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Pop Pop Epistle #61 – About Obedience

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Dear Grandkids,

Because (the Lord) wants us to flourish He restricts us in order to truly free us.

I came across this quote this morning as I was reading a little book called Before You Open Your Bible by Matt Smethurst. It is a book well worth your time to read – and it is very short.

He is talking about the subject of obedience. Even at your age I know that you struggle with obeying what your parents tell you to do. Sometimes it is easy to obey. Sometimes not so easy. This will be true for your entire lives. Especially when it comes to obeying what God tells us to do – and not to do. I want you to understand early on in your life that God’s commandments are there for a very good reason….

Because (the Lord) wants us to flourish He restricts us in order to truly free us.

Here is an illustration that Smethurst shares that I think will be helpful:

Fish are made for the water and birds for the air, right? Now imagine a fish who decides he’s tired of being restricted to the water. He wants to be free, to experience the joy of life on land. So he manages to flop around and “free” himself onto dry land – which turns out to be a death sentence. Why? He was only designed for water not for air. Conversely, imagine a seagull growing jealous of the freedom he witnesses in the ocean below. I’m sick of being confined to the air, he thinks. I want to be truly free. So he plunges in – and perishes. Why? He was only designed for air, not water.

In a similar way, just as the fish was built for the water and the bird for air, so you were built for God- and you will not find true life and freedom anywhere else.

It will always be in YOUR BEST INTEREST to choose obedience – because the Lord wants you to flourish!

And so do I!

Never forget that you are very loved!

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Pop Pop Epistle #60 – About May the 9th

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Dear Grandkids,

It was just a little more than a year ago that I did a similar “May” post for May the 5th.  I just might make this an annual tradition. We shall see. Here are some of my “May the 9th” benedictory prayers for you…

May the 9th verse of Romans 10 be the starting point for for your life as you build a foundation that will carry you through the adventures that lie ahead…

9  If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

May the 9th verse of 2 Corinthians 12 be a regular reminder that your dependence is to be upon the Lord and that you will need to fight daily the temptation to take control of your life from Him after you have reached a point of surrender…

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

May the 9th verse of Galatians 6 encourage you when life becomes exhausting and when you wonder if living for Jesus is really worth it…

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

May the 9th verse of 1 Peter 2 stir you to declare the “excellencies” of our awesome God  as you are reminded of who you are and what He has done for you.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

May the 9th verse of 1 John 1 admonish you when you turn away from the One who has justified us, who is sanctifying us, and who will glorify us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

And may the 9th verse of Colossians 1 remind you of one the prayers that your Nona and Pop Pop pray for you each night as we get ready to turn out the light at the end of the day…

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Never ever forget that you are very loved!

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Pop Pop Epistle #59 – Happy Birthday Miller

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Dear Miller,

There has been a lot of craziness this past week so I apologize for being a few days late with this Pop Pop post. But it was fun to be able to celebrate your birthday with you on Saturday and have you hang out with us last week.

Two years old is an awesome age to be. So much to learn. So much to discover. So many adventures in your future. Your mom recently posted a video of you and your brothers that was incredible. The closing shot was of you riding down the street on your gator as if you are off to explore the world. The video perfectly captured a lesson I hope you always remember. Everything is sacred when you take time to notice. Big love happens in the small moments. We just have to be on the look out for those small mundane moments or else we are liable to overlook them.

The American painter Andrew Wyeth once said…

Most artists look for something fresh to paint, frankly I find that quite boring. For me it is much more exciting to find fresh meaning in something familiar.

As you continue to grow up, ask the Lord to “open the eyes of your heart” every day to see people in a fresh way. To see circumstances in a fresh way. To see Scripture in a fresh way. To see nature in a fresh way. To see the gospel in a fresh way.

May the Lord give you eyes to see and a heart to understand and a mind to comprehend just how awesome God’s creation is and to find joy in knowing that you were put on this earth to help others discover the freshness of the love of God and the beauty of the gospel.

Never forget that you are very loved!

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