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Happy Birthday, Pelé


Did you know that in 1967, the two factions involved in the Nigerian Civil War agreed to a 48-hour ceasefire so they could watch Pelé play an exhibition game in Lagos? Yes, he was that good….

So Happy Birthday, Edison “Edson” Arantes do Nascimento.

Pele Goals


Let the School Year Begin!


I am not starting school this year and yet my life is still shaped by the fact that it is the first week of school in this  area of the world. It’s amazing. But it got me thinking. Life really does move in seasons.

Every time I gear up towards a new season, I think of that song by The Byrds, Turn! Turn! Turn! Admittedly, it’s about the only song I can identify as The Byrds and it wasn’t really even their song… But I still think of it at the beginning of a new season and it always makes me open back up to Ecclesiastes 3.

For everything there is a season,

and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

a time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to break down, and a time to build up;

a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

a time to seek, and a time to lose;

a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

a time to tear, and a time to sew;

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

a time to love, and a time to hate;

a time for war, and a time for peace. 

What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.

In the busyness of this new season, I hope you will remember this with me: God knows all that is happening, none of it surprises God. So the best thing we can do is enjoy the season and trust the details to God!


Song of the Month


I really like music. I like listening to all kinds of music and I like when I can make music. I just really like music.

I think one of the things I like so much is how powerful words seem to become when they are pared with music. There is just something about the combination of melody and lyric. I think there was a day and age when poetry did what song does for us now. I believe in our time, our poetry is our song. So here is a song that just moves me to the core.

The first time I heard it, I was forced to stop. The words totally caught me. What made me stop was this thought: I spend a lot of time focused on God’s love (which is a really, really good thing), but I spend very little time amazed by the holiness of God. If I begin to bask in the holiness of God, though, the God’s love becomes even more amazing…. But do I really allow the reality of God’s holiness to wash over me? What about you? What do you think?….


Something to think about…



Raindrops are fallin’ on my head…


It’s raining today. A big switch from yesterday, but still it is here. As I sat in my office this morning and thought about the rain outside and all the crazy weather we’ve had over the last year, I was reminded of God’s interaction with Noah after the flood in Genesis 8-9.

People were so messed up and so evil that God actually decided that the only thing to do was start over. So God had Noah build a huge floating box and sent animals to him in pairs- well, except for some of the birds and “clean” animals, there were 7 pairs of each of those. But I digress.

Noah, his family, and all these animals spent the next year on this giant box/boat thing. After the waters began to go back, Noah, his family, and the animals came off the boat. That must have been the strangest, most surreal experience ever…. But before they can do much of anything, God makes a covenant with Noah, his family, and all living creatures.

God promises that never again will water completely destroy all living things. God makes the promise and gives a sign. The rainbow.

Now we like to give scientific explanations about the rainbow, but even in the explanations I think of something significant… Because of how every raindrop can refract the light, every raindrop carries with it a reminder of God’s promise. The earth cannot have rain without the ability to have a rainbow. We may not always see the rainbow, but it is always inerrant in the rain.

I may not always know how God is working. I may not always see God’s promise. The rain may feel like too much to handle. But God’s promise is always there. I may experience a lot of messed up situations, but God is always true to God’s promise. I guess that makes me somewhat okay with the rain.


Love


Today I stumbled (quite literally at stumbleupon.com) across an article titled The Definition of Love. It was kind of sad and I don’t recommend it, but it got me thinking. “Love” is a word we throw around a lot. And many times we don’t pay attention to it at all… But maybe we should.

As I thought about it, I remembered the times just in the last few days that I used the word to describe what I think about non-essential things like entertainment, weather, or specific food. It is kind of crazy. I mean really, do I really love Chipotle burritos? Well, maybe- but no, really? Not really. It is kind of sad that I take such a powerful word and diminish it’s meaning…

But what does it mean? Well, I’m inclined to go back to scripture to discover the true meaning of love. And this is what I find:

The Way of Love

 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, andif I deliver up my body to be burned,but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Yup, good ol’ 1 Corinthians 13. You have likely heard or read this before. But here it is: a real, meaningful definition of love. One that is not contingent upon feelings or emotion. It is more based on selfless choices of behavior and actions. And it is not alone. It is partnered with faith and hope. When love is defined by these characteristics, then it really is the greatest of all.


It is the end of the world as we know it


There is great speculation about what today holds. Harold Camping and Family Radio have declared that today will be the day that God pulls faithful believers out of the world and everything falls apart in the apocalypses. Maybe you didn’t hear anything about this or maybe you’ve been thinking about it. I got to thinking about it last night and I realized a couple of things.

I realized that I like not knowing when sudden change is going to happen. But I also realized that the continual expectation of Jesus’ return should always be shaping my daily decisions. Jesus actually talked about this exact thing. I was thinking about it… Luke 12:35-48–

35“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, 36and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37Blessed are those servantswhom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you,he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 39But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. 40You also mus be ready, forthe Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” 41Peter said, “Lord,are you telling this parable for us or for all?” 42And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? 43Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 45But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink andget drunk, 46the master of that servant will comeon a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. 47And that servant whoknew his master’s will butdid not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. 48But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.

I don’t think the point is that we know when Jesus is returning. It could be today. It could be tomorrow. The point is am I living in a way that will please the Master when he returns? At whatever point Jesus does return, I want to be found making decisions and living in a way that is honorable. So what are you going to do today?