Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Like A Child

It didn’t occur to me until several days later just how Jesus must have felt in Matthew 18 and 19 when He said these things:

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me." - Matthew 18:3-5
"14Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” - Matthew 19:14
This past weekend at Lifest, a Christian music festival in our area, a little girl came up to me as I was returning to camp. She walked right up and gave me a hug. Well, she gave my leg a hug. Short girl. Why did she do that?

She recognized me from the year before. I had shared some cheese puffs with her and her brothers. That act must have made quite an impression on her. Or at least on her stomach.

How sweet and innocent I thought. The love of a child is so pure, so perfect and unconditional. Her hug made an impression on ME and it reminded me of how our faith towards God should be.

When we see Jesus one day, what will we do? How we will approach Him – this God, Creator of all things? According to what I read in the Book of Matthew, we are to come to Him like a little child. Do we do that? HOW do we do that?

First, I feel that I child's love is pure. It is free from all other entanglements, conditions and contaminants.

Second, it is unconditional. No matter what, a child loves freely and without fear.

And third, a child's love is selfless. They love without thought of themselves, They love simply because they want to. It's who they are.

Let us love like that. Let is LIVE like that. A child, though they are young, is a great example of how our relationship with God should be. How will we demonstrate our love for God today?

Live Like That - Sidewalk Prophets

Monday, July 16, 2018

Why Are You Here?

This past week I attended a Christian music festival. It was both good and bad. The goodness or badness of it, and others like it, depended upon the answer to one simple question. It is a question that mankind has been asking itself for millennia. Why are we here?

To some extent Christian music festivals are just like county fairs. There are food vendors, amusement rides and people wanting you to buy things. And there is also entertainment. Lots of county fairs, and secular events like it, need a draw. Some big headliner band to get people to come. And that's the problem for the "Christian" music festival.

"Christian" music festivals, sadly, are a representation of many churches. They provide entertainment to make "worship" more enjoyable and to draw people in. Christian music festivals are a business. The same is true for our churches.

Churches see their attendance numbers go up when they have a special musical guest and so they continue to have them. But why do we go to church? Why are we there? In God's eyes it had better not be to hear our favorite jazz or polka band playing. To paraphrase the words of one worship song, "We were made to worship. We were made to bow down."

There are many wonderful things that happen at Christian music festivals. That is why I have attended over the past twelve years. The relationships formed, the special moments of prayer and people coming to faith in Christ. God uses many things to draw us to Himself. But I get back to the main question. Why are we there?

I attended worship Saturday afternoon. There were probably 50 people there worshiping while thousands of others played basketball and ate way too much food. Another question we should be asking ourselves is, "Is this thing I am doing, is it honoring to God?"

Is riding on a Ferris wheel honoring to God? Probably not unless you are using the ride to share the Gospel with someone about the futility of living life without Jesus - going around and around.

God should be the reason we do everything. If not, then why are we doing it? For ourselves and our own enjoyment?

I'm as guilty of doing this as anyone else. But my favorite moments are the ones spent back in the campsite talking with another believer about their faith and how they came to believe. Did I worship? Yes. But not in truth and spirit. Therefore it wasn't really worship. I was just singing songs.

And that is not why we should be here or anywhere. We were made to worship. If not, why are we here?


"10Hear the word of the Lord,
you rulers of Sodom;
listen to the instruction of our God,
you people of Gomorrah!
11“The multitude of your sacrifices—
what are they to me?” says the Lord.
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure
in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
12When you come to appear before me,
who has asked this of you,
this trampling of my courts?
13Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—
I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.
14Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals
I hate with all my being.
They have become a burden to me;
I am weary of bearing them.
15When you spread out your hands in prayer,
I hide my eyes from you;
even when you offer many prayers,
I am not listening."
- Isaiah 1:10-15

The following worship song was performed by an artist I heard this past weekend. As you watch it one can quickly tell it's not about him. It's actual worship. Why? Because the artist is not even singing for much of it. It's God's people doing what they were created to do. Worship.

Here I Am To Worship - David Crowder

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Still

There are moments when everything is quiet in our neighborhood. The time is 5:38 AM. A cool breeze is tumbling in the trough the open window beside me. All is still. Nothing is moving except my fingers on the keyboard and ey aren't moving too fast.

