the Pastor's pen

Greetings to Everyone:

I hope in the Lord that everyone is well. We have a lot to be thankful for and to praise our Lord for. We also have a lot to pray for and over as we face every day God gives us. There have been many people in my path that have said, “I can’t wait until things get back to normal.” But really? What is normal?

Webster defines normal as: conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern: characterized by that which is considered usual, typical or routine.

We must admit for some areas of our life, normal is a good thing. If we apply normal to our lives, it can lead to unwillingness to make the changes we should make. Everyone’s normal is different and it can be challenging as you try to navigate through decisions that affect everyone concerned. When it comes to where we are spiritually, it would prove better to desire what is right rather than what is normal. When you search the scripture, you find they will make you wise for the decisions you must make. Do not be wise in your own eyes but rather seek the Lord for His wisdom. Turning to “normal” spiritually can lead to complacency in your life. The word of God will assure you, challenge you, convict you, as well as guide you.

James 1:2-5-Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to you.

It is obvious that everyone’s normal cannot be the guide for us as a church. We must seek and do what is right. It is not always easy, pleasant, or even fun at times but is what is right. That is the only thing that will please the Lord and that is the only thing that will matter in the end. May the Lord lead us in our normal and continue to open New Doors that will continue to conform us to the likeness of His dear Son Jesus.  The world is pushing very hard for a new normal unlike what most of us have ever seen and certainly do not want. Do not allow this hard worldly push to change us and accept sin as normal.

Just a note to say: Do not let normal set you back in your spiritual endeavors. In the past year, Lanier has opened a Christian school, and will soon complete the final reparations from 2016 flood damage. The old youth building now fully restored will house Lanier Baptist Academy. Our gym, the last building on campus to be repaired is only days away from the final finishing touches. God has done many other wonderful things throughout the past year at Lanier and that is His normal because that is how He works.

In Christ

Bro. Mike