Archive for May, 2013

In the twinkling of an eye

May 22, 2013

The term “in the twinkling of an eye” is found in Scripture in I Corinthians 15:52. It is referring to the rapture that will occur when Jesus calls His children home to heaven.

The same term can be used to describe what happened in Moore, Okla., on Monday, May 20.

In the twinkling of an eye, lives were changed forever when a deadly tornado swept through that Oklahoma town. At least 24 deaths occurred, including nine children.

Only by God’s grace, were those numbers not greater as two elementary schools, filled with children, were demolished.

In the twinkling of an eye. One minute every thing is fine and normal. In the twinkling of an eye, however, a person’s world can be turned completely upside down.

It’s a stark reminder of the brevity of life and the need to be ready when the Savior comes for us.

Continue to pray for the people in Moore and other areas that were hit by the tornado.

For information on how Tennessee Baptists are helping the tornado victims, visit the TBC website to view a message from Randy C. Davis, executive director of the TBC.

A lesson from two shoes

May 1, 2013

Have you ever done anything totally stupid and wish nobody but you and God knew about it?

Well, I did today. Unfortunately, two of my friends were witnesses and they won’t let me forget it any time soon.

I regularly play racquetball with Stan Bell and Jim Jackson. It’s always a great time of fellowship and exercise. They’re both better racquetball players than me but it’s usually fun and most of the time, competitive.

Anyway, this morning we were playing and one of them happened to notice I had on two entirely different tennis shoes. Well, not entirely different. Both were dirty white in color, but they were indeed two different shoes.

In addition to being good racquetball players both Stan and Jim are always well dressed — T-shirts match their shorts, etc. On the other hand, I just grab the first shirt I see. I don’t care if it matches my shorts or not. After all, I don’t run into a lot of people at 5:30 in the morning.

But, I will admit, two different shoes is going a little too far.

Though I was mismatched, it didn’t affect my game. I lost just like I would have had both shoes matched. I still had fun even though I had to endure more teasing than usual. Life (and racquetball) went on even though I had done something stupid.

It’s a reminder that God can use us even when we think we aren’t worthy to be used. We might think we can’t witness because we can’t remember the latest witnessing plan or all the Scripture we need to have stored in our mind. We might think we can’t teach Sunday School or do whatever God might want us to do because we are unworthy.

God doesn’t need us to be perfect. That’s a blessing and assurance for me because I am anything but.

He does want us to be obedient to His will. That’s what we all need to strive for.

And though it doesn’t matter to God, I will try to have on matching shoes, whether it’s on the racquetball court or telling someone how good He is.