Paper Airplanes

Isaiah 64:8 But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. (ESV) It was so much fun to make paper airplanes as a child. When I learned to do paper airplanes, I would make an airplane of any paper […]

Isaiah 64:8 But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. (ESV)

It was so much fun to make paper airplanes as a child. When I learned to do paper airplanes, I would make an airplane of any paper I saw laying around: small, big, clean, dirty, you name it. I made paper airplanes all the time. One of those times, my brother got me some nice clean printing paper. It was a nice clean sheet, and it was sturdy, unlike the papers I had been using. I was so proud of that paper airplane! I couldn’t wait for it to fly all around my neighborhood and then, be the envy of all the kids there. I never got to see it fly. A mean kid saw it, took it from my hands and tore it up. That was the time when I got into my first fight.
Now, let me ask you a question. Has anyone ever been mean to you? Has anyone ever torn your heart and broken it? I’m sure! We all have had heartaches and breaks. Now then, would you do that to a child? Would you be mean and break their hearts? How about a child of God?! You see, God is working on everyone. God is transforming the hearts of all of those who have given their lives to Him. So please, be patient with one another and be kind, especially to those who are striving to do better. Instead of criticizing people, let’s help them fly! Help them grow to reach the completeness of Christ.

Some Things Change, Some Don’t

We headed South to spend a couple of days with our vacationing grandchildren and their parents. On the way, our GPS kept giving me directions toward our destination. It kept saying, “Go toward Mobile”. It kept pronouncing it “Mo-bull” instead of “Mo-bill”. I wondered...

What’s Your Custom?

What are your habits of life? How would your family describe your customs? Twice in the New Testament the phrase is used, “as was his custom,” in reference to Jesus. In Mark 10:1 it is used to refer to his custom of teaching the people. In Luke 4:16, his going to the...

Follow Me

From time to time I will see trucks with a “Follow Me” sign on their tailgate. As a matter of fact, I followed one just last week who was directing traffic around the construction of a new bridge in our area. I understood where he was leading me. When I see a truck...

Treasure of Truth

The Bible is a vast treasure chest of truth. It is ours for the digging and the searching. Not just in every book or chapter. But in every verse and word of each verse. Consider this verse: Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the...

Choose God in Every Decision

Every day we are forced to make decisions. What will I have for breakfast, what will I wear, how will I act? But how often do we allow God to influence those decisions? It may seem kind of crazy to think about. We may say, “Does God care what I have for breakfast?”...

The Hope Chest

In 1957, my grandfather was in high school shop class, and he built my grandmother a hope chest. They were high school sweethearts and were married in August following their graduation in May. The hope chest, made from cedar, now sits in my parents living room where...

Pine Straw

put out fresh pine straw in our flower beds each year. From my local gardening experts (my wife Jane and Terry Pruitt), I understand that pine straw is great for our plants. It helps to retain moisture, insulate the root systems, helps prevent weeds and improves the...

Love Lifted Me

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ESV) By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. (1 John 3:16...

None of Self and All of Thee

The title of a song I remember as being a favorite when I was a child. I’m glad we still sing it today. Theodore Monod wrote the words in 1874. “O, the bitter pain and sorrow that a time could ever be, when I proudly said to Jesus, ‘All of self and none of thee.’”...

Reflections on Summer

As the summer comes to an end, I enjoy reflecting on the special times we had in the children’s ministry. Our summer was packed full with events, service projects, and Bible lessons. At our annual Back to School Bash, the children and I discussed how looking back on...