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01 February 2015

Are You On The Fence ?

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“No that’s not Mr. Wilson but it could be you!”
I have experienced much indecision and wrong decisions in my day and both can devastating. I have regretted much and felt the weight of irresponsibility. It’s scary if you don’t know what you’re doing. Knowing what, when and how to do everything is huge and can be complicated, overwhelming and exhausting, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”
Luke 16:10 NLT
It’s a “from the ground up” scenario and it works. But what does that mean and how does it apply to you? Well, we all encounter little things in everyday life. In them we form habitual behavior and character (or lack thereof), which affects everything else we do.
We have recently purchased and installed a bird feeder in our backyard. It’s interesting to watch and nice to see all the different varieties come and go. All though they may look different, as a species they all have similar behaviours. They don’t have any young until their intricately woven nests are in place, which they continue to upgrade and maintain while feeding their young day in and day out. They are instinctive disciplined hard workers and are willing and able to support and defend with all they’ve got.
It’s important to be prepared and continue building in every area of our lives including the little things which helps to develop discipline, good character and strength to keep us moving forward.

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?
Matthew 6:26 NLT
You are equipped and capable of making right choices and determinations but you have to want to do it. A new life in Christ offers so much hope and promise for you because Jesus loves you. He died for you. Once you decide you’ve had enough of life on the wrong side of your fence you’ve already started making different and better decisions. A transformed life is just waiting for you around the corner.

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
Matthew 7:24-27 NLT
“How do I know if I’m making the right decisions?”
The truth is you may never know in some instances. I think the right question to ask here is “Are you building on rock or sand ?” 

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT 
But we are all very different right? Growing up, I had a job, I partied, i had a mullet and thought I had it all figured out. You did things in your own way and thought you had it all figured out as well. The point is we are all very different but God made us that way. We are all born at different times, in different places with different circumstances but at some point, we all face tough, important decisions that may impact many people. We need to be responsible. We have to be prepared !!

 


“Jesus is our rock.”
“His word is our foundation”
(To say the least)
My wife and I are planted in a church in Hamilton but lived in Milton. That’s quite a commute sometimes up to 4 days a week but Jaana works in Mississauga. Do we stay in Milton for the shorter drive to Mississauga or move to Hamilton for the shorter drive to church? We chose Hamilton. Why? God comes first.
We have been so blessed since we moved here. We have a great home, great neighbours, a park and trail nearby and Hamilton is a great city. Not to mention relationships that have been forged and the music being created. Blessed I tell ya !

 


God knows our hearts and knows us better than we know ourselves.
I have been a musician for 30 plus years and for much of that time I never benefited from it. In fact, no one did because I was selfishly motivated. For 26 of those years I made little money, drank too much, had terrible relationships and I struggled to cope. My decisions were based on my own selfish desires.
Since committing my life to God four years ago I have experienced life changing transformation. Immediately, drinking became a thing of the past !! I’ve learned to cherish every relationship, even those that have proven difficult and I’ve been enriched and blessed by new relationships. I’m active in our church community and I’m involved in great music projects the likes of which I have never had the privilege of working on before and I am now a recording artist. Yes that would be a 180 !!
My sorted past was my attempt to do everything in my own strength for my own personal gain. The changes in my life are a result of my dependence on God’s strength and direction, acting upon it and putting others first and that my friends, has put me “Over The Fence” 🙂
To Him all the glory.
Dan Dyer
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