Friday, December 27, 2013

Keep on Course

3 John 1:4 (NIV)
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

I’m helping my dad with a tile project at his house.  It’s tedious work but a fun project and we’re almost halfway through.  One of the things I’ve learned about tile projects is that how you begin is really important.  If the first few tiles you apply are crooked the project will tend to get worse as you go.  So many things in life are like this; take high school algebra for instance, if you don’t get it right the first few weeks of class you’ll probably have trouble for the rest of the semester.    
In some ways the Christian life is like this too; how you start out tends to affect much of what follows, so we should be careful how we walk.  Like a story that gets stretched with each telling, sometimes initial errors can grow and become bigger ones with time, kind of like when you tell a lie and then tell subsequent bigger lies to cover your first lie. 
Scripture tells us that we’re like sheep and tend to wander off but the good news is that God is forgiving and helps us get back on track when we get off course.  Reflect on your walk today, have you gotten off the path?  Consider where it was that you began to go off course and ask God to help you realign.  If you need help call a friend or pastor who can support you in your efforts.  And remember, no challenges we ever face are too big for our God.
Proverbs 23:19(NIV)
 Listen, my son, and be wise,
and set your heart on the right path

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Hip-Hop Dude

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

While running errands around town, my family and I regularly pass several businesses that have employees standing by the side of the road in an effort to lure new customers. There are the young guys holding brightly-colored placards in front of the oil change place. There’s a lady dressed as the Statue of Liberty advertising for a tax preparation business. (She never looks happy to be at the roadside.) And there’s one young man we pass by weekly who always lights up our day.

This guy holds a guitar-shaped pizza advertisement. My kids have affectionately named him the Hip-Hop Dude. He wears headphones and is usually showing off his latest dance moves. Sometimes we honk the horn and wave just to encourage him. Once he realizes someone is watching him, he goes into hyper mode and really cuts loose! Sometimes I want to go in and buy a pizza just to show my appreciation for the entertainment.

One day while waiting at the light we were enjoying his performance and my daughter asked, “Dad, do you think his boss makes him dance like that?” I said that while his moves might add to his job security, I didn’t think the specifics were in the job description. I explained that this guy was just living out his passion and putting his whole heart into his job.

Scripture tells us that whatever we do we should put our whole heart into it. Maybe you don’t have the world’s best moves, but you can still be enthusiastic about your work. When you give a job your all, you can lay your head on the pillow at night with no regrets, knowing it is ultimately Jesus whom you serve.