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I am not sure how many years ago it is now - it must be more than 5 - I was adamant that I had no need to enter the 'texting world'. I was already being pushed by adding email and cell phones to my usual tools of land lines and doorbells. My thought went something like,"I have never learned how to use the fax machine and I am doing OK. I don't have to learn how to text, either."

I have since repented.

Last night, instead of making phone calls to let people know Jesus cares about them, I used an hour to send texts to 20 different people. I did the same one evening last week. In the past, when making phone calls, on a good night, I would actually speak with only 2-3 people. The rest were mostly voice mail - and no call back. The average response to my texts is much closer to 50%.

And my prayer is always that the people receiving the texts will be encouraged by the reminder that Jesus is caring for them (whether they are able to reply or not).

Life gets busy ... no, life IS busy ... overwhelmingly so at times ... perhaps much of the time. For me it often gets so busy that I forget to pray, which is really sad. "Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never allow the righteous to be shaken." (Psalm 55.22) That is a promise we can live in - day in and day out.

My failure to pray when I get busy carries with it a fatal flaw - the assumption that I can (or have to) handle things myself. "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares upon him, because he cares about you." (1 Peter 5.6-7) Prayer is simply repentant thought - the realization that I cannot and need not handle things myself for "the mighty hand of God" is present, ready to demonstrate how "he cares about me".

It is amazing how, once God gets my attention, everything seems to change - even though the busy-ness often remains. I start seeing little indicators of his care in Christ Jesus all around me. It can be as simple as a smiling face ... a sunny day ... spring flowers ... a helping hand ... a cheery word. All are simple 'text messages' from my Redeemer, reminding me to continue "casting all my cares upon him, because he cares about me." And, once he gets my attention, as I notice these messages that have been around me all the while, I become re-energized ... and I realize, again, how true his word is ... "he will sustain you; he will never allow the righteous to be shaken." (Psalm 55.22)

Someone recently suggested a text message with a short Bible passage might be a way to encourage people in the midst of their busy-ness. They are probably right, but I am still processing that idea. Repentance does not come naturally!

I think we often miss this, but the emphasis in the word 'repent' is upon a change of mind - looking at things in a completely different way ... looking at things the way God looks at them (which is generally 180 degrees different from our natural perspective).

I suggest you think about that as you hear John the Baptist say, "Repent and believe the good news." (Mark 1.15) It's what today's message is all about. It is today's T T T Text!

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