Flying Away With Jenny

25 Aug

Jenny prayed a simple prayer in the movie Forrest Gump: “Lord, make me a bird, so i can fly far, far away from here!’

Sometimes I want to fly away from here.Like the old gospel song, I long to fly away to ” a home on God’s celestial shore.” I don’t want to die, but I am just sick of this world.

What is it that has me so irritated? The beauty of God’s creation is all around me. Summer is my favorite season. I have enjoyed walks along the beach and views from atop mountains. I have spent time with the people that I love: my wife, kids, grand-kids, parents and grandmother. I have been inspired by God’s Word and beautiful music. Truthfully, I am quite blessed and have a wonderful life. So, what’s the problem?

First of all, social media is my problem. I am addicted to it. I can’t resist reading Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter. When I look at these things, my blood pressure goes up. The posts that I read either entertain and inspire me, or they make me angry. I get pulled into “drama” and controversy. While social media is a great tool to testify about Jesus and to share the Good News, it is also a tool of the devil. I get lured into junk that I have no business getting into.

Second of all, the news is my problem. Everyday I read the USA Today, the AJC and Fox News on my tablet or laptop. I keep up with all of the current events: Obama and his golfing, the terrorists and their be-headings, the bombs flying over Israel and Gaza, Russia, China, the IRS, the NSA, the ACLU, the VA, the Democrats, the Republicans, the black men getting shot by white cops, gay marriages, pot smokers, kids dying in hot cars, the Braves stranding too many runners on base….UUUUGGGGHHHH!!! It’s a wonder that I have not ended up in a mental hospital! Rush may be right, but he gets on my last nerve!!

I have allowed people to get in the way of serving my God. When Peter took his eyes off of Jesus, he began to sink. I am sinking spiritually because I have taken my eyes off of Jesus and have been looking at people. There will always be someone to annoy me and there will always be someone to disagree with me. And I probably annoy others as well. My devotion for the Lord is weak and I know it.

I eat too much and exercise too little. I eat too much junk food and drink too many sodas. It’s no wonder that my body is tired all of the time. I sleep restlessly because my body is talking to me. It is saying: “Hey stupid, I am the only body that you have. When are you going to take better care of me?” I am terrified at the thought of getting sick and yet I allow myself to think about it constantly.

Is anybody else feeling like me today? Does anybody else want to fly away with Jenny?

It may not be New Year’s Day, but I am making some new resolutions in order to maintain my sanity and usefulness to God.

1. I resolve to limit my social media participation to one hour per day. If I can’t “self monitor” my usage, then what’s the point?

2. I resolve to take a month sabbatical from reading the news. If Jesus raptures me out of here in the next month, then I will have missed nothing important anyway.

3. I resolve to focus my attention back on Jesus and off of people. This will be the hardest thing in the world to do. I will have to take deep breaths before I drive, eat out , shop or worship. It’s not about me, nor is it about them. It is all about Him.

4. I resolve to take better care of my body. Back to the gym. No more crappy food or sodas. No more snorting cocaine. ( I have never snorted cocaine; just checking to see if anyone actually reads this.)

5. I resolve to no longer curse an Upton brother.

Please pray for me. Although God has called me and anointed me to be a preacher and pastor, I struggle with life just like you do. If you want me to pray for you, please respond to this blog and I promise to lift you up to God.

May the good Lord help all of us in the here and now.

“Some glad morning, when this life is o’er…”


Posted by on August 25, 2014 in Daily Verse & Prayer


17 responses to “Flying Away With Jenny

  1. Katie Salter

    August 25, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I needed this today. I think we all have become attached to our social media, and I personally struggle with getting angry over things that I hear on the news and online and become it makes me a more negative person. I am working on this as well. This is my first time being on here. Great work!

    • revderrickkeeter

      August 25, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      I will pray for you Katie. I can tell by reading your FB posts that you get angry about the same stuff I get mad about. God bless you today sister.

  2. revderrickkeeter

    August 25, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I will pray for you Katie. I can tell by reading your FB posts that you get angry about the same stuff I get mad about. God bless you today sister!

  3. Jennifer Compton

    August 25, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    My mom used to sing that song all the time and now I can relate! Glad I am not the only one who feels this way daily. I will be praying for you too!

    • revderrickkeeter

      August 25, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      Praying for you Jennifer. Life can be frustrating and we need each other. God bless you today!

  4. Linda Blackmon

    August 25, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Good read Pastor I agree with all you said. I need to also cut back on reading social media news.

    • revderrickkeeter

      August 25, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Thank you sister!! Praying for you daily. God bless.

  5. nranne103

    August 25, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Very well written blog. Number 4 is a daily struggle for me making sure I’m at a good caloric deficit on a daily basis is not an easy task with all the junk food readily available, especially now that were in Texas.

    • revderrickkeeter

      August 25, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      I remember the food in Texas very well! I miss El Toro and would love to see Baytown again some day. Good to hear from you Nicholas.

  6. Wanda Dodd

    August 25, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I will say a prayer for you, Brother Derrick. And yes, I read the part about cocaine. 🙂

    • revderrickkeeter

      August 25, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Thanks Wanda! I will pray for you as well. A little humor doesn’t hurt I don’t suppose.

  7. chad lowe

    August 25, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Now I feel that my cocaine addiction is a sin. I appreciate you from the viewpoint of a pastor and it is a difficult walk. Everything in life tends to point away from the cross. No matter how hard you try (without becoming a hermit) you will see something inappropriate on TV. Look at the football adds.. they either encourage us to drink, look at the half clad women or purchase a better cable offer. As God laid on my heart today our “Christian” nation has allowed Satan to creep in even though Matthew warns us that he will be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. What was thought to be raunchy 10 years ago is now a PG-13, only certain curse words are bad, drinking every once in a while is ok, tobacco is accepted as a norm and no longer a drug, and the list goes eternally. If you never need a private ear to spill your guts on I am here. I will be praying for you, your church, your family, your faith. God Bless ya brother.

    • revderrickkeeter

      August 25, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      I appreciate your words Chad and totally agree with what you wrote today. In my Christian life (37 years now) I have witnessed a DRASTIC change in the way that church members live. I am constantly shocked. What used to be considered sinful no longer is…except in God’s eyes. God bless you brother. I am glad that you and Tammy attend New Hope and Hope that you will someday be members. Have a good week!!

  8. Heath Brodnax

    August 26, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    I am close to cutting off my Internet and TV. I could do without the Internet but I love to watch the Weather Channel in the mornings and at night. Seriously, I struggle with living in this world where society says if it feels good, do it and there are no consequences but if I do wrong and commit sin or commit a sin against someone else, my heart hurts and I feel condemned and convicted without police presence of course. lol…. To me, sometimes, it seems that GOD is allowing this evil to test those that are his and our faith in him and to see how far we are willing to go to follow him. He is my strong tower and although I am weak, he is strong! 🙂

    • revderrickkeeter

      August 26, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      I understand completely my brother. I battle with my mind on a daily basis. I have to guard against negative, evil thoughts. I will be praying for you.

  9. Melissa Guy

    September 4, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Good word! True enough the happenings in our world are terrible and it is easy to sink as we take our eyes off Jesus. What a wonderful blessing to know although we are in this world, we are not of this world. When we do fly away, it will be far far away! Come on Jesus! We are ready.

    • revderrickkeeter

      September 4, 2014 at 10:06 am

      Amen sister! If it were not for Jesus, and our salvation in Him, we would not have any hope. He has given us MUCH hope!


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