Compare

Compare

Have you ever thought about the meaning of the word  “Compare.”
Here’s the definition….

com·pare
kəmˈper/
verb
1. estimate, measure, or note the similarity or dissimilarity between.

“individual schools compared their facilities with those of others in the area”

synonyms: contrast, juxtapose, collate, differentiate

“we compared the data sets”

 

If you didn’t know the exact definition as defined by the dictionary, you most certainly have felt its impact.
When we come out on “top”, comparison can feel great!
When we come out on the “short end of the stick”, comparison can sting worse than a hornet!

Have you dealt with being “compared” to some thing or some one lately?
Me too…

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Bellying Up to the Bar

Three Angry Wives

Bellying Up to the Bar

It was 3:00 in the afternoon.
And there I was bellying up to the bar ordering my standard “Gin and Tonic.”

I have never, ever, ever, never been in a bar at 3:00 in the afternoon on a week day.
Yet, there I was saying, “Yes, I would like a lime with that. Is there any other way to drink it?” to the blonde bartender.

Call it chance.
Call it coincidence.
I call it the providence of God.

At 2:53 in the afternoon I was pulling out of the parking lot of my Chiropractor.
As I was leaving I noticed a gentleman pulling into the parking lot who attends my church occasionally. I quickly made a U-turn to offer a quick hello.

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Twelve days Running!

Marathon, black silhouettes of runners on the sunset

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

Here we are, twelve days into the month of April and I am still basking in the afterglow of the glorious and redemptive act of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
From the cruel cross to the emancipated empty tomb, this is where we find the great juxtaposition of history.

One man’s (Jesus) willing pursuit and achievement to take on the sin of the world on the Cross –
our grief,
our loss,
our misconceptions,
our futile chasing after significance,
our dysfunction,
our abandonment of all things godly,
our internal struggle of shame,
and the list goes on and on (Believe me! My personal list goes on for another three or four pages… and that would be the Reader’s Digest version)

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One

Multiculturalism

Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red, brown, yellow, black and white,
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world…

“Do we not all have one father?
Has not one God created us?
Why do we deal treacherously
each against his brother so as
to profane the covenant of our fathers?” (Malachi 2: 10)

There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither slave nor free,
there is no male and female,
for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3: 28)

We are all one in Christ Jesus…
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Best Friend, Worst Enemy…

Bald Eagle in mid-air flight over Homer Spit Kenai Peninsula Alaska Winter

I ran into a friend of mine yesterday I hadn’t seen in a long time.
We have a very unusual relationship.
He’s been my best friend.
He’s also been my worst enemy…

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…

We stood face to face and acknowledged one another.
Yesterday our relationship was somewhere between friend and tolerable acquaintance.
He looks much younger than I remember even though the gray around his temples would suggest otherwise.
His compassionate eyes still have that sparkle but they also looked tired and lost, longing for something of which I wasn’t quite sure…
I inquired, “How ya doing?”
His response of, “You know…” left me wanting to scream, “No! I don’t know!”
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The Trunk

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The first Thursday of February and of all things it’s Groundhog Day!!

I went outside this morning at 5:15 am and did not see my shadow.

That can mean only one thing!!
Sunrise is still one hour and twenty-six minutes away…

I have a friend…
Okay, let me be a little more specific.
I have a friend who is a Pastor of a large church in Houston, Texas.

He’s an incredible preacher who lives out his faith in extraordinary ways.

As with all Pastors, he does a have one flaw.

He loves to drive fast, becoming increasingly impatient with anyone driving slower than him.

Ok, you’re right… That’s two flaws. But who’s counting?

His commute to and from church can be grueling, especially with all of those “slow” drivers clogging up the streets and freeways!

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The Smile of Love

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Our family had the complete privilege and joy of spending ten days together on a much anticipated Hawaiian vacation on the island of Maui. Our family was celebrating two  2016 mileposts – Julie turning a half a century and our fifteenth wedding anniversary!

