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

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

What's Your Shoe Size?

For the past 16 years, Ray Allen has been known as the NBA’s (National Basketball Association) “sharpshooter”. He has set record after record with his shooting ability. Without a doubt, he is one of the best 3-point shooters to every play the game.

Much of his success has been attributed to his discipline in physical fitness. Allen maintains his health like a well oiled machine. In one press conference, when asked about his everyday diet, Allen said that he had never eaten a cheeseburger. A cheeseburger! Poor guy.

But now, deep into his 30’s, Allen is taking even deeper strides to keep himself in the game. He isn’t turning to more cardio, or push-ups, or even the latest diet fads. Allen is getting bigger shoes. He claims the bigger shoes provide more flexibility and comfort for his weakening ankles. He must be right, because since he “upped” his size, Allen’s shooting percentage is even higher.

But you know, even if we aren’t millionaires or future hall of famers, we aren’t much different than Ray Allen. Not because of our love for basketball or love for cheeseburgers, but because of the “shoes” we wear. When Jesus left earth to return home, he left some big shoes for us to fill. Statements like, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet” (John 13:14) prove that Jesus expects us to wear his shoes. We might feel “out of our league”, but spiritually speaking, the bigger the “shoe”, the better the person.

Do you want to improve your performance? Wear “Bigger Shoes”.

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Longest Word in the Dictionary?

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocias. You probably recognize this 34 letter word from the classic musical, “Mary Poppins”. It created quite the jingle and was the test of all tests at Spelling Bees.

But did you know that there is another word that gives Supercalifragilisticexpialidocias a run for its money as the longest word in the dictionary? Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Yes, it’s a real word, measuring 45 letters in length. It refers to a rare, but real lung disease. Some scientists claim there is a protein that is 1,185 letters long, but I don’t have the time or interest to go and find it. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis will have to do.

God doesn’t need a long, drawn out word to get our attention. God told Moses, “Tell them the I AM has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:14). Moses didn’t need any more explanation.

The “I AM”. It’s only three letters, but it’s good enough for Moses, it’s good enough for me, and it’s good enough for you. The “I AM”, was, is, and always will be.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Talking or Listening?

One day an angry wife went to see her marriage counselor. As soon as she walked in the door, she yelled, "I want to divorce my husband." The counselor replied, "Well, do you have any grounds?" She answered, "Why, yes. We have almost an acre." The puzzled counselor then asked, "You don't understand. I want to know if you and your husband have a grudge." The woman answered, "Actually, we don't, but we do have a nice carport." Frustrated, the counselor shook his head and said, "Ma'am, I'm sorry, but I don't see any reason why you should divorce your husband." The disgruntled wife looked at her counselor and said, "Well, I do. He can't carry on an intelligent conversation."

Wow, not only was this woman confused, but she was extremely hypocritical. If she would have just slowed down, stopped talking, and started listening, she wouldn't have been so illogical.

As Christ followers, we tend to be very illogical, but James tells us how to be logical people. "My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry..." (James 1:19)

Are you talking or listening?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Time for a Change?

Alexander the Great is one of history's greatest conquerors. He was an admirable leader, and fearless in battle. He even rode into battle with his men to fight the enemy.

Alexander would often hold court on the battlefield following a war to evaluate each soldier's courage during combat. Those who fought valiantly were honored, and those who deserted were punished severely. One day, a young boy was brought to Alexander's throne. Alexander asked the boy's name, and the boy said, "My name is Alexander." The General's tension immediately softened, and he was flattered that the boy bore his name. Even some of the nearby officers relaxed, because they knew this young lad had fled in battle, and possibly the General would be more lenient. However, when Alexander learned this young soldier was guilty of "cowardice", Alexander's face changed to intense anger. The General looked at the boy and asked him again, "Young man, what is your name?" The boy replied, "Alexander, sir." The general asked again, "What did you say?" Again the boy replied, "Alexander, sir." The General jumped down from his throne, grabbed the terrifed boy and said, "Either change your behavior or change your name!"

Today, many use the name "Christian" too loosely, and it has become popular "slang." People promote it when they're honored, and hide it when they're persecuted. But Jesus knows all; every thought of the mind; every motive of the heart. And from the cross, Jesus gives the same verdict, "Either change your behavior or change your name!"

What's your name? If it doesn't match your behavior, it's time for a change.