What’s the Use?

Have you ever asked yourself that question?  “What’s the use?”

You pick up the house and in 15 minutes the kids have dragged toys everywhere.
You do the dishes only to find more stacked in the sink.
You wash and fold the towels, only to find the hamper full again.

Or maybe it’s outside of the home that you ask the question.
Maybe you are trying to be kind to the office grouch and he’s still grouchy.
You allow someone in front of you in line and don’t receive a “thank you”.
You help your kids with a project and they disobey you later.

It may all seem to be for nothing but I’m here to tell you that you can’t give up!  WE can’t give up. In Galatians 6:9, Paul encourages the Galatians:  “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

The people were getting discouraged back in Bible times just like we get discouraged today. But think about this:

What if the doctors stopped doctoring?
Or if the teachers stopped teaching?
Or if the preachers stopped preaching?
Or if the volunteers stopped volunteering?
Or the parents stopped parenting?
Or the fire fighters stopped fighting fires and the 9-1-1 personnel stopped responding?

Everyone can make a difference.  E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E!

So when it looks like your compliment to the sales clerk or your extra tip to the waitress or your card to the teacher or your pat on the back to the weary mom doesn’t matter, keep on going.  Never grow tired of doing good.  Because everyone matters.  Big deeds or small deeds.  They all matter.

Never grow weary of doing good because we will, one day, reap the harvest.

We really can change the world, one act of kindness at a a time.  Now come on…..let’s go change the world.

Is It Time To Forgive Tom Brady?

WOW!  For those of you who know me – even a tiny bit – know my dislike for Tom Brady.  And for those of you who don’t know me……well now you know.

But as silly as it seems, God has been working on my “almost hatred-like feelings” toward that man.

In my Bible study this morning, Priscilla Shirer asked the reader to think about Sensitivity – specifically sensitivity to taking offense by actions or words from others.  Sensitivity is one of the key ways Satan traps believers in his web of deception.

And wallowing in being offended can cause negative feelings such as jealousy, outrage, hatred and anger to name just a few.  And yes, overcoming those feelings is a MUST as we strive to become more like Jesus every day.

The devil loves it when we let those little things affect us.  He loves it when we get angry and create unrest and chaos in our environment.

Confession time – just the words “Tom Brady” bring out the anger in me.  🙂

I probably am jealous and outraged at his success.  And as much as I hate to admit it, his story is actually remarkable:  he was backup quarterback on his JV team in high school.  He was backup in college and backup in the pros.  But when given a chance, Brady said he had to be ready so that he could show he should never go back to being a backup.  And he certainly did that.

He doesn’t make it easy to like him, that’s for sure.  He yells at his teammates, throws his helmet, is arrogant and was a member of the most-hated of the 32 teams in the NFL until this year.

But I saw a different side of him when he golfed in the charity event with Tiger, Peyton and Phil (no last names needed) and again in an episode of Peyton’s Place on ESPN+.

I know it’s silly but the awful feeling that stirs inside of me at just the site or the name of Tom Brady is something I do not like.  It’s the dumbest thing.  Tom Brady doesn’t know or care but the anger and chaos it causes me affects my mood and my attitude.

So, thanks to Priscilla Shirer’s Bible study, I find it time to grow up.  Time to forgive Tom Brady for something he never even knew he did.  Time to LET IT GO and not allow anger and jealousy and hatred to rise up inside of me.

Yes, my friends who know me well……..sit down.  I am moving past the anger and ill feelings toward Tom Brady.  Pride was clouding my view.  He will still NEVER be the Greatest of All Time (GOAT) in my book but he can certainly share the row with Peyton.  🙂

What Can We Do With Our Little Hands & Feet?

Did you ever stand on your daddy’s or mommy’s feet when you were little, holding their hands and allowing them to walk you around the room?
 
Maybe you were outside, and their feet guided your little feet around the playground. Or maybe you were on a dance floor and your dress shoes fit perfectly on top of theirs as they swayed to the beat of the music. Or maybe it was just barefoot to barefoot around the couch in the living room.
I remember doing those guided steps with our girls when they were little. Giggles would erupt as we took bigger steps than their normal stride all the while lifting their little bodies with our feet and guiding their arms back and forth in clasped hands.
 
They felt safe in our grip. They were giddy with excitement not really knowing where we were taking them, and they loved the fact that we were in control of their next step.
 
I was just thinking about those fun times this morning as I reflected on our church’s mission statement of Being the Hands and Feet of Jesus.
 
If we think about this same childhood concept of standing on our parents’ feet and turn it to allowing Jesus to direct our paths and open doors for us to have opportunities to show love to others, how exciting it will be to get to be the hands and feet of Jesus!
 
He may lead us to help our neighbor buy groceries so they don’t have to go out during the pandemic.
 
He may guide us to take dinner to the overworked healthcare provider who lives in our neighborhood.
 
He may give us the privilege of buying needed items for the domestic violence or homeless shelters in our community or send cards to residents in the local nursing home.
 
He may stir up excitement in us to deliver coffee and donuts to the police and fire departments down the street or pass out a single carnation to nurses as they leave the hospital.
 
I don’t know what cool things He may have in store for us to do, but what I do know is that He can stir up the excitement of a child in our hearts if we take each opportunity to act as the hands and feet of Jesus.
 
Let’s start today by asking Him to show us where His feet are leading ours.

Give A Little Gift!

It’s Giving Tuesday!

If you are looking for a worthy cause in which to donate, I invite you to consider Bucket Buddies Mission.  This is the non-profit we created in honor of my sister who passed away from cancer in 2014.

Bucket Buddies is designed to make a difference to children who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses by providing them with buckets of goodies.  In light of Covid, it has been difficult to get buckets to the hospitals but we have found creative ways to ship gifts to the child advocates who help distribute them to the children.

We have also expanded our mission statement to include nursing homes during this rough time of residents not being able to visit with family.  Our recent shipment to a skilled nursing facility in Michigan where our daughter is a physical therapist brought a smile to residents when they received the gifts of cards, word search books, puzzles and coloring books.

If you find it in your heart to give to this cause, we would appreciate it.  You may donate here.

Thank you for considering giving back a bit of what you have been given.