What a Wonderful Child

It is December 29, 2019. Christmas has been celebrated. We are looking forward to ending 2019 and a new beginning for 2020. I remember 1999 and ushering year 2000. I was priveleged to work that night to make sure the computer systems for ATA Airlines continued running when midnight hit. It went very smoothly. I arrived at home between 3:00 and 4:00 AM the morning of January 1, 2000. I can’t believe it is two decades later! Wow! I have digressed in sharing the sermon for December 29, 2019.
Pastor Ronnie asked if anyone remembers Cassius Marcellus Coolidge. He was the artist who did paintings of the dogs playing poker. We remember the paintings that are around 100 years old. Now, we introduce John the Baptist. He went against culture and may have been considered a “weird dude”. John was a witness to testify to the light. Jesus is the light. The light is in our world. The light is everywhere and has been for over 2,000 years.
I had that ‘light bulb’ come on during this sermon. Pastor Ronnie shared that we think we are bringing the light to areas where Jesus isn’t very prevelent yet Jesus is everywhere. He has always been there before we ever set foot in the area. I went on a mission trip in 2016. I thought I was bringing so much to those who have little or nothing. What actually happened is that it changed me. I did a lot of praying to ask for forgiveness and guidance because I had to face my shortcomings. I became more perceptive to the challenges of others.
In the sermon, we were challenged to improve how others see Christians. When Christians are out in the world we need to let others see the light that is within us because of our love of Christ. Let each of us be a witness to the light. As we progress through the day and life, God knows what we need, when we need it. Trust Him and Listen to Him.
Let your joy in Christ be evident to all. Know that God loves you. We are imperfect vessels of God’s perfect love. Don’t let anyone rob you of your joy. Share your joy with everyone you meet. If you want to be like John and be a little strange in your joy, go ahead!

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