ONE OF THE SADDEST VERSES IN THE BIBLE: I spent some time reading about Samson this past week (Judges 14-16). He was SO strong, yet at times, he was SO weak. He struggled with women, peer pressure, sexuality, anger and pushing his limits with what God allowed. In the end, he gave up the secret of his strength to a pretty girl. The saddest verse about his life comes in Judges 16:20, just after Delilah had his head shaved while he slept. It says, “Delilah called, ‘Samson, the Philistines are upon you!’ He awoke from his sleep and thought, ‘I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.’ But he did not know that the LORD had left him.” I couldn’t help but shake my head when I read that verse and think, “I don’t ever want to get to a point in my life where the Lord leaves me.”
ADVICE: When I run across a good piece of advice I write it down. Here are a few things I’ve heard from people that I have written down …
- The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but the water bill is higher too.
- Jesus was approachable and touchable, I should be too.
- When depressed, listen to country music. The people in the songs will always be more messed up that you are.
- Don’t lose sleep over what critics thinks.
- It’s God’s grace, and He can give it to anyone He wants.
- Pray ridiculous prayers.
- Don’t bother naming a cat. He’s not going to come when you call him anyway.
The best wisdom and advice in the world comes from the book of Proverbs. It was written by the wisest person who ever lived. I try to read one chapter of Proverbs everyday. Proverbs has 31 chapters, the same as most month’s have days. To help me keep up with where to read, I simply read what ever chapter corresponds to today’s date. So, since today is the February 25th, I read chapter 25 this morning. My goal today is to try to do verse 11 and to tell Lea thanks for not making verse 24 a reality. Want to reading Proverbs with me?
FIRSTS: This has been a week of some “firsts” for me …
- Monday I went to my friend Jacob’s house for coffee. I was met at the door by his 4 year old daughter, Ada. She said, “Come in, we’ve been expecting for you.” She was dressed up in her princess dress. She led me to the table where she had planned a tea party. Tiny cups and saucers with little place mats. I had my first ever tea party, played a quick hand of “Disney Uno” and met each of Ada’s Barbies. That hour was actually the highlight of my entire day.
- Yesterday, I zipped in to Krispy Kreme donuts and purchased coffee for Lea, Taylor and myself, without getting a donut. Nope, not one. That was a first. Now had they handed me a free hot one, I probably would have caved in, because my “cheapness” would have trumped my “healthiness!”
CONVERSATIONS WITH A 7 YEAR OLD: I love talking with my kids and trying to see the world through their eyes. Here’s this week’s conversation with Cooper.
ME: “Cooper, I saw you playing at recess yesterday.”
COOPER: “Was I chasing some girls?”
ME: “I didn’t notice. Do you always chase girls at recess?”
COOPER: “Yea, at the second recess. Chasing girls is fun!”
ME: “Do you ever catching any girls when you chase them?”
COOPER (with a big grin on his face): “Oh yea!”
ME: “What do you do with them when you catch them?”
COOPER (looking a little confused): “I don’t know, but it’s sure fun to chase them.”
A little time passes …
COOPER: “Dad, did you ever chase girls?”
ME (with a grin on my face): “Sure! I used to chase your mom all the time.”
COOPER (Rolling his eyes): “Dad!”
After a little more silence …
COOPER: “Seriously?” (One of his new favorite words)
ME: “Yea, and I still do.”
COOPER: “Mom probably didn’t run very fast, did she?”
ME: “Actually mom’s really nice to me, and has always just let me catch her.”