And just like that—-we arrive at the last day of August. Today is the end of meteorological Summer. Tomorrow (September 1) marks the beginning of meteorological Fall. Officially, Fall doesn’t begin until September 22.
When I was a kid, we only had one Summer—the one between school ending and beginning. Do you remember looking forward to a new year and meeting new people while connecting with old friends when you were a kid? Boy, I certainly do. Most kids here started back to school already. Me? Well, last night, I started Drawing class!
As I’ve mentioned in a couple of previous posts, I took up drawing as a way to process and cope with stress, including post-traumatic stress, as well as burnout. While I’ve had different creative outlets over the years, they just didn’t seem to be clicking. So, I decided to try my hand at something new.
The last couple of weeks my focus seems scrambled between a variety of commitments and preoccupations. Life gets that way for me sometimes.
Terri and I are off for a few days so hopefully I will get the opportunity to recalibrate and refocus, as well as recharge.
God blessed me with the opportunity to preach a couple of times the past few weeks. Sermon prep is always hard, especially as an itinerant preacher without a regular preaching gig. I am starting to finally find my niche, so to speak, after all these years.
Drawing has reminded me that there are a myriad of ways to communicate the Gospel—-the Good News of Jesus Christ. Someone long ago once said, “Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.”
I’ve said it before: Sometimes we may be the only Bible someone has the opportunity to read. James, half-brother of Jesus, urges us to be doers of the Word, rather than simply hearers.
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.James 1:22 (New Living Translation)
My friend, how are you communicating the Good News to others?
Dear reader: what new practice have you taken up recently that helps you cope with life’s challenges?
Until next time, dear reader. May God bless you and may God bless the United States of America.
Walk in peace,
The Devotional Guy™