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Notes From Pastor Mike

The Rear View Mirror

March 17, 2019




    Did you think you’d be where you are right now? That could mean in age, health, finances, educationally, grandparenting, or some other part of the life perspective? Our theme for our graduating class back in the late 60’s was a statement made by our late President, J. F. Kennedy in his 1961 inaugural address. He said, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”  It is a fair question, right? In a day of entitlements, we should rise above it. This has been my motto for many years.    

    Well, what have we done in our lives?  What have we done for our country?  What have we done for the Kingdom?  What things have we done to make lives better both at home and abroad?    

    What things have been altered because we passed this way?  How many people?  How many lives have we encountered and how many will claim that, because we passed by, their lives were changed?  Why so many questions?  Permit me to go on…

    Life has a way of entangling us and preventing us from being aware of the positive or negative influence we have on others.  Our jobs imprison us in that we are so busy trying to make a living we often forget that our first priority is to love the Lord with all of our hearts.  To develop a relationship with the Creator God who desires our fellowship.  Families imprison us in that they take precedence over our time investment in the kingdom.  Is taking time for family wrong Pastor Mike?  No, however placing family before God is wrong.  Hobbies can ensnare us as well.  How many camping and fishing gear places exist because that is so important?  How many boating places, how many ballparks exist because of our priorities?  


      Well after many years of preaching the gospel in Lee’s Summit and looking at a few more years ahead, it compels me to evaluate and realize that there is dissatisfaction in my findings. There are not many things I’d do different in making bold proclamation of the Word.  I would focus on making that difference just a bit more. Invest more in finances to the Kingdom, love more, hug more and laugh a lot. You see, friends, life is short. Ask what you can do, don’t wait, do it!

Just a thought.


Pastor Mike!