Thursday, August 25, 2016


In Micah 6:8, we read: “He has shown you O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?”

“Want to go on a secret mission with me, Timmy?”

“Yes sir.”

“Come on. Let’s get started.” Timmy grinned.

“That’s a lot of sweet ’taters, Grandfather.” Timmy stood by the barn door, counted six baskets.

“Yes, and with your help, we’ll get them loaded and be on our way. Ready?”

“Where’re we going, Grandfather?”

“You’ll see.” He made a left hand turn onto a dusty lane filled with deep ruts and potholes. The lane paralleled a ditch bank dense with Chinaberry, Sassafras, scrub oak trees, and blackberry vines.

He stopped in front of a small unpainted house with crooked steps, boards missing on the porch.

“Do you know who lives here?” Grandfather nodded. “The house looks sad.”

“Give me a hand, Jimmy.” At the back of the truck, Jimmy grasping  one handle, Grandfather the other, they delivered the basket to the porch.

“Okay, back in the truck. We've a few more deliveries.”

“You’re didn’t leave a note to let them know you left the basket?”

“No need. The Lord knows and we’re following His requirements. That’s the fun of it.”

For so many years I missed the fun and joy that comes with meeting the Lord’s requirements. I used the keys of education, importance, dress codes, etc. to open doors but they left me empty--unfullfilled. They weren’t wrong, simply out of order. With the golden requirement key first--knowing that I belong to the Lord Jesus and He keeps His promises--the other keys fit into the locks perfectly.

Kingdom Thinking. He offers the same to you. He promises never to leave nor forsake you. He loves you with an everlasting love. He holds the keys He requires for you in His Hand. Won’t you come to him?