Don’t Show What You Know

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It’s been said, “Knowledge humbles great men, astonishes the common man, and puffs up the little man.”  Knowledge is a wonderful gift, but how we use the knowledge we obtain reveals whether we have true wisdom or not.  People who become arrogant or “know-it-alls” with the amount of knowledge they have obtained are actually revealing how foolish they really are.  The Bible says, Wise people keep what they know to themselves, but fools can’t keep from showing how foolish they are. – Proverbs 12:23 NCV.  You see, you can have 12 Ph. D’s and still be a fool.  What we do with our knowledge determines if we are great or if we are little.  So remember knowledge combined with wisdom never has to be shown off.

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Slippery Funds

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Have you ever notice how slippery money can be?  You seem to have it one day and it is gone the next. It’s been said, “Money is so hard to keep these days that a fellow is really foolish to work for the stuff.”  That statement is funny, but it stings a little with the truth. From a human perspective, we do seem to be working so hard to gain what we can’t keep. However, for those who follow Christ, this shouldn’t be our perspective when it comes to money.  We must remember that every dollar on our paychecks and in our bank accounts is truly a gift from God. He owns everything including our money and our very lives.  Thus we must learn to be good managers of the money God gives to us.  Yes there will be lean times and there will be bountiful times, but through them all, we must make wise choices with the money entrusted to us. We don’t live to make money, we live to glorify and serve God. Therefore, let’s be sure that God is number one in our pocketbooks as well as our hearts.

Speak With Your Feet

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A wise man once said, “People will follow your footsteps more readily than they will follow your advice.”  Have you ever thought about how meaningful and how empty words can be?  The same cluster of words given by one person can hold a completely different value if spoken by another person.  I believe this value in our words is very fragile.  We may be educated and have a great quantity of prime experience, but all that we communicate can be greatly hindered by the way we behave.  A lifetime of respect can be lost in just a few fleeting moments.  However, a lifestyle of hypocrisy will fool no one as well.  You can pretend to know all the right answers, but the way you live will speak volumes over what you say.  So Christians, let me challenge each of us to be consistent.  May what we say, match the way we live.  After all, sometimes our greatest witness will come without words.

Real Joy Has Come

nativity-scene-with-star-1426637  “Joy to the world, the Lord has come!”  Those timeless words from that great Christmas carol interject a truth and a tone that should be celebrated by each of us on Christmas.  For those who have found the hope and peace that comes with a relationship with Jesus Christ, there really is a reason for us to have joy.  We celebrate the wonderful fact that God sent His one and only Son to be our Savior.  We also celebrate, because He coming back again.  However, when Jesus comes again, it won’t be as a lowly baby in a stable.  He will be the coming as the true and rightful King.  So if you know Him, then be sure to celebrate.  But if you don’t know this Jesus, make this Christmas the best ever, by finding the wonderful freedom that only He can bring.  Merry Christmas!

No Need For Christmas Harping

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It’s been said, “It requires no musical talent to always be harping on something.”  In the always-connected world of social media, “harping” has become an everyday norm.  You would be hard-pressed to not bump into posts about personal rants, political bombshells, or even religious condemnations.  With just a few keystrokes anyone can vent their frustrations.  However, I would like to challenge each of us to back off the harping this Christmas and seek out peace and goodwill toward our fellow man.  Deep down isn’t this, what we are longing for anyway?  So fight the temptation to do some harping this holiday season and be proactive in spreading some true blessed cheer.

Don’t Be A Christmas Grouch

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I read a statement the other day that said, “A grouch adds much to the happiness of others by staying away from them.”  This time of year that reminds me of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  The Grinch was an all-time grouch who hated everything about Christmas.  Now I’m not saying that we can become like the Grinch, but we would have to admit that we can become a grouch.  The business of the holiday season; shopping, parties, and making travel plans can truly drain our joy.  Many people become irritable and easily upset this time of year.  However, as followers of Christ, we must fight against this tendency.  We have to remember that Christmas is not about shopping, parties, traveling, spending time with family, or even about us.  We celebrate Christmas because of the wonderful gift of Jesus.  It is a beautiful reminder that Jesus has already come once and that He is coming again soon.  So let’s not give into the temptation to be a grouch or the Grinch; instead, let’s be intentional about spreading true Christian joy.

I Love Thanksgiving

turkey-day-candle-1523842As many of you who read this know, I love Thanksgiving.  It is probably my favorite holiday.  Christmas is enjoyable and the significance of Easter is always astounding, but there is something different about Thanksgiving.  No, it is not all the food, although it is always so good.  It is not the lazy afternoons watching football or playing games with family.  It is not the annual parades or the scavenger hunts for a good deal on Black Friday through the newspaper adds that makes Thanksgiving so great.  What I love about Thanksgiving is the pure recognition of gratitude to our great God.  As we look throughout the past year, we are reminded of how blessed we really are.  It is true that for many of us this has been a hard year, but even in the worst of circumstances, the Christians can still see the flood of blessings God has brought into his life.  So let’s join in with the psalmist this Thanksgiving: Let’s come to him with thanksgiving.  Let’s sing songs to him, because the Lord is the great God, the great King over all gods.” – Psalm 95:2-3 NCV.

Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad

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Pete & Linda McCaig – November 11, 1967

This Saturday marked a very special day for my family.  While it did mark a very special holiday for our nation by recognizing veterans, this day was particularly special because is marked my father and mother’s 50th Anniversary.  In a day when marriage is taken so lightly and more than half end far too soon, my parents endured to reach this great milestone.  No their marriage hasn’t been perfect and it hasn’t been free from conflict, but they have modeled what true commitment really looks like.  Over the course of my life, I have seen my father and mother model true love and integrity.  They raised me under godly principles and I have seen those principles continue to grow in them both long after I moved away and started my own family.  Following their example, I pray that my own marriage will be as strong and as happy as theirs has been.  Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!  I love you and may God grant you more wonderful years to come.

 

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Pete & Linda McCaig holding our daughter Ginilyn

You Can’t Handle It

on-your-own-1435956Someone wisely observed, “God will never let anything come your way that you and He can’t handle.”  What makes this a wise statement is the phrase “and He.”  Too many times people will claim that God won’t bring anything into your life that you can’t handle, but that simply isn’t true.  There are many things that happen to us in this life that we would not be able to overcome them, except for the grace of God.  Thus, I believe there are times that God allows some pretty big and tough situations to come our way because He knows we can’t handle it.  Those specific circumstances are designed to point us up back to Him.  Why would God do that?  Because many times we become independent in our own eyes and we forget that we desperately need God in everything we do. So yes, I do believe that you can handle anything that comes your way, but only if God is with you as you go through it.

Don’t Just Sit There

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It’s been said, “It does no good for a person to sit up and take notice if he just keeps on sitting.”  How many times have we seen a need and fail to act on it? We may even have had good intentions, but never got around to acting on them.  The Bible has something to say about this kind of behavior. “Because of laziness the roof caves in, and because of negligent hands the house leaks.” – Ecclesiastes 10:18 CSB.  Neglecting to act when we see a need can be costly.  If we were honest, many times we don’t act in the name of being “too busy,” yet when we examine what we are busy doing, it really wasn’t that important.  What a waste of a great opportunity.  So don’t allow laziness or business keep you from taking action when it is needed.  In the end, you will find that you actually took time to make a difference.