28th May 2009

You have to amputate

(after coming in with a small leg cut from a particularly mean game of kickball with Daddy)

Tina: Caleb, what happens if you don’t clean out your cut?
Caleb: You have to amputate.
Tina: Um, no… you have to put that nasty brown stuff on it.
Caleb: Yeah, but if that doesn’t work you have to amputate.

God blesses my family with the coolest dialogue!

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20th May 2009

Faith in persecution

I was reading 1Kings 19 recently and came across this passage in verse 14:

He said, “I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.”

It quickly brought to mind several other passages Read the rest of this entry »

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19th May 2009

Ben Zobrist (Rays) Teaches Lesson on Keeping Your Eye on the Prize

Last night Dan Medina invited me to the Tampa Bay Rays game against the Oakland A’s. It was great to see the team pummel the A’s 13 to 4, but it was extra special to witness a stark example of how we should lead our lives for Christ.

It was the top of the 6th inning when a batter from the A’s hit a 94 mph fastball which popped way out into right field. At first it seemed like business as usual and that it would clearly be a foul ball.

Until we all noticed Ben Zobrist.

Running. Full out.

His eyes never once left the ball as it continued on its course. He didn’t stop to look down. He didn’t seem to care how far he had come. Or where he was headed… even as he approached the end of the runway – which in this case was a short wall. He hit that wall so hard he flipped right over it and did a 360.

And then he came up with the ball. It was a beautiful play and a clear reminder of how we need to run this race. Eyes on the prize and no looking back. One day we WILL come up with the ball.


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