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May 2, 2016

The Wonder of You

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.” Psalm 8:3-5 (NLT)

St. Augustine of Hippo wrote—

People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.”

Now that’s a thought that will ruminate for a while in the cavity occasionally occupied by my brain.

Interesting, though, that such an ageless human malady as that—missing the wonder which is all around us and within us—doesn’t seem to affect our children or grandchildren, who with eyes wide open explore not only the wonders of God’s creation all around them but also the wonder of God’s creation which is who they are.

Until, dare I say, they grow older like some of us, and we’ve had a chance to throw enough cold water on their little minds and hearts of wonder to get them to start viewing the world—and missing all of God’s wonder within the world—like the rest of us older, and supposedly wiser ones do. (more…)

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September 16, 2013

On the Altar

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Sometime later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac…and set out for the place…On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance…

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together [up the mountain]…Isaac…said…“The fire and the wood are here…but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide…” And the two of them went on together.

When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him…

Abraham! Abraham!”

Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said, “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

Genesis 22: 1-12 (NIV)

If what I see outside my window this morning is any indication of what the day will be like—it’s fixing to be a beautiful day. A bit warm again perhaps, but it’s cool inside, so I’m good.

But then I read this verse and see that God is talking to me again about putting something on the altar. (more…)

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September 2, 2013

Why Not Today?

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead fix your attention on God. You will be changed from the inside out…

Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of maturity, God brings out the best in you…”

Romans 12: 2a (The Message)

There it is Wendy…second star to the right and straight on till morning.” (more…)

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August 26, 2013

Your Platform

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.  Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.”

Ephesians 5: 1-2 (NLT)

You may not even notice him unless you happen to be in attendance at a game, as I was recently, in which the Colorado Rockies baseball club is playing. But his players, as well as the younger children in the stands know Rene Lachemann and where he is at all times. (more…)

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August 12, 2013

Incredible Potential

Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…

The Lord has made everything for His own purposes.” Proverbs 16: 4 (NLT)

If the story is true as it has been passed down through history, the twentieth President of the United States of America would have been extremely busy on a day like today.

A day where children of all ages all across this great nation continue their return to classrooms to begin yet another year of formal education—private, public or home-school—hopefully learning and being encouraged to tap into all their potential while equipping them with the academic tools, accurate historical perspectives, and spiritual groundings they will need to live the lives of success, significance and purpose as it was intended from the beginning when God first had them in His mind.

As legend has it, President James Garfield had what many viewed as a most unusual habit. Whenever President Garfield was approached by a little child while out walking, he would bow to the child with great respect and dignity as they passed by each other. In that gesture, the President, who served for only eight months before falling to an assassin’s bullet, was almost treating the child similar to how he might treat a head of state or a foreign dignitary.

When asked why he felt it necessary to behave in such a fashion, he responded:

Because no one knows who’s buttoned inside that little jacket or dress.”

And it’s true. No one knows the potential wrapped inside the body of a little child. No one knows whether that child will someday be a leader of mankind, a pillar of our community, state, nation or world, or something else.

And it’s by that same logic, that we can say that no one knows the potential wrapped inside of each one of us awakening this morning to a brand new day and all that it will bring our way.

A “great day”, as my Bride described it, with a smile and lilt to her voice, in her greeting to me this morning. She could give no particular reason in response to my inquiry as to why she said that, other than the reliable intuition of her heart that it was yet another day for each of us to explore and embrace, a day full of opportunity, potential, possibility and purpose.

She’s right you know. Every day is that way. Every day is a great day for each of us to venture out into those vast untapped areas of our lives. Areas that perhaps we have never even considered as being within our reach, yet which have always lay within us. Pools of unlimited potential lying just beneath the surface of our awareness waiting to be discovered, yet too often become clouded over by the problems of our day, the anxieties about our future, with personal or family concerns, troubles at the office and on the job, or with financial stress.

I don’t know what the rest of your life looks like. I don’t know what the rest of my life looks like. I don’t know what the rest of the lives will look like of each of our children—in my case, grandchildren—who are beginning a new year of school.

But I do know this—that each of those lives was created for a purpose by a perfect God who makes no mistakes—never has and never will.

And were he still here today, I am certain that President James Garfield would bow to each one of you. In his stead, allow me to do so from here, acknowledging with that gesture all the potential which God has placed within each of you, for a day such as this, and all of your tomorrows.

It’ a great day. Why not live it by viewing and embracing all the opportunity, potential, possibility and purpose which is before you and placed within you by the God who created you.

In His Name—Scott

Copyright 2013. Scott L. Whitaker. All rights reserved.

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