Thoughts from an Ordinary Guy

This journey through life is never boring......

Month: January 2014 (page 1 of 3)

Nothing Makes Sense

“I say to God, “Be my Lord!”
Without you, nothing makes sense.”  Psalm 16:2 (The Message)

I’ve talked to numerous people going through tough times, whether they be financial, physical, emotional or other.   I’ve talked to numerous people who live and work in 3rd world countries (like Haiti, Uganda, Kenya and Bangladesh) who deal with and see suffering on a daily basis.   Suffering that most of us in the first world will never see.

“Without you, nothing makes sense.”    How could you see and deal with that type of suffering without knowing that there is a God?

“Without you, nothing makes sense.”    I don’t believe that means that as soon as you become a Christian, everything will make sense.    I do believe that when you become a Christian, you can rest in the comfort that God has a plan and that one day, maybe not until we get to heaven, but one day we will see what God’s plan is.

I also believe that we are, in many ways, living in a time similar to the period of WWII between D-Day and the end of the war.    After the initial landing and infiltration was completed, the final outcome was certain.  We knew who was going to win the war eventually, but we had a lot of really nasty nasty fighting to go through yet.

We know that Satan has been defeated and that he will not triumph, but we are still in a battle – a battle that we will win – but a battle that will be painful…….

Keep the faith, keep fighting.

God is faithful.

Tom

A Fast Food Meal?

Today, as part of my devotions, I came across this verse in Psalm 14:4 (the Message):

Don’t they know
they can’t get away with this—
Treating people like a fast-food meal
over which they’re too busy to pray?

A fast food meal over which they are too busy to pray.   Think about that – how often have you and I whipped into a fast food restaurant, bought some food and on our way again.   Never stopping, never praying for the food, just inhaling it and moving on.

That is NOT how God wants us to treat people.    God is calling us to invest in people, to enjoy spending time with people and to take the time to talk and pray with people.

So, are the people you meet and the people you relate with today a fast food meal or a good solid steak and potatoes sit down dinner?

Tom

Kid President Says It Well–Advice to a New Person

My Story–It’s an Unfinished One

I mentioned before that I’ve had a number of people tell me, you should write down your story because it’s an absolutely amazing story.

First off, it’s humbling to hear that because I don’t see it that way.   I’m just a dad with 5 kids, 2 of which happen to be from another country.

Secondly, if I can, by writing my story, encourage one more person to take one more step “outside their comfort zone” and make a difference in this world, then that’s worth it.

Starting next Saturday, every Saturday I’m going to post a small part of the story.   It will take a long time to tell (this part of the story is over 10 years long) but it has been a very interesting and enriching ride.

I hope you’ll join me and share part of your story too.

Thanks,

Tom

A Prayer of Indifference

Dear Heavenly Father,

Help me not to care.

Help me not to care if it’s what I want.

Help me not to care whether it makes me comfortable.

Help me not to care whether it’s clean or it’s messy.

Help me not to care about driving the nicest cars.

Help me not to care whether the person sitting next to me in church “looks” like me.

Help me not to care about anything that you don’t care about.

and help me to care about what You care about.

Amen

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