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Good Times on the Golf Course

The strangest thing happened this evening. I played golf – reasonably well.

I have tried to think back through the years for another outing where I actually resembled someone who has any business actually being on a golf course and I’ve come up with nothing. I am below average, at best.

Still, tonight was nothing special in the big picture. My round was still not as good as a decent golfer’s bad round, but for me it was amazing…and I was loving it.

Multiple pars in a row. That’s never happened. Hitting approach shots to within five feet of the pin on multiple occasions. That’s new. Greens in regulation. Huh? Long putts dropping in. No way. Blind shots over trees with correct distance and aim. This was clearly not me.

I found myself saying ‘thanks God’ a lot of times out there. It was really neat to actually hit some decent shots on a regular basis. Beautiful evening. Nice course. Three-and-a-half hours of peaceful solitude. Ahh.

Little things in life make me happy. This very minor and less than spectacular thing qualifies as one of them. It was a good day 🙂

Let Your Hope Make You Glad

As is the case with every time I post Bible verses this is more of a reminder to myself than anything, but if these words mean something to someone reading them here, I feel it’s worth posting them.

I read this passage this morning and it spoke to me. Here it is:

Romans 12:9-21

9Be sincere in your love for others. Hate everything that is evil and hold tight to everything that is good. 10Love each other as brothers and sisters and honor others more than you do yourself. 11Never give up. Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord. 12Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble and never stop praying. 13Take care of God’s needy people and welcome strangers into your home.

14Ask God to bless everyone who mistreats you. Ask him to bless them and not to curse them. 15When others are happy, be happy with them, and when they are sad, be sad. 16Be friendly with everyone. Don’t be proud and feel that you are smarter than others. Make friends with ordinary people. 17Don’t mistreat someone who has mistreated you. But try to earn the respect of others, 18and do your best to live at peace with everyone.

19Dear friends, don’t try to get even. Let God take revenge. In the Scriptures the Lord says,

“I am the one to take revenge and pay them back.”

20The Scriptures also say,

“If your enemies are hungry, give them something to eat. And if they are thirsty, give them something to drink. This will be the same as piling burning coals on their heads.”

21Don’t let evil defeat you, but defeat evil with good.

No matter what it is in life that may bring you down, just know that it can’t beat you. You’re gonna be alright. That’s a promise that has already been made to you…all you have to do is believe. Let your hope make you glad.

God bless, friends.

Giving Praise in the Worst of Times (Joplin, MO Tornado Video)

Many of you have already seen this video, taken while a tornado ripped through a convenience store in Joplin, Missouri this past weekend:

The reason I am posting it is because of what I heard in the background during the middle of it. It was pretty powerful to me.

If you listen at approximately the 3:45 mark, you’ll hear a woman saying ‘Thank you Jesus’ .. and that’s what struck me.

It doesn’t surprise me that someone would be invoking the LORD’s name at a moment like that. Actually that seems very normal and really, expected.

But what I found interesting is that she’s saying thank you – and not after the storm had passed and they were safe, but rather right in the middle of the worst part where the outcome was anything but clear for her. She could have very well been doomed by that storm but she was giving thanks.

That’s awesome. Thanking the LORD during the absolute worst possible moment in your life…in this case, a moment that could have ended her life. I love this. I love that she’s thanking God despite the complete and utter turmoil around her.

Makes me want to thank God a lot more during those times that aren’t so great in my life. I mean, anyone can give thanks when life is good. You know? But what about when it’s not? Time for me to starting giving some more praise.

I’m thankful for this video and thankful for everyone who survived the storms in Joplin and elsewhere this past weekend. Meanwhile, I am thinking of all of those who were not as fortunate and lost their family members and loved ones. May peace find all of you in the days ahead.

UPDATE: Here is a link to the follow-up video taken by the same person who shot the original, above: http://youtu.be/W-P4P68YyNM

Metro Kidz Peoria

I had the opportunity to check out this program in person the other day. What a blessing to the Peoria area this is!

Metro Kidz is an outreach program run by the folks over at Dream Center Peoria. From the program’s website:

‘High energy event team brings a mobile stage into Taft Homes and offers games, music, live entertainment, prizes, candy and the Gospel message.’

It is indeed a high energy atmosphere and it is an atmosphere that is very positive as well.

I was amazed at how ‘into it’ the kids were and it was great to see the enthusiasm shown by the volunteers as well. You could tell that everyone who was there truly wanted to be there. That’s where good things can really happen, and they do happen at Metro Kidz.

I watched little ones jumping and dancing to songs like, ‘One Way Jesus‘ and in the process saw the love of God and the hope He provides just fill that entire room. It was awesome.

More people need to know about this program. Metro Kidz provides a safe, enjoyable environment for some wonderful children. More importantly, it is changing lives and bringing Jesus into the hearts of the little ones who are there. I can’t think of anything more important and meaningful than that.

Please consider supporting this program. Again, from the website:

‘We would like to welcome you to partner with DCP, promote the event and volunteerism to your friends, family, co-workers and church. Invite them to get involved. You can contribute by donating to Metro Kidz and/or sponsor a child. Your donation for Metro Kidz would assist in providing for or reducing the costs of resources for skits, prizes and candy.’

Thanks everyone.

http://www.dreamcenterpeoria.org/metrokidz.html

Stand Firm and Don’t Be Shaken

After reading this passage I felt like I should share it:

1 Corinthians 15: 56Sin is what gives death its sting, and the Law is the power behind sin. 57But thank God for letting our Lord Jesus Christ give us the victory! 
58My dear friends, stand firm and don’t be shaken. Always keep busy working for the Lord. You know that everything you do for him is worthwhile.

Verse 57 means a lot to me, especially this week as we prepare for what has become the most meaningful day of the year for me. The days leading up to Easter are when I feel most connected to Christ and most thankful for the simple fact that I am alive and well – both physically and spiritually.

Can barely mention it without getting emotional. I didn’t always feel this way. Wasn’t until a whole bunch of difficult stuff happened in my life that I developed an actual ‘relationship’ with God.

Things haven’t been perfect since then but the peace that has come with asking for and receiving forgiveness along with opening my heart to God has been nothing short of incredible.

It is something I need and something I never want to be without for the rest of my life. Bottom line: In my life I have found that when I don’t put God first, I don’t get very far. This has proven itself time and time again.

Despite the fact it took those really hard times to get me to the point where I had even a semblance of a real relationship with the LORD, I’m thankful that in the end it did. I know now that was the way it was supposed to happen in my case – even though it sure didn’t make sense at the time.

And so I just want to say thank you Jesus, for dying on the cross for me and in the process paying my debt and giving me a chance to really live. Words can’t express my gratitude.