A word from Jerry Winfield, Senior Pastor of Oak Valley Baptist Church in Franklin, TN.


“Never buy an egg salad sandwich from a vending machine.”

This little bit of advice comes from a daily calendar that sits on my desk called, “Life’s Little Instruction Calendar Classics.” For each day of the year, there is a quote, phrase, or saying that imparts a little bit of common sense wisdom. Some are humorous. Some are poignant. Some are really spot on. I look forward to getting a new calendar every year.

Other gems include: “Don’t get involved in workplace gossip.” “Never criticize a family member or good friend in public.” “Never take a first date to a shuffleboard tournament.” Perhaps the answer to the question, “How’s the world treating you?” should be, “How are you treating the world?”

If God had a life’s little instruction calendar, what do you think it would say? Maybe things like, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.” Or even, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Maybe “Bear one another’s burdens.” Or perhaps, “Forgive one another.”

Wait a minute! God does have an instruction book! It’s called the Bible! Not only does the Bible tell us about God, it also tells us about us! It tells us about faith, love, trust, joy, servanthood, worship, and a thousand other things. The Bible is God’s gift to us to help us understand who He is and how we should live our lives in relationship to Him.

Let me extend to you a personal invitation. Every few years I make a New Year’s commitment to read through the Bible again. My plan is to do this again in 2019. I invite you to join me. Just maybe we will encounter some of God’s “Instructions” for our lives. And I hope I got a 2019 “Life’s Little Instruction Calendar” for Christmas! I need all the help I can get!

Happy New Year!


Jerry Winfield