…to give one blessing…

Have you ever wanted to do something for someone?  Like do something for someone really bad?  Like you knew that if you had the money to do something specific right now, that would be the first and only thing you would do with that money?

In 2007 I went to Israel with my church for two weeks.  It was one of the most amazing things that I have ever done.  Now I want to clarify that deciding to follow Christ, getting married, and having a child were all better.  But this trip was in my top 10 for sure.

Before I left for the trip, people who had gone before told me that I was going to love it because going to where Jesus walked, lived, and ministered really makes the Bible come alive.  When they told me that I just kind of smiled and told them thanks.  The reason why I didn’t really like them telling me that was because ever since college the Bible has been alive to me.  I mean when you read the history books and go over the wars, fights, betrayal, infidelity, all that stuff…its alive!  The Bible is alive!

While I was there I knew what the people were talking about.  But in my mind the Bible didn’t come alive.  Instead the Bible took form.  I had ideas in my head about what places looked like and so forth, but now I was seeing it in real life.

While I was there seeing the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Bethlehem, the Temple, the Jordan River, Masada, etc., all I wanted was for my dad to be there to see it all as well.  He has been a pastor for close to 40 years and has never been given the opportunity to go to Israel.  I felt beyond lucky to have gone (for next to nothing on top of that).

The thing I would like to do for someone more than anything else in life is to take my dad to Israel someday.  Since 2007 the average cost of the trip has gone up between $500-$1000 on most trips that I have looked at.  But the positive thing is that God has a lot of money at His disposal.  I’m confidant that if He wants us to go, someday we will.

What do you want to do for someone more than anything else?



…a sobering note…

On the third weekend of October 2009 my wife told me that we were pregnant.  All the signs pointed toward YES.  She had taken some tests and didn’t pass them, she had the feeling like she might have been, and we had been trying to have a baby for about 2 weeks (we work fast!).

Riley laughing at her funny mommy

Fast forward to July 14, 2010 and you have the day that my little girl, Riley Grace, was born.  Tiffany woke up about 1:00 AM that morning having what she thought might be contractions, kept a record of them for awhile, and then woke me up at 4:00 telling me that we needed to go to the hospital!  So we got there about 5:00 AM, and at 2:09 PM our little girl came into the world!  It was a glorious and sacred moment.

And although now I’m so excited for my little girl to grow up and experience life I am also scared out of my wits about it.  One of the reasons is because every time I walk into the room and she sees me she gets so exited, smiles, and looks away with this shy look on her face.  It melts my heart when she does she.  My wife told me that she was boy-crazy for her dad.

But as I thought, I wondered what might happen if she really did grow up to be boy-crazy.  I don’t mind her being crazy about me and my attention, but I don’t want her to be crazy for every other man’s attention.

The reason I say all this is because of a note I saw posted on a cross at a Boiler Room that we had here in Tulsa for a week.  The note read like this: “I let boys treat me like an object.  I’m not, I’m YOURS.”  It hit me and impacted me quite a bit.  First I was so glad that this girl had found her way into this Boiler Room and had the courage to write this down this bold thought, and then sacrifice it on this cross.

But it made me wonder about how things will be like for Riley when she grows up.  And what if Riley gets a sister in a year or two?  What if she gets 2 sisters and all I end up having is girls!? :)  I think that might have me on my knees more than anything else in my life probably would.

Anyone else have these thoughts?  What do you all do with them?