banner
 
Pastor Gary\'s Blog

  Home >> Blogs >> One Debt You Can't Afford To be Without

this user is offline now  PastorGary
Send message

Subscribe
Gender: Male

City:
State:
Country: United States

Categories:
  Religion & Philosophy
  Blogging

Archive:
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
May 2004
April 2004
March 2004
February 2004
January 2004
December 2003
November 2003
October 2003
September 2003
August 2003
July 2003
June 2003
May 2003
April 2003
March 2003
February 2003
January 2003
December 2002
November 2002
October 2002
September 2002
August 2002
July 2002
June 2002
May 2002
April 2002
March 2002
February 2002
January 2002

Who Gives Kudos:





 

   [03 Jun 2011 | Friday]

One Debt You Can't Afford To be Without

 

I was a manager of a debt consolidation office at one period in my life. Monday through Friday during an 8 hour day I normally would see between 5 and 6 people who were in deep credit card debt. I recall one person in particular, in the privacy of my office took his billfold out and when it unfolded there were 46 cared cards all maxed out. Just the look in his face let me know that this bondage was a noose around his neck draining the very life out of him. Now, hang on, I am not writing today about any of that. My purpose is to talk about bondage, but you will have to read the remainder of my blog to see what type of bondage I am referring to.

 

I have encountered many a person who was bound in one way or another. What if I told you that the great apostle Paul was a bound person also? Perhaps some might become upset because Paul was a great man of God. Yes, he was I totally agree. But, he wrote to one particular congregation that he was so bound that it was impossible to shake free of the very thing that had wrapped itself around his soul. With all kinds of things that a person can become bound by in our society this is one thing I have never heard in a confession. Never has anyone raised a hand or stood up and asked a group to pray because they were bound with the same thing Paul was bound with. What was it? Here is his own words, “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you,…(2 Thessalonians 2:13 KJV) I love the Amplified Version of this verse because it brings out the original meaning of the word “bound”. “But we, brethren beloved by the Lord, ought and are obligated [as those who are in debt] to give thanks always to God for you…”  If you are the parent of a teenager just imagine them getting up some morning being bound to give thanks for everything going on in their life. That would be one bondage in this society I would love to see.

 

Somehow I think we of this generation have lost this debt which we owe. This bondage, if you please. I don’t know about you, but I fail to give thanks enough for the things in my life that have brought me to the place I am today, or for even the people who have crossed my path and had an impact upon me to help shape me in some way for the ministry which God has placed me in at this particular stage in my life.  What got me to thinking this way was the work that my friend Pastor Jesse Menchaca and his son Mark and their crew did in laying new carpet in our building in preparation for our “official” grand opening this coming Sunday. Arriving to our building on Thursday morning a few minutes before 8 am they worked until a few minutes past 10pm getting our building ready. I am in debt to that precious man of God for his work. I salute him because of a fantastic job which he and his men accomplished.

 

Honestly I could not even stand in the shadow of the apostle Paul because of the great things he accomplished under the Spirit’s guidance throughout his lifetime, yet, like him, I do have a debt to pay. A debt of gratitude. A debt of thanksgiving.  I am certain I will miss some, but may I for a moment list just a few that I have a debt towards?  Some are still living, others have gone on, yet I still owe the debt.  For example, Pastor R.A. Sites for his love over my life and his willingness to open his heart to me for training. Sister Opal Redding, a college professor that was truly a “fireball” for God who in Bible college was sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading in her own heart and life.(May I be like her)  To Bishop Curtis Baker who opened a door to a new ministry for my wife and me that we truly are thankful for. To my precious pastor friend Malcolm Burton that battles a sickness in his own body, yet every time I see him seems to be so upbeat. To my friend who affectionately is known as “Papa Ron” to so many that releases a cry within my spirit man to be a channel for God’s power to flow through.  To Dr. Brett Cooper that is a pastor in the Denver, Colorado area of the country along with his precious wife. Dr. Cooper stretches me every time I am around him to think outside the box. I am in debt to the knowledge he imparts to me. I am in debt to give thanks to all the congregations which I was pastor over. I am in debt to you for putting up with my youthfulness, my mistakes, my shortcomings and my errors that I committed while at the leadership position. Finally, and I am certain I left out many, but to the congregation that has opened their heart to my wife and me in this present position I am in debt to you. I give thanks for your welcome, your warmth, your willingness to take in strangers.

 

Sorry for a lengthy blog, but this is in my spirit. Now it is up to you and me to pay it forward. If we are going to be in any debt at all, let’s get into debt over thankfulness. How shocking we might actually be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Mood:
7:20 AM - 0 Comments - 0 Kudos - Add comment 

  Comments
 
|
|
|
|
|
 
Copyright © 2009 - 2012 True2ourselves. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission is prohibited.