So watch your step… These are desperate times!

Night Walk

I love the way The Message version of the scripture brings out this truth. Read it and see if you don’t think Paul is writing as if he were alive and writing to us today.

Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ.
Wake up from your sleep,
Climb out of your coffins;
Christ will show you the light!
So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.
Don’t drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him. Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:11-20 The Message

In an age of busyness and a multitude of possible pursuits we need the light of Jesus to shine in our lives to give us discernment, discretion and direction.
We can usually see the obvious frauds and the blatant scandals that try to entrap us. But these are not the traps that easily snare us. It’s the subtle indirect thoughts and actions that come creeping in through our culture. We can be taken off guard if we are not continually living in the light of Jesus and Thoughts of hate, envy, lust. The obsessions of indulgence that are promoted all around us can seem so enticing, we don’t see clearly the long-term consequences.

1.) Watch your step. Let the light of Jesus, the Word of God, illuminate your path. Read His word daily. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him

2.) Use your head. Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants. Romans 12:1-2 Says to renew our thoughts by the Word of God (See passage below)

3.) Make the most of every chance you get. Keep your focus on the positive solution and direction provided by your Heavenly Father. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.

These are desperate times!

Blessings to you in all your pursuits…

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:1-2 The Message

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Pastor at the Water Park


My friend, Rawd Jones, asked me to help out this summer in a water park – Hawaiian Falls in The Colony, Texas. People in swimsuits everywhere – screaming down waterslides, floating in a lazy river, splashing on beaches, eating picnic lunches and laughing with friends under palm topped cabanas.   The same place my 6 year old loves to go.

The owner of Hawaiian Falls wants a weekly employee meeting encouraging servant-leadership and excellence. He wants pastors to regularly walk around the park, rewarding the young life guards and other employees whenever we see them set a good example of service. So, as the Texas sun beams down and kids fly down slides and tubes that take your breath away, I will be out there with my 6 year old, handing out “Make A Difference – Mad Money” the employees can use for prizes at the end of the summer.

A lot of park owners are more interested in financial profit than anything else. But the owner of Hawaiian Falls is interested in greater profit, the profit that comes from investing in people. He wants his customers to know they are in a wonderful place when they are in this park. A place they can enjoy with their family and where employees really are interested in serving the customers.

When I started out in ministry, I had no idea that one day I would be in a water park, doing the same things I’ve done in church buildings for many years; encouraging people in their everyday life to treat others like they would want to be treated. To serve others as they would want to be served.

But isn’t this really what we should all be doing? Encouraging people to be the best they can & serve those around them. Isn’t this really how we should conduct our business; serving those around us to the best of our ability?

Jesus said, in Matthew 23:11, “He that is greatest among you shall be your servant.”