Saturday, October 18, 2008

On the Bus With My Son

Today was a great day with my wife and kids. We started out at the pet store, where we looked at and played with animals that cost well more than my mortgage. Then we went and had lunch at Chic-fil-et. How awesome it is to go into a major chain packed with people and sit down to eat while listening to contemporary Christian music.

Over the last week or so, I've noticed that Vincent, who will be 4 next month, has been craving more attention. Being the oldest of 3 can't always be that easy. So, after we got home from lunch and put the other 2 down for naps, I took Vincent to the hospital, parked in the lot, and waited for the bus. You would have thought that I had bought him tickets to Disney World. We got on the bus and went to the mall; a trip that would have taken me less than 10 minutes in a car, took us 50 minutes. But, it was my son and me, talking and laughing together.

We got to the mall, had 20 minutes before the same bus left again. We ran and got a cookie and hurried to the arcade where my son and I played a nascar racing game together. You should've seen us! I'm in my car and he's in his, but I'm using my left foot for my gas pedal and my right foot for his gas pedal. But oh, did we have a blast!

We got back on the bus for the ride back to my car, with Vincent wearing down and lounging in my arms. How I thank God for my children, and for such an awesome day on a city bus.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Illogical Obedience

This morning, I was reading my Bible and read a familiar story, but took some time to just think a little bit about it. Pastor Jeff Leake, pastor at Allison Park Church, gives an illustration for thinking about the word of God. He takes a rag and soaks it in water. He takes it out and starts wring it out little by little, one part at a time, trying to get all there is out of the rag.

I was wringing out the story about Jesus' first miracle, you know, the controversial one about Jesus turning water into wine...or was it grape juice, kool-aide, or...who cares. It was miraculous! But what really got me, was that his mother, after telling Jesus the problem, looked at the servants and said, "Do whatever he tells you." Wow, what a statement. Think about it. He would tell them to take 20-30 gallon pots that were used to wash feet and to purify the people. Drinking out of what was used to clean feet, I'm a thinking...not so much! But they did it. And they were amazed.

Sometimes Jesus calls us to do things that don't make sense, disturb the comfort and logic within us. But He already knows the final outcome. He just needs his servants to pull through. So the question is, am I a servant who thinks I know more than my master, or will I surrender all to Him and do whatever He tells me to do? Oh, that we might be true servants!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Three Years in Review

Last night, I was scheduled to speak at Crossfire, an awesome youth ministry in Monroeville, PA where I was the youth pastor for three years until May of this year. Unfortunately, due to my father's passing away, I was unable to be there, but sent this video over the internet. I thank God for what He had done during our time there, and am so excited for what He is still do.