In June 2009 I boarded a plane for what ended up being close to 20 hours of flying, with a brief layover in London, before I landed in Nairobi, Kenya. I had embarked on my first missions trip after returning to church after my decade long Jesus vacation, as I now call it. I had left church as soon as I moved out of my parents house and returned 10 years later to find something new. But, that’s a story for another time.
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It’s 11:30pm on a Friday night and I am sitting in a hospital room next to my sleeping daughter who turns 8 months old tomorrow. She received her second round of chemo this morning, but despite that she has been up and smiling most of the afternoon and evening. Getting her to smile the last over the course of the last month and a half has been a chore. With all that she is battling, I am sure smiling is not on her “to do” list right now, but to be honest that smile is something I have missed dearly. I am glad she is young enough to not know she is sick but that doesn’t make up for what she is going through.
It’s Fathers Day 2011. For some I know it’s just another weekend, some get a chance to thank their fathers for all they have done, and then others get to sit back and think of their fathers for the life they had but are no longer with us. For me, it’s my first as a father and one I had been looking forward to for the last 7 months, but I can honestly say I am spending it in a way I never thought possible.
I my opinion, when some people think about the word destiny they are imagining something of fantasy. Some made up word that really only lives in the lives of the characters of the silver screen. Something only Hollywood can make come to pass. Something they think has no bearing on their life or the lives of those around them. But, they couldn’t be farther from the truth.
The funny part is, I think everyone believes in destiny whether or not they call by that name or not. Who doesn’t have that longing desire to be bigger than oneself, or that feeling that you were made for something beyond just an average life. Recognizing those little feelings in your gut, lets you know you have a purpose and keeps you moving forward.
At one time or another everyone on this planet experiences regret in his or her life. It can be an overwhelming sensation that can control you mentally and spiritually if left unchecked. But this mental and spiritual Alcatraz has no place in our life according to God. I think its human nature for us to dwell on the past, to relive our transgressions with the deep voice of a sports caster sounding out all our mistakes as we watch them play out over and over again in our mind. But the simple truth of it is, they don’t matter any more. Continue Reading…