Today is Father’s Day! It was on this day in 2010 that my Dad went to be with his Creator. I have put two pictures up, one representing the life and energy of a younger man and the other representing the character and quality of a man that remained consistent throughout his entire life. In our remembering, the picture we often have in our mind’s eye relates to the person as they looked in their later years of life. We forget that there was a full life that took place in the dash between the two dates of their life.
My Dad was a man of great integrity and honesty his entire life. As a young man he joined the military during WWII and was shipped to London where he manned the anti-aircraft guns. After D-day he was an ambulance driver in Europe. He returned home and married my mom in 1948. I was born in 1949 and they bought a house, which my Mom still lives in today.
My Dad was a quiet and gentle man. He never spoke a single time of his war days until after he had retired. It was only then that he told me, God had answered the prayers of his parents, miraculously sparing his life and the lives of those who were with them. I would not exist today, but for the grace and love of God.
My Dad was a friend to everyone he met. He spent most of his working life as a salesman for the company, “Canada Dry.” In those days this was a family owned Canadian company. My Dad was good at what he did. He won many awards over the years as a top salesman. He would build a territory up and then he would be given a different territory and he would build it up as well. While he travelled a lot, he was home every night. I learned after he retired, he turned down multiple promotions over the years, because his priority was a stable environment for his family. The promotions would have meant he would have had to relocate he family.
In his early sixties my Dad took a major heart attack which meant he could no longer do the job he had been doing. He was so well respected, the president of the company, who knew my Dad on a first name basis, visited him in the hospital and promised the company would take care of him. “Canada Dry” created a new sales job for my dad, so he could return to work. When he retired from that position, a few years later, it took three men to do his job. My Dad was that good at what he did.
God works all things for good (Romans 8:28) in our lives as we trust Him. It was shortly after my Dad’s heart attack that he said YES to the relationship with God through His Son, Jesus. I am thankful and grateful God added about 25 more years to his life and my children got to grow up knowing the kind of man their grandpa was. We need more men who take their commitment to family seriously and demonstrate it on a daily basis. Happy Father’s Day, Dad! I love you!
After a particularly difficult day physically a couple of days ago, I was grateful to wake up feeling significantly better yesterday, so my wife and daughter both went to day two of the denomination meetings in Toronto. With no one but me monitoring my activity for the day, I decided to beginning pursuing a project I want to launch in the fall of this year.
In 2008 I spent the entire year dealing with the foundational basics of the Christian faith. I want to do this again, but this time seeking to apply the principles of The SEE Method of Living, using languaging which is current to today, while maintaining the truth of God’s Word. As I looked at some of the messages from more than a decade ago, I could see I was already seeking to apply some of those ideas. It provided me with a glimpse into how God has been working in my life to bring me to where I am today.
I took the time to read the annual report of the National Director of the denomination of which I have been a pastor for the last 45 years. This was only his second report and I was excited with what I read regarding his vision for the future. I understand that his report was written for a specific group of people, but at the same time it reminded my of my calling and challenge to SHIFT the mindset of people towards transformational freedom and expression through communicating the message of God’s Word in ways that people will listen, understand and apply.
There is great power inherently contained in God’s Word, but it can only be accessed and fully released through the Holy Spirit’s guidance. We must help others to understand the importance of ELEVATING our energetic conciousness/awareness. Until we do, we are responding to life like a car that is not running on all its cylinders. In fact we are limiting our God given potential unless we do.
I believe everyone desires to improve, or ENHANCE in some way, the quality of their life. Living our purpose and fulfilling our destiny is a valuable component to enjoying an enhanced quality of life. This is why it is so important that the foundational basics of faith and our relationship with God, through His Son Jesus need to be built out in ways that are understandable and compelling.
I am grateful for my restoration process that is now allowing me to again reconnect with my passion, purpose and destiny. Find out what yours is and pursue it with all your heart. Find your purpose, and fulfil it! Live out your destiny!
