Friday, December 17, 2010

It's a Wonderful Life

I caught the tail end of “It’s a Wonderful Life” on television last weekend, which tells the classic story of George Bailey. From a young age, George always wanted to go to college and travel the world, but he selflessly postponed his dreams time and time again. When a serious financial crisis came his way, George was on the verge of suicide when his guardian angel, Clarence, stopped him. Clarence slowly coaxed him back to life by showing him how miserable George’s hometown of Bedford Falls would have been had he never been born. When George realizes suicide is a mistake, I never fail to get teary-eyed, as the entire town rallies around him and gladly donate the money he needs.

So many emotions build up in me whenever I watch that movie. It brings back fond memories of my Dad – and all the times we watched it together as a family on Christmas day. It reminds me of the precious value of life, and inspires me to want to make an impactful difference in the lives of those around me. But most importantly, it reminds me of the Lord Jesus Christ, and what life would have been like for all of us had He never been born and sacrificed His life for us on the cross.

May the Lord bless you and guide you this Christmas season, and may we always be mindful of His wonderful life!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Safe and Secure

The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. (Matthew 7:25)

In April, I told the story of a family member providing Dee and I with a very special Easter Gift – a CD filled with Christian music. Over Labor Day weekend he repeated the favor with not one, but three Christian CDs. We didn’t know it at the time, but one of the songs on one of the CDs, Show Me Your Glory by Jesus Culture, would be instrumental in helping us through the next couple weeks.

It’s an extremely powerful song, but the lyrics that really hit home with me are: “I’m not afraid! Can you feel the joy welled up inside? Just to say that I belong to Jesus. I belong to Jesus. Safe and secure! I belong to Jesus!”

They’re words that we’ve listened to over and over again – particularly last week when “the rains came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against our house” harder than they have in quite some time. But what a promise we have in Jesus – what safety; what security.

By the end of the week as the trials began to subside, our house stood firm. What peace there is to know that our home has its foundation on the rock - Jesus Christ – and in Him, it shall forever remain.

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Easter Gift

The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. (Matthew 7:25)

I hope you all had a very blessed Easter. Mine was capped by an incredible gift that a family member gave me on Easter morning – a homemade CD with all of his favorite Christian songs. If you had ever seen my iTunes collection, you’d probably be asking what made the gift so special (I’ve got more Christian songs on it than I can count, and I’ve been known to burn quite a many of them to CD). The true value of the gift was not the CD itself, but it was from whom I received it.

The family member who gave me the gift has seen his life turned completely upside down over the past year, with a large number of heavy trials mixed in. But despite being caught in the lowest of lows, there’s a peace he’s coming to find more and more every day. There’s a level of forgiveness in his heart that I know can only come from one man – Jesus Christ – and I know on that foundation, from this day forward, he can stand very secure.

Dee and I wiped away many tears as each track on that CD played to completion on our drive home yesterday. Not only did it tell the story of a life that was changing right before our very eyes, but it also reminded us of the limitless power of the Lord. Over the past year, we’ve been trying to play whatever small role we can to help this family member know that there’s a Lord and Savior that loves him…and on this very special day he was returning the favor.