Have you seen the Nationwide commercial starring Peyton Manning? If not, I’ve attached a link for you to watch.
If you’ve read my previous posts, you know that I am a huge Peyton Manning fan. Not only because I believe he is the best quarterback of all times – ever and ever – but because I believe he is a great guy who values family, faith, friends and hard work ethic. He has done many charitable things for a lot of organizations including Make-A-Wish Foundation for which I am a volunteer.
This commercial shows Peyton not being able to get the Nationwide jingle out of his head. I thought about how many different words we can put in that jingle:
*Nationwide is on your side.
*Chocolate cake just tastes so good.
*Exercise is not for me.
*Shopping in the mall is fun.
*I love good times with my friends.
And then I started thinking about how we could sing jingles with spiritual words:
*Jesus Christ is on my side.
*Noah built a big ole ark.
*Jonah said the whale is huge.
*Peter walked across the pond.
*David killed the giant dead.
Now that you’ve got that annoying jingle stuck in your head all day, I hope it gives you reason to look for the spiritual things in the everyday jingles of life! HAPPY JINGLING!!
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Our church is participating in a journey called Pray 31. The purpose of this initiative is for Christians to pray for America with a strategic purpose across the land. As I was reading the pamphlet in preparation for the prayer journey, I was moved by how much prayer can accomplish. I pray all the time, both asking for things and thanking God for things. I pray for our country’s leadership sometimes but as I read the pamphlet to prepare for this challenge, I realized how little I do pray for our country, our states and our local governments and the leaders in those governing bodies.
As I sat in church yesterday, I was reminded of how many people are suffering with their health. Of those listed on our prayer list in the bulletin, there were EIGHT who were suffering from cancer. While dealing with some other issues in prayer last night, I received a call from a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer.
I was just thinking about the world’s fascination with the British Royal Family. We watch every move they make. Tabloids report made-up information and “real media” report on the craziest of details – like what kind of jeans Kate Middleton is wearing to the park!
But we soak it all in. We want to read more and more about the Royal family to see when they will have their next child and what they name it. We want to see where they travel and what charities they support and the everyday people they help. We want to know where they get their clothes and if they are available to “normal” people.
I admit that I am fascinated with the British Royal family as well. I got up at 4 a.m. when I was in high school to watch Princess Diana come down the aisle with her magnificent wedding dress that included a 25-foot train. I went to the display of Princess Diana’s life in Cincinnati a few months ago and I have picture books from her life showing all of her different hats and outfits and fun times with her sons. I read the internet stories about Kate and Prince William and their fairytale lives.
The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration but its donation. – Corrie Ten Boom
When we donate to a worthy cause we are doing it to make a difference to someone. I think about all the opportunities our family has had to donate to organizations over the years such as:
Operation Christmas Child
Bucket Buddies Mission
Riley Children’s Hospital
Ronald McDonald House
Angels of Giving
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
Just to name a few…….