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.

-er or -est?

I’ve always wondered, “Who will be the one to have the world record for [insert your favorite, olympic-timed event here] that will NEVER be broken?” You do realize there has to be a limit at some point, right? Others will work and train and push to be faster, but there is a “fastest” out there. Somewhere. Maybe that’s the attraction. Nobody knows. “Maybe it will be me”. But not “me-me”; I’m not training for that. I’m training for this: Continue reading

Overloaded?

After the month I just had, I should really read a certain book again: Margin by Richard A. Swenson, M.D. The subtitle states, “restoring emotional, physical, financial, and time reserves to overloaded lives”. Throughout the book, Dr. Swenson proposes that we can, and must, reclaim the margin in our lives that has been stolen by progress. He proposed 5 axioms regarding progress that I found very interesting. Continue reading