Aug 17 2012

Daddy's Girls

You might remember making those friendship bracelets back in school, kids are still doing these.

In fact, I saw this thing where 2 little girls made something for their Dad. They wanted it to be good luck for him, because he was scaling Mount Kilimanjaro. Their big burly Dad wore those pink bracelets with pride, climbed the mountain, and is still wearing them, 8 months later.

But, he got in trouble for it. See, their Dad is R.A. Dickey.  He’s a pitcher for the New York Mets.  Apparently, in baseball there’s a rule about wearing things like this, and the other day the Umpire stopped the game, went out to the pitcher’s mound, and made him take them off.

Dickey said he had worn them without complaint in every start he has made this season. I saw a picture of them around his wrist, they were so worn and tattered and that it looks like he has never taken them off.

Now that's a Daddy who loves his kids.

Tell me what special thing your children have made you?

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Aug 16 2012

Scandalous Love

If you ever had a past mistake thrown in your face, I learned yesterday how you respond to it is key.

I have a new hero.  A friend was attacked at work for stuff that she did before she knew Jesus, and it was true, but it wasn’t fair that it was brought back up.  She has asked for and already received forgiveness from God.

She’s my hero because she didn’t quit, a lot of people would have just walked out the door and never come back.  She responded with an explanation, and then forgave her accuser.

We all have stuff in our lives that we’re not proud of. That’s why we all need Jesus.

The thing is when you decide to believe in God, He forgives you and forgets all the bad stuff.  I heard someone describe that so well once when she said, “God’s love for me is scandalous”.

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