25 cents

Today I had received a letter from Children’s Bible Hour Ministries. The letter read, “We recently received a short letter from one of our donors. Here is what it said: ‘This is some of what I have. Save it up and get something for the great ministry.’ Haley. Attached to that small note was 25 cents. It was all she had, and she had saved to send it to us. The postage cost her more than what she could send!”

Sometimes we can learn big lessons from small children. This child took what little she had and gave it to Jesus. What if we took all of our time, talents, and treasures and gave them to Jesus, think how He could use us greatly here on earth.
Luke 21:1-4 And Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”

Daddy Where are You?

I was just thinking what I should write about, and I stumbled upon this. I wrote this last summer for our church’s newsletter. It seemed appropriate for the new year.

Just a reminder to be there for your family. Pursue the things in life that matters. As we approach this fresh new year, do not forget to set your personal, family, and spiritual goals. I have heard it said, “If you aim at nothing, you are sure to hit it.”

It is summer. School is out and it is time for vacations, family barbecues, and baseball. Well in our case with our two girls it was softball. One of our ministries this summer was helping in the dugout during the games. Beth and I would call out the batting order, dance their softball jigs with them, and high-five them. Hanging out with the girls was a lot of fun.

Most of the parents that were there were always trying to “coach” their child from the stands and to point out what they had done wrong. To counter the negative we were constantly trying to build on the positive things that they were doing. By doing this we would catch a glimpse of a smile from their faces. Sadly though some parents (mostly dads) would not come to the games. One girl that was playing outfield had a pop fly hit to her and she caught it. It was in a crucial part of the game. She came running in to replay the catch with her mom and dad only to find out that her dad had left to buy some cigarettes. One game we watched a fifteen-year-old girl stare out through the chain link fence out toward the parking lot as she awaited her step-dad to show up. She stared that entire game waiting for him to show up because he promised to come to a game. Unfortunately, he never showed up and the pain was revealed in her face how she longed for her daddy to show up.

Our parents (and us as parents) are not perfect. We are sinful, selfish, and sometimes we are not there when our children need us. Thankfully our heavenly Father is not like us. We do not have to wonder if our ‘daddy’ is going to be there through our joy and troubles. God the Father does not sleep or does he even become drowsy (Ps 121:4). His eye is always on us and he is there to “coach us” through life (Ps 32:8). He is always there for us. Also the Holy Spirit indwells believers and he is always with us (Rom 8). Jesus himself said that he would never ever ever leave us or become unfastened from us (Heb 13:5). Undeniably, our God cares about us, he is watching over us, and he will be with us always.

So we can boldly approach this new year with no fears or regrets of past failures, because our “daddy” is with us and he will never leave us.

I love famous and motivational quotes. I ran across this one this morning.

“Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that dont matter.”
Tim Kizziar (via TJ Reid)