Remembering 9/11

I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing on September
11, 2001. I was walking through our main office and one of our
ministers said, “You’ve got to come see this.” I thought he was
watching a video clip that he was using as an object lesson for his
Wednesday night class. Much to my dismay, I was wrong. Our country
was being attacked and many lives were lost.

In a matter of minutes everything changed. Families were destroyed;
the hands of our enemies killed moms, dads, brothers and sisters.
Schools and businesses were suddenly closed and within a matter of
days our economy took a dive.

As a country we began to pull together. Our soldiers were looked at
differently. Our National Anthem was sung at every event and there
were people praying on street corners across our country. We, as a
country, were closer to God than ever before. Churches were packed.

Unfortunately, many of us have fallen back into complacency. We
have forgotten the feelings we had on that horrible day. Some have
forgotten to show appreciation to our military, and some have
slacked off on giving their children that extra little hug at night
like we did in ’01. Yes, many have even forgotten the lost lives.

What is even sadder is the fact that many have fallen away from
God. On September 11, 2001 we were so close to Him. I pray that it
does not take another crisis to get us back in touch with Him. I
pray that we will want to follow Him because of what He did for us
and how much He loves us, not because of what He can spare us.

Please “Share” this message with your “Friends.” We do not want to
ever forget God, Jesus or the families of 9/11.

James 4:8
Come near to God and he will come near to you.

School of Life

It has been said that in school you learn the lesson and then take the test. In the school of life you take the test first and then learn the lesson. The same holds true in student ministry. We often learn a valuable lesson after the fact. I wish I could go back and change the many mistakes I made in my youth ministry. I can’t go back but I can pray to God to put people in the lives of my past students who might help straighten out the messes I made.

“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.” Proverbs 1:5