Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 3:21-23 My child, don’t lose sight of good planning and insight. Hang on to them, for they fill you with life and bring you honor and respect. They keep you safe on your way and keep your feet from stumbling.

Most of us are not good planners. We react more than we act with a plan. We go through life with little sense of where we want to go or be. It is good enough for us to survive, and we hope along the way we may flourish. However, when we live like this, we struggle to get anywhere. We pretty much are in the same position of life as we were in years gone by and will be until we die.

Today’s verses suggest a better way to live. We need to live with a purpose and plan. We need to proceed with some sense of idea where we are going and why. We need to live today in light of our tomorrows. When we have something to live for, it affects how we live in the present. People are more apt to honor and respect those who live with a purpose than they do those who drift through life.

What is true of life in general is true spiritually. It is imperative for our spiritual health that we apply these truths to our souls. All we do must be with the Lord in view. We must build our lives on the sure foundation of His Word and life. We must always be striving for greater godliness and have a plan in mind as to how we are going to get there. It doesn’t just happen on its own. We must live each day knowing we will have opportunities to get to know the Lord better and seize them. He reveals himself to us in a variety of ways and we must be alert so we can see Him.

We need a plan for our spiritual lives. We must have in place things we do in order to grow in faith and our knowledge of the Lord. We must have a plan, and work it. The more effort we put into spiritual growth, the safer we will be on our journey home. When we live faithfully and diligently before the Lord, he will help us walk on solid ground so we don’t stumble and fall.

He who fails to have a plan and work it for his spiritual health will not make it to heaven.

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About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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