Have you called upon a locksmith lately? Well, I have come to the conclusion, based on my experience that the place to make a fortune is not in medicine or the field of law. You don’t need to win the lottery or become a famous pop singer. You can just become a locksmith that makes after hours calls and you can be rich beyond your wildest dreams.
When we called the locksmith it took him about 45 minutes to get there, and he had accomplished his task at our location in about 15 mins. The owner of the shop ended up showing up for the last 5 minutes because the trainee was having issues.
For the complete service, after hours, the total charge came to $335 dollars not including tax. He didn’t sell us anything. We didn’t buy any parts. There was nothing in the lock that needed to be replaced. The issue was that our door jamb is warped.
Did you catch the part about the $335 dollars? I asked the guy, and he told me that we were paying a normal “emergency” service call. Which is, 125 dollars an hour for a two hour minimum plus a 85 dollar service charge.
Wow. Healthcare just got cheaper in my eyes.
Because I am who I am, I asked the owner if there was any adjustment he could make on the price based on the fact he had only been there 15 minutes. He regretfully said that he couldn’t (remember this guy is the owner) and that the price was what it was.
“Fantastic” I said. “I’ve got about 12 more doors I would like you to service for the next hour and 45 minutes. Since I’m paying for the two hours, I’d like to get two hours of work. Or, I can just pay for one hour”.
In the end I got 125 dollars taken off the bill and they went on their merry way.
Why do I tell you all of this? You would be amazed at what you can get if you just ask. I’m sure that a larger percentage of their customers never ask for a reduction. That is fine. I’m not that guy. I am also not the guy that is afraid to ask God for anything either.
That’s the spiritual point I want to make today- if you have a relationship with God, you shouldn’t have any reluctance in asking him for whatever you need. He is the one who can bring it to you, so why not ask Him?
I like what 1 John 3:21 says- Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.
Often times we don’t see the changes in our life that we would like to see because we are not asking the right person the right questions. If you want to see some changes in your life, don’t be afraid to ask God to move on them. You will be surprised what you might get.
Is there every anything that you have hoped for? Sue you have. We all have. Hoping for stuff is what makes life worth living. It’s not always easy to hope for stuff, especially when what you hope for doesn’t happen. Then it’s sad.
My Daughter earlier in the year had the opportunity to take an entrance exam to go into a program called “Hi-Cap” which is a program for kids who are advanced in their learning. For my daughter, it meant that she would be more challenged than she currently was in her classroom. Nothing against the curriculum or the teacher, my daughter apparently is somewhat advanced. Smart as a whip they say.
She really wanted to get into this program. I could see it in her demeanor. When the day to take the test came, she took it. Then we anxiously awaited the results of the test.
She got accepted.
Elated probably isn’t a strong enough word for how she reacted. She was very excited. But there was an issue- she would have to leave her current school and go to a different school. This program is only offered at a few schools. There is a school near our house that we hoped she could get into.
When they told her what school was available, it was not the one near our house. It was the one 20 or so minutes away. The wife and I talked about it and decided that it just wasn’t going to work for her to do the program this year. We talked to the administrator and they said that the other school was full, there was no chance of an opening, so we had to take this other school or not go in the program.
Last Thursday we told our daughter she wasn’t going to be able to be in the program. She was sad, but accepted that it wasn’t going to work out.
But then my wife talked to God about it. She asked for favor for our Daughter, and yesterday (four days later) the school district called us and said that the school near our house ‘somehow’ had an unexpected opening and our daughter would be able to be in the program near our school. Thank you Jesus.
Did you know that God answers prayer? That often the only thing that is keeping you from a blessing is actually talking to God about it? If you are a child of God, why wouldn’t God answer your prayers? Ask Him, believe in faith, and watch what He will do with your situation!
Find something to pray about today and ask God about it. Watch what he does with it. “somehow” things will work out.
I went to gym this morning. Tuesday mornings are the most difficult gym day for me, because for me to be able to squeeze my workout in, I have to get to the gym at 6am. Yeah, I know you probably get up earlier than that, and so do I on a lot of days, but I don’t get to the gym that early, so for me, it’s a big deal.
It’s not actually part of the point of this story, so I’m not sure why I even included it.
Anyway, got to the gym. Did some chest and shoulder work, and then got on the treadmill and ran for a while. It was very muggy in our gym today. Dripping with sweat Amazon forest muggy. Because of time constraints, I had to rush home and perform my stretching exercises there, which is usually not the norm. Typically I stretch at the gym.
I’m getting closer to making the point of the story.
So I get home, I get on the carpet in the front room, begin my stretching, and my dog Ranger apparently thinks that the reason I am on the floor is to play with him.
