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Don’t Look Back

I am not sure why, but the Boston song “Don’t Look Back” from way back in 1978 is circulating around in my mind this morning. Considering lots of things, there may be a reason for that to be my anthem today, however, it’s also a fairly good way to approach everyday. And it seems pretty consistent with some dude from 2000 years ago who said these words on top of a little hillside.

31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6 NIV

Take care of today and do the needful!

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every minute

I wasn’t at Boston this year, but I am reminded of the of the crowning jewel of marathons each day. Above my desk hangs a pencil drawing of myself and my marathon partner, Clay Nicks crossing the half way point at the 100th Boston in 1996.  On my bulletin board is a clipping from a Boston magazine Qualifyadvertisement from years ago that simply says “Qualify”; something that I have striven for year to accomplish, yet have been consistently unsuccessful for one reason or another.  In some ways I feel like a part of my life was attacked yesterday, and that’s severely disappointing.  I am sure many of you feel that way today as well, so one reason or another.

But what shall we do?  Shall we sit and retreat in fear?  Shall we yield to this attack on our freedom? I say no.

Yesterday also began the second stage of my ankle’s ligament recovery as I moved out of the air cast boot and into an ankle brace.  I feel even more motivated to get back on the road and exercise my freedoms –  running around this great country of ours.

I also was reminded of this pretty neat quote yesterday morning, and I planed to share it today. It seems even more fitting now.

“Be in love with your life. Every minute of it.” -Jack Kerouac

Fitting because of the way life can change instantly of course.  But even more fitting because of this small nugget of truth from the Christ – the son of God!

And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:39

He says the second greatest commandment in the whole universe is to love your neighbor as yourself! If you are in love with your life, then correspondingly you are to be in love with the life of others as well!  Loving them as you love yourself! And that’s how we fight this craziness in our age.  Yes, there will be justice doled out by the government, and rightly so.  But we on the ground, we can start by making sure we take care of those people that we connect with every day – the neighbors around us.

every minute, every mile!

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Some Trust in Chariots

Last night I had probably the most unsettling trip to the airport I have ever had. After dinner, my coworker and I heading back to the hotel to get our bags and then we were off to a hotel closer to the airport to prepare for this morning’s early flight. The hotel staff retrieved our bags and hailed us a limo instead of a taxi. However, this was not your typical black town car; this was a brown suburban that appeared to have a few too many miles on it. My friend even asked” Is it legal?” – as in is it a legal taxi? The front license plate was a Livery plate so we climbed in. Now I must saw that this guy really just looked like a buddy of the two door man, but who could tell and the price was right.
So we buckled in and off we went. Since the driver was African – like Somalian or something like that, and since I read too make spy novels and watch too many shows like that, I was feeling like maybe my destination was not the airport. It appears we were taking a circuitous route to the airport; however, it is Boston – the city where you never go the same way twice.
Then as we sat at a traffic light, the driver turned on the engine and leaned over the steering wheel. Immediately my co worker and I sort of drew up a little – “what in the world?”. We waiting until the light turned and he started the car back up and then did a strange uturn. Now it was getting even odder, but I noticed he was heading through one of Boston’s tunnels out to the airport. As we approached the end of the tunnel, the car started slowing down and lurching. At first I thought maybe we was trying to change lanes and had slowed down to allow the other cars past, but then we both realized, the car was not in ‘good health’! My co worker asked if everything was ok, and the reply from the driver was that he had gotten bad gas, when in fact he had no gas.
For the next few miles we sputtered and spitted and nervously looked for a spot to exit the vehicle and walk to the hotel, but  we finally cruised into the lane in the front of the hotel – safe and sound.  (And I was glad I was really not in one of those TV shows or books I read! – although even when I got out, I was still looking for the man who would put the black hood over my head!)
So with that little story, I am reminded of an old Acappella song. So here is a little Psalm to encourage you. Keep your trust in Him.

7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7 (New International Version)