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Odd Thing to Love

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The other day I was driving my kids somewhere and saw a license plate I thought they would like.  “Hey guys.  Can you see what that license plate says?”  Some muttering and guessing from the back seat.  Then Nathan rang out – “Simba lover”!

I continued, pointing out the frame – “I’m wild about lions!” and waxing eloquent (according to me) for a few minutes about how that person apparently liked lions and the Lion King movie, blah blah, blah.  The kids grunted, feigning interest, until I concluded my talk.

After a few seconds of awkward silence, Anne mused.

“Cartoon lions.  That’s sort of an odd thing to love.”

I love some pretty odd things, too.  Don’t you?  TV Shows?  Notre Dame Football?  Spaghetti?  I get pretty excited about those things.  I look forward to enjoying them.  I carve out time so there aren’t distractions.  I get emotionally involved in how they turn out.  I reminisce and remember and relive the highlights.  But at the end of the day, those are sort of odd things to love.

David has the right idea.  “Oh how I love your law!  It is my meditation all the day.”  Psalm 119:97 (ESV)

How often do you look forward to spending time with God’s Law?  Are you as disciplined at carving out time to read The Word as you are at setting up the DVR?  Do you get as emotionally involved in God’s story as you do the trials and travails of your team’s season?  Or your show’s storyline?  Or the lives of the (pretend) people on TV?

And maybe a better question – What can we do to stop loving odd things and start loving the only thing that matters?

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I Want to Know You

Reminded of some great song lyrics tonight.  An oldie (okay, 1996) but a goody.  The whole song is worth a read/listen, but for now, meditate for a few minutes on the chorus of “Oh, I Want to Know You More” by Steve Green:

Oh, I want to know You more!
Deep within my soul I want to know You,
Oh, I want to know You.
To feel Your Heart and know Your Mind,
looking in Your eyes stirs up within me,
cries that says I want to know You
Oh, I want to know You more.
Oh, I want to know You more.

That is my prayer tonight.  I hope it is yours.

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St. Patrick’s Day Art

We try to teach love in our home.  We really do.  But sometimes we are forced to question if it is doing any good.  This St. Patrick’s Day was one such day.

Molly is 6.  She drew a picture to celebrate the good holiday.  Take your time.  Enjoy every detail.

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Which character were you (back in the day, of course – we’ll assume all of us have outgrown such childishness)?  Were you the poor, frowning victim who innocently forgot to wear anything green?  Or the dutiful rule enforcer, mercilessly pinching despite your cute bow, playful pigtails, and charming smile?  Or best of all, the callous onlooker, safe on top of a hill and laughing away at the misfortune of others?

I must admit, I was the kid on the hill.  I’m not proud of it.  But there you go.

If you had drawn this picture, which child were you?  (Or, if you happen to be a family therapist, where do we go from here?)

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