Words from the Pastor

May 2015

Excerpts from the Diary of a Dog:
8:00am – Oh boy, dog food! My favorite!
9:30am – Oh boy, a walk! My favorite!
10:00am – Oh boy, a car ride! My favorite!
1:00pm – Oh boy, yard time! My favorite!
2:00pm – Oh boy, a bone! My favorite!
4:00pm – Oh boy, the kids! My favorite!
5:00pm – Oh boy, dog food! My favorite!

Excerpts for the Diary of a Cat:
“Day 283 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly while I am forced to eat dry cereal. I am sustained by the hope of escape and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining a few pieces of furniture. Tomorrow I will eat another houseplant and then maybe vomit on the man’s favorite chair. Must keep seeking opportunities to escape after I develop a better plan…”

The day of a dog. The day of a cat. One is perfectly content, and the other is grumpy and unhappy. Same house. Same circumstances. Same master. But two entirely different attitudes.

But which diary reads like yours? If your private thoughts were made public, how often would the phrase, “Oh boy! My favorite” appear? I think that many of us would like to enjoy and relish more of our days.

According to Scripture, we can! As we begin our day with God’s grace and accept his forgiveness – we can often turn our gripes and groans into gratitude.

When we read Luke 17: 11-13, we learn about a story where ten men, all lepers, met Jesus. They kept their distance but raised their voices calling out to him, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

Jesus did have compassion on them and told them to go and show themselves to the priests. And as they went along the way, they were healed!

But you know the story. Only one of the men came back to thank Jesus. Only one fell at his feet and worshipped him. This caught the attention of Jesus. He notices the grateful heart and wants us to lift our eyes off of the things we lack so that we can see the blessings we possess.

Gratitude is always an option for us. As we think about the grace of God and the gifts He has given to us, we can begin to better see the actual reasons we have for gratitude. I think He will even give us gratitude for days that seem so difficult.

-Pastor John