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Lent Devotionals: Friday, March 17

If You Can’t Stand the Heat

 
Have you ever thought about the expressions we use every day and where they came from?  The phrase, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen;” is attributed to former U.S. President Harry S. Truman.  In essence it means, don’t persist with a task if the pressure of it is too much for you. The implication being that, if you can’t cope, you should leave the work to someone who can.  
There’s another phrase that applies when things are difficult as well; “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”  It’s unclear whether it was first shared by Joseph P. Kennedy, father of President John F. Kennedy, or professional football player, Knute Rockne.  At it’s core it means, when things get difficult, the strong will rise to the occasion to meet the challenge.
We all go through times in our lives when it seems like the world is falling down around us and things can’t get any worse.  Those times when we feel like we just can’t take any more hardship, heartache, or loss.   We look at others who appear to be worry and care free and wonder why we continue to struggle during our time in the wilderness.  Everyone faces trials differently.  Some succumb to the stress and fall victim to what’s going on around them while others see struggles as a challenge to their endurance.  
Even the courageous King David faced battles and trials in his life that pushed him and his faith to their limits.  He made it through by continually reminding himself, in prayer, where his strength came from.
God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble.God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble. That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart, when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea, when its waters roar and rage, when the mountains shake because of its surging waves. (Psalm 46:1-3, CEB)


George A. Custer said, “It’s not how many times you get knocked down that count, it’s how many times you get back up.”  But where do we find the strength to get back up when we’re at our weakest?  Remember, the source of our strength lies in the omnipotence of God, and God alone!

May God’s grace and peace give you strength,
Pastor Scott


“Dear friends, don’t be surprised about the fiery trials that have come among you to test you.  These are not strange happenings.  Instead, rejoice as you share in Christ’s suffering.  You share his suffering now so that you may also have overwhelming joy when his glory is revealed.” (1 Peter 4:12-13, CEB)
 
Rev. Scott Goodfellow

Senior Pastor
 


Lent Devotionals: Thursday, March 16

Fight the ADD

 
In my second year at McMurry, I came to a point where my GPA was at an all time low.  Looking back, there were a number of contributing factors such as laziness, lack of maturity, and a general affinity to all aspects of University campus life.  But, it could not all be explained away so easily.  Desperate to find answers, I went to the Family Psychology Center across Abilene at Hardin-Simmons University.  They administered a few tests, which they followed up with some counseling sessions and I was diagnosed with ADHD…shocker.
Following the diagnosis, I was prescribed some medication called Strattera that changed my life in an incredible way.  Over the next few semesters, my 1.6 GPA had jumped to around 3.2, and I later finished grad school with a GPA of around 3.5!  The distractions still came, but the medicine I was taking helped minimize them so that I could remain focused on the task at hand.  Additionally, it was always apparent when I had skipped a dose.  In fact, those close to me would often ask, “Corey, have you taken your medicine today?” 
As we go through our day-to-day lives, we will be faced with a myriad of voices and distractions…especially through this season of Lent.  Life happens.  The good news is, that we have a prescription to help us stay focused on God… the Word.  As we continue on this journey in the wilderness, make an intentional effort to spend time in the Word.
The distractions will come, and the temptations of taking the easier way will hit.  When they do, “Have you taken your medicine today?”
 
Rev. Corey Moses
Associate Pastor