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Timing is everything

                 The temperature has risen to a balmy 64 degrees in Knoxville, TN!  I am flip-flopping for the first time in a long time!  I take issue with the warmer weather though.  Let me explain.  I currently sit at almost 8 weeks post knee surgery.  I’ve been in physical therapy now for 6 weeks…problem is, I’m really just beginning.  When the weather hits 65 degrees and I have just finished working a long weekend (Saturday and Sunday this past weekend) there is one place I want to be…GOLFING!  I have loved the colder than usual winter for us East Tennesseeans because it has forced many people to leave their golf clubs in the garage for a while longer.  Selfishly that made me happy because I felt like I wasn’t missing out on anything.  Driving by a couple of golf courses today and seeing many folks hitting the links made me miss it.  I miss the calm and the quiet and I miss the fellowship with my guy friends.  I miss playing my afternoon 9 hole match play events with Greg Shahan for a pack of chewing gum (as you can imagine, those matches with Greg are VERY SERIOUS!).  I know that it is going to be a long time, though, before I tee it up again.  Most likely it will be mid-summer.  My new Golf Logix Golf GPS and boxes of golf balls received at Christmas are BURNING HOLES all over my house!  Alas, I will wait.  I know that timing is everything…and right now it is not time. 

                     As I impatiently argued with my body this morning I couldn’t help but think about my life with Jesus Christ.  I think I am one of the many who would confess to liking to have things under control.  I like to know what is going on and how it will play out.  I’m guilty of wanting control of when and how with so many things.  Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3:5-6, “For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.  For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”  So although it is not time for me to run a marathon or hit the links with my friends, it is definitely MY TIME to let the love of Jesus Christ shine in any and every way possible.  The significance of the condition of my heart has been made real to me amidst my physical body being slowed down.  It is so important that I (we) continue to know who we are serving and what is important.  God made his light shine in my heart many years ago.  And now, as a follower of Christ, it is my responsibility to continue to let that light shine, no matter what!  Timing is everything, and it is time to share Christ.  Today I will embrace any and all opportunites to be Jesus Christ to a world that is hanging in the balance…to a world that is desperate for truth…to a world that needs to see how the greatest love story ever told can alter the direction of their lives forever.  Have a fantastic Monday!  Let today be your time…and if you are a golfer, play 9 holes for me in the next week!

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