Monday, May 31, 2010

It Happens in a Blink

I wasn't quite sure what to write about this Memorial Day Weekend.

I wanted to acknowledge the sacrifices that many people made for our freedoms, but keep it motivational for our faith.

Then God presented me with this song. I heard it for the first time as I was staring at my blank computer screen...

(The line that really made me stop was "What is it I've done with my life .... it happens in a Blink")

Those that died for our freedom did something great with their lives.

This song really made me think about my own ...

God Bless, and have a wonderful Memorial Day.

Sunday, May 23, 2010


As I strolled through the airport this week, I passed a few men and women in military uniform. The large duffel bags they were carrying led me to believe they were not there for security purposes, but rather to travel.

When I reached my gate, I saw about five more waiting for the same flight I was.

I didn't think much of it at the time, but assumed they were on leave, perhaps off to enjoy a long Memorial Day week.

As I boarded, I noticed two open seats in first class - a rarity in a world where upgrades are used to buy loyalty.

Shortly thereafter, I noticed a flight attendant summoning two of Our Nation's Finest up to first-class to fill the open seats there.

A nice gesture, I thought to myself.

But it's what happened next that left me speechless.

One by one, three first-class passengers got up and exchanged their plush seats for the amenity-free joys of coach so that the other uniformed men could fly in luxury with their pals.

If you have ever glanced at the cost of a first-class ticket, you know what a generous gift that was.

The gesture took on even more meaning when we landed, and learned those five men were not on leave. They were headed off to serve the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I've been thinking a lot about those gifts this Pentecost Sunday. And I pray that the Holy Spirit strengthens you and I to be as brave in serving our Lord as those five men are in serving their country, and as generous as those three folks that gave up their first-class seats.

God Bless.

P.S. Speaking of gifts, Victor has written another wonderful book ... and is offering it to everyone for free. If you have read Victor's blog, Time For Reflections, you know that he is a very gifted and entertaining writer. If you haven't, you can check it out here. (Victor: I'm about a third of the way through the book and am enjoying it very much. Thank you for your gift.)

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Matthew tells us that the last command Jesus gave the Apostles (and by extension, us) was to "go and make disciples of all nations." (Mt. 28:19)

That struck me this weekend.

He didn't say, "go about your normal lives. Stay comfortable. Remain within your little bubble."

He said go.

I questioned myself. Am I going? Am I doing?

"Sure I am," I told myself, with a healthy degree of skepticism.

Then I started to do the math. I did a rough estimate of what percentage of my week was spent going and what part was spent not going.

Have I mentioned how much I hate math?

God Bless.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Could You?

Could you say yes to God's request?

Could you say yes if it meant changing your life drastically from what you had planned?

Could you say yes if you knew you would have a 50-50 chance of getting stoned to death in the next few months?

Could you say yes if you knew you would have to watch your son, daughter, or loved one, die a most gruesome death?

Could you say yes on the spot, without even thinking about it (like you might be right now)?

Blessed Mother, you said yes to our Father without fear of the hardships it might bring. Please pray that we, too, can say yes to all the little requests God makes of us each day.

A very Blessed Mother's Day to all mothers - living and deceased.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Life is Not A Snapshot

Those of you that read this post of mine from a while back, know that I wish I could sing.

If I could, then I would be able to proclaim wonderful messages like this one and disguise them in a catchy little song.

(It would sound so much convincing than than me saying "God has a plan for all of us - you just have to trust Him.")

And if you want to hear the inspiration to the song, watch this video on Josh Wilson's Facebook page (you don't have to be a member to watch).

There is an absolutely amazing line from the interview there that I wish I came up with on my own:

If we can trust God with our Eternity, we can certainly trust Him with our now.

Hmmm ... maybe that will be the title of my first album someday ...

God Bless.