make the change at the official time!)

Since I left Nashville yesterday....I have been busy responding to emails and ad sending documents back and forth to people in Nashville and in other places of the country and world. It is amazing what you can do with the internet---and how we use it in our cars or buses! Great for staying connected while we travel.

I am in the office all of next week...and then on Saturday---Barbara, Bethany and I are heading to Honduras for Spring Break---some fun and some mission work! Bethany is planning to spend much of her summer at Jovenes---so we have some arrangements to make---and I am doing some prelim work for our mission trip in July. I also have a board meeting at Jovenes during our stay---it will be great to be with our brothers and sisters in Honduras.

Here is another devotional thought for you as you go about your week....

Choices, Choices


By Doug Fields

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial.

1 Corinthians 6:12a



For about the first month of my marriage, I made the same mistake every night. I was coming home late for dinner.

My wife, Cathy, was (and still is) very patient. During our first weeks of marriage, she would call me in the afternoon and ask about my arrival time and dinner desires. She was always cheerful and flexible and didn’t mandate a time to be home. I was always given the chance to pick the time. Typically, I’d say something like, “I’ll be home at 6, so why don’t we eat at 6:30?”

Things would have gone really well had I arrived home at 6 p.m. like I said I would. Instead, as I was leaving the church office I’d get a phone call from a student who wanted me to drop by his house and see his new drum set. “What a great ministry opportunity!” I’d think to myself, “And it’s on the way home.” Or, as I was preparing to leave the office, a parent would stop by and ask if I had “just a minute.”

Anyway, all of these distractions captured my attention, and I was always late coming home. But I really didn’t think it was a big deal since Cathy was asking me what time was convenient for me. It seemed to be no big deal because I could justify all the extra time as part of my youth pastor job.

One night while we were having dinner, I politely asked, “Do you mind if I heat this up in the microwave for a minute?” Little did I know that a simple question could lead to tears, screaming, silverware flying, words I hadn’t heard her say before (to this day I still believe it may have been tongues), and a quick exit from the table. I thought, “What was that all about?”

When I pulled the fork from my neck, it became clear to me that it wasn’t about my question; it was about my nightly decisions to make everything and everyone in my youth ministry more important than my bride. I wish I wasn’t so stupid then, but I’m thankful that I learned at an early age that some things (ministry add-ons) just aren’t as important as other things (my marriage).

So while busyness in the pursuit of doing good things is often worn as a badge of honor, unfortunately, behind that badge we typically find a damaged spiritual life, a damaged family life, and a damaged career. Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you’re exempt from the consequences that typically follow an unrelenting lifestyle of busyness.

God has given you the privilege to conduct your own life. You have the freedom to make choices that can lead to God’s blessing and favor, as well as painful consequences. Today, take a look inside to make sure your choices align with your priorities. Don’t just prioritize your schedule. Choose and schedule those things that matter most.


Brother Al Bradshaw....has shared another bit of wisdom with us all....

