Lisa Harris, who is our firm’s Executive Director, gave me a verse for this issue. Lisa, who has a tremendously challenging position in our firm, does a great job for us.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
The verse set out below comes from Dr. George Mathison, the lead pastor at Auburn United Methodist Church. George is a tremendous preacher and is loved by his congregation. He is also my longtime friend.
The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:
My very good friend Cecil Spear sent in a verse this month. Cecil is with Trinity Industries and has what many of his friends believe to be the very best job in America. While Cecil has many important duties and responsibilities with Trinity, one of them is to take Trinity customers to Shoal Creek in Birmingham to play golf. Cecil says that’s a tough way to make a living, but he certainly appears to be very happy in his work.
It is written: Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.”
Martha Taylor, who is the firm’s receptionist in my building, furnished two timely verses this month.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affection, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Martha says the older she gets (and she’s not very old), and the closer her walk is with the Lord, the more real these scriptures become to her. I suspect lots of us over 50 feel the same way. Martha, who has a very demanding job, handles the pressures well and in a professional manner, and her faith has to be a major reason for that.
Theresa Perkins, who is a legal assistant with our firm, gave me three verses. Since all are so good, I am putting them in this issue. Theresa says these verses are inspiring to her every single day. She says they were especially comforting to her and her family in dealing with the loss of her mother.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Billy Irvin, Director of Ministry Relations at Faith Radio in Montgomery, sent in a verse this month.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
My good friend Lynn Jinks, a lawyer from Union Springs, Ala., sent in one of his favorite verses for this issue.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Another good friend, Jimmy Knight, a lawyer with Knight & Knight in Cullman, Ala., also sent in a verse.
My little children, these things I write unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
1 John 2:1
Rusty Hudson who is lead pastor of Cornerstone UMC in Auburn, sent in a verse.
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
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