I was able to go to Cameroon, Africa in 2012. It was a great trip and one that I certianly will never forget! In Cameroon they speak English but it is not an English that we are used to. It is called pigeon English, which is a broken English that is spoken, but they would spell everthing the same. Her is a memory I want to share with you today from when I wrote when I was in Africa. I think I am getting a hold of this “pigeon’ language better. Pigeon is a broken English with a strong dialect to it. Our dialects only hold us back a little. The people here talk too fast, and they say the same about me. I was talking to one of the students about what we had at dinner and telling him that Elangwe offered me “booda.” What he was saying was "butter" which is important to this story. I wanted to see if the students knew what Brother Elangwe was talking about, because I didn’t. Well the way I said, “booda” they thought I said “bottle.” When they say “bottle” they associate that with whiskey. So with the student looking very confused at me, I got the impression that something was not right. So once we finally spelled it out in the dirt, they understood that Elangwe offered me ‘butter’ and not ‘bottle’ (whiskey). I am glad we got that cleared up. That could have been bad for the school of preaching and for the director (brother Elangwe) and myself. The point is that words have very important meanings and is the way by which people communicate. Make sure that we are communicating things correctly and not sending the wrong messages. Let us be careful of our tongue. It is something that cannot be tamed (James 3). The words by which we speak can be detriment to other or ourselves if we are using them negatively such as gossiping, backbiting, lying, etc (Romans 1:30). Rather, let us edify one anther (Heb. 10:24). Tell others about Jesus Christ and salvation (2Tim. 4:2). Let us use it to praise God and glorify Him for the things He has done for us. What will your words communicate to others?
A few bits we can gleen from God's word of how to deal with worry and anxiety in a time of Crisis.
1. 1 Kings 19:5,7 - Take Nourishment. God told Elijah to arise and eat. We need to take physical & spiritual nurishment.
2. 1 Kings 19:15 - God tells Elijah that there is work to be done. Physical work helps with our worry as well as Spiriitual work such as: Encouraging others, memorizing scripture, or having a bible study.
3. 1 Kings 19:18 - God reminds Elijah that "You are not alone." Even thought Elijah thought he was the only one, God reminds him that he is not alone.
- Ephesians 5:15-16 - Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
- “Therefore” means, because of those things that have just been mentioned. What has just been mentioned?
- V.6 Let no on deceive you with empty words
- V.7 – Don’t be partakers of disobedience
- V.8 – Walk as children of light
- V. 10 – Learn what’s pleasing to the Lord.
- V. 11 – expose deeds of darkness
- V. 14 – Awake, sleeper and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
- Therefore because of these things mentioned above, walk in wisdom!
- “Make the most of your time.” (NASB) “Redeeming the Time” (NKJV)
Question: How can you make the most of your time with your family and growing closer to God? Notice what Paul wants us to do…
-“Walk as children of light” (v.8) – let us know how to walk in the light by reading the word (Read Eph. 5:8-14 each person in your family together)
- “Finding out what is acceptable to the Lord” (v.10) - How do we know what is acceptable to God? Get into His word!
- “Walk wisely” (v.15) - How do we gain wisdom? Go back to God’s word who when we ask for wisdom, He gives to us liberally. (James 1:5).
(Read Eph. 5:8-14 each person in your family together. Take turns reading the passage through multiple times.)
Encouragement … Make the most of your time while you have a little extra with your family. Talk to your kids 1 extra time about the bible today. Say 1 extra prayer of thanksgiving today with your family. Play 1 extra game today as a family. Encourage 1 other person today as a family.
May God bless you as you Serve Him!