Moments like this are from God I think. Pauses in the hectic pace that life demands from us. What do we do with them? Some people can't stand the quiet and they put on some music or a television show. They are the foolish ones. I should talk though. I'm sitting here typing on my laptop. But did you ever just sit and listen? What is it that you hear?

The sound of a distant piece of farm machinery, an irrigation pump I think. An occasional car on the highway - a mile away from me. The refrigerator kicks in, doing it's thing. But do you ever hear God in the quiet of the morning?

It's 5:45 now and I am opening my Bible. As I am reading I am listening. Not with my ears but with my heart. My ears only provide background music. Another car on the highway, a distant bird singing. This is what I read.

"This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel." - Jeremiah 18:1-6
Each of us are broken pots of clay in some way. God is the potter. Who is He making us into today?  Who is God making YOU into? Are you going through something today that has you questioning life? Is life really worth all this pain? We need to change our point of view. Remember, we are the clay. God is the potter.
The stuff we are going to right now is making us into something - something better, for God's purpose and His glory. Be willing to be molded and shaped.
In The Secret - Sonic Flood
The Potter's Hand - Darlene Zschech

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Beneath The Surface

To the world around us we appear happy. It can seem to others that everything is fine and dandy in our lives, but beneath the surface, hidden just out of sight, things are way different than most people think.

To the untrained eye the picture we see of others can look rather peaceful. Perhaps there is even a smile or an "I'm okay" that convinces us that things are fine, when in fact they are not.

Why do we try to hide our feelings from others? Are we embarrassed that someone might see us crying or "unstable" in some way? We always want to make a good impression, as if there's nothing wrong. Why do we do that?

Some of my deepest and most honest relationships are with people who have made themselves vulnerable, rather than put on a false face and lied about how they are feeling. The best relationships are honest ones - ones where there is trust, not deceit.

In our relationship with Jesus, are we being honest? Or do we try to pretend everything is alright? And how do we act in church? Do we try to smile despite the pain inside. Or do we open up and share our burdens with each other? What does God want us to do?

"2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself." - Galatians 6:2-3

It is easy to share the burdens of someone we love, but what about the unlovable? Is our desire to help THEM as strong as it should be?

There is a lot of tension in our nation right now. Either you're for Trump or you're against him. And that's okay. We all have our own opinions. But do we pray for those who oppose us and our beliefs?

"44But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." - Matthew 5:44-48

May we be honest about our feelings. May we be transparent. May we not hide our pain for fear of being hurt or embarrassed. Rather, let us be vulnerable and give someone the opportunity to love us like Jesus loves us. In doing so we will be fulfilling God's law, spoken to us by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus humbled Himself. Why won't we?

Beneath The Surface - Dream Theater

Monday, July 9, 2018

The LittleThings

Today's fast-paced world screams for our attention. So many distractions! But if we can just tune out all the noise, there are so many things we can learn simply by observing, by slowing down.

For example, I met with a young couple yesterday. They're getting married in three weeks and I have been asked to officiate. I have met with them a few times now and have observed some things that have reminded me how important our observation of others can be.

The bride-to-be is very respectful of her parent's wishes. When asked about her wedding dress, the young woman said she'd "get married in a sweatshirt . . . but my mom wants . . ." The couple wanted just get married by themselves "but my dad really wanted to walk me down the aisle."

Just a few words or a simple gesture can say a lot about a person.

I've seen more women lately getting pregnant without the marriage part. That tells me something. They seem to be more interested in pleasing themselves than in pleasing their parents or God. That may sound mean for me to say such a thing but it's true. I'm just observing the things people are doing. And I am reading my Bible.

The Bible tells me many things about pleasing God. "Honor you father and mother" for example, is an excellent way to God. Having sex outside of marriage is not.

The world we live in often tells us one thing while the Bible tells us another.

"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much." - Luke 16:10

"Doing what is right in the eyes of The Lord" is a very big thing. It is the smallest of leaks in a ship that can foretell of the disaster to come. What are we telling people, in the way we live our lives, that forms their opinion about us? Are we mindful of God's wishes for us? Or mindful of our own desires?

In The Bible, it always went well for the selfless, the merciful, the compassionate. Not so well for the greedy, the proud and the arrogant. How will it go for US today?

Hoe will we honor God today? What little thing will we do today that will forge someone's opinion about us and the kind of person we are? Let it be said of us that we followed and were obedient to our king and did what was right in God's eyes. 

