Three years ago a waiter at a TGI Friday’s was clearing a table and found this napkin with these words written on it.
Are you, like me, wondering if the person who wrote this was trying to convince himself or herself? If they said it and wrote it enough, it would be true? Perhaps, it was meant as an encouragement for the next person who sat down. “I’m not afraid of tomorrow, you shouldn’t be either.”
It’s also possible this was a person connected to God, and, this is just a statement of faith.
Are you afraid of tomorrow?
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11
A recent Gallup survey reports Americans are increasingly frustrated with the quality of television news. They don’t have any trust or faith in what’s reported. Only 21% of Americans now express “a great deal” of trust in television news. That’s the lowest score ever.
Trust. A firm belief in the reliability, the truth, the strength, the ability of someone or something.
Faith. Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
You can say you trust or have faith in someone. The truth is…you don’t really know until you have to rely on that person. Faith and trust don’t seem to be visible until you use them. That’s when you know you have them.
So it is with God. You can say, “I have faith in God,” but those are just words until you need to use that faith. THEN…it’s real…then, it’s genuine, authentic…bona fide.
Want to know how strong your faith is? Use it.
When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. James 1
Have you ever seen one of those new car commercials on tv that promise you hundreds and hundreds of dollars in savings? Listen! Can you hear the announcer? “Five hundred dollars cash back and an extra two hundred on any trade-in, no matter what condition your car’s in!” But, right at the end of the commercial, have you ever hit the pause button on your remote…and waited for the time line at the bottom of the screen to go away…so you could read the fine print down there? There are all kinds of special conditions for getting that money and not just every trade-in gets the extra money! Things aren’t always as they seem.
Your word is truth. John 17
Jesus is. Jesus is as he seems. With him what you see IS what you get. What he says IS what he means. Exactly. Isn’t it nice in this world we live in, to find someone who can be trusted to lay it out the way it is. No pretense. No white lies. No, as my math teacher used to say, “fudging” (she didn’t like to use the word “cheating”).
Have you got someone in your life you can trust? Someone you know is there for you…every time, no matter what? Someone who never fudges? You can.
I have a friend who uses his guitar in his work. He teaches and performs music using it. One night at his house a guy tripped and fell…yes…my friend’s guitar looked just like the picture above. Broken! I don’t like when something of mine is broken. My car, my plans, my life. But, it seems like no matter what you do, sometimes your life ends up broken. It’s a fact. And we want to get it fixed. But, that doesn’t always happen.
God never says follow me and I guarantee you will not be broken. He doesn’t promise that. But…brokenness offers you two paths. One is fear, bitterness, and despair. It begins and ends in darkness. That’s the one without God. The other path is faith, trust, and hope. It too begins in darkness except it ends in light. Jesus understands brokenness.
Each time he (Jesus) said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12
God doesn’t promise to fix all brokenness, but he does promise to help you through it…all of it. Jesus says: “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” When you’re broken and weak, he comes through for you with his power. Sometimes the biggest miracles God performs are not in your circumstances, but in our hearts and your attitudes.
You may not like broken. I certainly don’t. But, you don’t have to fear it either. Even when you can’t see the light, reach out. God will be there to guide you down the path. He’s there for you. Try him.
It’s FREE with coupon! It’s 50% off with coupon!! It’s BOGO with coupon!!! (For the men who are reading this, that’s Buy One Get One free.) With our economy the way it is, couponing has become a way of life. The bottom line is: It saves you money. It’s not always easy, though. Have you ever read that fine print at the bottom of coupons? The words you need a magnifying glass to read that tell what the “rules” and “exclusions” are? Sometimes it’s “limit one per customer.” Or “can’t be used with any sale items.” Or “can only be used on Thursdays from 1:00-3:30 a.m.” (just kidding). But you get the picture.
For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does. Psalm 33
With God’s coupons, there’s no fine print. Well, actually, God’s not into couponing. But, there is no fine print with God. When he says it…that’s it. He’s like my fourth grade teacher Miss Brown. I loved her. No, I mean it. On the last day of school I asked her to marry me! What I loved about her was she was fair, treated everyone the same. You knew where you stood with her. If she said she would do it. she did. I could trust her word. And that’s how it is with God. You can trust his word. There is freedom there. There’s no fine print…and no exclusions.
Do you ever think about God? You don’t have to wonder any longer. His words are in the Bible. You can trust them. You’re not excluded. Read them and see what you think.
Miss Brown was beautiful, by the way, and wise. In answer to my marriage proposal, she said if, when I grew up, I still wanted to marry her…she would consider it.
Coming at the end of this month are the 2012 X Games from Los Angeles. People who participate in this event are risk-takers. Man, they are extreme! Watch Shaun White and see what I mean… http://youtu.be/VwMSsicKRYI
Every time I watch sporting events like this I see hospitals, broken bones, and casts. That what I’d see in my future if I did this! There are some amazing tricks done. There’s a lot of skill in doing them, but it’s also very dangerous.
Jesus is extreme. I can see Jesus as an x-gamer! As barely a teenager he was challenging the religious leaders of his time with his ideas. He changed water into wine. That was pretty amazing. He healed the sick, raised the dead, walked on water, fed 5,000 men and their families with the lunch of a small boy. But, talk about a risk-taker, Jesus had enough faith to allow himself to be killed, trusting God the Father to bring him back to life! And, that’s exactly what happened! Extreme!
But, get this. The Bible says if you put your trust in Jesus, he’ll impact YOUR life. Your life will become extreme. There’ll be a drastic change. One that’s truly radical. Momentous. And, then, you will have an impact on the lives of those around you. What possibilities!
Are you a risk-taker? I am if the result is worth the risk. With Jesus…it is.
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.” John 11 (That’s extremely amazing!)
The 2012 X Games are June 28-July 1. Here’s where you can find more information. http://espn.go.com/action/xgames/story/_/id/6939414/x-games-announces-los-angeles-2012-event-dates