Archive for April, 2012

Guard your Ham and Eggs

April 30th, 2012

I was looking this morning for a simple thought that I could mediate on throughout the day today.  I had started to think it might be this historic brain twister

“The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.”

but I decided instead to focus on something a little bit different.  Maybe more of an example of the pig.

23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4

Today, guard your heart.  Build a wall around it to protect it.  But as you travel here and there light your path “like the morning sun,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” (Proverbs 4:18)

First Rounder

April 27th, 2012

I was thinking last night how with the simple call of his name the Indianapolis Colts turned Andrew Luck from a ‘starving’ college student into a multimillionaire.  ( If you didn’t know the NFL draft started yesterday, and the Colt choose Mr Luck as their first pick).

And so just like that huge contracts, large guarantees and lavish gifts have been placed on his head.  And huge expectations that he returns the favor by producing wins on Sundays, and restores glory to the Colts name.

Wouldn’t that be nice?  Called out?

Turns out, if you are a believer, this has indeed already happened to you.

11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

Yep, you are a spiritual First rounder draft pick.  You have a huge contract, with an incredible reward.  And your side of the contract – praise his glory!

Renewing

April 26th, 2012

I dropped off the car this morning for a oil change, a recall correction and a minor fix. It’s always an interesting experience at the garage!

Is so good to know that at the end of the day the small corrections will be complete and the vehicle will be back to good, for a while!

Sometimes, I wish I could just drop myself off at the local people dealer, and have them fix recalls, defects and minor wear and tear on my spirit!

Oh wait I sort of can

Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31 NIV)

Another Tough Guy

April 25th, 2012

Last week I mentioned the Nike guy who is running and biking across the country for a better world. That dude was a monster. So this week I introduce another gentleman doing a similar thing – Jamie Summerlin, from the homeland – West Virginia! He is running from Oregon to Annapolis in 100 days to raise awareness of wounded warriors.

He may not be moving as fast as Jason Lester but his endurance, drive and determination are equally remarkable. 

For instance yesterday he ran 30 miles in 6 hours and 8 mins, and I think he will be doing something similar today.  That’s just something to think about as you press on through the day.  This guys are out working it, and you can too!

Rise and Grind!

32 It is God who arms me with strength
   and keeps my way secure.
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
   he causes me to stand on the heights.   Psalm 18:32-33 New International Version (NIV)

Capturing Transformation

April 24th, 2012

What is so amazing about transformation is that we really see it happen right in front of our eyes.  You have to look over time to see it.  This is why we like to look at old photographs, and why parents put notches on door frames – so you can measure, observe and be inspired by the transformation.

Well, we are in the digital age, so cast door frames to the wind.  Check out what this film maker has done with his son and daughter.  He has captured their growth from infancy to current day ( 9 and 12) a week at a time. It’s a fascinating few minutes as you see them pass through the stages of live and transform right before your eyes.

As a parent these video’s are just a tad depressing when you realize that those 12 years seemed to have passed in a mere 120 seconds!

But at the same time, it’s incredibly inspiring, and encouraging.  We work everyday for change and transformation, but sometimes we don’t have the correct perspective to see it.  Keep working to transform yourself each day.  I am sure that if you could see yourself a week at a time, you would be wowed, just like these videos.

18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 English Standard Version (ESV)