Archive for May, 2016

Wendy’s Girl

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

wendy imagesI’m on vacation in Destin, Florida staying at a pricey beach-front high rise. Right now, I’m across the street at Wendy’s having lunch. There are 15 other people in here eating; most appear to also be from the beach condos. I see lots of gold and diamonds. There are two elderly women next to me talking about their ex-husbands. I didn’t know old women could talk that salty. They look like walking jewelry store ads but sound like they are in a locker room.

The Chinese girl who took my order has a difficult time with her English, but not her smile. She has perfected that! She has been smiling the whole time I’ve been here. Actually, she screwed up my order and apologized profusely, but her smile never faded. Her smile is incredible!  In fact, I told her smile was way cool. I think that embarrassed her, but the smile stayed intact. As I’m eating I’ve noticed none of the others of us are smiling — just the Chinese girl who from the looks of things may have the least to smile about. What does she have that we don’t?

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Shortcuts

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

thA few days ago after my bike ride, I followed a distinguished looking, middle age gentleman from the parking lot of the “Y” into the lobby. Three feet before the sidewalk made a 90 degree turn toward the entrance, the man took a shortcut by stepping through the grass and then back onto the sidewalk to continue his journey. His shortcut saved him a couple of steps and contributed to a path that was already worn in the grass. Apparently having very little on my mind at the time, I wondered why he had done that. Since he was carrying a gym bag I assumed he was going to the “Y” to work out. Why save a few steps if he had the energy to do cardio or pump iron?

Why does the rest of humanity also sometimes cut corners? That is how paths get started and not only in the grass, but also in our lives. Thinking back on some of the shortcuts I’ve taken, I can’t recall it ever resulting in anything positive. But I sure remember times that corner cutting came back to bit me in the rear end. Any way you slice it, cutting corners is nothing but slacking off. It is giving less than 100%. It is choosing to do less than our best.

One of my favorite verses from Scripture addresses that very issue. “Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done…” (Galatians 6:4 LB).

Yikes!  I just had a horrible thought!  What if Jesus had been a corner cutter?

Something to Think About

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Quite Praying and…

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

getmovinglgA twenty something  Facebook friend posted this: “It’s hard to believe I’m graduating from college already! It feels like yesterday that I set off for Memphis to embark on this crazy journey!” If my math is correct he completed his journey in four years flat! Not bad: it took me twenty-five! But we both made it. Sadly lots of people never start on their journeys.

The first step in a journey of any length is usually the most difficult because at that point there is no momentum. The key to overcoming fear is to move against your fear. I have found that very effective in my own life. You don’t just pray about it, or just think about it, or just talk about it. You get moving.

Exodus 14:15 TLB Then the Lord said to Moses, “Quit praying and get the people moving!”

To live by faith often means doing the thing you fear the most. What is it that scares you today? What seems impossible in your life right now?  One of the tragedies of the Christian life is that often our prayers are what I call “God, please do this for me prayers”.  Those kinds of prayers do not require any faith or any courage whatsoever.  In other words, there comes a time when all of us need to stop using all the right Christian lingo and simply trust God and get moving. In the meantime, remember that one of these days is actually none of these days.

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