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Lola's Life Lessons

By:  Pastor Carl Sanderson

(When you are 15 inches tall and weigh 8 pounds, all lessons are HUGE!)

Lola doesn’t get it.  She thinks she is so much bigger than she really is.  You see, Lola is my Miniature Pinscher dog.  She always has to confront the curiosity, whether it be squirrel, guinea pig, another dog, or white-tailed deer!  She thinks SHE is the top dog in every situation, not realizing that in some instances, with one kick or scratch or bite, she could be dangerously hurt.  Still, she tugs and pulls as if she is dragging a multi-hundred pound weight (which she literally is) only to discover the master at the back wins the fight.  Once she accepts that, she is off to explore and find other intriguing items of interest.
We are so much like Lola!  We like being top dog and so we chase the squirrels of pleasure, fame, fortune (think lottery), and power only to discover they always get away.  Or we go after the rats of pornography, deceit, and security thinking that will truly make us satisfied and fulfilled.  We are in constant competition with others and we have the nerve to think we can conquer things like nature, floods, hurricanes only to discover they are so beyond our ability to control.
Then, we get frustrated when we are seemingly held back by the Master!  Oh, if we would only learn to rest in the Master’s hand and guidance, we would find all sorts of intriguing interests along the way! 

Take it from Lola, trust the Master’s Hand and let Him guide you.  You might even be able to smell some roses.

Just a thought…..

Lola's Life Lessons

By:  Pastor Carl Sanderson

(When you are 15 inches tall and weigh 8 pounds, all lessons are HUGE!)

The other day, Lola and I went for our customary walk in the morning…. you know, that 4:30am wake-up call just because someone is up!  So, I admit, I was in a hurry for her to do her business as I had more important things to do – like go to work and make money and act like I am important and know what I am doing.
When the time arrived for Lola to go, it came out yellow and runny!  Who would have known she was sick?  She acted normal.  Yet, there it was and now I had to clean it up!
You know, we do a great job sometimes of covering up our illnesses.  We put on a great face so others won’t know we are hurt or lonely or addicted.  We have learned how to appear normal.  Yet inside, where it counts, we are in turmoil and being eaten up and eventually, it all comes out and the world now knows and we leave a mess behind us.  Yet, only when we are able to get the insides right do we find health, energy, strength, and life.  Jesus came to clean up the inside so we might be healthy.  He said there are plenty of sick people in the world who are one incident, one morning walk away from having everything exposed.
Well, after investigation into what could have caused the morning’s calamity, it was discovered that Lola had indeed eaten something she wasn’t supposed to… Vaseline!  It must have soothed her sore throat or tickled her sweet tooth, but now it greased her insides so everything comes out without any trouble!
So take it from Lola, unless you want yellow poop making a grand mess and announcing to the world the issues you are facing, don’t partake of things you shouldn’t be partaking of!  Rather, fill your life with healthy, good food so you can have abundant life.  Just know that if you are sick, the Master will be there to clean it up and renew your strength.  Oh, and by the way, be sure and take your morning walk with the Master!

Just a thought…..

The Circle Of Life

By:  Pastor Carl Sanderson

In 1994, the movie, The Lion King, introduced a concept we all intuitively knew, yet never had given voice to – The Circle of Life.  To be sure, we embraced the concept that life conceives life and the helpless baby matures to become the independent adult.  We even understood that in many cases, the elder adult reverts back to needing many of the childhood necessities such as someone to feed him/her, someone to help with walking and sometimes help in changing of clothes.  Those who embrace the challenge of parenting your parents are my heroes and must have special anointing from God.

Our culture also embraces this circle of life for we often believe, “What goes around, comes around” and again, we teach that history, politics, economics, clothes, cultural fads, all cycle back around (that’s why I am hanging on to my FAT TIES!!)  So, why, then, do we struggle so much when we reach the end of our physical life?  You would think we would simply accept the fact that we have reached the end of the circle and we need to give way for the next circle to begin.

I believe God provides us a clue to help us understand our feelings.  The Bible states that we were created by God from the dust and back to the dust we will return.  Yet, when He created us, God interjected into each of us a measure of eternal life so as we grow spiritually --- even in the midst of physical decay – we cry out for life eternal in the Presence of God!  Ahh, THAT is the answer.  AS we reach the end of physical life, something within us is screaming that this shouldn’t be happening!  We spiritually know that we were created to live forever!  But, when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, death was introduced to the circle of life and the life circle is broken.

But, through Jesus’ death on the Cross to redeem us from our sin God bridged the break in the circle and Christ’s resurrection showed that the connection was strong and life could continue!  When you establish a love relationship with God and believe and accept what Christ has done for you, your circle of life is restored and eternal life is possible.
My friend, the only peace those of us who know Jesus as Lord and Savior will have when our Circle of Life concludes is the assurance that we will live forever in the presence of God.  Without that relationship, you take your chances….

Just a thought…..

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