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Some Good News in a Bad News World

We live in a world that is constantly hearing or reading bad news. Health crisis. Washington politics. Countries in despair. Human trafficking. Weather catastrophes. Only one Blockbuster Video store left in the world (Bend, Oregon … you go peeps, I still have my card).

So let’s hear some good news … from Birmingham, Alabama.

He has a regular work outfit for his job … sneakers, blue shirt, shorts, and a red cape. Yep, red cape, which he says makes him go faster. And his shirt has bold red letters emblazoned with “#ShowLove”. He has a title he prefers, “Superhero”, or even more, “President Austin”.

His campaign is to chase the bad guys out of the schools and to feed the homeless. I’d vote for that.

But he is only four. Yep, four years old. He hands out sandwiches and smiles to the homeless outside of Firehouse Ministries. He is greeted with smiles, high fives, and whips of hope. He reminds all, “don’t forget to show love.”

A Burger King gave Austin an allowance of $1000, for a year, to fulfill his feeding mission. The mayor of Birmingham said he is the city’s ambassador and is a story of hope.

A four year. One is never too young, or too old, or too busy, or too anything to not attempt at trying to make a difference in someone’s life. May his inspirational story get us busy.

So, what will you do today to show love?

You can read the article about President Austin here.

Follow up to yesterday’s about not making friends … I had two phone calls from friends … one called from work for a short catching up phone call, and the other called from the car and we talked for an hour and a half. Great fellowship while he drove back from Ohio. I think he used me to stay alert, but I’ll take it anyway I can get it. We also developed a volunteer job for his wife … she needs to #ShowLove too. (Kim, you’ll do great). Connect with someone today.

Scars Under the Skin

One of the more difficult types of scars to discuss, to deal with, and to heal are the internal scars – from an emotional or relational wound. The loss of a loved one, abuse, rejection, failure, broken dreams, broken promises, and more. Tomorrow I will close out this scars thread, but today, I want to share a great page I came across.

I am doing a new devotional from the ‘he reads truth’ series. It is the ‘mourning and dancing’ edition. This delves into the Lament Psalms … pretty good stuff. Today was how to talk with someone with an emotional scar of a loss. It is a page that is tender, kind, sensitive, and educational. I could retype it … but I will just attach this jpg. Copy it, put it in your phone cache, and use it. I have been on four ministerial degree programs … and I could’ve used this years ago … and today.

Be blessed …

It Was a Good Day

It was a good morning. This morning, I was honored to lead the Men’s Bible study with my Thursday morning group. The regular leader was in Louisville at conference. I was excited about this. I warned them I had not been behind the pulpit for a while so they should get comfortable because I was catching up!

ONE – It is good to be trusted. These guys had only known me a short while but they took a chance on me. What a great statement about the Christian family. We take chances for each other. We look for opportunities to help others use their gifts and talents for Kingdom work. What a great statement of trust in the family of God.

TWO – It is good to use my gift. I love to teach, to dig into the Word and share it with others, to challenge myself and others with Biblical application, and to see the Word come alive for life today. When the Spirit gave us gifts (which He does to every believer), He expects us to use them. What does it say when we know God gave us something and we just let it sit around?

THREE – It is good to be part of group, a fellowship of believers. I spent the first part of the hour in getting to know them better. It is great to be connected. We were created as relational beings and we need each other.

And FOUR – It is good to be challenged from the Word. We dug into 2 Corinthians 10.1-6 and looked at the principles of the spiritual battle going on in our mind. I encourage you to look at this text and dig in some. But something I often overlook when I dig into this text are the key components of Paul’s character.

Paul was being attacked. False teachers and others where coming against him. They came against him hard. He was defending his ministry. But how did he respond, what was the character of his defense – not with vengeance or anger.

I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!—  I beg of you that when I am present I may not have to show boldness with such confidence as I count on showing against some who suspect us of walking according to the flesh.

Paul responded with three basic characteristics – he was compassionate, he was courageous, and he was confident. These three qualities are described of Paul and they show how we too can respond in times of conflict and hardship. I can dig into these later, but space is limited here (and so is your time)

So the challenge to you (and to myself) …
… Who are you encouraging, trusting, and prodding to use their gifts for Kingdom work? (read Hebrews 10.24)
… How are you using the gift God gave you? (read 1 Corinthians 12.11)
… Who is your group, your posse, your peeps? We need them – and they need you! (read Hebrews 10.25)
… And, what truth has God challenged you with lately? (read Psalm 119.105)

These made my day a good day – it can to the same for you!

Theology of Waiting

I am not in control. You are not in control. When you look around, sometimes it seems nobody is in control. One way this shows itself is the inevitable truth that a lot of our life seems to be spent waiting. Waiting. Have you ever given this a passing thought – I mean more than just how annoying it is to wait on anything.

Here are just a few things I have observed in regards to waiting in recent days.
– I waited on the next shift to get to work so I can go home – for my shift to end. The clock just drags that last hour.
– Calvin and I waited for the Apple Event to see if there would be any new tech in the MacBook area. He was waiting before he bought his Air, to make sure a new one would not replace it in one week. And I was waiting for the day I would get my MacBook Pro back.
– I wait for my tax return.
– I lie in bed and wait for sleep to arrive.
– I saw FaceBook posts about people upset due to waiting in line at Disney World! Isn’t it the happiest place in the world? So shouldn’t waiting be part of the joy?
– I saw posts about waiting on job offers, babies to be born, vacations to start, and reports from the doctor.
– We wait on on computer and stare at that ‘loading’ icon.
– I wait in traffic, at Blue Goose for my tacos, at church for worship to start, at home for Lisa to get off work (and she waits for me to come home in the morning – for I always bring her coffee!), and so on.
– You may wait eagerly for each new day’s blog so you can see what I am going to say today. And thank you so much oh 30 great readers!

Enough!!! And these were without thinking hard. So I ponder, is there a theology in waiting. I am going to look at one aspect. Hebrews 9:28 says “so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” (ESV) We are to be eagerly waiting for Him.

I think this talks about a principle of our posture while we wait. Our posture – we can be waiting with one of two postures. We can be passively waiting (We are not in control, so I will sit back and just roll with it, not do anything while I wait.). Or we can be actively waiting. The word accompanying waiting is eagerly. It is a three part compound that talks about welcoming from and out of – a kind of staying busy with expectation for that time when He comes to set all things anew. An at the edge of your seat, getting all things ready, totally stoked and waiting is filled with excitement type of moment.

In the movie Fireproof, Kirk Cameron works hard to get his wife back and to restore the relationship. He does not sit back, he is not passive, but is actively working to that end. John Waller’s song ‘While I’m Waiting’ powerfully tugs on our emotions and emphasizes this with the lyrics …

I’m waiting
I’m waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I’m waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait
I will move ahead, bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience

While I’m waiting
I will serve You
While I’m waiting
I will worship
While I’m waiting
I will not faint
I’ll be running the race
Even while I wait

I do not want to waste time while I wait. I will serve, worship, and run the race. I will take this time to become better, to help others around me, and keep my eyes on Him. For I do believe someone is in control – and it is not me – it is Him. The theology of waiting is believing in the Sovereignty of God – HE IS IN CONTROL.

So – waiting. We all have to do it. Will you join me in serving, worshiping, and actively run the race while we wait? And remember, they that wait on the Lord shall renew their their strength, they shall mount up with with wings of eagles, they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Wait with me – and let’s serve Him together.

Extra Sep: website for muse video of Waller’s song … https://vimeo.com/3768562