Aug 18 2012

That Somebody Is You

If you think back to when you were a teenager, you might have complained to your parents about being BORED.   Maybe you heard that a lot this summer if you have teenagers.

This might shake them up.  It kind of put a fire under me too.

It’s a judge’s letter of advice from 1959 to teens, published in a school newspaper.

“Always we hear the cry from teenagers, ‘what can we do, where can we go?’ My answer is this:  Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons and after you’re finished, read a book...The world does not owe you a living you owe the world something.  You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in sickness, and lonely again…You are important and you are needed.  It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday.  Someday is now and that somebody is you.”

Yes sir!

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Aug 17 2012

Come Awake

If you have ever found yourself going through life on auto-pilot.

Maybe once you parked at the office, you had the thought, how did I get here?  I don't even remember the drive.

It's time to change it up.  This is something I’m personally working on.  As a parent of young children, life sometimes feels an ipod on repeat.

So, I did something different this morning, and I got up early, put on my headphones, and ran.  I just have a lot of things on my mind, I need to sort through, and that usually works for me.

During my run, Matt Maher’s song, Christ is Risen, came on my ipod.

I have heard it a thousand times, but today I was in a new routine, and it stood out in a different way.

Especially the lyric “No burden great can hold you down…Come awake come awake, Come and rise up from the grave.”

I know that the song is talking about Jesus and how he rose from the grave.

But today, I got the encouragement that you and I can too.  You can come awake, get off auto pilot, and banish apathy.

The bible says if you believe, you can do all that Jesus did. So if no burden got him down, if he can come awake, and rise up, so can you.

"For though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light."  -Michah 7:8

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