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A Good Measure

Last night the local Extreme Makeover aired as the season finale.  It was quite an inspiring show, and I guess even more so since we now can drive by this new house on the way home from soccer practice.  It’s always so good to see how people in the community will come together to help people in need.  So, here are two thoughts from the airing last night.

First, I have to wonder what the world would be like if we didn’t need a TV show or a disaster to help people in dramatic ways. Hmmm.

Second, I was reading this article today from the local television station.  It is absolutely fantastic to see that this family has been giving back in the community during the recent tornadoes in our area.  I think that is doubly inspiring, and something that can spurn us all on to action.  It’s always good to see people recognizing the blessings they have been given and using those to help others.  (It’s seem this chart in this old post describes the power of passing along acts of kindness quite well)

It all sounds sort of biblical, even though this teaching is a little bit opposite, its still a pretty good thought to consider as you go about your day.

38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38, New International Version)

Use whatever you have been given and give it to others today.

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Extreme Makeover

I mentioned a few weeks ago about the teenage girl from the little town in which my home sits being on America Idol.  Well, last Sunday Ty Pennington and his ‘little’ crew came to down and sent a family to Disney.  That’s right, Extreme Makeover Home Edition right in my backyard. Well, not literally, but just a few miles away.  Close enough that Amy and I have been altering our travel paths to and from work and soccer practice to get a glimpse of the action.  It is pretty amazing to see all the stuff that is going on around the house – trailers, tents, security for blocks, etc.  It’s pretty evident the amount of work and planning that is put into this type of change.

There is also a live streaming camera. Last night, about 200 internet viewers and my family watched the live feed, and when I shut it down last night, the house only had a floor.  While I dreamed of new org charts, resumes, and knees that did not hurt, a transformation was in place.  So, when I popped up the live feed this am, there was a house  – walls, porch, rafters!  Wow.  It’s not completely finished, but wow what a transformation in such a short time.  I am anxious to see how things proceed the remainder of the week.  Even since I awoke this morning, windows are in and people clad in blue shirts are swarming all of the structure.

Boy, don’t we want this type of change in our lives?  It would be nice to have the bus pull up and say, hey just leave town for a week, and when you return we will have redone you.   Rage – gone!  Addiction – gone!  selfishness – Gone,  et cetara et cetera et cetera.  However, very few of use get to experience extreme change in our lives over night – well except the forgiveness that comes from God.  But even then, we tend to change our ways and our attitudes slowly – everyday. And with a plan,and an approach and a little bit of preparation and a smattering of the spirit, we can become made over.

8-10You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true—these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it. (Ephesians 5:8-10, The Message)

Keep it going today. Today maybe the day you notice change, or it may just be a day that a few limbs are removed.