Monday, December 31, 2012


I hope I don't sound sacrilegious when I say this, but I got a taste of what it might like to be God over the weekend.  After spending some time scraping the packed snow and shoveling over the weekend I came inside and checked my Facebook.  There was a guy thanking God for the snow.  While he was thankful, I was grumbling about shoveling the white stuff.  

So who's right?  Obviously some people love the snow, while others may not.  Was God punishing me or blessing the guy who shovels snow for a living?  

I'm not sure anyone will be able to give me the correct answer.  It is a silly example I know, but there are other more serious examples too.  Why does God heal some and not others?  Why are some blessed financially and others struggle?  They both love God, serve faithfully, and are big givers (of finances and their time).

In Sunday School I was told that some questions will not be answered until heaven.  If that's the case, I am going to have A LOT of questions.  Honestly, it also leaves me frustrated.  I find myself asking why a lot more.  Maybe it is because I just read the story of Jacob wrestling with God (Genesis 32 I think).  He would not stop wrestling until God blessed him.

Maybe I'm not stubborn enough.  Maybe I'm too much of a wimp.  Jacob was willing to have his hip dislocated to receive God's blessing.  Maybe, being restless is part of our growing relationship with God.  Maybe without the frustration, the hard work, and the pain, we can't be ready for what God has in store.

I usually have a theme song that carries me through each season in my life.  Right now, it's Switchfoot - Restless.  Every time I hear it, it reminds me to not look at the problem or pain, but to "wrestle" with God.  My blessing could be right around the corner.


Friday, December 21, 2012


I know this never happens to you, but sometimes I find myself whining about my circumstances.  I wish this was different, I wish that was different, I wish, I wish, I wish...

I believe those are the most important times to reflect.  That is when I realize I have a lot to be thankful for.  My wife, my son, my family, my home, my job, my car, my country, etc.  I could go on forever.  But no, I often think of the worst things going on in my life and grumble about those.

Then I see a video like this and remember I have even MORE to be thankful for.  Even though Derek is blind, he is living life thankful for what he can do!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Most Difficult Job In The World

Each of us has our own opinion of what the most difficult job in the world might be (doctor, pastor, teacher, etc).  But what about the Christian comedian?  Think about it, comedy is, by definition, making fun of someone, something, or some situation.  But, not everyone agrees on what could or should be made fun of?  Someone is always going to disagree with what is "funny" or "not funny."

So, I'm taking a chance here by posting a video that "I" think is funny.  I know that someone might be offended by something...but I will take my chances :)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Have A High Energy Christmas!

Christmas music dominates this time of the year.  In the stores, at church, and at LIFE we play lots of it too.  I love Christmas, but some of the music is a little bit too sleepy for me.  Of course the lyrics are amazing, but so many of the Christmas carols and songs lack energy (Silent Night, O Come O Come Emmanuel, We Three Kings, Christmas Shoes [I know this is a favourite for many, but it is slow...right?], etc).

So, for those who like to pick up the pace and have some energy fun at Christmas, here are some of my picks:

1. Relient K - 12 Days Of Christmas
2. All Star United - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
3. Tenth Avenue North - Deck The Halls
4. Matthew West - Come On Christmas
5. Relient K - Angels We Have Heard On High (I know, I already picked Relient K, but their Christmas album is awesome).

I know, I am just getting started.   The point is, there is lots of fun Christmas music if you listen for it.

Merry Christmas!