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Moments Like This

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It’s moments like this that reveal the truth that often, instead of giving ourselves to people, we give things to people.

This was the reaction of author Will Davis, Jr when being interviewed on the news the afternoon of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting a week ago.

I’ve been waiting to post this blog.

I didn’t want my reaction to be knee-jerk, or unsympathetic, or drowned out by the over-saturated media on this tragedy.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this quote.

It’s moments like this…

Here it is, the weekend before Christmas. The first thing on most people’s minds is me, me, me… parties, presents, pageants, punch… Hoping we get what we wanted, hoping they will be impressed by what we got them, and hoping we don’t gain too much weight from all the gorging that will take place… and hoping the credit card bill isn’t more than we can handle.

There are families that have abruptly had their focus changed (and that is not reserved only for those in Newtown, CT).

It’s moments like this…

There are gifts under the tree that won’t be opened early on December 25th by excited little children.

What saddens me is the reality that we think about the unopened gifts, and there are now mom’s and dad’s that could care less about those gifts.

All they want is one more hug, one more smile, one more, “I love you.”

It’s moments like this…

The stuff doesn’t matter.
The time spent working overtime, not to pay the bills, but just to get more stuff.

The relationships do matter.
The time spent sitting in the Lazyboy while our children are starved for attention. (I’m just as guilty as anyone.)

How much of ourselves to we give to others, versus how much stuff we give to others?
Do the gifts attempt to make up for the lack of relationship?

As I ran around outside with my 3-year-old daughter today, I had this overwhelming sense of investment. One thousand Christmas gifts could not touch the investment into her little heart today. Stuff can be replaced, repurchased, and re-gifted… but a life? Never.

It’s moments like this…

The ultimate gift? Jesus Christ.
Sent from a heavenly Father that loves us, and wants to invest in us.

Does He give us things? Yes.
But His ultimate, and overwhelmingly significant gift for us? Relationship.
Eternity with Him because of what His Gift, Jesus, did while on earth.

It’s moments like this that reveal the truth that often, instead of giving ourselves to people, we give things to people.

This holiday season let’s change that.

Steve

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Maybe now

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we’ll see some change.

There’s a lot of people on my Facebook news feed and my Twitter feed that are whining, complaining, and sharing their own thoughts on the fall of our nation due to the re-election of President Barack Obama.

They say things like, “There goes the nation as we know it!” Or, “Time to move out of the country!” Or even, “God is going to destroy this nation. Say goodbye to your religious freedoms as you know them!

As I read these comments, I can’t help but be a little cynical.

First of all, I’ve heard this before. It’s a classic over-reaction by anyone on the losing side.

Secondly, maybe that’s what needs to happen. Maybe losing our religious freedom is a good thing. It will certainly weed out the fakers.

Do I welcome persecution? Now way!

But, if I’m persecuted for my faith in Jesus Christ, I believe Jesus himself said I should consider it an honor. (Matt 5:11, 12)

In the meantime, pray for our president, look to how you can add value to people, and become part of the eternal solution.

It is well with my soul…

Steve

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Perception is reality…

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… sort of.

My three-year-old daughter is absolutely convinced that the fox from Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham is not, in fact a fox, but a pig. She is so convinced, that when she watches the cartoon version on DVD, she yells at the television, “No, it’s a pig!

Post-modernism says that perception is reality, what’s good for you is good for you and what’s good for me is good for me, and we can hold very different beliefs yet both be right. My truth may be different from your truth, but we can both have truth, even if those truths are contradictory.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 NLT)

Truth is truth. Despite one’s perception of truth, it doesn’t change. You can think the fox is a pig all you want, but the fact of the matter is, it’s a fox.

You are either right or wrong in your perception of the information. Once presented with the truth, you can either accept it and change, or reject it and continue in a false reality.

Choose change (and I’m not talking about Obama’s perception of “change”).

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