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Ecclessiastes 3:4 band a time to dance!

Not too long ago numerous teams were waiting and watching for the completion of conference championship games to see if they would be in or out of the magical amoebic “bubble,”…seemingly constantly changing shape and course. Those questions were answered and we now have eight teams poised to “play their way in” to the big dance….March Madness.

We in Christianity often find ourselves on the bubble, as it were, in the lives of our non-christian friends. Many are comparing our RPI, our records, our “history or tradition” as told by other unchurhed people to see if we have “earned” our way in to their lives.  And then comes that first real “talk”, the longer than normal conversation as we make our way through life. We are now officially a “play-in” team. If we win this “conversation” we are in the big dance….invited to be involved in the employee’s life. Now succeeding games/conversations will occur, and with each “win” we move up the ladder…Sweet 16, Elite 8, and the Final Four! Each succeeding win moves us closer to gaining permission to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in a non-threatening manner.

At last we reach the Championship game, when everything is on the line. That moment, that place, where we encourage, challenge, invite, or perhaps please for this employee to come to the conclusion to ask Jesus into their lives, to become their Lord and Savior, to come in and reside within their life.

But just like the 64 teams that will be watched by multitudes over the next couple of weeks…it all began with 1 game, the first day of the season, preceded by weeks of practice in the basic skills of the game.

And so it begins with us Christians…the first time we weep for the lost, and a nudge from God to speak to this person about faith. Preceded, of course, by practicing what we would say, going thru the 4 Spiritual Laws or the Roman’s Road. Praying for the lost  and having a genuine love for the game (people), and a pursuit to “play it” well.

Play your way in, enjoy the dance, bask in the limelight of His glory as people are winners in the game of eternity and receive Him into their lives!


What is the simple message? What is the nutshell of Billy Grahams’ last message? Here is a very nicely done video synopsis of his message….


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I had a plan. Visiting one of my locations at 5:30 am, getting to the YMCA around 630am, running 4 miles, taking the car for a oil change appointment at 9:00am, and then driving to another location for a retirement celebration for a 42-year tenured employee. During my run I decide only 3 miles..and then I decide to take my car early and see if they would take it now..they did. So now I had extra time…what to do, what to do? I decided to go visit Sam’s club, just walk around and kill some time.

As I parked..skipping spaces in one row and going to the next…I heard a short sound of a siren. As I started walking to the Sam’s entrance directly in front of me was a fire truck, parked in the middle of the lane. The firemen were working to get into a SUV, trying to “pop the lock.” A policeman was also present. As I passed by the SUV, I spoke to a woman standing next to the SUV. “I’ve never seen fireman try to open a car for someone”, I said. “Is there a baby inside?”, I inquired. Yes, she said..I kept walking. It was obvious the situation was not yet critical because they were taking time to unlock the door. First responders were present, a window could be broken easily if needed. As I walked away I looked back and noticed the dealership was near, where the SUV had been purchased from. I called to see if perhaps a master key was available, gave them the VIN, but sadly no key was available.

I also noticed though the rear-view mirror…it was an On-Star mirror. I asked the owner if she had On-Star…she stated it had lapsed last year. I decided to call On-Star anyway. The operator had me read the VIN to her…she asked for a PIN…the owner gave me one that worked. The On-Star operator said for no one to touch the door handles. All this time the fireman had continued to try to “jimmy” the door to no avail.

I followed the operator’s lead and yelled out, “everyone stop, On-Star is going to unlock the lock.” Looking somewhat confused, they yet complied. One could hear the lock pop-up, the door was opened and the child was free. One of the fireman said, “Thanks man.”

To be clear, I didn’t save a life that day, but I did change the atmosphere of a situation. It was fearful and upsetting for the grandmother and mother of the baby. It was tense. When the door opened it was like letting the air out of a “tension balloon.”


Sometimes the solution is easier than it seems…

Don’t be afraid to speak into a situation…

You can change atmospheres….

Ask..the answer might be “yes”…..

You can make a difference…

I will wonder what happens the next time the first responders are called out to a vehicle with a child recently locked in a car…not critical life and death…but where there is time to get the child out safely. Will they look at the mirror? Will they call On-Star…will they look for a simpler solution? I hope so.

I walked away, after the mom and grandmother game me a hug, just giddy. Giddy that the Lord had directed my steps that morning. Running 3 miles instead of 4, having Toyota service my car an hour early, having me decide to go to Sam’s Club…..allowing me to notice a mirror, make a phone call, and to change the atmosphere of a situation!!

Proverbs 16:9, “A person may plan his own journey, but the Lord directs his steps.”

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