I am currently on a Gospel Music Celebration Cruise with no internet but with an abundance of sun and sea! Today’s post is an excerpt from my book, Lighten up and Live! 90 Light-hearted Devotions to Brighten Your Day.
A man was stranded on a deserted Pacific island for years. One day, a boat sailed into view. The man frantically waved and drew the skipper’s attention. The boat anchored near the island and the sailor got out and greeted the marooned man.
After a while the sailor asked, “What are those three huts you have built there?”
The man pointed to the nearest and said, “Well, that’s my house there.”
“What’s that next hut?” asked the sailor.
The man said, “I built that hut to be my church.”
The sailor asked, “What about the other hut?”
“Oh, that’s where I used to go to church.”
Many people spend a lifetime hopping from church to church looking for the one that will be perfect. The first time they are offended, meet difficult people, or disagree with the pastor, they begin looking for another hut. If only we could find people just like us.
It’s a fruitless search.
Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:24).
Lord, protect me from ever finding a church filled with people just like me. Help me to find a church with people who strive to be like you. Help me to be faithful in attendance and look for every opportunity to love and serve other imperfect people.
This post is adapted from Ken’s Devotional book Lighten up and Live! 90 Light-hearted Devotions to Brighten Your Day. A perfect way to start your morning. Get it here.
I am 54 years old and have listened to your “Joy of good news” presentation 4 times. Each time I have teared up and have been encouraged. I assure everyone that I have not been taking estrogen supplements, but indeed your message speaks deeply to Christian men who often live lives of “quiet desperation.” I forget whose quote this is, but it often seems to reasonate.
many years ago u were on gaifthers u did a joke about airplane sitting on usa papper I liked to die lighting tried to find an buy never did find can u tell me what dvd or cd to purchase I so want that what GODLY man ur thanks 4 sharing your gift praying 4 u jerryjerry
Thank you Ken Davis. Your words are so often right on the mark and encouraging to this imperfect man.