A Mystery 7-30-14

How does sticking one's foot under the back bumper of an SUV make the tailgate open like on the TV commercial?  How does the car know it’s the owners foot? What if the owner bought new shoes? What if one had just driven on a dusty road or drove through mud and snow? What if a cat walked under the bumper. This is a mystery to me. (I know I could Google it, but that knowledge could take the fun out of a good mystery).

The Bible speaks of several mysteries, i.e. the mystery of the gospel, the mystery of the rapture and other mysteries.  Some things are difficult for me to understand.  I can accept them, but still don't understand them.

The mystery of God's will is mentioned in the verse below.  This is difficult for me to discern at times. God has used different ways through the years: the Word of God, wise counsel from Godly people, closing and opening doors (circumstances), answered prayer, affirmation through clarity of a fleece. 

God expects us to follow His will regardless of the naysayers. God has used Parkinson's in my life to make some serious changes.  He continues to use it to redirect. I don't know what God has in store for my future, it is a mystery. I just simply need to trust.  

"Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself" Ephesians 1:9.

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff

7-29-14 Has Anyone Ever Asked You?

As I was working my new job at a nursing home when I heard a voice with a speech impediment ask me, "Do you know Jesus as your Savior?"

Since I was unsure that I heard understood properly, I stood up and looked at this lady in a wheelchair. She obviously lived here. I asked her to repeat it. She asked, "Do you know Jesus as your Savior?"

"Yes, I do."

"Oh, wonderful!" That was the beginning of a special friendship while I worked there. 

Betty, with her slurred speech from cerebral palsy, was a fearless witness for Jesus.  She asked everybody she saw whether they knew Jesus as their Savior. She was able to talk to people that would not listen to anybody else.  Some would listen out of courtesy, some out of compassion. God used her cerebral palsy to open doors for her to talk about Jesus.

As I think back on it, I believe she was the only person that has ever asked me if I knew Jesus as my Savior. 

Has anyone ever asked you? Do you know Jesus as your Savior?

"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15.

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff

7-28-14 What's Your Story

We all have a life story with high points and low times. Some have experienced pain and suffering and yet find things to rejoice about.  Some seem to suffer more than others yet have a great spirit. Some have everything and are nasty to be around. Once we discover a person's story, we understand why they are like they are just a little bit.

Ever wonder the story behind people you meet?  That clerk at the grocery store may have a college degree but is now trying to raise her kids alone because of a deadbeat dad, maybe even while struggling with a chronic or even terminal illness.  That homeless guy sleeping under a bridge may hold a doctorate in economics from Harvard. That successful businessman may have trouble reading because he has a learning disability. 

That Christian man may have spent time in prison, got saved there and is now a respectable leader in the church.  That wonderful Christian woman may have been a runaway, addicted to drugs and is now a shining example of a mom for others.  Some Christians were raised in Christian homes and stuck with the direction taught by their parents. They don't have scars from living in sin, but still struggle with doubt.

We all have a past. We all have current struggles, whether chronic illness, rough circumstances or something unseen. We all have a life story of experiences and philosophies. We all should share this similar life story - I once was lost in sin, but now am found, was blind but now I see. Jesus saved me and put my feet upon the solid Rock!

The story of the prophet Iddo, mentioned in this verse, is lost.  Nobody knows it.  Many don't know our stories either.  Cemeteries are full of people whose stories are lost. Some we will meet in heaven and learn their stories What's your story?

"And the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways, and his sayings, are written in the story of the prophet Iddo." II Chronicles 13:22.

PS: I got saved 30+ years ago.  I love serving the Lord.  I enjoy being married to my wife, preaching, teaching, writing, ventriloquism, humor, dragonflies, the color blue, Yorkies, Canadian bacon pizza, chocolate-chocolate chip cookies, cars, photography. I dislike kohlrabi and cold winters.  I have never golfed. I have no desire to bungie jump. 

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff

7-27-14 It's Not What You Know, But Who You Know

"Where did you go to college?"

"I didn't."

"Oh, I see.  Sorry, but we need someone with a college degree."

I find it interesting that our society deems a college education as synonymous with intelligence.  Sure, a college education is good to gain a foothold of knowledge in an area, but it doesn't guarantee the individual really knows anything.  On the other hand, someone without a college education may know more about an area of expertise than some college graduates.

That said; I needed to attend college to help me learn things.  I learned a trade (auto body repair) and I learned basics for the ministry. I also know that the degree does not come with a guarantee.

The Jewish scholars marveled at Jesus because He had not been educated in Jewish traditions and teachings or "letters" (the equivalent of a college degree today). Jesus answered that His knowledge was from God.  Being God in the flesh, He is saying that His wisdom is not from His education.

I am not against higher education. It has its place and purpose, but its not proof of anything. When it comes to gaining entrance into heaven, it won't matter where I went to college, but that I know Jesus as my Savior. It won't be what I know, but Who I know. 

"And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me." John 7:15-16.

In case you were wondering, I have an Associates Degree in Auto Body Repair and a BA in Pastoral Theology

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff