Hi Everyone! It’s that time again… Christmas is coming up fast! We get caught up in the preparation and craziness trying to find the PERFECT gift for our friends and family. We tend to forget all else. But the reality of Christmas is this: It is very expensive. We, as people with more than enough of everything we need, even struggle to make ends meet at this time of the year. But, do we really? I think most of us live with a lot of luxuries that we consider necessities of life. A mocha every morning? Going out for lunch daily? A treat for ourselves when we fill our cars with gas? Do any of these hit home? Even at this time of the year when we are spending extra money on gifts for our loved ones, we continue to fill our “need” for these luxuries – It’s only a few dollars, right? These few dollars add up. We wouldn’t struggle at all if we didn’t add these to our daily lists of things to buy.
I once heard a story about a girl who felt invisible to the world, and cleaned out her locker one day with plans to go home and commit suicide. While walking home, she tripped and dropped a lot of the stuff she was carrying. Someone ran over and helped her pick up her things, and walked the rest of the way home with her. They started talking and the person asked if they could hang out again sometime. She no longer felt alone, and didn’t go through with her plan. Whether or not this story is true, I don’t know. What I did learn from this story, is that a simple action can make a person feel that someone cares.
We all know what it’s like to feel forgotten. To feel pushed to the side and left there. It’s natural and common. The worst is being in a room full of people and feeling so alone. I hate that anyone in the world ever feels this way, and do my best to make sure the people around me know I care.
Vacation Bible School just ended at church. About 100 kids attended, and they were all excited to show up each day to learn about this guy named Jesus. The focus of the curriculum was sharing the Good News. That is, telling people outside the church, about Jesus. Will they go out and tell people in their daily lives about Jesus and what He did for us? Maybe. The younger ones are more likely to do so. The older kids? Probably as excited as they are about what Jesus has done for us, the chances of the name of Jesus being used outside the church walls are much smaller. Why?
I get a whole lot of tweets from people asking me to promote them. One day a few months ago, I got one from a girl who said she had less than 10 followers, and asked if I could help her out. Being the kind Munkie I am, and the fact that I don’t think anyone should have under 100 followers unless they want it that way, I decided to promote her. I sent out a tweet asking people to follow her. A few minutes later, I got a direct message from a good friend… Continue reading »
I am a Christian. People always tell me to prove that God exists. I always answer with, “prove to me that He doesn’t exist.” I posted that on Twitter. Most of the replies said something like, “Neither existence nor lack of such can be proven.” But one person answered in a way that not only shocked me, but honestly set me off a little bit. So much that I wasn’t sure how to reply. This person answered with, “Starving children. Homeless people. War. The economy.” I am sure there were more bad things listed, but I tweet too much to look for the tweet.
I was so unsettled that I looked through the Bible for a Biblical answer to this tweet. I asked someone who went to college to guide students in their faith, a good friend of mine, and searched my own mind to find an answer. A few days later, I was with my dad, who gave me an answer so simple, I felt a little embarrassed that I couldn’t have come up with it myself. Continue reading »
Today is Easter Sunday. Most of our kids, if we have them, are finding candy and toys from the Easter Bunny, and we are preparing Easter dinners and finishing up last minute cleaning before family members begin to arrive.
It is a great day. Families gathering, children giggling, Easter egg hunts, afternoon naps, games and joy.
But wait. WHY? Continue reading »