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Thursday; June 21

As I was boarding a plane the other day I was reminded of the value of “orderliness”.Can you imagine what would happen if scores of people rushed to try to be the first ones on the plane as soon as the boarding doors opened?There would be fist-fights to determine who got the First Class seats, brawls over who got the overhead space and a general bottleneck as everyone tried to crowd onto the boarding ramp.It would be chaos and the idea of on-time departures or arrivals would be mere fantasy!The airlines realize the value of an orderly boarding process, so beginning with the fare structure of buying seats all the way through the ticketing process and even zone seating there is a plan that makes schedules possible and travelers manageable. As I thought about structure and planning I got to thinking about God’s design and creation of the world.Something so wonderful and as orderly as our universe couldn’t have just happened – there had to be Someone guiding the process.The beginning of th…

Wednesday; June 20

Last week Jeane and I had the opportunity to visit Whitehall, the Henry Flagler Museum on Palm Beach, Florida.I have been to a lot of museums and historic houses, but I have to tell you that what Flagler accumulated is impressive.Not only did he have an incredible amount of money, he also acquired a lot of impressive stuff.If you get a chance to stop by and see how the REALLY rich people live, it is worth the price of admission. While I was impressed by the “stuff” in the house, the thing that made the biggest impact on me may have been the iguana that was sunning on the lawn.Basking in the glory of opulence was an invasive species – an interloper – that was clueless to what all this stuff was suppose to mean to us humans.He didn’t pay to enter the grounds and while we walked around drooling at the possessions, he was relishing the impeccably manicured grass. As I thought about the lizard on the lawn it got me to thinking about what is really important.Sure, Flagler was wealthy, but wha…

Tuesday; June 19

Last week I made a statement that I had made many times fully believing that what I said was accurate.  In fact, it had been a go-to comment I used to show my knowledge and make light of the ignorance of others.  The problem is that I was wrong and Jeane called me on it.  After getting a bit miffed at her, I did some research and found out that she was right and I was wrong – and had been wrong often and for a long time.  At first I was embarrassed by my error, but the longer I thought about it, the more I began to learn about me and the situation.  First, it dawned on me that not everything I had learned in the past was necessarily correct.  I need to make sure that I take the time to investigate what I am told to make sure it is accurate.  While this might be important in my social and educational life, it is vital in my spiritual beliefs.  I was reminded of Luke’s comments about the Christians in Berea who were, “… more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the…

Monday; June 18

While on vacation last week I opened my car door and struck the mirror/turn signal on the vehicle next to me.  As I looked at the other vehicle I found a minor scratch on the turn signal lens which I may (or may not) have caused.   Now, here is where my story gets personal – what should I do?  I wish that I could say that I came to a quick and decisive decision, but I don’t want to add lying to the mix.  I thought about walking away because, after all, there wasn’t substantial damage (if any), but then words like integrity, civility and neighborly came to mind.  At this point the emotional challenge wasn’t as much about “was I going to get caught” or “am I civilly liable for the damage” as much as it was “what was the most right thing to do”.   Again, I would love to be able to say that I immediately took the highest ground, but it took me some emotional processing to get to where I felt comfortable leaving a note on the car.  Sure, had there been immediately visible damage,…

Friday; June 15

I love my granddaughters for so many reasons, but one of the most tangible is because they help me to focus.It is easy for me to get so used to doing what I do and saying what I say without giving it a second thought, but often they reel me back in by making me explain what I do and what I say.Take, for example, the other day I was talking about someone being ornery and one of the girls asked, “Grandpa, what does it mean to be ornery?”.Try explaining that to a youngster without using phrases such as “crabby”, “crusty” or an “old coot”!I struggled to explain what ornery meant and I am not sure that they really understood much better after I attempted to define it.Then, several days later, I think I came across the definition of being ornery – one from the Bible.The Wise King wrote, “Do not contend with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm.” (Proverbs 3:30) – that is just flat being ornery.Orneriness is being adversarial without cause.It is fussin’ and fuedin’ for no good rea…

Thursday; June 14

When we look at our nation’s flag, what do we see?Over the last few years, the most common answer might be controversy.In too many places our flag has come to represent battle grounds of rights, disparity and injustice.The banner that was designed to unite a nation is viewed by some as a symbol of division.While this might be what society sees in the stars and stripes, when I look at it, I see something different.I see a call to become a nation of freedom and equality – a blending of all types of people and opinions into something that can become truly special.Yet, for us to reach the potential represented by Old Glory, we have to be willing to work together. As I got to thinking about this on Flag Day, I was drawn to a spiritual song that says “His banner over us love”.I did a little research and found that this phrase comes from Song of Solomon 2:4, “He has brought me to his banquet hall, and his banner over me is love.”.In this wonderful love story we are told that one person felt e…

Wednesday; June 13

What would you do if Warren Buffet asked you to be on His personal board of advisors?  How would you respond if this man of incredible wealth and insight asked you to be a part of his closest team – would you do it ... would you even be willing to do it for free?  There are certain things that we would be willing to do just because of the honor of being asked and the experience gained in the process. When we think about being servants of God, what comes to mind – the bondage of servitude or the blessing of working in harmony with the Lord God?  Do we feel compelled to do His bidding or do we relish the chance to be a part of the good that is being done by the Author and Perfecter of goodness?   Yes, there are things we are supposed to do as children of God, but how much better would we feel and how much more would we do if we looked at our good deeds as being done in partnership with God?  In a sense, being God’s servants comes with a tidy reward (an eternal life with Him), but it woul…