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Do The Dew For Him

Yesterday I was able to head over the local high school and present for the annual career day.  Geez, I can’t get away from these kids! 🙂  Amazingly, this presentation turned out to be the highlight of the day, even better than the evening’s cross country banquet at the Golden Corral.

Anyway, by providing the official drink of software development ( and gaming) – Mountain Dew Code Red, and by giving away door prizes that included Nerds, Goobers and Smartees, I think I keep them interested in the life of a Software Engineer.

But what I really wanted to share with you was the verse that I shared with them at the end.  When all is said and done, I told them to pick a career that they enjoyed and that ultimately put them in a place where they could give the glory to God – no matter what is was.

And amazingly, I stayed right in Colossians 3, where it seems I am spending the entire week.

17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Colossians 3:17 New International Version (NIV)

Who are you doing whatever you do for?

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Cigarettes and a Mountain Dew

While I was out on my morning run today, I noticed a man walking towards the direction I was running.  He was dressed in a shirt and jeans and I guess some sort of shoe.  As I approached him he raised his hands up and said ” A cigarette and a Mountain Dew, I’m getting in shape too!”.  LOL!!  I almost had to stop running, it was so much better then someone yelling “Run Forest Run” out of their car window.

This poor guy had no idea he would be part of an object lesson today.  Sometimes that’s how I think we approach our spiritual walk.  We are out in the wrong clothes (state of readiness), with a cigarette ( secret addictions) in on hand and a Mountain Dew ( sugary drink that gets you going to short periods of time, but does not sustain) in the other.  And then we wonder why our lives are not in order, and why we feel so out of shape and so far from God.

hm.  What is your cigarette and Mountain Dew today?  Can you set those down?  Can you put those aside to focus on the good and better things?

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV

and then the always though provoking Message:

1-3Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! (Hebrews 12:1-3, The Message)