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Monthly Archives: March 2018

BONUS DAY #4

While listening to a worship song this morning the thought came–“the air you breath doesn’t belong to you, it belongs to God”–sending off a chain of thought.  My body doesn’t belong to me either, it is on loan to accomplish God’s purpose on this planet.  Finally the question–what does belong to me?  Answer:  Your eternal spirit belongs to me.  God gives me the “title deed” to it at the conception of my life.  Interestingly, the “title deed” longs to find its way back to the originator of it (the living and creating God).  Spiritual salvation is when we turn the only thing we actually own (our eternal spirit) over to God at the moment of our total surrender to Christ.  (Christ having paid the price for “title deed” once and for all on the cross) and his power over death through His resurrection from death.  NOW–think about all the “stuff” we think we own.  Think about all the “stuff” we think we have control over.  Think about all the “stuff” we stress over/about.  Silly.  Misdirected.  Distracted.  Deceived.

Every day is a bonus day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #3

“Touch NOT the Lord’s anointed” is a well used Scripture from the life/teaching of King David.  Generally leaders use it as an ideology of protection of leadership.  The idea comes down to how we treat people.  Think about it:  What if we are all the Lord’s anointed?  Everyone.  Further–what if our attitude toward someone becomes either a hindrance or blessing of God’s work in THEIR life? Our treatment toward/of others makes us either an instrument of God’s blessing or an obstacle that God has to work around.  I’m on bonus days–I have to be a blessing, not a hindrance!

Every day is a bonus day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #2

I was delighted to be able to work with a group of Pastors during an annual event I was invited to lead.  It moves me to hear a person’s story.  Everyone has a story.  There is much to learn from each other–but we need to listen.  We need to listen with abandon.  (Meaning:  listening with out being under the pressure of thinking what am I going to say next).

Every day is a bonus day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAY #1

Prayed with a guy next to me that kept me up all night.  He was 97 years old and brought in after falling, breaking his leg and arm.  He was on oxygen, hooked up to IV and kept pulling it all out all night.  The lights were on all night, the old guy was crying in pain, and the nurses frustrated with him pulling things out.  Sleep deprived God was on me to go over and pray for him.  One look and I could tell the poor guy wasn’t long for this world.  When I announced I was going to pray for him, the sweetest spirit came over him.  He quieted down.  He closed his eyes.  My prayer was that God would give him peace and confidence that God was totally in control.  It was a “moment.”

Every day is a bonus day.

Much Love,

Marc

BONUS DAYS

Psalm 73:26–“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

You know how when people–that is–the people who live to tell their “heart attack/surgery/blockage” story  it is a l….o….n….g and drawn out process of drama and passion (with quite a bit of emotion included because the tears do come with anything related to cardiac issues)?

Well….now I have my own story. My L.A.D. (often called the widow maker) was 100% blocked.

They were about to send me home from the hospital because all of the other tests were coming back normal.  A Cardiologist reading the final test (Lexiscan) saw something abnormal and wanted to do a heart catheterization .  During the heart catheterization it was discovered I had a heart attack a month or so before and the L.A.D. was 100% blocked.  He decided on the spot to try putting a stent in place.  It worked!  The Cardiologist said in the Cath Lab as he finished up that it was a miracle.  He told Marceil that God wasn’t finished with us yet and had more things to do.

Since noon on March 14, 2018 I figure God is giving me some bonus days, so I need to use them filled with purpose and meaning.  As I pondered the idea of “bonus days” it occurred to me that EVERY DAY IS A BONUS DAY FROM GOD!

How would it look if every day was treated in our mind and spirit as a bonus rather than taken for granted?

I’m going to try it.

Much Love,

Marc