In honor of school starting next week, I thought I’d post something … academic(?).
Molly Jane, who just turned 7, sometimes gets a little too smart for her own good. Not long ago, apparently I had been watching sports longer than she deemed wise. Because all of a sudden she was standing in front of me and holding out the BrainQuest game. I took it, a little confused, and said, “What is this for?” She tossed her beautiful red hair and replied (smugly), “You always say if we watch too much TV it’ll make our brains not very smart.”
I think she was insulting me.
And, in a more profound way, she was loving me. Helping me out. She didn’t want me to have a not very smart brain. And she was willing to take on sports to try to get through to me.
When was the last time you loved someone enough to encourage them to stop wasting time and start doing the right thing? It takes courage, and I’m so glad my Molly Jane has it. Do you?
I’ve written about Rich Mullins before. He was an amazing song writer, singer, and follower of Jesus. His music continues to impact me nearly every day.
One song that smacked me around a little the other day is called “What Trouble are Giants”. In this song, Rich tells the story of David, the “scrawny little shepherd” going out to fight the “record-breaking mammoth of a man Who was a killing machine”. The line that got me says David left Saul’s armor “by the river, where he gather five smooth stones. I guess it’s safe to say he figured, he wasn’t going out alone.”
Man, what faith! I always assumed David got the extra stones for back-up. Rich saw it a different way. He knew that David’s “back-up” was going out onto the battlefield with him. The final line of the song – David wasn’t scared “‘Cause he was smart enough to know It’s more the size of who you put your faith in Than the size of your foe.”
I put my faith in so many dumb things – as if 5 smooth stones can win any battles. Oh, how I need to learn from David: “I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel.” And from Rich: “When you’re fighting for Zion And you’re on the Lord’s side I think you’re gonna find [Giants] ain’t no trouble at all. They ain’t no trouble at all.”
What “giant” do you need to stop battling with stones and come against in the name of the LORD Almighty?
Our church is almost half-way through the One Month to Live Challenge, and it has been an interesting experience. I’ll be honest, I am not getting all the way into the “gimmick” of telling myself I only have __ days to live. I even put a countdown in my calendar (18 days left, as of today), and it still isn’t doing it for me. But I will tell you this – even without the “gimmick”, there is some REALLY GOOD STUFF in here. Whether or not I have 18 days left to live, I needed this challenge to live passionately. I am realizing that instead of accomplishing the dreams and goals God has put in my heart – things I SAY I CARE about, I have a list of excuses and a number of TV shows I know too much about.
The tag-line of this One Month to Live Challenge is “Thirty days to a no-regrets life”. While I am nothing-but-lucky to not have too many huge mistakes that actively cause painful regrets, I don’t want to end up with the passive regrets of being “comfortable” all my life and missing out the amazing joy that comes from passionately pursuing God. I don’t want the next 18 days or 70 years to be filled with the regrets of “probably should have” and “if only”.
So I need inspiration. What is something you “probably should have” …and then you did …and now you’re SO GLAD you did?
I get bored. So the other day, on a whim, I decided to shave my head. I never really thought of myself as a bald guy, but I have to admit I kind of like it. Here is a glimpse…
I’d love to hear from you – what whim would you go through with if you had a guarantee you wouldn’t regret it? And what is holding you back?