Pray, relax, and enjoy life

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Savor the time”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
 
Our thought for today: “Pray, relax, and enjoy life”
 
Some of my longtime readers will recognize the name of Dick DeGrow. I’ve mentioned him often in daily devotionals and in sermons. Dick was an early mentor of mine shortly after I retired from the Navy and became a pastor. He was a retired pastor who was a member of my first church, Bancroft Baptist in Spring Valley, CA. He served as a deacon, adult Sunday school teacher, and he was the church custodian.
 
Dick was a quiet, calm, and relaxed man who had learned to take life as it comes and to just roll with things. He also had a lot of wisdom to share that was born of many years of faithful service as a pastor, and therefore he was my closest advisor in the church. We met for lunch once a week.
 
That was almost twenty-five years ago but to this day, the image of Dick that continues to stand out in my mind is that calm, quiet, relaxed, easy-going manner. And the reason he was like that is captured beautifully by the Apostle Paul in yesterday’s Bible verse, Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” And by today’s verse, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Dick prayed a lot and he simply trusted all things to the Lord. Then he just went through life enjoying it, savoring it.
 
I want to be more like that.
 
Dick was also responsible for one of my bad habits. He loved ice cream and he had some every night. Every. Single. Night. It was a ritual he never missed, a treat he never denied himself. Up to that point I enjoyed ice cream, but I’m pretty sure I wasn’t addicted to it. But Dick was a man I admired very much, and I attempted to emulate him, copying his fine qualities and reproducing them in my own life. Soooo …”Hi, my name is Jim and I’m addicted to ice cream.” I mean, if my mentor could do it and be so happy, serene, and content, there must be something to it, right?  
 
But the primary example that Dick modeled so effectively was of a man who had learned to pray a lot, trust God, and enjoy life. That’s a pretty good way to be. It’s a pretty good example to follow.
 
Pray, relax, and enjoy life.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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