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Devotional: February 5th

Today is an interesting day for me. This morning at 6:00 a group of six men were supposed to meet at my house to prepare to leave for Florence, South Carolina, and a four day golf retreat. We had started with eight men going. One had to drop out due to work problems. Another chose to drop out for health reasons. Still we had six. But of those six, one starts a job today while another is fighting a herniated disk in his lower neck. A third was not sure he wanted to go if the one starting the job was not going.

Such is life. I had decided to take the first three days off and have a friend of mine from high school (he was one of the remaining three who were still planning on going) come down and we would spend some time together. Then I saw the forecast for the first three days of the week. In a word, rain. He is at home in Grove City, Ohio this week while I will be hard at work getting things prepared for Easter and other programs we have coming up in the near future.

Every time I plan an event for recreation purposes I know that there is always a strong possibility that I will not be able to finish it. I am in the ministry and the constraints of "doing my job" have often prevented me from my personal wants and wishes for my time. As I look at all that has to happen this week I am glad that I am not headed to South Carolina. It is curious the way our trip has been scrubbed. There is a world of good to be done this week that would have been passed over otherwise.

"Come now, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit,'; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, 'If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.' But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin." James 4:13-17

Our plans were filled with opportunities for fellowship and devotion. Godly pursuits, but best left for another time when they fit the will of God for them. There are other things that need to be pursued now. God closed a door I had opened because other doors that He had opened were not yet closed. There will be other days to retreat for fellowship, devotion and golf. Right now there is good for God that needs done.

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