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Safe and Sound

Safe and Sound

Man what a crazy night.  I was watching the kids tonight, by myself!  We went to the park and played and then I decided to get the kids a happy meal.  I know what you all are thinking, “Man that guy is the coolest dad in the world” and you would be right.  That was all about to tumble down with a tragic curve.

How secure do you feel right know?  If you were to die tonight where would you end up?  These are all questions that need to be answered.  

When we left the park I had to make sure that all the kids were buckled down.  My two older boys are in boosters and they can take care of themselves.  With the younger two it is a little different.  They have these huge car seats with like fifty straps, getting a kid in one of these things takes miracle unless your name is Mom.  Anyway, I get Eli strapped down and then I move on to baby girl.  Once I get everyone strapped in I jump behind the wheel and head to Happy Meal Land.  

I get the kids everything they wanted, I even got the toy right, and the kids were singing my praises.  We are headed home and this is the most pleasant trip I can remember having with a full van.  The kids were playing with their new toys and eating.  Life is good, well almost.  

Sadly when things are going great you can always expect a curve and tonight was no different.  You see I had done everything right.  I played with the kids, got them in their carseats, and gave them the finest food McD’s could offer.  My kids were happy, safe, and secure.  However, we hadn’t hit any sharp curves yet.  Life was just going along easy.  About two miles from the house I had to take a hard left across traffic.  About the time I come out of the curve I hear Justice scream in the back no, No, NO!!!!.  You see Eli was strapped in his carseat, but his carseat wasn’t strapped to the van.  My youngest son who I thought was safe and secure was not.  I had failed to check the most important thing and to make sure that his seat was secure.

Tragically, many of us do this with our souls.  Our lives look great on the outside.  We say the right thing go to the right places and generally have our lives together.  Our souls however, may be in a very different place.  We are lost and alone with no hope for a future.  We are just waiting for our lives to be dumped over just like my sons carseat.  You see all the outer things we do are just like that.  We get our lives right in our own eyes but when the curves in the road come we get flipped over and tossed to and fro.  However, Jesus came to ensure that our lives could be anchored.  Not in the things that we do but by the things he did for us on the cross.  In Jesus our souls can be secure and we can have a hope for the future.

So I ask again, is your life right with Jesus?  Are you trusting in him or yourself?  Don’t wait you never know when the “curve” may come.

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I'm Lovin It

I'm Lovin It

Don’t tell Mrs. Kayla this but I’m gonna let one of her secrets out.  For those who didn’t know my wife is addicted to .... Coke.  Now I know this may come as a shock to some of you but hang in there.  My wife has high standards and not just any coke will do when my wife needs a fix the only thing that will help her is a coke from McDonalds. ( I know I had some of you fooled for a minute).  But seriously, if we were to take a second and think about it Im sure there is something that all of us could admit to needing.

All of us have that one thing that we think we could never get rid of.  Our morning cup of coffee, our cell phone, Facebook, or Candy Crush.  However, these things are not needs but wants.  We know we can live without them but so many times we feel our lives would be incomplete if this want was not meet.

A great example I have is with the kids and our family tradition on Wednesday night.  Every Wednesday after Church, we try to take the kids out for ice cream.  Our favorite place to go after Church is Braum’s but on occasion we will go someplace else or get a bucket of ice cream at the grocery store and just eat ice cream at the house.  Well on this particular evening we decided to go to McDonald’s.  Kayla could get her coke fix and the kids could get some ice cream.  We decided to go to the McDonald’s across from the hospital.  (For those of you who don’t know this is the slowest McDonald’s in the world.)  We waited in line for what seemed like an eternity and when we get to the intercom to order the lady tells us that the ice cream machine is broken.  Needless to say my whole family almost lost it.  We had told them that we were about to get ice cream only to have to tell them that they were out.  

Luckily for us 1.) there is more than one McDonald’s in this town and 2.) Mt Pleasant isn’t all that big so Mom drove us across town and saved the day.  We think like this all the time.  We don’t get our way so we feel like the whole worlds out to get us.  However, we serve an awesome God who has already supplied all our needs.  In fact the Bible tells us in Matthew that the Father knows what we need before we even ask.  (Matt 6:8)  So remember the next time things don’t seem to be shaking out the way you thought that we have a great big God who has already taken care of everything that we need.

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