The Blessing - John Waller

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Can't Handle It?

Have you ever heard someone say, "God won't give you more than you can't handle"? Guess what? It's a lie. There is no Bible verse saying that and there is no truth in that statement. In fact, God WILL give you WAY more than you can handle. For a reason.

I don't know where that phrase ever came from. Probably, in our political correctness - wanting everyone to feel all warm and fuzzy about themselves - we come up with sayings that sound good on the surface but are factually incorrect.

There is a Bible verse that comes close to what the "God won't give you more than you can handle" crowd, but it's the opposite of what these people are trying to say.

"13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." - 1 Corinthians 10:13

This verse is about temptation though, not life's struggles. It also says that God is faithful and He will provide a way out of that temptation. God is faithful alright. He also will provide a way out of our struggles. We need to run to Him. We need to bring our struggles to the foot of the cross and leave them there. When we can't handle life, God can.

Actually, the saying that is most true is this:

"God won't give you anything that HE can't handle."

Yes, we have to go through struggles in our lives. Everybody does. But the ones that get through them with the most ease are those who let God do the heavy lifting.

We go through life totally focused on ourselves. That's our first and biggest problem. Our most important relationship in this life should be with God, not a husband, a wife, a child or a best friend. If we place God first in our lives our struggles begin to get smaller, the pain is suddenly easier to bear.

King David had the right idea. When he was being pursued, when people sought to kill him, he placed his hope and faith in God. 

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; 3 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior - from violent people you save me. 4 “I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies. 5 The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me." - 2 Samuel 2-5

Place your hope in The Lord. He is our "ever-present help in times of trouble" (Psalm 46:1).

All My Hope - Crowder (featuring Tauren Wells)

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Parable of The Tiny Home

Today my tiny home will be in the Fourth of July Parade in Waupaca. It almost wasn't. Why? Because I was looking at things through MY eyes, not God's. Let me explain.

For several years now I have had a desire to build a tiny home, but it's not for me. It's for others to use who might have need of shelter. A home for a homeless family perhaps or a family whose house just burned down. That's not the story here though. The story is about God - His teaching, His protection and His love.

A few days ago I called my insurance agent checking one my coverage for when we would be taking the tiny home on the road for the parade. She checked and her company determined that my $10,000 investment (so far) would only be covered up to $1500 under my home owner's policy. What!?!

My friend Mark called later to arrange a time to pick up the tiny house for the parade. I told him the story about the lack of insurance and that the tiny home would most likely not be making the trip. I called the Chair of our non-profit, Hub Ministries, Inc. and told her the same sad story. Everyone understood. Everyone but God I think.

Two nights ago I went to bed believing that there would be no tiny home in the July 4th parade. I woke up feeling the same way. Maybe someone would come through with some insurance, maybe . . . Then I picked up my Bible and began to read. I was in Isaiah 40, reading through the Bible. This is what I read.

"28 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.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 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 40:29-31 

As soon as I read that I knew that the tiny home was going to be in the parade. Insurance or no insurance. Why? Because this house I am building is not MY house. It's God's house! Where was my faith? Where was my trust? It was in myself, and my insurance, not God.

The tiny house that is being built for those in need in our community does not belong to anyone except God. He has chosen a few people to build it. He has directed us to form a non-profit, not for our glory but for His. Our job is to build and be obedient, not to build and be fearful.

So, if you see us in the July 4th parade, please, give God the thanks and the praise. It is HIS house, not ours. And it will be passing before your very eyes.



God Bless The USA - Lee Greenwood

Monday, July 2, 2018

Perfection

Photo by David Thomaz
Marriage. Most of want a perfect one. And, if done right, marriage can become an amazingly beautiful and wonderful thing. If done wrong however, it can turn into an ugly, frustrating mess. To be honest, most marriages today are probably somewhere in between. That's not where they were designed to be. A marriage should really be perfection.

I am preparing to officiate at a wedding in a few weeks. At first I was going to speak on Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus from Ephesians 5 - Instructions for Christian Households. But then I heard something from the Book of Luke this past Sunday that altered my decision. It was during communion.

"20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you." - Luke 20:22

Before we get started today, we need to define a word - covenant. This is from Merriam - Webster's Dictionary.

Covenant - a usually formal, solemn, and binding agreement, a written agreement or promise usually under seal between two or more parties especially for the performance of some action.

