Monthly Archives: April 2013

Don’t party with those who are absent

photo by:  dadsdish.blogspot.com

photo by: dadsdish.blogspot.com

I simply love donuts!  They kind of resemble the spare tire I’ve attained over the year.

One of my most favorite donuts is the six-count box of powdered rasberry-filled by Hostess…..well, at least until they went out of business.  When I was a kid I would take money I earned from mowing lawns and buy myself a box.  This occured maybe once every two weeks.  I could normally eat an entire box in one day, all on my own!

Sometimes, however, I’d leave one in the box for breakfast the next day.  (I know…leave me alone)  Now, I’ll be honest with you.  On those mornings I would wake up and be pretty excited remembering that I had saved one for breakfast.

But it was just one!

I mean, it’s in a box that holds six…..but I only have one.  Do you think I focused all my attention  crying over the five that were missing?  Absolutely not!  (ok, maybe just a little)  But I fully enjoyed that ONE…..down to the last crumb!

I had a party with the one I had, not the five that were absent.

I had these thoughts come to me today in church.  (hey, give me a break)  My wife and I had the opportunity to share with our church family that the Children’s Ministry team was needing to expand a bit…by about 50 individuals.  I’m so thankful for a church that values and supports Children.

I wish I could tell you that we got our 50 additional team members…but we didn’t.  We did, however, make connections with a handful of very willing individuals who are excited to learn more about this ministry opportunity.

(this is where the donut illustration comes in nicely)

You see, we could have allowed the massive void of workers to overshadow the good people who God brought to our team.  It’s like that one last donut.  I had a party with that donut.  And we’re going to celebrate (in a big way) with those few new workers…..NOT focusing on who is missing.

So, what’s your donut?

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Oblivious to the work of Jesus?

TGIFstarsI took this picture while on a lunch date with my amazing wife today at TGI Fridays.  While we were eating I noticed two parents walk in with their little boy.  He looked to be about 3 years old.  The parents were conversing with the waiter and apparently oblivious to what was grabbing their son’s attention.  Do you see the three stars in this picture?  Well, he did!  With exhileration, he would point up and say, “There’s a star!”  Almost immediately, he would point across and say, “There’s another…and another!”

This child was totally immersed in noticing these exciting, new objects around him.  The adults, however, did not take note of his discoveries.  For them, these stars had simply blended in to the rest of their surrounding environment.

This 15 second event really caused me to think.  How often do I do this with the work of Jesus?  If I seriously take the time to closely examine the things going on around me, how much of Jesus’ activity do I gloss over because I’ve  allowed it to become camouflaged in the midst of a forest of ‘blah?’

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.   Jer. 29:13

Are you letting Jesus-stuff blend in…..becoming just blah?  How do you plan to remedy this?  How will you strive to see Him in the unseen today?

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‘UNsocial’ Media

photo by: erelations.info

photo by: erelations.info

According to Reuters, people are getting more rude and cutting relationships short on social media.

It was a good article, but……Duh!  Haven’t we all noticed this?

It’s not just teens who are breaking up with their boyfriends and girlfriends,  married adults are now leaning on Facebook and Twitter to hash out their arguements throughout the day.

So what’s the problem?

Whether online or via texting, anything short of ‘physical’ conversations dealing with conflict resolution is simply ineffective.  Tone of voice, facial expressions, pauses, emotions, etc. are all completely lost.  These are absolutely critical when communicating important relational matters.  We may type or text one thing, but it is interpreted in a completely different way.  We can take things online completely the wrong way, when most relational mishaps could probably be avoided entirely by simply waiting to talk it out in person.

The best part about this article was the last sentence, urging people to take their highly emotional conversations off-line.  Face to face discussions are always the best!

Do you agree?  What have been your experiences?

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That just doesn’t look right

“Hmm, that doesn’t look right.”  Have you ever looked at something and caught yourself saying this?  For example:

– Bigger individuals wearing clothes 3 sizes too small.  (and visa versa)

– A dog and cat playing together.

– Children playing in mud puddles in an open field…during a lightening storm.

Earlier today, I was on the highway and noticed a new Cadillac on the side of the road with the hazard lights flashing.  Next, I noticed the driver walking through the overgrown, grassy median.  He bent over and picked something up.  It was a blue, plastic storage bin (without the lid).  I watched closely as he shook it out and examined it briefly before carrying it back to his car…….the new Cadillac!

It just struck me as funny.  I actually chuckled out loud as I drove by.  This guy owns a $50,000 luxury car, and took time to pull off the highway to salvage a $6.00 plastic box.  It simply didn’t look right.  It didn’t fit.

You know what else doesn’t look right?

Christians who don’t behave like we should outside of Church.  (Ouch!)  And I am including myself in that statement.

– Cutting ahead of you in the parking lot to get the spot you’ve been waiting for (with your blinker on).

– Not letting someone with 2 items ahead of you at the checkout line when you have a full grocery cart.

– Insisting on ruining the barista’s shift because they didn’t make your mocha latte just right.

A.W. Tozer put it this way…

“As the excellence of steel is strength, and the excellence of art is beauty, so the excellence of mankind is moral character.”

As believers, may our character be observed as that of Christ…both in and outside of the Church.

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