In the Beginning

Reading for the Day… Genesis 1-3, Matthew 1

When God began to create the heavens and the earth— the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God’s wind swept over the waters— God said, “Let there be light.” And so light appeared. God saw how good the light was. God separated the light from the darkness. God named the light Day and the darkness Night. There was evening and there was morning: the first day. (Genesis 1:1-5, Common English Bible)

Several thousand years later, when we readdress Genesis 1 & 2 it is really easy to see God had a busy week. All we have around us plus a few things (relatively) that are no longer with us, God created. Without question, there are a those who would argue that the beginning didn’t happen the way Scripture says. Scripture is pretty vague on exactly how God went about this creation. And, none of us k ow for sure. Could there have been a “bang” involved? Perhaps, as long as God was the one setting off the explosives. Could there be some form of evolution? I have little problem with that as long as God is the one driving that evolution. Could it not have happened that way at all? Like I said, none of us really know. What I do know is to this, however it happened, I know God was in charge and some pretty spectacular things happened.

Another thing I know is, it was a beginning. Scripture tells us that much.

Today we all have a new beginning. From the oldest among us to the youngest, today we get a fresh start. Lest we forget, we still live with the results, both good and bad, of past actions and decisions. But, God gives us another chance at a new beginning.

A few years back I encountered a book titled My One Word by Mike Ashcraft. I have mentioned his book before and highly recommend it to you. The basic context of the book is, instead of making New Year’s resolutions, most of which we will fail at to keep, instead, with the help and guidance of God, select one word that will be the focus for the year.j In past hears I had ave selected words like discipline, joy, and focus.

This year my word is going to take on a bit of a different feel. This year my one word will be”higher.” It is my prayer that God will take me higher in my faith. I hope to see a higher prayer life. I want to, with God’s help move to a higher level of fitness. Perhaps God will take me to higher plains of worship and study. Exactly where the higher places God will take me remain unclear. I do know, my word is yet another opportunity I have for a new beginning.

Higher. That is my word and my new beginning. Where will this new opportunity take you?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Looking higher,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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