Marriage is a covenant.

Now let's go to Ephesians 5. 2000 years ago, in a culture much different from ours today,husbands and wives had different roles. Women were treated much like property, with benefits, if you will. I'd like you to read the text and then linger a bit at verse 32.

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church - 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery - but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband." - Ephesians 5:21-33

Paul describes a marriage relationship the same as our relationship with Christ! As Christians, we are "the bride of Christ." Jesus is the bride groom. We are to be dressed in white, pure, radiant, without stain or blemish. Holy and blameless!

How can we possibly do that? We are all sinners. We are all stained. We ALL have blemishes. None of us are worthy.

Ah, but God . . .

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16

We are made perfectly blameless through our faith in Christ - "whoever believes in Him."

The best marriages today are the once based in faith. Why? Because that's how they were designed to work. Marriage is like a triangle. The closer a married couple gets to God, the closer they automatically get to each other. Draw closer to God today and then watch what happens to your relationships. Listen to this song, and while you do, remember that "God IS love."

The Wedding Song - Paul Stookey

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Should I Let Go?

Sometimes we can get to a point where we just don't know what to do anymore. We've tried just about everything we can think of to make something work or to fix a certain situation but nothing seems to help. What do we do? Should we just give up? Should we just quit trying?

The answer to that question is a resounding "mmm-maybe". This week I have seen several examples of people struggling in situations where one of the options is to give up. It's the easiest thing to do. That's why so many people choose to do it. Marriage not working out like you want? Get a divorce! But is that the right thing to do?

I was speaking with a young adult friend of mine this week who is struggling in a relationship. Her boyfriend wasn't treating her like she thought he should be treated. She's tried praying and tried talking things out with him. Nothing seems to be working. What should she do? Is it time to move on?

Another friend has a rebellious adult daughter. Disobedient, disrespectful, time spent in jail. What should the mom do? Should she just give up or should she keep trying? Should she kick her daughter out of the house? Cave in the her daughter's wishes? What?

Another example is a couple who has been married for over a quarter century, Sudden cancer has gotten their attention. They have tried just about everything - prayer, chemo, radiation. What do they do now when the words "just let go" don't want to be an option at all?

These situations are tough, tough things. We humans really struggle when it comes to fixing these kinds of things. The prevailing thought in our culture today is cut your losses and move on. And sometimes that actually can be the right thing to do. But if something is worth everything, isn't it worth fighting for?

If I was in a major battle like the ones I've mentioned here today, I'd want the best weapons available and the strongest soldiers fighting for me. If I want to win I must be prepared to do whatever it takes. First, I'd start with prayer. All of these people I have mentioned have already been doing that. That's good. Having God guide us into battle is ALWAYS a good thing.

The second thing I'd do is get those experienced soldiers - the best doctors, seasoned Christian counselors, a support group, prayer partners, an accountability partner or that best friend you can just dump on if you have to. All those are important. Vital in fact.

But I think the most power weapon we have in ANY battle is a two-pronged one - hope and faith. Placing our hope and faith in God can get us through anything. God is merciful and compassionate. He can fix any situation He sets His mind to. But what if He doesn't decide to help?

The one thing we must remember is that this life we are living right now is only temporary. The  next one is the one that matters. What also matters is how we handle our struggling while we are here. Do we whine and complain? Maybe initially. But then do we ultimately put everything into God's hands and let Him take control of the situation? We might struggle to do that but that's what God wants us to do.

And although we might eventually have to let go in certain situations, know this: God will never let go of us. So when we struggle, when we have tried everything we can think of, when we no longer know what to do anymore. Give God thanks and praise for getting you as far as you've gotten. Thank Him for walking with you. Never let go of God for He will never let go of you.

"6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” - Deuteronomy 31:6

You Never Let Go - Matt Redman

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Parable of The Tree Frog

Life lessons are available to be learned simply by opening our eyes to the world around us. Canadian geese for instance are a good example of marriage. One couple, mated for life, raising their children together for life in the cold, dangerous world. I learned something from a tree frog this week. It's essential for living a Christ-centered life.

When I first encountered my little friend I was removing a tarp from the tiny home I am building. There he was right under the tarp, sitting on top of one of the windows. He sat there motionless for some time then, as I began to work nearby, he slowly crept away until he hid himself under some leaves.

There was the life lesson. Did you catch it? Let me explain.