Jonathan,
There's a time and place for everything, and sometimes I just can't help myself giving out a little humor. Prov. 17:22 states that a cheerful heart is good medicine, and all of us need medicine from time to time, whether we're sad, lonely, depressed, sick, or "normal." So for what it's worth, here's my offering:
One physician I know said that to keep healthy, a person needs 15 laughs a day, and three of those laughs should be deep, belly-laughs, Real Guffaws! Maybe the following story may provide one of those. This is a story Paul Tucker used to tell at some of our home get-togethers, dinners, good-times visits.
KNOWING YOUR BIBLE
I want to tell you a story of when I served on the "Pulpit Committee of our church. (Some people call them the "Pastoral Search Committee) but we had a Pulpit Committee.
After interviewing several candidates, we thought we had a man who we wanted to fill the position, but we wanted to be sure, so we asked him some questions.
The Chairman asked, "Son, do you know much about the Bible?"
The young preacher said, "Yes, sir, I really know the Bible." The Chairman asked, "Well, what parts of the Bible do you know?"
He said, "I know it all! I know the Old Testament, and I know the New Testament?"
The Chairman said, "Well, if you know so much of the Bible why don't you tell us something about it. Tell us one of your favorite Bible Stories."
He said, "Why sure, I'll tell you my favorite Bible Story, about the Prodigal Samaritan."
He didn't know at the time that that was one of my favorite Bible Stories, too.
So, he started telling it:
He said,:
"Well, there was a man of the Pharisees named Nebuchadnezzar who went down to Jericho by night, for fear of the Jews and he fell upon stony ground and the thorns choked him half to death. And he said, 'What shall I do?' I will arise and go to my Father's house. And he arose and climbed up into a sycamore tree. That night he heard a voice calling, 'Samuel, Samuel'. He knew that the call was not his, because his name wasn't Samuel. The next day Solomon and his wife Gomorrah came along with another couple, Dan and Beersheeba. They were on their way to take some locusts and wild honey to the Christians who were hiding out in the Catechisms. They first dipped him in the Jordan River seven times, then put a coat of many colors on him. They decided to take him to the Ark of the Covenant so he could be ministered to by Johan and his wife Joan of Ark, and of course, their children the Ark Angles. But as they approached the East Gate of the Ark, he got hair caught on a limb and he hung there for forty days and forty nights. And he was afterward hungered and the ravens came and fed him Manna from Heaven. Then two of the shortest men in the Bible, Knee-high Miaha and Bildad the Shoe-height came by in their fiery chariot. They were going to take him to that big city of Paris, where the Parasites lived. On the way, they had to pass through that area where Simon Peter chopped off that fellow's ear with the axe of the Apostles. They approached the gate of the city and on one side of the gate was Bathsheba, about to dive into the Pool of Siloam. On the other side of the gate was the Apostles and their wives, the Epistles. They were right there in the Caesarean section. They cried out to them, 'Chunk her down, boys.' And they said, 'Well, how many times shall we chunk her down, til seven times?' And they said, 'Nay, nay, not seven times but seventy times seven.' So they chunked her down 490 times and she burst asunder in their midst. And they picked up 12 baskets of the fragments which remained. And Nebuchadnezzer said, 'What man has put asunder, let God join together.' And now, I ask you brethren, in the resurrection whose wife shall be?"
Now, the Chairman of the Committee said, "I know he's young and inexperienced, but I think we ought to hire him, he really knows his Bible?"

Thanks Brother Al.

by the way...here is another devotional that hits home...about being busy...
By Doug Fields

Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.

Jeremiah 6:16



One of the most important lessons I’ve learned during my journey as a Christian is summed up in two little words you’ve heard before: yes and no. Christians tend to use yes a lot, but no, not so much. I want to challenge you to say no more often so you can say yes to the things that matter most.

While saying no results in many personal benefits, it’s a difficult word for many Christians to utter because Christian culture values yes. We learn to say yes because we want to please others—it just seems so Christian—and we don’t want to let people down, risk others thinking less of us, or become the target of disappointment or anger.

Does this sound like you? Do you want people to really like you? Do you dwell on it when you learn someone is angry with you? Can you identify with the “logic” that says, “I am a Christian, I care about people, and I’m supposed to help others—so when asked I must figure out a way to say yes at all times?” If so, welcome to my club! Actually, I’m trying to cancel my membership, and after many years of fighting, I’m almost out of the club. I think my speech goes something like this: “Hi. I’m Doug, and I’m addicted to busyness, people-pleasing, saying yes, and the belief that my busyness is a unique season that will soon end.” Okay, that’s me in pursuit of health and recovery. So if this is you too, I know how difficult it is to read this and even consider adding more no’s to your responses.

Think about it: Is busyness really getting you what you want—or need? In the end, busyness makes us feel important but cripples our relationships. Busyness feeds our egos but ultimately starves our souls. Busyness fills our calendars but fractures our families. And busyness props up our images but shrinks our hearts.

Is there a gnawing sense in your gut that you can’t keep up the pace—and in your heart-of-hearts you don’t want to? Good! Take a deep breath, and let’s go after some hope. You may be at a crossroads in your life and learning to say no is exactly what you need. You need to learn to say no to the many good things and wonderful people so you’ll have space to say yes to God, yes to the important people in your life, yes to what matters most. So I want to challenge you now: In today’s Scripture, we read, “ask where the good way is, and walk in it…” In this case, the “good way” is saying no—have the courage to walk in it and find rest for yourself.

Tommy....it has been good to see you each Tuesday morning at Quest. Hard to believe that our 24 sessions are over.

What will be do next Tuesday morning? Is It time for a reunion? Maybe we need to find time to hold everyone accountable!

Going to go for a little breakfast...and then back on the computer...to do some work this morning...before shooting practice...and the beginning of the tournament.

I will try to post again soon....and Lord willing we will be back home by Sunday morning...it would be nice to bring home a championship!

Enjoy your Journey to the SON!





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