Our family is almost continuously in flexibly mode. I woke up in the night with a new set of challenges, I had not experienced to this point. I am not sure whether it was the result of something from the surgery, or because I climbed onto the riding mower a couple of times the day before. Once to get it started for the first time of the season and the second time when it needed to be started out in the back forty field. The trip to get to the mower for the second start was long and through grass that was literally under water and over uneven ground. I do not know if I pulled some muscles. We have also had a virus type of symptom that has gone through our household in the last week that manifests in muscles that let you know they are there. Maybe this was the cause.
Since my wife and daughter were to be away the whole day, we shifted gears and my daughter drove to the all day meeting while my wife stayed home. This provided an opportunity for me to have someone to keep an eye on me and for her to get some needed rest.
Then I woke up from an afternoon nap to the call that my wife’s computer was doing strange things. After some initial diagnostics I discovered her monitor had chosen that time to die. Pulling a monitor from another computer has her up and working again. This may not seem like much to you, but it felt good for me to have been able to trouble shoot and deal with this situation. I was able to help when it was my situation which caused all the changes in the day.
We will determine how tomorrow plays out, based upon how I feel overnight. Both my wife and daughter are to attend the out of town meetings again tomorrow. The call for flexibility does not go away, just because the day changes. How you adapt to change will determine what kind of a day you will have. It is important. Your flexibility determines the ultimate excellence of your life!
As I work my way through my surgery recovery, I have been more sensitive towards what I read on FB regarding the words which people use to describe their physical condition. I understand the whole concept about describing how we feel, at the same time I am aware of how often our feelings are not in alignment with the universal truths of God’s Word.
As Charles Capps mentions in his book, “The Tongue: A Creative Force,” far too often God’s people speak their feelings, rather than what the Word says about them. When we do we are speaking faith from a wrong perspective and invalidating what God says.
This is something I am continually working on. As individuals who have chosen to say YES to the relationship with God, through His Son, we have authority and power as His children through His Word. This does not mean we deny what may be happening in our body. Rather we deny the right for its existence in our body as we claim ownership of God’s authority in us.
If we give credence and power to the illness, sickness and disease through the words we use we deny the power of God to change the situation. This is a challenge for many of us and a lesson I must remind myself about as well.
What you think, believe, say and intend matters, because it impacts your actions which determine the outcomes in your life.
Yesterday it was determined that there would be an official anniversary celebration on June 30th. It was 45 years ago on that day that I began my pastoral ministry. There was an initial attempt by my wife and daughter to try to keep this event a secret, but since our family has always worked as a team, it was decided this would likely be our best option for this event as well.
If you have been blessed, benefited, or helped by any of the things our family has done over these years we would love to hear from you. While this is about me in a sense, I do not want it to be so. My wife has been an active part of everything that has happened over the years. She has always been a gifted pastor and preacher in her own right. From the very beginning we have worked as a team. When my son was home, he played an important role in what we did as a team. Our daughter is not only a gifted musician, but also highly capable in terms of technology and it is her gifts and talents that enable us to do the things we are currently doing. Please feel free to send cards, notes, emails, videos, testimonials as we will be collecting them for sharing on the special day. Go to BobMcLellan.com/anniversary for information and details on how you can participate.
We will also appreciate permission to share with others what you send, in order to help more people say YES to the relationship with God, through His Son Jesus and live their lives fully committed to Him.
June 30th will be my first Sunday back in the pulpit since my surgery. Yes there will be time to reminisce, but I will also be introducing a vision that will extend over the next 2 decades. For those who will be on location there will be a BBQ following the service and then a come and go desert gathering from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
The service will be live-streamed at: www.SayYestotheRelationship.com beginning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern. We will be on Face Book Live as well, but the schedule for this aspect has yet to be determined. More information will be forth coming.
I am thankful and grateful for the many people my life has interconnected with over the years and the various media through which this has happened. Blessings to each one of you. I hope you will connect with us and share in this celebration.