Simmer down….

During the summers after my sophomore and junior years of high school, I was given a job at Wisconsin Wheel and Rim where my father was the manager. Each work day we made the 45 minute drive to work and back. My job was was to be a ‘runner,’ doing whatever they needed done.

One day I was assigned to work with an elderly German man. I don’t remember his name but I remember something he told me. While working on some job he tapped my shoulder and told me to slow down. I was wanting to hurry through the job but his words of wisdom slowed me down. He looked me in the eye and said, “Slow down and do it right. If you take your time and make the project perfect they will call you a craftsman. If you hurry to get it done, they will just give you something else to do.” Since we were being paid hourly, it really made sense to me to slow down, especially based on the second part of his statement; they will just give you something else to do!

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The way we approach our work in life is important whether or not we are on salary or paid hourly. God’s approach works for both. “Whatever you do, do it heartily as unto the Lord.” Col. 3:23

This does not say everything we do has to be perfect, or even excellent. But it does say we are to put our heart into it. This is about our attitude and motivation more than the finished product. This week, let’s try to work heartily in everything we do!

Eat, Drink and be Merry!

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How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Have you been able to stick with those intentions that seemed so important on January 1? Setting goals is a great thing to do but keeping them is a lot harder!

As I have evaluated the past few months, it has become apparent what things sabotage my goals. Since one of my goals for this year is healthy eating, here are some things that get in the way of that goal:

1. Food. I love to eat! I am finding out that many people my age build relationships around food. In fact, for some people meal time is the highlight of the day! I admit that I often go in a restaurant fully intending to order salad and water and end up with a burger and fries!

2. Fun. Life can be difficult at times and fun activities are a welcome relief. Most enjoyable events include some kind of food. I arrive with good intentions but end up eating the equivalent of a small truck in crackers, cheeses and other snacks.

3. Friends. I love to get together with friends! When we are invited for dinner, I can’t refuse to eat the wonderful food they have prepared! Oh, I suppose I could bring my own rice cakes, but seriously!

4. Travel. Travel can be a real challenge to any attempt at healthy eating. Banquets, luncheon meetings, late night meals after all day meetings…these can all sabotage our plans. It’s tough to know what restaurants put in their food.

Sometimes it’s much easier to give in to the “eat drink and be merry” approach to life!

These are my excuses….What are yours?

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A friend sent this out the other day and he has given me permission to share. Think about this challenge….

In the classic movie: The Goonies, there was a character by the name of Mouth.  Mouth was always spouting off and getting himself in trouble, with his mouth, hence the reason for his nickname on the movie.

This got me thinking… what has my mouth done for me lately?  Is

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it getting me in trouble or is it singing His praises?  Is it shutting people down or is it lifting them up?

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We need to be encouraged.

We need to be encouraged.

If someone would ask me, “Who are you,” I would have to answer, “It depends on the day.” I do not think it is because I am bi-polar, but because I have this disease called sin.

Some days I feel good and it affects my attitude. Other days I don’t feel great or I am just flat out tired and I don’t want to talk to anyone. Yes, I know I am a child of Jesus and He is always with me, but unfortunately I sometimes live in my emotions.

If you looked at a timeline of my life, you would see different people at different times named Tom Roy.

From age 1-13 I was a skinny, geeky kid.

From 14-19 I was an athlete and from age 20-30 I was a student and a coach.

Then from age 30-55 I traveled continually it seemed with UPI.

From the age 55 until now my role has changed yet again. Each phase has revealed different attitudes that needed adjusting and forgiveness, everything from naïvity to harshness.

Our attitude affects our lives and others around us. My attitude can change when I see what God has to say in HIS WORD instead of listening to society, other people or myself. It sure is good to read in the Bible how God loves me and cares about every detail of my life.

It is also good to know that ‘all scripture is given for teaching, correction, reproof and training in righteousness.(2 Tim 3:16) But it is also good as well as hearing all the verses on encouragement and care.

So having admitted the above, here is your assignment, should you choose to accept it:

Go encourage someone today.

We are all on a journey and each at various places on that journey. We have good and bad days. Ask God to show you people near you that need a verse or a kind word to lift their spirits and give them a Godly perspective on life.breaking the ice

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” I Thess. 5:11

“So, when they were sent away, they went down to Antioch; and having gathered the congregation together, they delivered the letter. And when they had read it, they rejoiced because of its encouragement.”

Get out of the box!

I recently was told a story about a comic strip that portrayed God the Father talking to Jesus. God the Father asks “Son why the long face, I thought you wanted a church for Christmas.?”
Jesus replies “I did but I am having trouble getting it out of the box!”

Is going to church on Sunday the end all of our faith or is there more? Go to church around church folks, read our bibles and pray. All good things!

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Is this all Jesus would want of us? Being light in a room of lights? We love the comforts of our comfort zones don’t we.
But I want to challenge each of us this week to walk out of our comfort zones.

How might that happen? A few ideas:

• Pray out loud at a meal
• Go on a mission’s trip
• Volunteer at the church to teach a class or oversee a youth group
• Volunteer for a Christian non for profit in town
• Help a poor person with meals or finances
• Share the gospel with a friend
• Visit a retirement home and listen to people…all have a story.

Those are just a few ideas. God can give you more. The purpose of these acts of kindness are not to make you work for a better standing with God but rather to express your faith in tangible ways.

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Acts 3:6

Notice that Peter did not just do a kind gesture…but he went far beyond and gave all the credit to Jesus.

Anyone can be kind, but to be kind and give the credit to Jesus is true ministry!

Let’s pray that God will give us each courage to extend our faith and give the credit to HIM!

The Father’s love

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Once again I am boarding a big ole jet and leaving the area…so…I have included my friend Stuart Weirs thoughts for today…let this be your encouragement this week!!

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! I John 3:1

The word that jumps off the page when I read this verse is “lavished”.

It speaks to me of giving, generously, willingly. God does not love us reluctantly but intentionally, and enthusiastically.

As I pray for athletes each day I often use the words of Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:16-19 praying that they “may have power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ”. In theory we all know that God loves us but we easily forget. Remember God loves you when you win, when you lose, when you false start, when you are injured, when you lose your funding.

At the world championships this year I wanted to introduce myself to a Christian long jumper. After the competition was my best chance. The athlete had a series of no-jumps. What could I say to an athlete in those circumstances? I just said “Sorry” and reminded them that God loved them. Not in a simplistic or crass way. I was not saying, “Never mind that you travelled half-way round the world to fail to make a mark, God still loves you”. Rather, I was trying to express the thought that because God loves us he is right there with us when it all goes wrong.

As Philip Yancey says: “There is nothing we can do to make God love us more. There is nothing we can do to make God love us less”. Stuart

HAPPY EASTER TO ALL…HE HAS RISEN…HE HAS RISEN INDEED!!

Time for a challenge!

We are now in full N.C.A.A. basketball mode. The bracket challenges are out and games have begun. We are down to the sweet 16!

With that in mind I would like to give us another challenge for the week.
The challenge is to answer each of these questions in an honest way before the Lord.

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1. Are we working OUT our salvation or trying to work FOR it? (Check out Phil 2:12)
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, Phil. 2:12
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

2. Are we working FOR God or FROM God?

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[a] And by him we cry, “Abba,[b] Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8:14-16

3. What are we taking OFF and what are we putting on?
22 to put off your old self,[a] which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24