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Monday; September 24

Last March, Cassandra Warren was sending out invitations to her wedding in June.  As has happened to many of us through the years, she misaddressed one of the envelopes.  A few days later the invitation was returned with a $20 bill and this note, “I wish I knew you – this is going to be a blast.  Congratulations – go have dinner on me.  I’ve been married for 40 years – it gets better with age.”.           We live in a world where orneriness, social distrust and emotional distance seems to get all the attention.  Stories of rude people doing unspeakable things to each other seem to be what gets all the attention – not just in the media, but around the water cooler, too.  As I read this story, two things came to mind:  First, there are still good people out there doing good things.  Second, I need to be more like those good people.  Rather than being inconvenienced by someone’s mistake, I should be more willing to offer both forgiveness and assistance.  Rather than going out of…

Friday; September 21

Are you a minister?Some who read this question can answer in the affirmative without giving it much thought because they are “paid preachers” who have taken on the title “Minister”.Honestly; however, I am not talking about them, I am talking about all of us.Are we ministers?It is easy to get bogged down in titles, but this question has more to do with lifestyle than profession.Are we actively involved in the Lord’s work – especially serving our fellow man?We need more ministers in the world!Sure we can always use more good people who are called to work fulltime with our congregations, but beyond that we need people who are just willing to work. One of the challenges with finding people who are willing to minister is the impression that ministry involves being a graduate of some religious institution.The truth is that it isn’t the degree that matters, it is the pedigree that makes us special.Peter called on all believers to make a difference by reminding them, “But you are a chosen rac…

Thursday; September 20

A few days ago I had the chance to help Jeane out with a project at her place of employment.My job was to stand next to the Research Vessel (an 81’ boat) and help people get on and off the boat from the dock.Since I enjoy interacting people and being around water I was in hog heaven!When people would walk up I would invite them onto the boat, offer them assistance getting on and off the vessel and wish them well as they went on with the rest of their day.As I thought about my role that day I realized something – if people wanted the help I was happy to assist them, but if they didn’t want my assistance, I wouldn’t take it personally.I would stay close by and watch to make sure they were safe, but didn’t interfere unless they needed (and wanted) help. As I pondered this, it gave me a new perspective on Galatians 6:2, “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”.Paul doesn’t demand that we do anything for people, rather our goal is to be there if/when t…

Wednesday; September 19

The other day we had some problems with our email account and I ended up having to change my password.While that sounds rather easy, since I have email on several devices it ended up taking several steps to get everything synched.As I thought through this process I got to thinking about how we go through a lot of effort to keep our private things private and secure.We live in a dangerous world where our well-being is at risk and we have to be on top of our game to make sure we are protected. Do we take as much effort to protect our hearts and minds as we do to protect our email, documents and bank accounts?When we encounter immorality, hatred, greed and discouragement we put our spiritual selves at risk.We have to be as vigilant in protecting our spirit as we do our stuff.When Jesus prepared His disciples for some impending challenges He warned them, “Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that d…

Tuesday; September 18

What did you want to be when you grew up?For me, it was probably a toss-up between a major league baseball player, astronaut or professional skin-diver like Mike Nelson (in Sea Hunt).There comes a point in time when maturity takes over and our focus becomes a bit more realistic.For some of us, when this kicks in we begin to look close to home for our mentors and role models.Many young men start to watch their fathers and consider following in their footsteps.Often, young ladies, will consider the paths their mothers took – whether as a stay-at-home mom or in a career path outside the family.Sure, other people can (and will) have an influence on our lives, but for a period of time the influence of our parents is felt. Have we ever given much thought to the way our Heavenly Father can influence our labors?No, we won’t be able to follow in God’s footsteps as Creator and Sustainer of the universe, but we might learn about how to live our lives from Him.When the Apostle John considered mank…

Monday; September 17

Ron Howard is one of those names that most people know in one way or another.  Some might remember him as Opie Taylor on the Andy Griffith Show, others may have connected with him in American Graffiti or Happy Days and some of the younger set might recall his work as a director.  His life and influence have shown up in many types of media.  The other day I was reading some quotes by him and came across an interesting one, “I'm lucky in a lot of ways. And in my family life, my home life, is where I count myself the luckiest.”  Here is a man who has a lot of money and a ton of accomplishments, but one of the ones at the top of his list is his family.           How much do we value our families?  It is easy to feel a connection to our jobs or our social affiliations, but do we appreciate what we have in our families?  Sure, being a good husband, wife, mother, father or child can be a struggle, but it is one that is well worth the effort.  We might have a chance to make a name…

Friday; September 14

There sure seems to be a lot of news about protesting recently.Whether its major professional sports stars protesting what they feel to be social injustices, political advocates protesting potential appointees, consumers protesting advertising campaigns or a number of other things, people are taking stands for what they believe.Now, before we go any further, I am not going to offer an opinion on any of these particular incidences, but I am going to make a generic comment:if we are going to take a stand on something we had better be willing to accept the consequences.We are blessed to live in a nation where we can openly express our dissatisfaction, but just because we have the freedom to voice our opinion doesn’t mean that we are immune from having to pay a price for our beliefs.Convictions have consequences – so before we take a stand, we’d better understand that not everyone will agree with us and some people might respond to the stand we take. As I thought about today’s protestors I…