Remember the commercial for Coca Cola years ago that had a kid giving Mean Joe Green a Coke and the phrase was “Have a Coke and a Smile?” The kid smiled at the massive football player, gave him a Coke and then the man, who never smiled, smiled back!
The Twelve Days of Kindness challenge today is simple. SMILE at someone!
It may seem a little awkward or a little weird at first, but make eye contact with someone you meet and SMILE. You can say “Good Morning” or “Merry Christmas” or “Have a good day”! But just watch people’s reaction change into a SMILE.
And if you do this all day…………you won’t be able to wipe the SMILE off your face!
I like a plan. I like to know where I’m going and where I will end up. Sometimes I even ask how a movie ends to decide whether or not I’m going to waste time watching it. I like to know the plan.
The problem with wanting to know the plan is that if the plan goes off course, it shakes me up a bit! However, believe it or not (even with what appears to an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) I like spontaneity, too! So if Plan A doesn’t work out, then I’m okay to go with Plan B. I like change and improvement – but I like to know why and where we’re going with Plan B.
So you can imagine when my Plan A and my Plan B don’t go as I imagined, that I start feeling a little uneasy and then need to figure out Plan C. But I’m learning through my Christian life that I can have a plan ALL THE WAY TO PLAN Z and if God’s plan is different, my plan doesn’t matter.
God’s plan will always win out. No matter how I try to control it and end up messing it up. His plan is better. His plan is bigger. His plan is more exciting. His plan is the best.
Ephesians 1:11(a) – In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.
So when you feel like things are just not going according to plan, then lay down the plan and pick up the cross! God’s got this!!
One of my favorite movies is The Santa Clause, starring Tim Allen who played Scott Calvin. The background of the story is that the real Santa falls off of the roof of Scott Calvin’s house and then “disappeared” leaving only the Santa suit behind and since Scott put on the suit he became the real Santa. He and his son, Charlie, rode Santa’s sleigh to the North Pole and had a great experience with all the elves on Christmas Eve. They woke from their sleep at the North Pole to be back at their home with a year to prepare for the next Christmas when he would be the real Santa. Scott was in denial but his son knew the truth and tried to convince his dad. When all else failed, he threw the snow globe he had received from the head elf to his dad to look into and reflect on their experience so that he would realize he was the real Santa.
When Charlie threw the snow globe to his dad, he said in frustration, “REMEMBER!” As the story goes, when Scott Calvin looked into the snow globe he remembered his experience and knew that he was the real Santa!
I think about that scene a lot when Charlie yelled, “REMEMBER” as he threw his dad the snow globe.
I think there are times when God wants to yell “REMEMBER” to us! Read More
If I asked you “Who matters most to you” what would you say? Your spouse? Your children? Your parents? Your friends?
Do they know it? Do you show it?
Sometimes we live as if our relationships don’t matter today because those people who matter most to us are always going to be there and we can take time to show them that we care sometime in the near future but today we need to get extra hours in at work. Or we have Monday night football to watch.
Why do we wait until people are dead to send them flowers? Why don’t we compliment others while they are alive instead of waiting to tell others how great someone was during a eulogy? Read More
The other day I saw a nest of 3 baby birds. I got the binoculars out just so I could watch them. They were asleep for a while. Then they woke up chirping and opening their mouths because they were hungry. Pretty soon the momma bird came over with some worms to feed them. The momma bird seemed to stay around to protect them after they were awake until they settled down in a peaceful state again.
It reminded me of how we are a lot like those baby birds in our lives. We seem to be going through life peacefully and then some sort of problem comes our way and wakes us from that peace. We cry out to the Lord and he comes over with some spiritual food to help us. It’s at this time when we need scripture reading, prayer and worship time to help get us through the tough times. Read More
I watched it twice and both times it made me smile; then made me tear up; then made me want to have a friendship like that with an elderly person; then made me want to have a friendship like that with a child.
Casting Crowns has a song titled “Jesus Friend of Sinners”. I thought it was just another contemporary Christian song with a catchy little tune. But then I really listened to the words and it struck a cord with me.
The chorus and bridge are the words that really hit me hardest. Listen to the whole song when you have time but I want to focus on the words from the chorus and the bridge below:
Oh Jesus friend of sinners Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers Let our hearts be led by mercy Help us reach with open hearts and open doors Oh Jesus friend of sinners break our hearts for what breaks yours
Nobody knows what we’re for only what we’re against when we judge the wounded What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and loved like You did
How many times have we pointed our fingers and judged people? How many times do we picket against something instead of STAND UP FOR something? In Matthew 7:1-2 Jesus says, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
NO REGRETS! I just saw a picture of a tattoo that went all the way down a persons’ arm that said “NO REGRETS”. When I think about that saying, I think about no limits and not being afraid and working to accomplish my dreams. I think about looking at opportunities given to me and taking them and trying new things and being free-spirited and happy. Read More