How do you know if something is good or bad? If it real or a fake imitation? We find proof one way or another. I know a good donut because I have tasted it or had a reference from someone whom I trust his or her judgment and skill. Encountering something helps me to determine the truth.
A couple of weeks ago, we discussed Peter’s restoration by Jesus Christ after Christ had been resurrected. Peter in John 13:37 declared “I will lay down my life for you.” Words are easy to proclaim in some moments when the reality of what they really mean are not before us. Have you ever said “I will do something…” or “I will never do…” and then in a moment when this reality is before us and the reality of those words paled in comparison to the truth, you end up doing the opposite of what you said you would do? Most of us, if we are real, would say we have been at this place more than we care to confess. You and I are more like Peter than we realize.
I was listening to the radio the other day and the song came on the radio “It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” This is a Christmas classic song that we all know and probably sing. Yet, I found myself asking what does Christmas look like? The first two verses say:
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go
Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in every store
But the prettiest sight to see, is the holly that will be
On your own front door
Is this really what Christmas looks like? Maybe this is how it looked back a few years ago, but what about today? Does it look like Santa Clause? Does is it look like Christmas lights, trees and displays? Does Christmas look like “Black Friday” or “Cyber Monday”? I think the answer to this question depends on who you ask and their life perspective. So what does “It is beginning to look a lot l...
When I was in Hawaii this summer, I got to go to the beach and play in the water and the waves. Though I may be nearly 50 (yikes), put me on a beach with waves and sand and I turn into a little kid. I could stay in the water all day long. The joy and exhilaration of feeling the power and refreshment of the waves brings such life to me.
While in Kauai, we found this great beach with soft, clean sand and waves that were big enough to challenge your ability to stand, but would not sweep you out to the ocean. It is always good to know this difference. It did not take me long to get into the water and position myself to take the power of the wave. My feet were firmly planted on the sand and my leg muscles tensed up to brace against the fury of the waves. Generally, I was able to stand the impact of the waves and not be moved. However, the challenge of standing in sand was the waves would move the sand around my feet so I constantly had to reposition my feet. There were a few times I thought...
In early June, my son, Josiah, and I went to Six Flags Great America in Chicago to ride roller coasters for the day. The day was cool and the crowd was light - it was going to be a good day. In case you are wondering, I did like coasters - at least when I was younger. Yet shortly after riding three or four roller coasters that day, I realized that my body had changed over the years, and I was not responding so well to being upside down, inside out, over, under, twisting and turning. As I consider this, I am asking myself “ Why are you surprised that you did not feel so good?” After all, given what a roller coaster does to your body, it is a wonder that anyone gets off feeling normal! The problem that day was that I was not the only one to take into consideration! Josiah was with me, and his body was only being stimulated by these rides. He was ready for more and more!
After the fourth or fifth ride, I began to wonder how in the world I was going to make it through this day! Maybe you h...
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