Valerie Colli - Airdrie Special Meetings - Afternoon Meeting, 2006

Hymn 325, verses 2 and 3, “Not unto Men I Labour”


I’ll read you that verse in Haggai 1:5, “Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, 'Consider your ways.'” 


When I read this verse over, I put my name before the word consider… Now Valerie, consider your ways!  In Haggai’s day, the people started to build and do but got busy with other things and stopped building.  God was not in first place in their life — He was in second place. In Revelation, we read of that church of Ephesus losing their first love.  There may be some of you young people in this meeting this afternoon who wish they were anywhere else but here. I can remember feeling that way.  And I don’t like doing the will of God anymore than any one else here today because it’s against my flesh.  But just get busy and do it!  We are so glad for you parents who have brought your children here, and we’re happy that you children are here, also.  Here are some little tools you parents can use with your children:  teach them the hymns while they’re young, teach them the scriptures, read the scriptures to them, and explain to them why you do as you do, why you serve God as you do — show them, teach them!  They are useful little tools to teach your children how to love God while they are young. 


Haggai 2:18, “Consider now from this day and upward…”  Consider Valerie, from this day and upward.   We have a tendency to worry about our yesterdays but I can’t fix my yesterdays and neither can you — but I still have today.  There are many in this world that are addicted to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, etc.  I ask you:  are there things in your life that you love more than God?  Jesus asked Peter three times, "Do you love Me more than these?Only prayer can help us overcome these other loves, these other addictions.  I often wonder if I love ME the most.  Beware!  My Mom used to tell us children, “Don’t love anything that can’t love you back and don’t cry over anything that can’t cry over you.”  I have often appreciated that good advice.


Consider Valerie, your place.”  “Consider Valerie, your ways.”  We oftentimes go into your homes and visit and see some young children leading their parents instead of parents leading their children. There is a restless yearning in the world these days and sometimes we see that same restlessness in God’s people, too. It comes from having too much luxury, big homes, fancy cars, too much money, and not enough gratitude. If you ever think you are missing out on something in the world, then your eyes are not seeing all of your privileges.  I hope we can always remember to say, “Thank you.”