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Thursday, July 24, 2008

No Joke

"Bad guys have it in for the good guys, obsessed with doing them in. But God isn't losing any sleep, to him they're a joke with no punch line" (Psalm 37:12-13).

Reading this verse last night made me think of some of the clips that I've seen of the latest blockbuster hit that is expected to obliterate most records, even possibly delivering an Oscar posthumously to one of the key actors. The movie, The Dark Knight, is a thrilling superhero tale of Batman and his arch nemesis, the Joker.

What I found so interesting, is that mirrors accurately how the enemy of our souls sees his own attacks in our lives - as a joke. He enjoys making fun, and gaining enjoyment out of the sufferings of other people.

But then I came across this verse in the Message paraphrase. No matter what we face, and no matter how tragic, how disappointing, how unexplainable, God is NOT asleep, He's not loosing sleep, He's well aware. And you know what else? He sees the situtation for EXACTLY what it is, and how HE will be able to turn it around in order to accomplish something so great, it will make all of hell tremble and regret that they ever interfered. "...like a joke with no punch line."

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Daddy, Help Please


"Daddy, help please??" These are three simple words that are key to unlock a world of assistance and freedom from a great amount of frustration. The problem with these three small, simple words, is that they are grossly under used.

See, my son, Vincent, is almost 4 years old. He is greatly independent, and well, what can I say, he is his father's son. The other day I observed a very familiar scene in our house. We were getting ready to go somewhere and I asked him to go and put his sandals on. While I am helping get the other 2 YOUNGER children ready, I heard something that I have been hearing quite often lately. My 3 1/2 year old is sitting down, frustratedly making some sort of squealing/screaming noise as he is fighting (and losing the fight) to get his sandals on.

I watch for a second or two, and then remind him, "Vincent, just say 'daddy, help please.' "Daddy, help please?" he responds attempting to dry his little tear puddled eyes. Immediately I lend my assistance and he jumps up and continues the life of an innocent child.

How often do we struggle in great frustration over something that God never intended for us to do alone. All we have to do is stop, and say, "Daddy, help please?"