Are You Finished?

The other day, I finished a movie I was watching. I also finished my lunch, finished getting dressed, finished a phone call with my mom, finished baseball practice. I’ve even finished my taxes; there’s not much time left, you know. But you know, I’m never really finished with them. I’ll have to do them again. They’re recurring tasks.

There are some of you who will finish school in a month or so, but you won’t stop learning. Your children will move away from home, but you aren’t finished being a parent. These are processes that last a lifetime. Continue reading

What if…?

Ever wondered what might have happened if you had done/bought/said/thought something different? Maybe that “something different” could have made someone’s day. Or it could have broken someone’s heart. Sometimes it would be nice to know what woulda/coulda/shoulda been. Like in “A Christmas Carol”, or “It’s a Wonderful Life”. But really, most of those “what if” encounters were pretty disturbing. So, simply rejoice when you obey that prompting by the Holy Spirit to talk to your neighbor, write a friend, accept that invitation.

I’d like to share with you a song that I’ve enjoyed over the years. It is titled “What If” and written by Jadon Lavik. It’s about some of the events we experience as we walk along life’s road and how we oftentimes feel about ourselves.

Sometimes we do things that are pretty impressive:

What if I climbed that mountain / what if I swam to that shore
What if every battle was victorious / then would you love me more?

Sometimes we do things that we’re ashamed of:

What if I ignored the hand that fed me / what if I forgot to confess
What if I stumbled down that mountain / then would you love me less?

But God is constant:

You say I belong to you / apart from the things I do
You say I belong to you / I’m in awe of why you do

Lyrics in italics by Jadon Lavik, Lavikmusic ASCAP

I am in awe. I know that I’ve done some pretty ridiculous things in my life. I’m glad that my God has always loved me, just where I am. And loves me enough not to leave me there. To be conformed to His likeness. He has promised to never leave me nor forsake me. I’ve been saved by the Son…

But, what if… Forget about it. (Romans 8:38-39)

What’s New

Well it’s that time of year again: time to ask “what happened to 2015”; time to correct yourself every time you write the date; time to start/quit/fix something. I’d like to start getting up earlier to exercise, quit being lazy about it but I need to fix my feet first. Why do we wait for something monumental to happen before we make changes? Yes, some things need to be planned out. There are times to set aside a date for special occasions. Everything can’t be done at a moment’s notice. But here are some simple things to grow in: faith, hope, love.

There is a song I enjoy listening to, especially around the New Year and I’d like to share part of it with you. It’s called New Year’s Day by Carolyn Arends.

I buy a lot of diaries / Fill them full of good intentions / Each and every New Year’s Eve / I make myself a list / All the things I’m gonna change / Until January 2nd / So this time I’m making one promise

This will be my resolution / Every day is New Year’s Day

One more chance to start all over / One more chance to change and grow / One more chance to grab a hold of grace / And never let it go

© 1997 running arends music

This song teaches me that when I’ve fallen back to old ways, not followed through, or just keep procrastinating, there’s no need to wait for something big to happen. Just start again, right now (1 John 1:9).

And if you haven’t yet, Gods’ gift of salvation is for you to receive, today. Even right now.

“For God says, ‘At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.’ God is ready to help you right now. Today is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2

“Those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

“Look, I am making all things new!” Revelations 21:5

So, what’s new? Everything.