Consider the lesson from the frog's viewpoint. There he was, right where he wanted to be. All safe, secure, and out of sight from his enemies. He was probably sleeping when suddenly his whole world changed. Where once it was dark, now there was blinding light. His security was gone, replaced by a feeling of impending doom. He was in danger! So, what did he do?

He left his current location, seeking a much more secure one. He didn't stop until he found that place of safety. And that is our lesson for the day.

When we find ourselves in danger or in a situation where we feel we might sin against God, we should do the same thing the tree frog did. Leave. Leave the situation for a more secure location at the foot of the cross.

So many young people today find themselves in "situations". They feel trapped but they don't leave. They give in to the sin. A girl becomes pregnant or a young under-age boy takes a drink and then drives. What should we do in those real life dangerous situations?

One word. Run!!

"The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12

Run To You - Bryan Adams
Run Like Hell - Pink Floyd

Monday, June 25, 2018

Sheol

After someone dies we who remain are usually showered with a myriad of condolences, well-wishes and comforting words like, "She's in heaven now" or "He's in a better place now." Are we sure? Where DO we go when we die?

Every religion has their own beliefs and theories about life after death. Even the Christian faith has differing opinions, depending on your denomination. So what is true? Everyone can't be right. Let's go to the Bible to see what we can find.

There are three different beliefs within the Christian faith. GotQuestions.org describe these differing "camps" this way.

Within the Christian faith, there is a significant amount of confusion regarding what happens after death. Some hold that after death, everyone “sleeps” until the final judgment, after which everyone will be sent to heaven or hell. Others believe that at the moment of death, people are instantly judged and sent to their eternal destinations. Still others claim that when people die, their souls/spirits are sent to a “temporary” heaven or hell, to await the final resurrection, the final judgment, and then the finality of their eternal destination.

Sheol is a Hebrew word used throughout the Old Testament. Sheol means "place of the dead." When the Old Testament texts were translated into Greek (200 BC) this word became Hades. It means "the place of the dead." That's where we go when we die - Sheol. Not heaven.

There also appears to be two parts to Sheol. Open your Bibles to Luke 16:22-23. The words of Jesus:

"22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side.6 The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side." - Luke 16:22-23

We can tell quite a few things from this text. Lazarus is physically higher than the rich man, yet they are both in near proximity because they can see each other. There appear to be two "places" in Hades, one where there is torment and the other without torment. What determined their destinations in Sheol? Their faith.

Then there are these words from Jesus to the thief on the cross - the thief who believed that Jesus was the Son of God. Both were about to die and Jesus said this.

"Today you will be with me in paradise." - Luke 23:43

So, do we go to heaven when we die. The answer seems to be no. Is their indeed no more pain after death? That all depends upon our faith. How is your faith these days? None of us knows for sure where we will end up. That decision is in God's hands. We can say we believe but do we really? There is one thing we DO know however . . .

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16

Blessed be the name of the Lord!

What Happens After Death - Got Questions.org

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Be Intentional

There is an old saying that says "talk is cheap". What that means is that it's easy to SAY we are going to do something but it's an entirely different thing to actually DO it. An example of this is us Christians telling someone, "I'll pray for you" but then we never actually go through with it. We lie.

I have been guilty of this. I get busy with something else and totally forget to pray. It's not on purpose I just forget about it.And it's not just with prayer either. It's with lots of things. We get distracted and our mind becomes focused on something else

Squirrel!

I went downstairs to get a tool off my workbench the other day and found a glass of milk that I had left there the day before. I had gotten distracted, put down my glass of milk and the rest is history . . . and warm, smelly, chunky history.

Talk is cheap. Except where God is concerned. His "talk" is truth. When God says He is going to do something it is GOING to happen. Lying is not in His nature Neither is becoming distracted. God is focused. God is intentional. So why aren't we? We ARE His followers.

What if we became intentional in our daily activities? Do you think our lives would be more productive? More loving perhaps? I think so.

When my mom died recently the company I used to work for sent me a card. It was signed by the employees, many of whom are very close friends. One particular note caught my eye though. It said, "We love you." That's not a normal thing to say in a work environment yet that person was intentional about giving me the exact thing I needed at that time. Love.

May we face each day from now on with a new intentionality. Living for Christ. Like we mean it! Not only in word but in deed.

"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ." - Philippians 1:27

Intentional - Travis Greene