There is a story told of two monks in Japan, “travelling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling. Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection. ‘Come on, girl,’ said Tanzan at once. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud. Ekido did not speak again until that night when they reached a lodging temple. Then he no longer could restrain himself. ‘We monks don’t go near females,’ he told Tanzan, ‘especially not young and lovely ones. It is dangerous. Why did you do that?’ ‘I left the girl there,’ said Tanzan. ‘Are you still carrying her?’”
Don’t allow the past, even yesterday, to bog you down in the mud. Leave it at the foot of the cross and walk into a brand new tomorrow; today.
Sam Starkey III is our guest preacher today while I am on vacation. What a blessing! I appreciate his willingness to share a little of his passion for the word of God with the First family this morning before he leaves for a mission trip to Russia in a few weeks. I got to know and cherish Sam, his heart, and his faith during his trips home to be with his parents, Sam and Sarah, across a span of several years during his dad’s illness. Please listen to his heart as well as his words.
– Pastor Randy