As we begin the new year of 2015 is there any unfinished business, any left overs from 2014 that you need to work on? I thought of a powerful opening statement for 2015 and it is “There is power in agreement”; didn’t you think that was a good one? Now let’s talk about it, but first I want to insert a parenthetical statement to tell you something my daddy said one Sunday at the end of his Sunday morning sermon. He announced for everyone to be sure to attend the evening service, and announced his sermon title, the “Penitentiary of the Damned”! The people murmured and said that sounded like it was going to be an important “Word” and were anxious to hear it! On the way home from church, just a kid sitting in the back seat of the ’55 gray Olds, I heard him tell my mother, “I don’t know what made me announce that title, I don’t have a thing on it!” After we had Sunday lunch he “got before the Lord” and came up with a sermon to match the title!
So, having said that, not long ago I had the wonderful experience of being an audience to my children talking over each other, starting one subject then going to the next without a pause, laughing, mimicking each other, then laughing and talking some more while the television remained on pause from where we had stopped the show we were watching, I have not enjoyed myself that much in a very long time. When my son got up and stretched getting ready to leave there was one more thing that had to be said and we were all laughing as he imitated my grandson who is quickly becoming, at the age of 14, a man. I thought of the scripture in Amos 3:3 that says, “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?”
There is nothing worse than having family members that have turned against each other and are no longer friends. I have seen it happen and usually no one can remember how it even got started! Proverbs 17:28 says, “Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent, with their mouths shut they seem intelligent.” Sometimes it is better to leave something unsaid rather than say it out loud exposing yourself to a) judgment b) ridicule c) opening a wound d) making yourself vulnerable. That list may be redundant, I just wrote it as I thought it. We are neither Jesus, John the Baptist, Peter or Paul, they were able to call people vipers and hypocrites but they lived lives that backed up their words. With us, we all live in glass houses so throwing stones is not only unwise, it is downright stupid.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? …” When Jesus sent His disciples out to minister He sent them in pairs so they had help, back up and agreement! Matthew 18:19-20 “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” To me that is a big deal! Answer to prayers come from agreement, so if you are not at peace with the people around you how can you expect to get answers to your prayers?
Make peace to start 2015 off right!