You know he’s a 90lb Labrador Retriever right? (Pictured above) So as I’m there, on the floor stretching my legs, dripping with sweat, my 90lb dog literally lays on top of my legs and begins to furiously lick the sweat off my arms. It was both disgusting and endearing at the same time.
I tried my best to get him off of me, but it was to no avail. He wasn’t going anywhere. I was there, on the floor, covered with sweat, and he wanted to be near me. He didn’t just want to be near me, he wanted to be on me. Close to me. Touching me. Loving me.
As annoying as it was, all I could think was how this DOG was reminding me of GOD. No matter what my condition, Dog loves me. No matter what my condition God loves me. No matter where I have been Dog is excited to see me. No matter where I have been God is excited to see me. There is no escaping Dog’s love. There is no escaping God’s love.
Remember that today. God relentlessly pursues you. He unconditionally loves you. There is no escaping His love for you.
Even a dog can teach you that.
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In this life you are often going to encounter people who do not understand what you do or why you do it. They will say things that are discouraging and more than likely you will be unmotivated by their comments. People say what they say. I am not sure why they say what they say, but that say it.
I had coffee yesterday with someone who told me that I wasn’t going to save the world by writing a blog. Apparently in their mind, a pastor should be doing something more productive than sitting around chugging out text. They were right. I’m not going to save the world by writing this blog. If I’m lucky, I might save myself though.
Discouragement from those around you can come at any time from any direction. Here is a few reason I think people like to say discouraging things about what you are doing.
1. Lack of information- they don’t understand exactly what you are doing, so they make a quip judgment about it without fully understanding it
2. Jealousy- They can’t do what you are doing, so they would rather chuck some stones at you and the activity in hopes that you’ll stop it, and they wont have to feel jealous anymore.
3. Critical- Often these types of people say ice is too cold. They will find a way to criticize anything.
Here’s the deal- if there is something that you do in your life that you enjoy, that isn’t contrary to the word of God or hurtful to someone else- you should feel completely comfortable in doing it. Don’t worry about what other people think or say about what you are doing. Don’t worry about the results of what you are doing. If God has inspired you to do something, do it with all of your might.
Here’s the other part of it- don’t be so critical of someone else either. Maybe that coworker of yours that collects bottle caps loves it with all of his might. Perhaps that gal who loves to do mud-runs finds fulfillment in it. Do you want to answer to God for being the reason someone was discouraged? I sure don’t.
I like this verse- 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
If you’re doing something that no one understands- I encourage you today to continue it. If you see someone doing something you don’t understand, don’t discourage them.
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Today we commemorate D-Day.
On June 6th 1944, the Allied forces of WWII invaded France during Operation Overlord which was the largest amphibious operation to take place in the history of the world.
It was a big deal.
The pbs.org website quotes “An invading army had not crossed the unpredictable, dangerous English Channel since 1688 — and once the massive force set out, there was no turning back. The 5000-vessel armada stretched as far as the eye could see, transporting over 150,000 men and nearly 30,000 vehicles across the channel to the French beaches. Six parachute regiments — over 13,000 men — were flown from nine British airfields in over 800 planes. More than 300 planes dropped 13,000 bombs over coastal Normandy immediately in advance of the invasion.”
We commemorate it today not just because of the sheer size and nature of the assault, but because of what it stood for- the beginning of the end of the Nazi regime and WWII.
People have often wondered what the D in D-day stands for. Decision? Determination? Disembarkation? Departed? The greatest clue to the D in comes from the military itself. Often times when speaking of military operations, the hour and day of battles are denoted with H-Hour and D-Day.
Why did this D-Day get so much more scrutiny than other D-Days? Because the day symbolizes the essence of making a decision and not turning back. They planned and planned and scoured over the operation, but eventually they couldn’t wait any longer- it had gone from planning to decision time. Go or no-go.
It was a go.
Here’s the deal- I’m sure there are areas of your life where you struggle to make decisions. Plans that you have made that have not come to fruition. Things that God wants you to do that you are not doing.
Every good thing in life that matters is going to be hard, and necessitates making a decision. Often times they will be painful and hard fought and with no hope of turning back. These decisions should be made with the counsel of the Lord.
Psalm 25:12 Who, then, are those who fear the LORD? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
As we commemorate D-Day today I want to encourage you to reflect on your own life and heart and determine if there is an area of your life in which you must make an all or nothing decision. Make today your own personal D-Day that you can commemorate every year and remember the day you made a decision with the Lord, and you never turned back.
I’d love to read some of your decisions in the comments.