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Today’s Challenge

Oh Twitter.  Since I have actively started following people I don’t ever have to come up with an original thought. 🙂

And that is good for a Monday morning!  Today, I will let the great author Max Lucado speak to you as I steal a thought from him.

 That’s very similar advice that I use a lot when running hard, or racing.  As a runner, you don’t focus on the entire distance, you break it down – especially when it gets hard.  For instance, when I run a hard work out, I may break it down to just things on the road – like – just to the mailbox, and then to the next mailbox, and then to the mark on the road.  Short, attainable, focused goals. And before you know it you have maintained the effort for the entire distance!  YEAH!

So today, tackle the challenge right in front of you – today, or maybe just the next 5 seconds!

34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6:34 New International Version (NIV)
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Capturing Transformation

What is so amazing about transformation is that we really see it happen right in front of our eyes.  You have to look over time to see it.  This is why we like to look at old photographs, and why parents put notches on door frames – so you can measure, observe and be inspired by the transformation.

Well, we are in the digital age, so cast door frames to the wind.  Check out what this film maker has done with his son and daughter.  He has captured their growth from infancy to current day ( 9 and 12) a week at a time. It’s a fascinating few minutes as you see them pass through the stages of live and transform right before your eyes.

As a parent these video’s are just a tad depressing when you realize that those 12 years seemed to have passed in a mere 120 seconds!

But at the same time, it’s incredibly inspiring, and encouraging.  We work everyday for change and transformation, but sometimes we don’t have the correct perspective to see it.  Keep working to transform yourself each day.  I am sure that if you could see yourself a week at a time, you would be wowed, just like these videos.

18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 English Standard Version (ESV)

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Shifting Sands

Well, this is a pretty predictable post, but it’s still a lesson that we all need to be reminded on at times.

On Sunday, the children dug a hole to China.  As we left the beach on Sunday, they had great expectations that they would continue to dig the hole on Monday morning.  Of course as we enter the beach on Monday the hole was completely filled in my the surf. How depressing.

So, two quick passing thoughts from the beach before I drift back off into a lazy morning nap.

First, a gentle reminder of the futility of building on things that will not sustain,and can be quickly washed away.


26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  Matthew 7:26 New International Version (NIV)

And second, an uplifting message of persistence.  You see the kiddos, just grabbed their shovels and dug another hole.  Of course we all know digging holes builds character.

8 Do not gloat over me, my enemy!
Though I have fallen, I will rise.
Though I sit in darkness,
the LORD will be my light. Micah 7:8 New International Version (NIV)

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Today and all week you have a special treat.  While I am off on vacation, others have joined the fight to keep the encouragement coming. Today’s post is from Joey Davis who also blogs at

Lifeguard…usually a part-time Summer job given to young men and women.  I remember being a kid and thinking that being a Lifeguard was the best job in the world.  Plenty of sunshine, fresh air, and I could go swimming anytime I wanted.  I’m sure that’s what the subject of my story thought as well.

He’s a lifeguard.  And like most other lifeguards, when he took his training, he could almost smell the fresh air, feel the sunshine in his skin, (and let’s be honest) he could envision all the pretty girls wanting him to came to their rescue.

Somewhere along the line, something went dreadfully wrong.  He got a job guarding the children’s splash pool at the local city park.  Day in and day out he sat by a pool that was too shallow to drown a cat and watched little children splash water all over each other.  At night, in his dreams, instead of the sounds of pretty girls begging for his attention, he could hear the squealing of playful little children.

One afternoon, he was watching my kids.   My wife sat by the pool and watched as well.  On this particular day it was a good thing that she was watching.  Olivia and Sawyer were fine, but the lifeguard wasn’t.

As Melissa watched the children, she began to wonder when the splash pool would be closing for the summer.  So she went over to the lifeguard to ask him.  When she got to his chair, he had the bill of his cap pulled down to shade his eyes, his hands were resting on his cheeks and his body was fixed in a posture that made him appear to be totally focused and attentive to the happenings in the pool.  There was only one problem; he was asleep!

Imagine what could have happened.  Parents had entrusted their children’s lives to this fellow and he fell asleep on the job.  Maybe he was tired.  Maybe he was bored.  Maybe this job just wasn’t what he had in mind when he became a lifeguard. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter.  He should have never fallen asleep on the job. . .

Our expectations of Christianity aren’t always grounded in realism.  Being a Christian doesn’t make us healthy, wealthy, or wise.  It makes us forgiven and hopefully grateful.  And with this blessing comes great responsibility.  God entrusts us to reach the world with his life-saving message.  We’re lifeguards so to speak.

Being a Christian isn’t always fun.  Sometimes we are called into circumstances we would rather avoid.  But who we are, and what we provide for the world, is important. God is counting on us to bring living water to a dying world.  Don’t fall asleep on the job!

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Weekend of Champions

Everyone wants to be a Champion.

This weekend in my house there were several Mario Kart tournaments.  Andrew was schooling his grandparents in the finer arts of racing, while his grandmother was just figuring out how to turn the Wii Wheel. That didn’t seem to deter her however, as she hung in there, putting around the course in 12th at her own speed, undeterred by the constant heckles of “push 2”, “you need to go faster” and “here comes Andrew to lap you again”.

Then there was that Super Bowl.  Mr. Manning throws an “pick 6”, interception for a touchdown, to lose the game. Disappointing, to say the least. Do you think that makes him any less of a winner?Any less then of one of the greatest players ever to play.

Oh and then there were the commercials.  Disappointing.  But we know, the marketers will be back again next year with another brand of humor and attempts to keep us glued to the set.  (Also, here is the link to the Tebow Ad – what was the big deal?)

And then there is us.  We continue to battle and fight and race.  Sometimes we lose ( read sin), sometimes we throw an INT ( that’s interception for you non football fans out there, also read mistake), sometimes our words just don’t have the impact they are meant to have.  Does that make us a failure? Does that diminish who we are in God’s eyes?  Even though we think it does, it doesn’t.  He love is unfailing and our hope keeps us going:

Hebrews 10:23-24 (New International Version)

23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

And we keep on fighting.

Hebrews 10:39 (New International Version)

39But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.

Don’t shrink back, even in the the face of mistakes – keep on fighting.