Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.Mark 6:3-5 NKJV
This has been a great week. I have had the privilege of visiting churches I haven’t been in for several years. I have seen lots of old friends and made some new ones. Even better, today I am preaching in a church we pastored for nearly ten years. Every brick in the building has a memory in it. There will be many people there that I have known well and long. This week has brought home the importance of savoring and appreciating every person, every sermon, and every service that I am privileged to experience. Never let familiarity prompt me to devalue the gift of the moment.
Wherever you are today, look past the exterior, see the gift. Don’t fail to savor the message, though you think you’ve heard it before. Love and value your pastor, though you see him every week. Cherish the opportunity to hug an old friend or meet a new one. The gathering of the family of God to feast at His table is a once in a lifetime experience every time it happens. It will be as fresh as you allow it to be. He will work all the miracles you are willing to believe Him for. This is the (not a) day the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in it.