What does your future hold?

We hear these questions a lot in our household:

“What are we having for breakfast/lunch/dinner?”

“What are we going to do today/tonight/tomorrow?”

The answers are sometimes detailed, sometimes vague. Sometimes the answers are received with enthusiasm, eagerness, indifference, dejection, worry. What about just acceptance, trust, peace?

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Looking Forward?

If you’re like me, there’s probably something you’re looking forward to. Maybe it’s the premiere of a long-awaited sequel to your favorite movie franchise. How about a family reunion where “everyone” will be there. Or it could be an appointment where the doctor says the tests are “clear”.

We’re looking forward to a family vacation. We’ve made many plans, bought the tickets, kept (and finally revealed) great secrets, packed the bags. Our departure is soon. So soon, it’s hard to concentrate on anything else. It’s been a little consuming and I’ve become a little anxious about it. Of course there are great expectations. And hopes that there are no disappointments.

Memories will be made. There’s no doubt about that. Even if there be problems or trials. Romans 5 reminds us that even though those problem and trials WILL happen. But they lead us to something else, then something else, and finally…

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Romans 5:3-5 NLT

God is fashioning us, molding us (if we let Him) to be more and more like His glorious Son. And that certainly will NEVER disappoint and is the greatest thing we could EVER look forward to.

What’s in a gift?

We just finished our birthday season. It begins (I like to think) in September, with my birthday. Then it goes month-to-month with 3 of my children, a two-month break after the new year and resumes with my first-born, and finally my wife in April. We have fun celebrations with family and friends and we always eat really well. Really well.

Many thoughtful, special, even needed gifts are given to the honored individual. Each of the gifts are given out of the resources of the person giving the gift. Almost an extension of who they are, what they have. Sometimes you can know who gave the gift just by looking at the wrapping, and sometimes the contents. Continue reading