Thursday Quote Day: The Doctor

I’ve been watching Doctor Who for about a year now (Classic as well as the Revived Series).  I just recently finished the fifth season of the revived series.  And there was a quote in one of the episodes that stood out to me.  It came from the episode that featured the Doctor and his companion Amy going back in time to visit Vincent Van Gogh.  So for this week’s Thursday Quote Day, here is the quote:

“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa the bad things don’t always spoil the good things or make them unimportant. And we definitely added to his pile of good things.” (The Doctor “Doctor Who”)

Sunday Devotional: Colossians 4:5-6

“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.  Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”  Colossians 4:5-6

Words and actions are important as followers of Jesus.  We are blessed with the opportunity to worship Him and to share that blessing with others.  Paul in his letter to the Colossians is key to point that out.  Build relationships with others, make the best use of that time.  It’s important to grow deep in those relationships so that God can be honored in them.

It’s important as well that your speech is reflective of that.  This is the case not just verbally but also social media as well.  Your online speech should be reflective of your relationship to God.  Honor God in your words and in your actions.  That’s what I hope to do and what I hope you will do as well.

Thursday Quote Day: Jim Valvano

This week’s Thursday Quote Day features a famous quote from Jim Valvano, college basketball coach from the ESPYs back in 1993:
“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.” (Jim Valvano)

Faith in the Public Arena

I was checking Twitter last week when I saw something that caught my attention.  One of the people I follow on twitter is Jason Romano.  He works at ESPN as the Senior Manager of Social Media.  He is also a follower of Jesus.  He tweeted out some comments that Geno Auriemma, head basketball coach for the University of Connecticut Huskies.  Auriemma was responding in part to an assistant football coach that had just been hired at the university who had mentioned encouraging faith and religion with the team.

Here’s some of Auriemma’s comments:  “I don’t give a crap about religion when it comes to sports.  In fact, I think it’s stupid [to involve it]….I have a problem with people showing their religion in public. I have a real problem with that. And I don’t care what religion it is.”

Granted, I do not know if Auriemma is a Christian or not.  But what I would take exception to in his comments is the one statement when he said “I have a problem with people showing their religion in public.”  For me, my faith is all a part of who I am.  I cannot separate my faith in Jesus Christ from who I am.  One cannot compartmentalize their faith and exhibit it one area but not do it in another.  When I became a Christian, it was a matter of giving my whole life.  Now granted it’s not easy and God is still working in my life to make me more like Him but I’m called to share my faith with others.

If one is showing love, if one is serving, if one is showing grace and mercy, if one following Jesus, it will be in public as well as in private.  I pray that Auriemma will see these public expressions of faith as a good thing someday.

Sunday Devotional: John 1:6-8

“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.  He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.” John 1:6-8

Last week’s Sunday Devotional looked at the first five verses of the book of John.  This week we look at the next few verses in the chapter.  Here we see John (the disciple) talk about John the Baptist.  John the Baptist was a forerunner to Jesus.  He was one who was sent by God to prepare the way for Jesus’ earthly ministry.  That was his calling.  He was to be a witness.  He was to point others to the light (Jesus).

John the Baptist knew his role and accepted it.  Even though his role came with tough times and hardships, he accepted it because he knew who he was serving.  We as followers of Jesus are also called to bear witness to the light.  That is our calling in life if we are Christians.  We are to point others to Jesus.  It is not easy and it is not without hardships but we know who we serve is worth it.

Thursday Quote Day: Tim Tebow

This week’s Thursday Quote Day features a quote from Tim Tebow, a guy that even though went to Florida (being a UT fan, don’t like the Gators), is a guy I totally respect.  Here’s the quote:

“It’s unfortunate, but a lot of people do think Christians have to be soft. But the man we are following is the toughest of all time in Jesus Christ. You have to go through obstacles and adversity. That’s what provides endurance for the future.” (Tim Tebow)

Three Avenues of Encouragment

It is always good to receive encouragement.  No matter whether you’re going through bad times or whether you’re going through good times.  It is always good to receive encouragement.  Yesterday I was encouraged three separate times.  And I know they were God moments because they were unexpected.

The first came yesterday morning by a phone call.  I went to the dentist last Friday for regular cleaning and check up.  My dentist wasn’t there so didn’t have a chance to talk with him so just had teeth cleaned by dental hygenist and left.  Well, my dentist called me yesterday just to tell me about the x-rays I had gotten.  During the conversation I told him about my continuing job search and he encouraged me by reminding me about God’s timing and that He’s got something in store for me (my dentist is a believer by the way).  Totally unexpected phone call and an avenue of encouragement.

The second came yesterday afternoon.  I was browsing my twitter feed and came across a tweet from Sports Spectrum (for those who don’t know, that is a magazine that features athletes and coaches who are followers of Jesus & who share their testimonies).  They tweeted out a video of Tim Tebow and his training.  Tebow is out of the NFL right now but still is training to get a job in the NFL again.  In spite of critics, Tebow continues to train and work hard.  That was an encouragement to me that when times are tough to keep persevering in serving God and in ministry.  Here is the video:

The third came last night.  I was browsing my twitter feed and came across a tweet from the seminary I graduated from, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  There was a link to a video of a conversation with one of my old professors.  He is the New Testament & Greek professor there.  Watching that video reminded me of my times there in seminary and of the lessons that I learned in the classroom and outside of it.  It reminded me again of my calling in ministry and encouraged me in my faith as well.  Here is the video:

A Conversation with Dr. Alan Tomlinson from MBTS on Vimeo.

Those three instances were a great encouragement for me.  I hope that each day that you’re able to recognize the encouragement that God brings into your life in a variety of ways and expressions.

Sunday Devotional: John 1

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life,and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-3

This is the beginning to the book of John.  This book was written by John the disciple, who was one of Jesus’ closest disciples and friends.  He begins at the beginning, the very beginning.  He starts with the Word.  The Word being Jesus.  Jesus was there in the beginning at creation.  Nothing that was created was done without Him.  It is a reminder of His deity.  Jesus is a part of the Trinity.

It also is a reminder that He is light and life.  He brings light and life into our lives, things that we desperately need.  John does a great job in starting off his book with a bang.  There’s no question that Jesus is the focus.  He is the main idea.  He is the protagonist.  And it’s important that He’s that in my life and in yours.  Jesus needs to be the focus.  He needs to be the light and the life.  He needs to be Lord and Savior.  When He truly is that, then we are able to overcome.

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

It is hard to wait.  I think this is a given fact.  No matter what it is, it is hard to wait.  Whether it is waiting for a relationship, employment, event, it is hard to wait.  And yet, we all go through seasons of life where we are called to wait.  It doesn’t matter how old you are or what stage of life you are in, we all have to wait.

Sometimes it is a short season of waiting.  Sometimes it is a long season of waiting.  Regardless, it is hard to wait.  But even in those times of waiting, God is still present.  He may seem to be quiet at times but He is still there.  He is still at work and though we may not understand it in the time of waiting, it is for our good.

I keep praying that this waiting that I’m presently going through will end soon.  But in the meantime, I just try to keep trusting in God to provide and get me through this.

There’s an old Tom Petty song that I think about when it comes to waiting.  It is aptly titled “The Waiting Is The Hardest Part”.  The chorus goes like this:

“The waiting is the hardest part
Every day you see one more card
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part.”