Wednesday, June 30, 2010

God's Plans or Our Plans?

Always allow for God to interrupt you.

This week our church's Student Ministry is at Falls Creek for youth camp. It's a great spiritual experience for students (and adult sponsors as well).

My two youngest children aren't old enough for the youth group, so I stay behind with them. (It's also good to have at least one pastoral staff member in town.) I do, however, always make an appearance at youth camp. I'll never forget that on the day God called me to serve Him vocationally, my pastor, Jimmy Draper, was there to encourage me. It's important to know the big kahuna cares.

Both this year and last year during Falls Creek week, I planned to drive down on Thursday to be with the group. But the Lord had other plans. Both years there happened to be at least one student who couldn't ride down with the youth group on Monday. So, both years I volunteered to change my calendar around and take the students.

Here's the best part: Last year, the lost student I drove to Falls Creek prayed to receive Christ. The same thing just happened this year.

All it takes for God to move in people's lives is to make yourself available to Him. Allow Him to interrupt your plans.


Saturday, June 26, 2010

A NBA Player's Radical Faith in Christ

Check out the story of Manute Bol, a former NBA player who gave himself to help Sudanese refugees.

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Friday, June 04, 2010

Nobody Is Perfect

On June 2, Armando Galarraga was on the verge of pitching a perfect game, a feat that has been accomplished only 20 times in Major League Baseball history. Jason Donald, who should have been the final batter, hit a ground ball to first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera tossed the ball to Galarraga, who stepped on the bag at first. A perfect game.

Except for one fact: Umpire James Joyce called Donald safe. It was a bad call--a really bad call.

We can learn a lot from this situation:
  • Realize that your mistakes affect others. It's just a fact of life. Joyce made a decision that cost Galarraga a rare place in statistical history.
  • Own up to your mistakes. Joyce did this. Once he saw the replay in the locker room, he knew how badly he messed up. Instead of trying to cover himself, he owned up to making a bad call.
  • Be gracious to those whose mistakes hurt you. Immediately after the call, Galarraga didn't argue with Joyce. He didn't even say a word. He simply smiled. (I remembered George Brett going ballistic during the famous "Pine Tar" incident.) Then he took the ball and returned to the mound to continue the game. The next day, Galarraga graciously took the lineup card to a tearful Joyce, who was the home plate umpire for that game.
I love what Galarraga said told the press: "Nobody is perfect. Inside of my heart, I don't have any problem."

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