Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Biggest Loser

My wife Bonny & I have been watching parts of The Biggest Loser this season. I'll be honest...I'm not really into the show, but I know that Bonny is, so I choose to subject myself to the "torment" of the show so I can take an interest in what she is interested in.

Normally I wouldn't pull anything significant from the time we spend watching this show, but one of the contestants said something really profound this past week as he was voted off that made my ears perk up.

"You can't help everybody everywhere, but you can help somebody somewhere."

I loved this thought because I really can identify with what this is all about. When I think of the desire that burns within my heart to change the world, I can easily become overwhelmed at the immensity of the challenge. But when I boil down the notion of change to one small act of kindness at a time, changing the world doesn't seem so unrealistic.

I wonder if the body of Christ chose to rise up consistently for change how different our world might look. Think about it, if ever family in your church decided to sponsor a child in poverty, how much impact would your community of faith have??

I'm thankful that Bonny & I have chosen to help. We have a sponsored child through Compassion International, and we've just recently adopted our son into our family. Small changes maybe, but so worth it when you consider that changing the world begins with one person at a time!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Sense of Hope

Hope is a powerful thing. Think about it for a second, I'm sure you've done some pretty intense stuff for hope...I know I have.

When holding out hope for love, I've found myself doing things I never thought I would. When holding out hope for truth, I've found myself hanging on during crisis. When holding out for hope for life, I've found myself travelling from coast to coast in obedience to God's leading and design for my family.

Hope is a powerful thing.

Today I'm hoping for more of God's presence in my life, and I'm holding out for hope in regards to the future of my family. I resigned from my job as a pastor this week without having another place to go. I'm hoping that in God's time we will know where to take our next step.

Chalk another hope experience up on the wall...holding out hope for a future!! : )

Friday, April 24, 2009

Today is another day

Do you ever wonder about where you day goes? It seems like the older I get, the faster time flies. Each tick of the clock is yet another reminder that time is running out and there is so much to do. I'm learning a little bit about what it means to no longer be governed by time and to-do lists, and more about relational connections with others. Each day brings with it more opportunity to interact and to connect with people. Who knows what sort of fruit these connections will bare...only time will tell!! :)