When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 As a child, we would go to our Uncle Bob’s house. We loved playing with our cousins and being there, but they had a dog that loved to chase us. Chase with intent to harm. Uncle Bob told us repeatedly to stand our ground and not run (really?) because dogs can sense fear and they respond to it in an aggressive way. I never quite got the hang of that idea, but I trusted that my uncle was telling me the truth and would take care of me. … Continue reading Afraid? Just Stand Still!?!?
The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. Deuteronomy 28:13 One day at work, kids were playing basketball, using street rules. There was no referee to call fouls and keep the game running smoothly and so the game didn’t run smoothly. A co-worker suggested that they just play for fun and that way they wouldn’t have winners and losers. One older boy immediately responded, … Continue reading Oh, No, There Will Be Losers
I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus. I John 2:12 One day a group of friends were playing basketball as they do every morning. And, as sometimes happens, words were spoken that could have divided not only the team, but friendships, as well. I ended the game and allowed tempers to cool and then began the work of peace-making. Most of the words were spoken to or about one boy, a boy they have all enjoyed, a boy who was reduced to tears over their behavior. I reminded them that … Continue reading Forgiven
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 15:57 A young boy I work with named Anthony was playing Extreme Spoons with a group of kids, mostly older ones. This game is one I made up by tweaking the card game Spoons. In this version, the spoons are arranged at the far side of the gym and the kids have to run to get them after discovering that someone has gotten a book of four matching cards. Ordinarily, the spoons would be set on the table in front of them. There … Continue reading Extreme Spoons
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 Kids at work the other day asked me if I had been a hippie. I don’t know what brought up that discussion; I just walked into it. I asked if they knew what a hippie was and they did not, so I tried explaining to them what that movement had been about. I felt it wise to leave out sex and drugs … Continue reading Peace, Love and…
Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. Galatians 6:4 Maria* is a wonderful little girl I had the opportunity to get to know last summer at work. She is 6 years old and an EXTREME PERFECTIONIST! Over a period of weeks, she made this cross out of coiled magazine pages. This is a difficult process for a kid especially a 6 year old. Many times, she wanted to throw it away and start over and many times I … Continue reading But Hers Is Better
For I believe God. Acts 27:25 Traversing from point A to point B should be easy enough. Should be, but we all know that this straight-line trajectory isn’t always so easy. Even with GPS, we can still find ourselves heading the wrong way. Sometimes detours are just a misunderstanding of directions and other times the path is blocked by things beyond our control. Detours happen. Unannounced, unplanned, unwarranted. This happened to Paul and the people on board the ship with him when they encountered a storm so terrible it “blotted out the sun and the stars, until at last … Continue reading Detour Ahead
A Special Secret I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation … Philippians 4: 12 Paul didn’t have a particularly easy life. The trajectory of his life may not have gone the way he planned. Maybe he thought following Christ would make his life easier. I mean, don’t we think that at times? Paul was in jail as he wrote this letter, facing probable death if he wasn’t released. He could have twiddled his thumbs, he could have slept the day away, complained, grumbled, started riots or felt sorry for himself or gotten angry at God and indignant … Continue reading A Special Secret