The late great Baptist preacher Vance Havner said one time when he couldn’t sleep, he simply referred to Psalm 121. Whereupon, he said, he gave his troubles to the Lord and said…

Well, I guess there’s no reason for both of us to stay awake. If You’re going to stay up, I’m going to bed!

I guess I need a little of Dr. Havner’s trusting skills, because here I am wide awake at 12:20 a.m. Even after a physically exhausting day, I just can’t go to sleep! Here are a couple of things on my Chinet tonight…

  • Mr. Know-It-All
  • God’s vision, purpose, and plan for our church
  • The family finances
  • The Middle East
  • The peace of Jerusalem
  • The old man who could hardly walk around the park tonight
  • The 70+% of our area’s population who are unchurched
  • Our church staffing needs
  • The Hispanic families in the park tonight
  • That funky wobbling/vibrating noise in the rear end of the car
  • Why the cat has given up on the litter box
  • The next two weeks
  • Why I can’t sleep
  • Whether the Braves are going to make a second-half run at the playoffs and whether they have what it takes to make that run
  • The lovely and gracious “Mrs. Just Charlie,” who heads back to school tomorrow
  • The family finances
  • “The Boy” and his grades
  • Why I can’t sleep
  • What God could possibly do with a 45-year-old old coot
  • Missed opportunities
  • The family finances