Gazing In the Mirror

The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength. (Judges 7:2 NLT; emphasis mine)

He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’ Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath. (Deuteronomy 8:17, 18 NLT)

I can so identify with what the Lord told Gideon and what Moses told the Israleites. This is me; this is all of us. I constantly think about how great I am doing at things. I always build myself up in my head. I always have a desire to look at the things I am doing and say to God, “look at them, see how awesome I am? How can you not be impressed??”

But when I read verses like this, I am reminded about how little God cares about my boasting about myself. I remember to do an honest assessment of myself and know how truly broken and messed up I am. I am all this and more, but God still loves me and cares for me. Through this, I am reminded to brag only about God and how great He is. I am reminded that it needs to be less about me and more about Him.

I pray that our gaze looks less in the mirror and more to the the Savior.

You Never Know

Today, we were dispatched to a medical call, but could not find the patient. We waited on scene to get a better location for the possible patient.

While we waited, we parked next to Time Warner Cable arena. We looked to our left and saw circus elephants about to walk in front of our fire truck! They were on their way into the arena to perform for the circus.

One of the best parts of our job is you never know what you are going to encounter on any given call. This time we got to hang with some circus elephants. I am sure it is a moment the elephants will never forget.

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Longer or Shorter Journey

This is what the new Google Maps app recommended as two possible destinations where I might need directions.

One location is just up the street. Getting to the first location listed might require a little more than simply being able to take a car, use public transit, or walking to Australia.

Surprisingly, when I tried getting directions, no routes were found.

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I’ve Lost That Cleaning Feeling

We just arrived in the St. Louis area in our return trip home.

Upon entering the room I found this sign laying next to the sink.

“Aww, that is incredibly sweet. They honored our privacy by not cleaning our room…”(cue screeching sound) “wait a minute!!! We just arrived. There was no need to honor our privacy. They just needed to clean our room.”

My goal tonight is to not touch anything. 🙂

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Trip To Mizzou

Mom and I drove up to Missouri to visit Nick and Heather, my brother and his wife. They just had their first child, Lilah, and we wanted to spend some time visiting with the newly-enlarged family.

The drive gave Mom and me some great sights and an opportunity to check out the St. Louis Arch.

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Bringing Equality To the Poor

I think it is interesting that when I hear people talk about our giving to the poor I often get a mental image of having to sacrifice. And not just the “making me a little uncomfortable” sacrificing. I am talking about having to starve the kids for a day kind of sacrificing

This is where my mind goes, but when I read verses like 2 Corinthians 8 I understand that this extreme giving is not what God really expects of us. While sacrificial giving is important (i.e., Mark 12:41-44), we are more often meant to bring equality to everyone through our giving.

I wonder what would happen if all of us embraced bringing equality through constant acts of giving? I wonder how much poverty across the globe could be reduced? I wonder what impact we, as a people would have?

Give in proportion to what you have. Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have. Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need.

As the Scriptures say, “Those who gathered a lot had nothing left over, and those who gathered only a little had enough.” 2 Corinthians 8:11-13 & 15; emphasis mine

Playground Fun

I hung out with Bechan today while she played on the playground. Here are a couple of picture I got

Do Not Cal 911
We were playing on the toy car and I think we may have accidentally simulated a toy car accident. Luckily she jumped out of the way with her lightning quick speed.

Actually, I was just trying to get her to smile while she was jumping and this was the picture I got. I liked the photo I got so we moved on.

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The Mystery of Swings
I now get sick when I swing for even a few minutes, but there is no denying how much kids love to swing.

The first picture is a little blurry, but that is because Becs hit Mach 1 on that swing. It was quite impressive and I love seeing the joy on her face in the photo.

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