Tom Zimmer
Monday, February 23, 2009
  The Joy of the Lord is my Strength

I heard someone say once, that if I don't feel the Lords Joy, then I just don't want it bad enough. That if I felt like the world was collapsing in on me, then I am not abiding because I don't want to. That my pride is telling me that my situation is all God's fault, because after all, He made me this way.

I find these interesting thoughts, that if I don't abide, it is because I am somehow happier being miserable than being joyous. That I would rather sit in my pity party, than express the Joy that Christ is willing to fill me with if I will but give up my will to Him. Do I really have a choice, can I really turn off the bad mood, or climb out of that depression pit when I feel like no one understands me. Well, I am here to tell you that the answer is a resounding YES! I DO have a choice, and you DO have a choice, if you and I will but listen to the still small voice of God saying "I love you, you are My special creation, and you are fearfully made for My very special purpose. Abide in Me and I will abide in you", and stop listening to the screaming voice "No one understands me, everyone is an idiot, why do I have to work with these bozos, no one loves me...". We have a choice, it is in fact the only "work" that God give us exclusively, the work of making a choice. He provides the power, we provide the choice. Do I always make the right choice, no, but you and I can start whenever we want, so lets start today, lets choose to grow just a little bit today. Let us make the right choice today, just once, and see what God does.

Tom Zimmer
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Location: Austin, Texas, United States

I am a Christian, Debbie is my wonderful wife. She is also a Christian, and my perfect helpmate. I have two adult children Pam & Chip, I have four wonderful grandchildren, granddaughters Chloe & Claire, and grandsons Ezra and Corbin. I am a Biker, I ride a 1999 Harley Davidson Road King, I am a member of the New Life Riders (Austin, TX) chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA), I am Chaplain of the United Clubs Of Austin (UCOA), I am the Author or Co-Author of several Forth computer language development systems including VIC-Forth, ColorForth (for the Radio Shack Color Computer), 64Forth (for the Commodore 64), F-PC (for DOS), Win32Forth (for Windows) and TCOM (a native DOS compiler), I am a Software Engineer for Thermo Fisher Scientific in Austin, TX, where I develop Windows C# applications for analytical instrument data processing and reporting.

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