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May 26, 2014

Memorial Day—Duty or Indifference

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

“…From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

Luke 12: 48b (NIV)

After posting our American flag on this morning of remembrance, I noticed something sad as I walked around the neighborhoods. I remembered that there had seemed to be more flags being flown in the past on national holidays. Not today. Not on this Memorial Day.

I wonder how it begins. Indifference, that is. I wonder if we begin to learn it as children from our parents or other adults. I wonder how we could recognize its stealthy approach.

Indifference is too often missed for its true nature—the entry point on the slippery slope causing us to set aside our personal and moral responsibility toward others, toward this nation, and toward the One who is our Lord and Savior. Indifference is the antithesis of duty, a duty divinely set within us to be all we are created to be for others, for this nation and those who have gone before us, and for this world. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 7:00 am
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May 19, 2014

On Being Real

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

II Corinthians 5: 17 (NIV)

I’ve always felt that children’s books are often as relevant and helpful for adults as they are for the children for whom they’re ostensibly written. At least for those adults who still have the sense of child-like wonder God placed within them in when they were born—like you and me, for instance.

Adults, like us, who don’t take ourselves too seriously, and don’t always have to be right. Those of us who don’t see the glass as half-empty, but instead always see it as filling up! Who still see the possibility and potential in the world around us no matter how difficult or disappointing things may seem at times, remembering that God is still on the throne and in control.

I have many favorite children’s books such as: “Leo the Lop;” “You Can Do It!”; “The Little Prince;” “Hope for the Flowers;” “Just in Case You Ever Wonder;” and many others. And another one of my favorites is a classic example of a book which resonates with adults who are still reaching to live the life that God really intended them to live. Maybe you’ve read it or had it read to you recently—the “The Velveteen Rabbit.” (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 8:15 am
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May 12, 2014

A Love to Honor and Embrace

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

And she [Hannah] made this vow: “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and…As she was praying to the Lord, Eli [the priest] watched her.

And in due time she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I asked the Lord for him.  

When the child was weaned, Hannah took him to the Tabernacle in Shiloh…[and] they brought the boy to Eli. “Sir, do you remember me?” Hannah asked. ‘I am the woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord. I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.’ And theyworshiped the Lord there.

I Samuel 1: 11, 12, 20, 24a, 25-28

The roles which mothers after God’s own heart play are usually played out quietly, often go unnoticed to the rest of the world, involve unparalleled sacrifice which changes the world and the lives within it, and always, always honor and glorify God. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 7:34 am
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May 5, 2014

He’d Do it All Over Again

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”

John 3: 16-17 (NIV)

I had been here before.

It had been awhile since I remember having had one of those moments of feeling as though I had been somewhere before, or was going through some event or circumstance again which was very familiar.

But it happened to me the other day. Deja vu. For real.

I was returning from the middle of the state where I had spent the day watching our two granddaughters compete in a United States Pony Club Show Jumping Rally. As I traveled home along one of the connector highways through some of our small beautiful Florida towns, the road began to curve to the left and up a slight hill approaching a small commercial building on the right side of the road. And then it hit me as if it was yesterday. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 8:04 am
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