The sun is out.

Hey, I know that it’s been a while since I posted anything, but it’s been cold and we had some snow on the ground and I needed new tires for the truck and so forth. I hope those excuses work cause they are really all I have.

Things are going along pretty good since I retired. I have learned though that life had slightly different plans than I did but we are making adjustments and trying to move forward. No plans to give up yet. 🙂

This last week was full of news that kept everyone going what with the NFL playoffs and the drama at the University of Tennessee with their football program. It did balance out at UT with the basketball team making positive and sometimes giant steps. I hate to see the football team go through another year of learning a new coach and such, but in the long run I think we will be better off with Dooley than Kiffin. Maybe it’s because Derek is a southern boy and I just feel better about that. Or maybe I just like someone who speaks with their actions on and off the field rather than their mouth. I never did like Lane cause he seemed to think that bad publicity was better than none. One thing I did like that I heard Coach Dooley say was that he didn’t demand respect, he was going to earn it. I can get along with that attitude. I feel good about UT football and the direction they are now headed in. GO VOLS!!!

The sun is out. That is the title of this post. Almost everybody in the world, or at least those that  I know, seem to breathe a sigh of relief whenever they step outside and find the sun shinning brightly and feel the warmth of the rays. Especially after a long cold winter spell that has kept people inside and froze them when they went outside. I stepped outside this morning and the first thing I noticed was that it was warm. The sun felt good on my face and a little breeze was blowing. So physically I got a little boost just from stepping outside. But I also noticed that mentally or spiritually or emotionally or what ever you want to call it, also got a little boost. The brightness of the day seemed to help lift my spirit and give me cause to be excited about the day and what ever it may hold. My senses were awakened and I thought about being outside, maybe getting the bike out, going for a walk, enjoying the day and all kinds of other activities that had been put on hold while I had been hibernating due to the cold. In other words, I was alive and aware of being alive and looking forward to enjoying life! All because I stepped outside into the sun.

That’s also a pretty good description of what it feels like when we come into a living relationship with God through His SON and my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Until you receive Jesus as Lord and ask for forgiveness of sin, you will never experience life as God intended for you to experience life. In John 10:10 Jesus is contrasting the difference between Him and Satan, whom He calls a “thief” in this verse. Jesus said “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly”. Jesus didn’t mean that you would have lots of stuff and that all of your stuff would be the best. Some of the richest people in the world will not have a thing to do with Jesus. They trust their money. Jesus was talking about having life and having a more abundant life. For certain, a believer in Jesus has life as well as a non-believer who also has life. What did Jesus mean? I believe that Jesus made reference to how we see and live life.  We begin to be able to separate the beginning from the end and for the first time in our lives, we begin to grasp the meaning of life. We begin to realize that what we see as life now is really only a journey to another place that is eternal. A person who is a believer and follower of Jesus not only has this life, but He is assured a place in heaven with Jesus where he can and will live forever. Contrast that with someone who rejects Jesus and when this earthly life is over, they will be cast forever into Hell where they will be eternally separated from God. They will not cease to exist, but they will have no life as they will be subject to the weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth. Existing in total darkness and in total torment forever. They will never have the opportunity to “step out into the sun” and be refreshed. All hope is gone. But with Jesus, you can have life, and have it more abundantly. It’s your choice. Abundant life with Jesus or eternal death and separation without Jesus. Now that’s something to think about. Have a good day and know that God loves you and He is working to help you make the right choice. Choose Jesus today while you can!