Blessed… You’ve Got to Decide

 “The eye is the lamp of the body. Therefore, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how terrible that darkness will be! No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be loyal to the one and have contempt for the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” (Matthew 6:22-24, Common English Bible).

The train’s engineer is headed down the tracks at the posted speed limit. He is new to this particular line but the map indicates a split in the tracks with one track moving forward in a straight line and one track moving to the right. The engineer has a choice to make. The tracks may merge together down the line but right now, he must decide to go one way or the other. If the tracks merge back together again, the two tracks obviously go to the same place with the exception of any intermediate stops. That would indicate that to take the path that goes off to the right would require more distance and therefore take up more time. But, if a train traveling in the opposite direction were also on that same track were coming, not changing tracks could create a catastrophic mess. The engineer must decide. If he doesn’t decide, the tracks will decide for him.

You are driving down the road and you come to a fork in the road. You must decide to go right or go left. To not decide is to make a decision but it might mean a decision to move into the tree dead ahead that is not on the right or left path. So, you must decide.

We encounter these fork in the road decisions in our spiritual lives too. We make them everyday. Matthew reminds us of these in our reading for today. “You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve God and wealth.” You have to decide. You have to decide what it will be today. Then, when you rise tomorrow, you must decide again, which you will serve. We all face a fork in the road everyday. We all have to decide which path to take and to not make a decision is to make a decision that might not work out so well.

Who will you serve, God or wealth. We all want to live comfortably. But, what is more important, the money we accumulate or the people God places around us. God calls us to follow. To follow means to move past the love of money to serve and love the people God calls our neighbors. When we do that, we serve and follow God.

Which is it for you, wealth or God?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Peace,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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"The Pastor Ponders" is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. Bishop and I live in Sweeny, Texas where I am the pastor of First United Methodist Church. I have served here for the past two years. For the past 27 years I have served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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