"...and I will dwell in the House of the LORD forever!"

Monday, October 25, 2010

A World Series Wonder

I love the World Series! Fans watch for six months, 162 games, plus playoffs to see which team will win it all! The World Series really does prove which team is the BEST in Baseball. Unlike the Super Bowl, the winning team must win at least four games in a seven game series. To win four games, the words “off day” are no longer relevant.

Every year, stories about the stars of the series seep to the surface, and this year, it’s no different! Bengie Molina, the veteran catcher for the Texas Rangers, will receive a World Series ring regardless if Texas wins or loses. Molina played with the San Francisco Giants from 2007 to July 1st of this year. He will be the first catcher in baseball history to play in the World Series against a team he played for earlier in the season. Since Molina played for the Giants the first half of 2010, Major League Baseball has decided to award Molina with a ring since he contributed to the San Francisco Giants’ winning record, which consequently gave them a playoff birth. Many will see this as “wrong” or “unnecessary”, but I say give Molina the ring; he’s a superstar! Both ball clubs had great things to say about their catcher. Tim Lincecum, the Giants’ “ace” pitcher gave these remarks, “He knows batters’ tendencies and he put the right fingers down for me to throw the right pitches. He knows every hitter in the game.” Ron Washington, the Texas Rangers’ manager, spoke of Melina in this way, “We have benefited from his experience. When he says something, everybody listens.” Maybe Melina will give the Rangers an “edge” since he knows the San Francisco hitters so well!

But what I think is so special about Molina are his memories of San Francisco. He said, “When I was with the Giants, I became a brother. I became a father. I became a guy who took aside a lot of the young kids and talked to them not only about baseball, but life itself.” Any man who realizes there’s more to life than baseball, and decides to make a difference with his maturity, deserves any ring that baseball will give him!

Unfortunately, even as followers of Jesus Christ, we might play for “both” teams. Some days we give God what He desires, but other days we give into what Satan desires for us. (Not that I’m comparing the Rangers to Heaven and the Giants to Hades). But isn’t it amazing to know that at the end of the “season”, if we hold fast to the Gospel, and if we have the blood of Jesus flowing through our veins, we will receive the “ring”? It’s called the “Crown of Life”, and only the “redeemed” will receive it.

Now that’s a World Series worth winning!

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Truths of Time

I’m a big fan of statistical studies! Statistics keep us attuned to the movements and habits of our culture. A recent study was just published that analyzed the amount of time children spend in front of TV’s, computers, or video games every day. The study researched 1,013 children between the ages of 10 and 11 across the nation. It reported that children who spend two or more hours a day looking at screens are more likely to develop psychological problems (difficulty relating to peers, emotional issues, poor conduct, etc.) when they get older. Now, the study about children and their “screen time” is not a new study! In previous studies, researches claimed that if parents made their children exercise more, the physical exertion would balance out the effects of media. If that “prescription” is the “cure”, some children would have to train for a triathlon to be healed! Two hours of TV is just their warm up! However, according to this most recent study, physical exercise will not solve the trauma that too much “screen time” can cause!

It gets back to one simple rule of life; it’s all about balance! It doesn’t matter how “good” something is! Too much of a “good” thing can be “bad!” But isn’t it great that we can never spend TOO much time with God’s word? Even when we completely absorb ourselves into its message, we never have to worry about psychological problems, but only psychological positives! In fact, the Bible teaches us how to understand and relate to others, rely on God during emotional heartache, and be people of upstanding character!

There’s only one concern! How much time do YOU actually spend with God’s word? You don’t have to spend two hours every day, but you must give God something! And trust me, any “time” that you spend with the “truth”, God will always bless!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Captured by a Camera

Can you believe that photo? No, it’s not staged. It’s not “Photo Shopped” by a computer. That’s a REAL picture of Tiger Woods hitting a golf ball into the camera at the Ryder Cup.

You might ask, “How in the world did the photographer capture that picture?” Well, the camera man was not trying to capture this type of image. He set up on the side of the 18th green with many other photographers. But, Tiger missed the green on his approach from the fairway, and then he “duffed” his next shot right into the camera! Yes, even the former #1 golfer in the world makes embarrassing shots from time to time. What is the best part of this photo? Check out the man on the right with a cigar in his mouth. Who let that guy on the golf course? He certainly doesn’t fit the golfer “mold.”

It’s a great photo that gives us a new image of professional golf that we have never seen before! We can see EVERYTHING; even the rotation and compression of the golf ball! Do you realize this is how God sees us? He sees things we do not see. He captures every thought, every emotion, every action, and He doesn’t even need a camera! He doesn’t worry about having a High Power lens, because He reigns on high, and He has all power in heaven and on earth!

Are you pleased with what God sees in you? Remember, He sees EVERYTHING! Even the things that no one else sees! So smile for the Camera!

Monday, October 4, 2010

A Trivial Lesson from the Titanic

It’s almost been 100 years since the Titanic sank to the floor of the Northern Atlantic Ocean. In my opinion, Titanic is easily one of the most heartbreaking stories in North American history. Titanic was known to be “A Palace on Water”, a “Gift of the Gods”, and “Unsinkable.” But if Titanic was a palace it was very fragile, if it was a gift from the gods the gods didn’t shop very long for the perfect “gift”, and it certainly wasn’t unsinkable. Some have even said, “The great thing about the Titanic is there will never be a sequel!” In the early hours of the morning on April 12th, 1912, Titanic struck an iceberg. And in 2 hours and 40 minutes, it was completely submerged. 2223 people were travelling on the ship, and only 706 survived. (1,517 people died!) When the story reached the newspapers, it covered EVERY front page. It even trumped the grand opening of Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox, which held its first game that same day. It was the “Pearl Harbor”, the “JFK assassination”, the “9/11” of the early 1900’s.

But do you know the REAL story? Louise Patten, an accomplished author and a granddaughter of a Titanic officer, brought some crucial details to the table. Apparently, when the ship industry made the transition from sails to steam, there were two different steering systems. Robert Hitchins was on duty and steering the ship when Titanic struck the iceberg. When he saw the iceberg, he panicked and he steered the wrong way. By the time he realized what he had done, it was too late to steer the ship to safety! Louise Patten also gave us a few more details from her grandfather, who attended an emergency meeting with all of Titanic’s officers before the ship sank. According to Patten, J. Bruce Ismay, the CEO of White Star Line which owned Titanic, persuaded the captain of Titanic to keep sailing, even though they had struck the iceberg. Years later, Patten’s grandfather made this statement: “If Titanic had stood still, she would have survived until the rescue ship came and no one would have died.”

What a tragedy! If Titanic would have waited for help, just think how many more innocent people would have lived! I can’t guarantee this new information is 100% credible, but what a lesson it teaches us! When we are faced with problems, and then when we strike the iceberg, we want to keep “sailing” and rescue ourselves. How much “safer” would we be if we grasped for God? How much “stronger” would we be if we sought after the Savior? How much “calmer” would we be if we waited on the Lord?

Let the Titanic teach you a trivial lesson. Don’t keep “sailing”; just wait! The LORD will come to the rescue!