The World Will Keep Spinning (Out of Control!)

I’m an upbeat, positive person. How can you believe in God the Father, our Savior Jesus, and our Advocate the Holy Spirit and not be upbeat and positive? But this world of ours is spinning out of control. Why? Because there is waning belief in God, Jesus, and Spirit. Just like the Israelites wandering aimlessly in the desert for all those years, leaving God in the dust as they worshiped idols, we are doing the same. And the outcome won’t be pretty. Sorry!

We had a faith-based shooting this week (and not on American soil). We have rich parents cheating/paying their children’s way into college. We have politicians (on American soil and even including our President) spewing discord and close to hatred. I could go on and on. The world is spinning out of control.

The more we turn our backs on God, the worse it will get. Again, read the story of the Israelites to see how this movie ends. We roam endlessly in the desert of life.

The only thing I know to do is up my faith in God. Listen to His commend (echoed by Jesus) to love one another. I start with all the simple stuff. I smiled a lot this week (at “strangers”). I helped people put up their luggage in the plane bins on my three flights this week. I gave to the homeless. I prayed for all, especially those people who it’s really tough to like, let alone “love.” I tried to do a lot of other things but will stop here. I’m no saint but I tried this week and will try next week.

Change happens one person at a time. I’m doing my best to change this world—from my world. I’m trying. And above all, I’m trying to keep God front and center in my life!

Have a FANTASTIC day and even better weekend!!!

Gloria (Polyester, Not Cotton; Part 2)

In a previous post, I related the lesson I learned about surviving on the streets of Washington, D.C. at night sleeping on the Metro grates: You’ll freeze to death if you wear cotton (it absorbs the hot, moist air rising from the Metro and then freezes). You have to wear polyester. A whack to the side of the head as I am all bundled up in wool, sipping my hot chocolate, and well rested from sleeping in a comfortable bed. Lesson enough until I met Gloria.

Gloria is an older woman, obviously homeless, who I have seen on occasion on the streets of D.C., ofter in the same locations. She doesn’t overtly ask for anything but, yes, I have stopped and given her some money. After one or two times of this, she asked me my name. I told her it was Ted. She gave me a big hug and said, “Ted, Jesus loves you!” I asked her name and she said Gloria. Another whack to the side of the head! Gloria is my mom’s name. She passed away 6 years ago.

All day I was putting my mom in the place of Gloria trying to simply survive on the streets of D.C., day in and day out. It’s inconceivable. Yet, here is this always cheery homeless woman giving praise to Jesus. Now the other Gloria in my life.

It’s tough to say anything else. I’m humbled and feeling like I have way too much. I need to do more to help others. Day in and day out. We all need to do more.

Polyester, not cotton. Gloria.

Enjoy the weekend!!!

Is God a Democrat or a Republican?

Obviously, neither. God is God and we are His children, who—in spite of what we do—loves us unconditionally. We are the ones who love to label ourselves—Democrat, Republican, progressive, liberal, conservative, etc, etc, etc. And all the labels do is divide us. God commands us to do one thing and one thing only—LOVE! And we manage to do one thing and one thing only—divide (and then even hate).

Yes, we can all have different views. The diversity of humanity is its calling card. It’s a strength that is also a weakness when we forget our common bond—God. We spend so much time disagreeing that we get lost in the disagreement. We lose focus of our responsibility to pick one another up and make us all better.

I spend way too much time for work in Washington, DC and, in particular, on Capitol Hill. Right is getting father than ever from left, and vice versa. More energy is spent on promoting political parties that we are not promoting people.

You and I can change this, one person at a time. We can smile, lend a hand, buy a coffee, and, yes, love. Not just family but one another. We can look at what we have common, not what makes us different. We can have different views and politics but we can disagree respectfully. And we can always focus on what binds us. God. Made in His image and likeness.

Have a SPECTACULAR day! Today, try and look at others through a different lens. The lens of God and love!

It Never Fails!!!

