Archives for January 2015

Arriving At Your Destination

24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

Acts 20:24

 There was a time when I thought I wanted to be a pilot. For two years, I piloted a small Cessna.  I never went very far, but I did fly into the large airports in Austin and San Antonio. That’s another experience all by itself for another time.

When planning a flight, I took out my maps and drew a line between the small airport on Westhemier and my destination. There were usually two or three key points along the trip that would mark the path. Using my navigation tools, I wrote down the azimuth, or direction, I was to set the plane instruments on in order to fly each of those legs of the trip. And if I followed each of those legs, I would arrive at my destination.

As I piloted the plane on each of those legs, I had to constantly adjust the plane’s heading. The plane would deviate from the flight path because of the winds that were blowing the plane and my inability to hold the plane steady. The plane’s instruments would tell me I was no longer on course. So, using my instrument panel, I would continually adjust the plane’s direction to compensate for those deviations. As long as I relied on my instruments and used them as they were meant to be used, I arrived at my destination.

Life’s journey is that same way. We set out on a certain course, a set direction, and then life comes at us. It pushes us in another direction and we deviate from the course we have set. Sometimes life pushes us backward. Sometimes life pushes us to the ground.

We, too, must make constant adjustments in our journey if we want to reach our destination, especially the destination God has set for us. The enemy sets out to keep us from reaching that destination, throwing all kinds of roadblocks in front of us to force us to change course.

But, just like that instrument panel, we have our own “guidance” system to keep us headed in the right direction – God’s Word. If we know God’s Word, and we use it the way God meant for us to, we have all we need to make life’s adjustments required to stay on course. Whether our friends push us to the “right,” or our jobs push us to the “left,” God’s Word will let us know we are not going the right way. And it’s God’s Word that will allow us to focus on His destination for us, and provide what we need to get back on course.

As long as we are paying attention, those deviations in the plane are usually not disastrous. If we are paying attention, those deviations in our life will not be disastrous. But just like flying a plane, we must constantly be on the alert to make the adjustments in life; the adjustments we must make to arrive at our destination. And we must be sure to use the correct “instruments” to make those adjustments. God’s Word will never lead us astray. It will make sure we arrive at our destination.

© 2015 Charles A. Kalkomey

January 24, 2015

Going Fishing!

18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Matthew 4:18-19

I enjoy fishing.  I participated in that activity quite frequently when I was much younger, and before the children were born.  My wife will fish, but she needs to catch something quickly.  If she doesn’t start catching fish, she is ready to move on or do something different.

She has always told me that she will fish with me, but if she catches anything, she does not like to take the fish off the hook, and she really doesn’t like to clean fish.

There are things in life that we feel the same way about. We don’t mind doing part of the work, but there are parts of completing the job that we don’t like.  And sometimes, we even refuse to do what is necessary to finish the job.

Peter was a fisherman by trade.  He did everything from start to finish.  And that included getting the boat ready, catching the fish, cleaning the fish, and putting the boat away,

Then Peter met Jesus and his whole life changed.  Jesus told Peter to follow Him, and he wouldn’t be fishing for just fish anymore, but he would fish for men.

One of the keys here is that Jesus wasn’t requiring Peter to do the whole job. Peter was to tell others about Jesus; he was to show others Jesus’ love; he was to point others to Jesus, but then Jesus would finish the job.  Just like a fisherman throws out bait or a lure to attract the fish to the hook, Peter was to show the light and truth of Jesus to “hook” the lost.

One of my good Alabama friends, Jeremy Sheppard, has a song he recorded entitled “I Catch ‘Em, God Cleans ‘Em.” It tells the story of a man who sees a church advertising a fish fry as he drives down the road. He stops to eat, and then a preacher gets up with a message “long on grace, short on religion.” In the song, Jeremy uses the words “I catch ‘em, God’ cleans ‘em. I bait the hook with the love of the Kingdom.”  If we will be obedient to the call of God and show others the love of God, God will take care of the rest.

Unfortunately, we sometimes try to do everything ourselves. When a fisherman cleans fish, he makes a bloody mess. If we were to try to clean each other, it wouldn’t be much better.  We can’t change a heart without cutting a person open.  We can’t change a person’s mind without some serious impact to the body.

