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The True Measure of a Person

Philippians 1:21

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

IMG_0301The true measure of a person – what could it be?  At times we measure ourselves by numbers.  I hit 60 recently – and this summer my bride and I will celebrate 35 years of marriage the Lord willing (she is a saint).  My babies are 32 and soon to be 27 (two of them).  I’ve lost 60 pounds and am told by my wife she wants me to lose 30 more. This fall I will hit 39 years since my call into ministry.  I shot an 81 the other day for 18 holes and wasn’t satisfied with the way I struck the ball.  We have four granddaughters now – two 2 year olds and 2 infants.  I just purchased a new car in the fall. My father died 3 years ago this September at the young age of 84.  My mom hit 87 in April. My retirement investments are finally recovered from the market drop several years ago and I hope they will even climb higher.  Numbers play a big part in our lives.

Numbers tell the tale – at times – of our lives.  What we make – what we have saved – how many children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren tells the tale of our family tree going forward.  Sports are filled with statistics and numbers play an important role for sure.  Some people measure their lives by numbers.  Some count how many cars and what they cost as a measure of their lives.  Some count the cost of their homes and even for others their summer homes.  Some count the number of vacations they take and where they go.  Some consider the size of their church or the size of their business. Continue reading

May 18, 2015 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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