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Spend more time with 'why'
Pastor's corner
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I want to talk to you about a simple word today — “why.”
First, we know this word is not a verb, therefore there is no action associated with it. But this word is associated with what we have done, or what we may be planning to do. “Why” puts responsibility on an action. As we live our daily lives doing whatever we want to do on a daily basis, I wonder if we ever ask ourselves, “why?” Why are we doing the same thing that we did yesterday, the thing that gave us the same negative results? Why are we not planning or preparing for tomorrow?
We must realize that we may not be here tomorrow. That does not mean that we must only live today, but we must also plan for tomorrow. This is not confusing but practical. An example of this is that we must live/learn from yesterday, live today, and plan for the future/tomorrow understanding that tomorrow is not promised.
Secondly, all around us we are talking about change and how badly we want this fantastic new thing. Do we really want change? “Why” are we still doing the same things with the same people in the same place? Some of us say we don’t know.
In John 3:16 we find the words, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
In this scripture passage, God explained the change he wants in our lives, and also explained to us why. God gives us the opportunity to have everlasting life. Why? God loves us even when we don’t love ourselves. He gave his only son for us. Can you believe? Can you change? Will you allow him to help you? Why should God believe you unless there is a change? Change is the evidence of a renewed mind.
May God continue to bless you and yours in this Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of his son, Jesus Christ our Savior.
Thank God for what you have and where  you are this year, but next year “We’ve got to do more.” We know why.

Andrews is president of the UMA and a member of Mount Carmel Ministries
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