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When I was a kid, we used to sing, “Oh be careful little hands what you do; oh be careful, little hands what you do. For the Father up above is looking down with love; oh be careful little hands what you do.”

That song was to remind us that God is always watching what we do, but yesterday, I noticed something that reminded me of the song.

Nathan was sitting on the couch playing on the computer. His little brother watched him playing the computer, went into his bedroom, and got out the toy computer that they have so he could play on it, too. He copied everything Nathan did, using the computer to do “work.”

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10 Things about Jesus

I recently started reading the “Essential Jesus“, a Bible reading plan I found at Youversion.com.

One of the first readings is Colossians 1:15-20. I had read this passage many times before, but for some reason, I must have spent more time meditating on it or something, because I haven’t been able to stop thinking about these characteristics of Jesus and how He is supreme over everything.


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You can be an Answer to Prayer

Last Friday, we were invited to a birthday party for another missionary kid who has recently moved to Mexico from another Latin American country. He would be turning six years old, and his name is Nathan. Our Nathan was so excited to get to play with another six year old boy who speaks English (our kids have lots of friends, but they all speak Spanish).

Friday was a holiday for us (Mexican Independence Day), and to be honest I didn’t really want to go out on a day when I could just hang out at home all day. But we went to the birthday party anyway. When we got there, I was happy we went because we were the only family with kids who were at the party. Our kids had a blast playing with the four kids from the other Nathan’s family.

The other Nathan’s mom said to us, “You guys are an answer to prayer. We have people in the USA who have been praying that our kids will find friends here.”

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King Hezekiah’s work

Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. (21) And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered. - 2 Chronicles 31:20-21

I want to be like King Hezekiah. As I read this passage this morning I thought about what verse 21 meant and how it applies to my own life and work. 

Hezekiah did his work with ALL HIS HEART. He sought God first, doing what was right in His eyes. Then he worked hard at it, toiling with all his heart, and he prospered.

I have to ask myself if I am working as hard as I possibly can. If I am doing everything I can to get the job done. If my whole heart is in it. There is no room for half-hearted work. I must be all in.

I read a quote the other day by Lowell Thomas, “Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.” I think that Hezekiah would agree with that quote. We must work with all our hearts. What we are doing is too important for anything less. There is no time for procrastination.

May We Never be so Happy…

Today we woke up to a lot of rain and gloomy skies. A quick check of Facebook showed a lot of our friends complaining about the rain. It made me remember this song by Andrew Peterson called “The Land of the Free.” The whole song is incredible. I love the end where he says, “May we never be so happy that we forget about our home, our home in the land of the free.”

Time management and IKEA

Ingvar Kamprad is the founder of IKEA, the furniture store. I was recently looking at an infograph comparing him and Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, and I came across this quote from him, “You can do so much in 10 minutes time. Ten minutes, once gone, are gone for good. Divide your life into 10-minute units and sacrifice as few of them as possible in meaningless activity.”

That is pretty good advice. It reminds me of Psalm 90:12, which says, “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”

What are some things that are meaningful that you can do in 10 minutes? How many of those 10 minute increments do you spend in meaningless activity? I wonder how many of those 10 minute increments I spend in meaningless activity. I sure don’t want to waste my life 10 minutes at a time.

Summer Camp and Seminary

Yesterday I came home from the last course I have to take to finish my MA in Theology from Columbia International University. I’ve been taking courses there for longer than I care to admit, and I’m relieved and excited to have endured this long to finish.

CIU’s extension program requires all participants to take at least 50% of their classes on campus. These courses are usually taken in the winter or the summer as intensive, week-long courses. Despite the travel cost and scheduling problems, I love this option.

I was sitting with a group of my classmates on Friday at lunch, and we started talking about how Seminary classes at CIU were similar to summer camp. I had an eight hour drive staring me in the face, and I still was happy to squeeze an extra 45 minutes into my time there. I think I’ve figured out why.

Being at CIU is a time to be with like-minded individuals. We are all involved somewhat in ministry leadership positions. Our time at CIU, despite being mentally exhausting because of 8 hour class days also gives us time to no longer be in our ministry positions. We are just “the guy I sit next to in class.” It’s great to step out of a leadership role and become just another guy. It’s exciting to hear what God is doing in the lives of other people. And it is definitely exciting to sit with some of the greatest academic minds in different fields.

I’m glad my last week is over, but I know I will miss the week-long trips to Columbia, South Carolina. Those times will be fondly remembered, along with the friends I’ve made during my time there. Who knows…maybe I’ll keep studying…just for the fun of it.

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