Time in God

Just in time for Sing Along Saturday, a new song for you. I have been thinking a lot about how we try to make ourselves happy with all our stuff. I like my stuff as well as anyone. I definitely do not live a minimalist lifestyle. I know I should be closer to it than I am. It is where I am at the moment. I have actually thinned down my guitar herd recently but that was more about getting rid of some I rarely played because I could use that money to buy a couple I would prefer to have.

I know I have shared this story before but it highlights what I am talking about.

A few years back, I bought a new guitar. I got home that day, I played the guitar about 20 minutes and because it wasn’t set-up yet, it was really hard on my fingers. So, I put it away and got out my computer and I started looking at what guitar I wanted to get next.

As it turns out, that guitar is one of the ones I am selling because I never play it. I figured out later that I like thinner bodied guitars better because my surgically repaired shoulders don’t hurt as bad when I am playing.

Anyway, that afternoon, after I got home with the new guitar and got through playing for the day, I put it up and got on my computer and started looking for my next guitar. The new wasn’t even worn off yet and I am already looking for another.

After realizing that, it was a little while before I bought another.

I have a friend who reached the same conclusion. He just didn’t do it with guitars. His was with deer rifles.

So, I think God is working on me and it is meaning something.

Here is the typed version of the summer. The video will be available as soon as I get it close, be ready to bring it forward. I think you will find it helpful.

Time in God

I thought life’s big things bring us joy                        
Only learning it’s life’s worst ploy.
Friends know, this plan will fail
You look for a holy grail.
Great eagles soar the skies above,                                  
Peaceful doves shining signs of love                                          
From deepest seas whales swim and feed                        
Some of the gifts God knows we need.                            

Joy will never be in our things
To drive our senses down leaves a sting
The push for stuff makes us want more.
What we think we want can shake our core.

Is it small things we really want?
No joy here, just my fears and taunts.
I want more than my share
There are needs here, help me care
The big things are what we want most.
Or the small things so we won’t boast.     
God knows our hearts in every way.
Hearts won’t change so let’s stop and pray.

Joy will never be in our things
To drive our senses down leaves a stin
The push for stuff makes us want more.
What we think we want can shake our core.

Friend where does your passion lie
Wanting more can make souls cry
We plot and scheme, so we get more
All our stuff is what we adore.
It’s time to know what drives your soul
That is the thing that makes you whole.
We have more than we will give
Our greatest need, a life to live.

Joy will never be in our things
To drive our senses down leaves a sting
Less stuff won’t make us want more.
Hold to God, take time in Him adore

Be Blessed,

Seeking the Genuine,

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Pondering with DrB
October 31, 2020
Hold on to Him
Saturday Sing Along
Perritte Memorial United Methodist Church
Spirit’s Breath Ministries

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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