Welcome to the Greene Street Letters. It has become my venue for sharing what is going on at Vineyard Recovery Church. Don't let the word Church scare you. The Greene Street Letters is a daily posting to simply say that there is more to life than what you see. More to life than "stuff". My simple take of 60+ years of following Jesus. Some days were good days...some days I managed to get off in the ditch. He is worthy of the pursuit, so that is what I do........I pursue Jesus in everything I do. Not the Jesus of the church. Not the Jesus of the denomination. Nothing wrong with those things, but Jesus is so much more. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you return from time to time to stop and ponder your own relationship with Jesus. God on you....mb
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Don't Look But Something Is Behind You
Running late this morning! We had a late night game of Risk, and when there are four male egos at stake....quitting is not the word used much. Anyway, here I am ready to go.
Surely Your goodness and unfailing love (Mercy) will pursue me (Follow Me) all the days of my life,and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Not a bad way to go through life. The Lord's goodness and unfailing love trailing behind you.
Always remember, His call to us is to simply follow Him. That means that He is always ahead of us. He is always scouting out the day and warning us of impending problems. Maybe that is why we need to learn to listen more, so we can be made aware of what's up ahead. Whatever we may run into, I need to always remember that He has gone first.
So,with that picture fresh in our minds, why does goodness and unfailing love need to come dragging up the rear? Well, if God has taken care of our future, then would it not stand to reason that His love and mercy have taken care of our past? People from your past will continue to speak bad of you and the things you have done. They will not forgive you, and may even try to make you pay for what you've done in one way or another. But what a comfort it should be to know that God's love and mercy has separated you from that past.
What's done is done...I wish there were do overs, but it just doesn't work out that way.
Oh, we can make our amends and restitution, but the memories will still remain. Those memories will still come up from time to time, but God's unfailing mercy and love will remove the emotional pain that tries to come with the memory. God will remind you that the past is not who you are. It is what you do, here in the present that determines what you will be in the future.
Life is too hard to try and drag your past with you into the future. Let it go and remember what is chasing you......God's goodness and unfailing love.
One last point.
King David wrote that he wanted to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Not a bad wish.....
But we don't have to have that mindset any more.
We don't have to "go to the Temple"....to find the presence of God.
If you are saved.....born again....or whatever term you use to describe your new found relationship with Jesus....then you ARE the Temple.
God dwells in you.....
Forever and beyond.
How cool is that?
So as you make your way through your day, remember who is walking in front of you....
Remember who is trailing after you..
And remember who lives in you......
That makes for peace of mind, if you know what I mean.
God on you.....