The other day I wrote about every day being a GREAT day, no matter the circumstances. As always happens, my writing hits home personally. This time two days later when I wake up and it’s a horrible day, not the greatest day! It’s OK to be cheery and give advice but what happens when you can’t, or don’t, take you own advice?

What I did was reread my post about every day being the GREATEST day, no matter how you feel or what your situation is. I even went down the path of questioning if every day was the greatest day for Jesus. Did He ever just want to roll over, not listen to Satan yelling in His ear, and wallow in sorrow where His life was headed?

It took some time and thinking, sprinkled with some Bible reading, to come to the conclusion—and feeling—that it was indeed the greatest day ever. I was alive, I have the love of family and friends, but, most importantly, God loves me unconditionally, as He does you. I have been saved by the Cross, as have you. How can’t it be the greatest day ever?

Another great day today and another to come tomorrow. Remember: whatever happens on this earth is a blip on the dial of eternity. The promise of that eternity makes every day the greatest day!

Greatest Day There Ever Was!

Today. The greatest day there ever was. Why? Because it just is. Every day should be the greatest day, no matter what happens. I learned the hard way that life is way too short. This life on earth can be wiped out in an instant. So, treat today as the greatest day ever. And tomorrow the same. And the day after tomorrow. All the greatest days.

I wrote earlier this week about the husband of a friend and work colleague who ran out to the store for some cream. He never returned home. He was in a very freak car accident and died. A life wiped out in a nanosecond. But now he’s in God’s home.

We take this life for granted in so many ways. But this life is a gift followed by the bliss of eternity—if we live this life right. And that starts by thanking God every day for this life. Thanking Jesus for laying down His life for our sins to be wiped away. Thanking the Holy Spirit who is always there to guide, encourage, and empower us. No matter what our situation, we have so much to be thankful for in this life AND for the promise of eternity in blissful peace.

Have a FANTASTIC day and make it the GREATEST ever!!!

Hug a Loved One Today!!! (Don’t Put It Off!)

Imagine if a spouse or friend went out to the supermarket and never returned because they were in a freak car accident and died? Well, that reality hit home to a very close colleague and friend of mine this week. Her husband ran a simple errand, ended up in the hospital, and died shortly thereafter. Needless to say, my friend is beyond devastated.

These things happen. Life is so fragile that we take it for granted. So, don’t take anything for granted. Hug a loved one(s) today. Make every moment count. You never know when the light of life gets blown out.

It’s times like these when we ask God, “What gives???” “What’s the sense of a senseless accident that takes a loved one away.”

Our sense is not God’s sense. He doesn’t micro-manage the ebbs and flows of life. His is the big picture of life, an eternal life with Him. This life is just a momentary blip on the timeline of eternity. In fact, eternity is the absence of time as we know it. It just is.

I know this sounds like more religious “mumbo-jumbo” to rationalize why someone dies on the way back from running a simple errand. It’s not. It’s simply the belief that there’s a better, eternal life waiting for us. If you don’t believe in that then nothing in this life at all makes sense. Nothing!!!

Hug a loved one(s) today!!!

There’s Always a New You in You!

Happy New Year!  It’s that time for resolutions, diets, and promises to hit the gym every day. But whether it takes a new year to get you thinking about you, there is always a new you in you. A you that builds on whatever has happened in the past, regardless of what has happened. A better you, a stronger you, a more promising you.

A lot of people get dragged down by their past like an anchor. They focus on what they did, and shouldn’t have done, and failed to do. They don’t look ahead at all the possibilities, regardless of the past.

Whatever has happened in the past is just that. It’s the past. And you can’t change the past. But you can shape the future by finding a new you in you. You can always reinvent yourself.

Jesus held down a job in obscurity for 30 years. Then, for 3 years he did something totally different—and changed the world in the process. There was a new Him in Him.

Don’t just make resolutions. Find the new you in you. Or simply build on you. You can do anything, be anyone. God is in you. The only one holding you back is you!

I wish you the very best and blessings of peace and joy in this new year!!!