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Let’s Fly!

Cars lined up.
Engines revving with every pump of the gas pedal.
His hands are gripped to the leather of the steering wheel; sweat seeping between his fingers.

The announcer comes over the loud speaker.
“Ready. Set.”
And then the sound of the starter pistol.

They’re off.  At speeds so fast it vibrates the cheeks of the drivers.

But not his.
He believes he has the slow car.  He didn’t realize his car had a super power under the hood.  He was playing it safe.  “Driving 35 with a rocket inside because he didn’t know what he had.”

That’s a line from Mercy Me’s newest song “Say I Won’t”.  It’s basically about not living life to the fullest because the devil makes us believe we can’t when really we can.  He makes us believe we aren’t enough when Jesus says we are enough!  He makes us think we can only go 35 when in reality we’ve got the rocket Spirit of God inside helping us live life to the fullest.

The song goes on to say, “While I’ve been waiting to live, My life’s been waiting on me.”
I don’t want to wait to live life anymore.  I’m tired of worrying about tomorrow and wondering what could have been yesterday.  I’m taking this song to heart.

 

Chorus:  “I’m gonna run
No, I’m gonna fly
I’m gonna know what it means to live
And not just be alive
The world’s gonna hear
‘Cause I’m gonna shout
And I will be dancing when circumstances drown the music out
Say I won’t.”

I dare you, devil.  Say I won’t.  Because I will!

Let today be the day we start to live for Jesus.  Look for JOY.  Look for blessings.  Look for ways to share what He has done for you.  Don’t mope.  Don’t pout.  Don’t be lazy.  LIVE.

It’s time.  Don’t let anyone say you won’t.  Kick the devil to the curb and let’s start living life with purpose.  No reason to worry when we let God lead the way!

I’m going to.  What about you?

Come on.  Get in.  We’re gonna fly!

Friday. Saturday. Sunday.

It’s Saturday.
 
The day after Good Friday and the day before Easter.
 
If we think about this day over 2,000 years ago it was one of the saddest and heart-wrenching days ever. I think about the friends of Jesus and how sad they were because I, too have experienced the death of friends.
 
I think about the siblings of Jesus and their sadness because I have experienced the loss of a sister.
 
And then I think about the mother of Jesus. The sick, sad, gut-wrenching pain she felt. Fortunately I have never lost a child but the sickness, grief and empathy I feel for Mary as the mother of Jesus almost paralyzes me.
 
The day after the crucifixion and the day before the resurrection had to be horrible. Just an awful “Saturday” of grief!
 
BUT they didn’t really understand that Sunday was coming. They didn’t really know what the day after Saturday really meant; how that day after Saturday would change the entire world forever.
 
That’s why this Saturday in 2021, I have hope. I have peace. I have salvation- a relationship with the risen Lord. Yes RISEN.
 
He is alive and during this season when we remember the sacrifice and the grief and the sadness, we also remember the resurrection, the hope and the promise of eternity in heaven.
 
If you don’t have this peace or understand the hope that I reference, I would love to share it with you. Jesus is Alive and this promise of eternity makes this Saturday a day of celebration because we know that Sunday is coming!!

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.  🙂