Friday, March 28, 2014

Sharathon 15

Sharathon 15 is over.  It is an intense couple of days but seems to come and go so fast.  I have been at LIFE 100.3 for over 10 years and the feelings of thankfulness seem to grow with each year. Most of us (I mean all of us) have day to day and month to month financial responsibilities.  We have families to look after, cars to buy and fix, houses to upkeep, and the odd crisis along the way to manage.

We also know that our LIFE listeners are strong supporters of their local church and other important ministries too.  Our general manager, Scott Jackson, has always told me that people give to causes they believe in.  To think that someone appreciates a radio station so much that they give money to it, is amazing.

I am also humbled by the greatness of God.  When you are a part of something special, it can be easy to believe that without "me or my role," it may not work.  Instead, I have come to learn that God doesn't need me to further His work on LIFE, but He is willing to use me if I am willing.  Praise God for that!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Playing Along

Did you or do you watch game shows?  I'm typically not a big fan, but for some reason I used to always play along with Wheel Of Fortune.  Strangely enough, I was pretty good.  I could often get puzzles with only a couple of letters.  That being said, it's much easier to sit on the couch at home and solve puzzles than it is in a tv studio in front of a live audience.  When I heard about this guy on Wheel Of Furtune who solved a seemingly impossible puzzle, I had to try it.  Unfortunately, I could not.  But I do have to admit, it was impressive.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Do Something

I have learned that I am very good at pointing out problems.  In fact, it comes naturally.  I am very good at pointing out what is wrong with our government.  I could make a list of everything I would change at my church too.  I could even tell you what's wrong with the Leafs and what is keeping them from their first Stanley Cup victory since 1967!  You probably can't relate because you are more interested in finding out solutions to the problems.  You don't bring up what's wrong with the world unless you are willing to do something about it.

Ok, maybe we are all guilty of complaining every once in a while.  Matthew West would include himself in that category and wrote the song, Do Something.  I'm guessing we can all learn something from it.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Bad Days

Most of the time, bad days are not really that bad.  It is simply a series of events that drive you crazy.  Your alarm doesn't go off.  Then you run out of coffee.  The car won't start and your hands are dirty after opening the hood (even though you have no idea how to fix a car).  After work you need to go grocery shopping and even though the cart looks, "new," it has that one bad wheel that makes you feel like you're pushing a cart on skis through the store instead of on wheels.

I wonder if the Bible has anything to say about bad days.  How about James 1:2-7

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

I think the purpose of the verse is to remind us that God is with us everyday, even in the little things.  That's why the verse says, trials of many kinds.  He is waiting, and I think hoping, for us to put our complete trust in Him.  If we don't, we are tossed around like that wave in the sea.  But as we trust, forget about the circumstance, and increase our faith, those trials of many kinds will no longer be top of mind.  Those generous gifts from God will be that positive distraction we need.