Archive for November 24th, 2007

Burn Out Bright

At Impact we’ve been talking about slowing down.  So many of our lives are non-stop, fast-paced, running on empty traps that lead us to the point of brokenness.  This week (the 28th) we head in a different direction.

If we only have one shot at life we should be making the most of every opportunity.  Some would look at this as a contradiction of the whole series that we are in right now.  That’s not the case.  Making the most of every opportunity also means enjoying the downtime that God makes available to us.  It means that, for me, I spend time playing with my girls (even when all they want to play with is Barbie!).  We need to live in the moment and find joy in those times.  When my life comes to an end I don’t want to look back with regret.  I want to be pleased with the time that I had with my wife and kids.

May you live in such a way that you find joy in what you do.  May you live with no regrets.  May you burn out bright!

So Blessed!

So we’re all seated and chowing big time during Thanksgiving dinner when my mother-in-law walks out of the room and then returns with a card in her hand. She walks over to me and hands me the card with a big smile on her face. I’m a little confused but figure that they just want to get an early start on my birthday (by the way, it’s December 12, mark your calendars and start budgeting for what you’re gonna get me – Starbucks giftcards are my favorite!). So I open the card and everyone around the table has the same goofy grin on their face. Again, confusion. The card is for Christmas and it was signed by everyone there. I smiled and said, “Thanks!” to everyone thinking that maybe the check that was in the card fell out and was under the table (what else am I supposed to think!?) They then lead me downstairs and out to the garage.

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Yeah Baby! 9.5 horsepower, 28 inch clearing width! Throw away the shovels, I’m blowing snow this winter! What a huge blessing and an even bigger surprise! Kim and I have talked about getting a snowblower for the past 5 years but it has never been in the budget. As I sat there thinking of all the things I was thankful for it was less about the snowblower and so much more about God’s faithfulness to us not getting trapped in financial debt. Because we deferred our own desire for a snowblower that we couldn’t afford anyway God was able to bless my in-laws and brother-in-law through the blessing of giving. This has been a great Thanksgiving weekend!

Bring on the snow! This year I am ready for it and will not complain.