Wednesday, January 7, 2015
As we were leaving the house yesterday morning, I noticed something was missing in my shirt pocket because all I had in it was my pen and my usual pack of gum. I confess I panicked momentarily, much like some of you do when you realize you left your trusty smartphone back at the house, or your I-pad, tablet, or whatever your favorite wireless gadget may be . In my case, it was a folded letter-size sheet of paper. You may think that is pretty odd, but I always carry a piece of paper in my shirt pocket for I need it to write notes on it. I know that in the course of a normal day I am going to see or hear things that will give me topics for my blogs, sermons, or bible study classes. At my age, if I don’t write notes to myself I will forget all about it later. I am at a significant disadvantage whenever I forget my little piece of paper. In fact, I also have a writing tablet by my computer so I can write notes or make a list of the things I need to do later or the following day.
Are you forgetful like me? Do you also have to write things down so you won’t forget to do them? I’m sure I’ve shared this corny joke before about a forgetful old-timer but just in case there may be one or two who did not hear it, here goes: An elderly couple was sitting in their porch watching the world go by when the lady broke the silence and said: “A bowl of ice cream and strawberries would be real good just about now.” Her husband said, “I’ll go inside and get it for you.” She said “Good, but please write it down because you know how you forget things from one minute to the other.” He said he would but once inside, he forgot to write it down. When he came back out about ten minutes later, he came out with a plate of bacon and eggs. Guess what she told him when she looked at the breakfast plate that he fixed? “You forgot the toast!” May this remind you of the importance of writing things down when your memory has been known to fail you at one time or another.
Nevertheless, my point today is that if a little piece of paper can be so vital to me and other forgetful people like me, imagine how important you are to God as well as those around you. Jesus said that although two sparrows are worth but a penny, not one of them falls to the ground without God knowing it. Then He turned to His Disciples and said: “So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:31) Sparrows are even more valuable than a small piece of paper, so if I would have a hard time without it, you can imagine how much it would hurt your family, friends, and those who truly love you if you were not around. Never undervalue your worth and don’t let anyone or anything deceive you. One more thing, however, my little piece of paper would do me no good if it was not available. Make yourself available in this new year.
Memory verse for the week: (1 John 2:28) “And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear , we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at his coming.”