Stealing

I have been doing a little fix up work on our church parsonage as Brandon and his wife Emma are going to be moving into it. Brandon is on staff part-time at JBC as the pastor of Evangelism and Outreach, he also does the follow-up with visitors, and is in charge of the Small group ministry. I left a bunch of my tools, all my Rigid Cordless tools, in the house and someone broke in a stole them all. I don’t think there are many things that tic me off as much as when someone steals from me. I work hard at not getting upset about anything and not allowing myself to think circular thoughts that are negative, angry, bitter, or vengeful, and to stop praying for those who stole my tools to be infected with chicken pox, shingles, and gout all at the same time, but it took me most of last evening to get a grip on my self-talk. What I do to control my wrong thinking and self-talk is memorize Bible verses and set my mind on those verses and meditate on them whenever I go back to “stinkin thinkin”. I thought these verses were appropriate.

2 Peter 3:10-13 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

One of two things will happen to end our life here on this planet as we now know it, either we will die or Jesus will return, and we have no clue on either one, but

Hebrews 9:27 says, “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,”

So, though we don’t know when, it is so important that we are ready, eternally important.

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