Two days after our arrival the Dendy family arrived at slip #55 at the harbor to embark on a snorkeling adventure on the “Maui Magic.” We bounded on to the boat around 7:30 in the morning full of anticipation. Fresh fruit and muffins found their way on to my plate before the boat launched. My typical gregarious self was in full motion in meeting the awesome crew and other passengers. After getting our instructions and making sure the other forty passengers were safely on board, off we went to the island of Molokini!

About halfway to Molokini, my wife Julie asked for me to look for something underneath my seat. I bent my head over to look and quickly realized I would not be able to fulfill her request.

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The Average of Five

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THURSDAY’S THOUGHTS FROM PASTOR DAVID

The Average of Five

Here is a few wonderful questions to ponder as you mosey into the weekend…

Who are you?
Who are your friends?
Who are your traveling companions on this road of life?

Have you ever heard of this “rule” called “The Average of Five?”

It goes like this…

“We are the average of our five closest friends.”

Basically the rule of The Average of Five is stating we become like the people we associate with the most.
Once again, my question for you and me is:
Who are you hanging out with the most these days?
Are you truly the average of the five closest people to you?

Is that a good look for you?
Is it a bad look for you?
Is it somewhere in between?

How does your presence in “The Average of Five” influence those around you?
How does the presence of your “Five” closest friends influence you?

We are all on this road of life.
Who are your traveling companions?

I almost laughed out loud with this Good News Translation of Proverbs 13: 20… The Bible many times simply says what needs to be said straight out…

Keep company with the wise and you will become wise. If you make friends with stupid people, you will be ruined.

The English Standard Version of the same verse states it a little more gently…

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Either way, you get the point.

Let’s choose our “Five” carefully, prayerfully and thoughtfully…

I have a feeling if we all had God as one of our “Five”, our average would go way up!!

The Apostle Paul offers these words in making our “average” increase on our marvelous journey of life.

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
(Romans 12: 1-2 The Message)

See you out on the Road!

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

David@seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

Taffy or Teflon?

Salt Water Taffy 12

Are you made of Teflon or Taffy?

Teflon – a non-stick substance…

Taffy – Made by stretching or pulling a sticky mass of boiled sugar…

Using these two substances (work with me here!) which product, Teflon or Taffy would describe your interactions and your relationship building experience.

We meet people…

We get to know people…

We invest in people…

We laugh with people…

We struggle with people…

We make a decision to walk with people…

People have problems…

People have issues…

People come from dysfunctional families…

I will stop being obtuse…

When you encounter people are you Taffy (do you stick?) or are you Teflon (do you not stick) to the people with whom you have become involved.

Taffy or Teflon?

Which would you say?
Or are you Taffy with some and Teflon with others? And vice versa…?

Jesus tells a great story which is two-thirds Teflon and one-third Taffy.

It’s the story of the Good Samaritan.

Perhaps you have heard about it.

Jewish guy gets robbed and the daylights beat out of him and cast to the side of the road.

A religious leader walks up, crosses the road and walks right by him. Total Teflon!!!

Another religious leader walks up, crosses the road and walks right by him. Total Teflon!!!

A Samaritan guy, acknowledged social enemy of the Jewish guy, walks up bends over, picks the Jewish guy up, helps him to safety, pays for his night in a hotel and offers the innkeeper more money to take care of the Jewish guy until he is fit to return home. Total TAFFY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Think about this for a moment…

What people are you mostly Taffy with?
What people are you mostly Teflon with?

Have you ever given much thought as to why which is which?

What would happen if we all became Taffy with everyone we met?

What would happen if we all became Taffy with those who met us?

I just wonder…

All I know is God became incarnate in the person of Jesus to be totally TAFFY with humanity.

I am stuck on Jesus!
Jesus is stuck on me!

Looks like we are stuck with each other!
Sticky Taffy is pretty cool!

So is Jesus!

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

David@seeinggodatworkeveryday.com