Jim Gill

My wife gave me an iPad for Christmas. I’m getting used to it, but still prefer my iPhone because it’s smaller.   

My iPad did come in handy during the recent ice storm. I was supposed to go to Houston for a meeting, but the meeting was canceled because of icy roads. Instead, we held the meeting by Zoom. My iPad had a bigger view for the online meeting and was easier to see the eight people that joined for the meeting.

My daughter gave me something called a “Nut Finder” for Christmas.  It came with 4 different electronic devices called “nuts” that are connected to my iPhone through an app.  I put one in my wallet, one on my car keys, one on my wife’s car key and one on my copy of my wife’s car key. The one feature of this application that I did not anticipate is that when my phone is not within a certain distance of my keys, my keys start beeping. Since Christmas this has saved me from leaving home without my phone more than once.  This also means that I need to have my phone with me when I preach, or my keys will let everyone know that I’ve left my phone somewhere else.

I’m thinking about taking the nut from my wife’s car keys and putting it in my Bible. How much stronger would my faith become if I was reminded every time I was apart from my Bible, for it is in my Bible that I find my keys to living a life pleasing to God and a blessing to others and to me.

In Matthew 7:7-10 Jesus said, “Ask and it shall be given; search and you shall find; knock and the door shall be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Have you given up asking, searching, and knocking because the answer you wanted didn’t come or the thing you searched for wasn’t found, or the door did not open no matter how hard you knocked? Don’t give up: More often than not, it is in the process of asking, searching and knocking that we receive what God gives, that we find what God has in mind for us, and we enter the door that God wants to open.

I once wrote a song called, “You Can’t Steer a Parked Car.” It is easier to be directed if we are moving. It is also easier to get moving is we can find our keys.

Rev. Dr. Jim Gill is the pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church at 3900 N. Main St. For more information see www.presbees.com.

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