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January 26, 2015

Dream, Seek, Reach

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.”

Miguel de Cervantes

It’s a feeling that enters more than my thoughts as I wake most mornings. It seems to come from something deeper within me.

This morning the feeling took on the form of words from a line I heard the other day during a worship service—“Sense the possibility of this world.”

I suppose that on occasion we’ve all had that feeling wander across our perspective of today or tomorrow. When all the dreams we have for our lives, and the lives of others we love, seem well within our reach.

Yet I suspect that for most of us those dreams don’t last as long as we’d like them to in the midst of all that we face every day. Or perhaps it’s too hard at times to see the possibility of the world we dream of in the midst of the evening news broadcasts, or illnesses impacting loved ones in your home, or with the loss of an opportunity you hoped would become a reality. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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January 19, 2015

What Will You Do With Today?

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I know that it’s all too obvious—the morning sunshine breaking though the darkness of the night always bringing a new day for each of us. It’s a simple action of the sun God threw into the sky, rising again and then again—breaking through the dark silence of each night, and having the remarkable effect of reminding us that no matter what yesterday was like—today is a brand new day.

But it’s not just a new day, but a new day full of brand new opportunities. And tomorrow will be the same, and day after day, sunrise after sunrise, thereafter. Pretty simple really.

With that assurance, though, the question before us becomes—what will we do with it? What will we do with each brand new day and the opportunities which each new day presents?

And the answer depends upon us, as it always has and always will. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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January 12, 2015

A Child-like View of God

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

I have learned and been inspired to believe the unbelievable more from the hearts of children who see their Creator as He intended to be seen, rather than as portrayed through the mouths and manners of educated, vision-dulled, practical-thinking adults.”

Anonymous

The mesmerizing movements of the morning breezes around me carried an excited message of renewed hope for what can be a memorable new day, new week and New Year of possibility.

A message perhaps that causes us for a moment to pause and discover that the unbelievable is believable.

It just seems that way this morning. It seems that it ought to be that way every morning. It seems that the God Who created it all would want it that way all the time.

Maybe it’s because I woke up this morning with a smile on my face thinking of my two granddaughters and their hands-up-heads-up optimistic approach to life. It’s an optimistic attitude which needs to last for their lifetimes. Or maybe it’s because I saw a picture last night of our Son as a six-year old believing he really was Huck Finn, instead of just dressing up like him for Halloween years ago. At times he still acts that way. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
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January 5, 2015

Run—or Run to God

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

There is no problem so huge, so widespread, and so difficult to solve—

That it cannot be run away from.”

Pogo (Walt Kelly)

Here we are already into a brand New Year. A New Year chock full of uncertainty and opportunity. A year which will have its highs and its lows, concerns and joys, questions and answers.

And how in the world will we deal with it all?

I don’t know if you’ve ever phrased it quite that way before, like Pogo did, but my hunch is that you’ve felt that way before. I don’t have a clue whether or not Pogo’s statement is true. My personal experience is that it’s not. I suppose it may be, or may have been for someone at some time, but as a way of life—well, that may be another story altogether. (more…)

Posted by: Scott Whitaker at 6:00 am
Filed under: Thoughts
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