Michael Grimm's 
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Michael is the sponsor of Men's Ministries to
over 200 men in the Northeast, highlighted by
two annual retreats. He also produces this weekly
Spiritual encouragement sent out every Monday.
November 18, 2019
 
Brother,
I hope and pray all is well with you and your family.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” - Matthew 7:7-8
I am not as sharp as I use to be.  For examples, I am searching for my keys, it is because my keys are not in the right place. I put them in a different place than usual, or a wrong place. But they are not really lost. They are in the specific place I put them. I just can’t remember where. Take another example – my family at one time went to Washington, D.C. When we’re fighting traffic searching for the Washington Monument, it’s not the monument that’s lost. We are the ones who are lost.
If we apply this spiritually. We search for the Truth but not because the Truth is lost. We search for the Truth because we are lost. God designed us to seek and find Him. Our search is mainly for comfort, peace, love, happiness, and value, things God is able to give and wants to abundantly give us. Unfortunately, instead of going to God for one-stop shopping, we search in many other places, things, people, and activities for the desires of our hearts. 
We try to find relief in work, computers, food, caffeine, relationships, kids, grown-up toys, getting ahead, alcohol, sleep, isolation, drugs, power, and control. But we are looking in the wrong places. We search because we are lost. God isn’t lost. He is in the same place all the time. We’ll find Him in His word, through prayer, and as He orchestrates our circumstances to direct us back on track to find Him. So I ask all of us, where is our own search leading us? Let the word of God overflow in our minds and spirits: “Seek and you will find”; “I am the way, the truth and the life”.
Today, if we are searching for anything other than His Truth, it’s time for a route correction. It’s just like the GPS saying, “recalculating.” Identify what we are searching for today. Start by writing down the activities of our day. Are we pursuing these activities to meet our needs instead of pursuing God? Are these activities the ones God would prescribe for our treatment plan? Be honest and examine why we’re not looking to God first to get unlost, you know, found, to fill some of our desires the right way today. 
Let us pray, Dear Father, we have been searching our entire life, but we have been looking in the wrong places. Our searching has led us to some very bad decisions that caused pain and suffering for us and for those we love. We thank You, Father, for the Brothers you have brought into our life, those who have helped guide us, step by step, to You. We thank You for the new focus of our search. We search for You, Lord. We search for a deeper relationship with You. We pray all of this in Your Holy and Precious Name – AMEN. 
Have a great and BLESSED day/week.
STAY STRONG!  Today, tomorrow and always.
Please remember I am there for you in thought, prayer and action – 24x7.
Love-Your Brother and Friend in Christ,
Michael
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