If I were a selfish church member, I would view getting up and going to church as an imposition; after all, I work hard all week and this is me time. I might arrive at church in a bad mood, thinking, “Well, let’s just get this over with.”
Time to tell the root of the problem, my accuser who always wants me to feel that I can’t do this, we will never pull off these scores, nobody is listening when I am presenting these stellar, technology, latest data based approach to learning lessons, what he can do.
Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. Galatians 5:1 The Message
When our children were young, every summer my family would make its annual pilgrimage to the beach. Over the years we have watched our daughters and their cousins grow up with interests changing from sandcastle building to skim boarding. I love to awaken early and walk along the cool, white sandy beach, spending time with God. When our girls woke up, they would hit the beach, not wanting to miss one precious moment of fun. I loved to lie back in my chair listening to their laughter and screams as an occasional wave overtook them. At the end of the day, nothing that swam was safe as we hit out favorite seafood restaurants. These memories we will all cherish forever.
In the summer of 2008, I had the great privilege of visiting another beach as well. Traveling with an amazing group of high school students from West Tennessee and Arkansas, we visited Omaha beach in Normandy, France. No sounds of laughter could be heard there.