So keeping fishing for those who are lost. Remember, all you need to do is your part to “catch ‘em” and God will do His part to “clean ’em!”

 

© 2015 Charles A. Kalkomey

January 17, 2015

A Real New Year’s Day!

17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day seem to be special days in the social calendar. Hours before the passing of midnight, thousands upon thousands of people crowd Time Square in New York. And that scene, to some extent, is repeated throughout the world on that night. People try to forget what happened in the passing year, and promise to make changes for the better in the New Year. Only it never works that way.

But the only way to really make those changes is to allow God to give you the strength to make them. It is only in knowing God through His Son that will help you forget the past. When you make the decision to allow God to guide your life, you will truly experience your own New Year’s Day.

New Year’s Eve is where we celebrate things we want to forget
The mistakes we made, the money we lost; a lot of that I bet.
We try to push our dark past behind us, hoping it is truly gone,
Only to find out that a New Year usually proves us wrong.

We believe in some special magic in the passing of a year.
But if we really thought that, why do we proceed with fear?
We’re always looking back to see what’s catching up with us,
And we don’t see we’re about to be run over by this world’s bus.

Oh, we try to convince ourselves that with this New Year’s Day,
That we will suddenly do all things right and go in a new way.
But we find ourselves living in this world of darkness and of pain,
Overpowering any strength we have to make a meaningful gain.

There are many who walk with each day being a New Year’s Eve,
Always trying to forget a past with nothing on which to believe.
Only to find out that the next day is just like every other day,
For they do the same things; the same words they chose to say.

But there is One who always offers us truly a New Year’s Day.
With a strength we alone don’t have, He will show us a new way.
Where those mistakes of our sinful past are all truly taken away.
Through His Son who gave His life, that price for us He did pay.

Stop looking to the changing of a calendar to start your life anew.
Believe in God, the only One, who knows what you’re meant to do.
For it’s not by your own works that you will find this new way,
But through the love of Our Father, and will walk in your New Day.
© 2014 Charles A. Kalkomey
December 31, 2014

What Does Christmas Mean To You?

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:10-11

 

What is Christmas to you? Parties? Gifts? In-laws? Too much food? Lights? Anxiety? Fear? The problem is we have made Christmas all about one day, or perhaps even just a part of that day. But God intended for us to know that Christmas feeling, that Christmas Gift every single day. His Gift wasn’t meant to be unwrapped on Christmas Day and then forgotten like other gifts we receive. His Gift was for everyone, and for every day.

 

Oh, what does this Christmas day mean to you?
Does it depend on where you go or what you do?
Did you make the right party; mix with the right crowd?
Were you able to hear yourself think with noise so loud?

So, what is the real meaning of this Christmas Day?
Is it all about what you get or what you give away?
Are you sure that all the stockings are hung with care?
Are you still hoping that Santa Claus will soon be there?

What does this Christmas truly mean to you this year?
Does it come mixed with joy or perhaps filled with fear?
Is there any glimmer of hope in the things that you see?
Or are you walking in a darkness that won’t set you free?

Is Christmas just that special moment of a special day
When children’s eyes sparkle as they open gifts and play?
When the moments to remember are made every second,
And almost everyone gets enough to eat, and then some?

Is Christmas everything on that single December day
When we try to remember all the polite words to say?
Is it twenty-four hours when we try to do things right,
Knowing the things will probably change after that night?

Christmas is much more, and meant to be lived every day.
It’s in the things we are to do and the words we are to say.
It’s a feeling that reaches out and captures our very heart.
Christmas is what shows us that God loved us from the start.

So whatever you think this Christmas may mean to you,
There is only one thing that you should know is true.
Christmas is what the world may celebrate on a single day,
But God’s Gift we received is to be shared in every way.

Yes, Christmas is more than a moment; more than a day.
It’s more than the parties, presents, reindeer, and a sleigh.
It is God’s way of showing His love for you and for me.
The joy of Christmas is for every day as God meant it to be!

© 2014 Charles A. Kalkomey
December 24, 2014