Chuck Terrill: Springtime…
In the poem "Locksley Hall," Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote, "In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love." He was writing of romance.
I am no longer a young man driven by romance. I am an old man who fancies himself an editor. I am driven to change Tennyson’s famous line to suit myself.
"In the Spring a man's fancy turns to thoughts of baseball." Isn’t that better? How about, “thoughts of crappie fishing,” or “camping.”
You can fill in the blank any way you wish, and no matter who you are, you will fill it in with something that you love. What you love, you think about. Motorcycles. The things you love preoccupy your time. Street rods. Indeed, if you love something deeply enough, it will eventually control your life. Think, "Wife."
What do you think about? I love our church. Mary does, too. We love the church because we love the Lord of the church! We want the best for His church.
Because we love the Lord, His church, and all His children we attend every service and class. We give sacrificially. We donate our time and our energy to special projects. We pray faithfully.
When you love deeply enough, what you love will eventually control your life.
We want to challenge you to love the Lord like that. Let your love be a sacrificial love. Don’t love Him in the up times, and then quit on Him when the going gets rough. Be a consistent Christian giver, a consistent Christian worker, a consistent Christian attendee, and a consistent Christian encourager.
A thought from Doug Larson is not as famous as Tennyson’s springtime quotation, but perhaps more valid. Doug says, “Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” I won't attempt to change that.
As Christians approach Easter we have every reason to whistle. Life may not be perfect, but we know One Who loved us so much that He was willing to give His life for us. Then, to prove that everything He ever said or did was true, He rose from the dead.
Let your thoughts this Spring be turned to Him.
Chuck Terrill, who has doctorates from Master Theological Seminary and Trinity Seminary, is the senior minister at First Christian Church in Cassville. He may be reached at 417-847-2460.