"Be Ready"    8-18-2019

The end of August finds many students preparing to return to school or college. They must purchase pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, lunch boxes, new clothes, shoes, etc. All must be ready the first day, following a fun-filled Summer vacation. Some will walk or ride school buses, others will drive or be driven to various schools. Always an exciting time!

As a former elementary school teacher who loved being in the classroom, it was a great adventure! Beginning anything new can be totally fun, or extremely unsettling. We all need time to adjust to change.

For the last two years I have been preparing my manuscript, "Only by Grace," for publication. It is in its final phase of completion with WestBow Press. Hopefully, it will be on the market this Autumn.

Just before the apostle Paul was beheaded, he wrote to Timothy, his son in the faith, advising him how to conduct his life in teaching others to be ready for the future. "Preach the word, be ready [urgent] in season and out of season, reprove [convince], rebuke, and exhort [encourage], be unfailing in patience and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine...and will turn aside to myths [fake news?]." (2 Timothy 4:2-4)

As we end one season and enter the new this Fall, whether or not we are students, we must determine what we believe and how to share that knowledge with others. If we attend worship services, what is the preacher, minister, or spiritual leader teaching us about God's love and care for each other? Are we cautioned to use wise words instead of angry expressions? We inhabit one world, not different planets. As citizens of planet Earth, we must learn how to live in harmony. The day will come when we will each give an account to God of how we lived our life on earth. Even those who don't believe in Jesus will be face-to-face with Him! Live wisely!

 Love In His Grace, Anne S. Grace  Gift of Grace Ministries  asgrace55@yahoo.com 

"For by grace you have been saved...it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8).