A word to the wise should be sufficient

I grew up with a consistent appeal to embrace wisdom from my Dad. “A word to the wise should be sufficient.” The fool may know a lot about which path to take, but the wise person takes that path. “You don’t have to tell me twice” (to do the right thing) is a great thing to be able to say. That wasn’t true of me when I was a kid. I was a fool until Jesus got hold of me. Smart, clever, witty? Yes. But wise? Nope. Since, I made the great exchange, my so-called life for His life, I have found the Spirit of wisdom. Choose wisdom. It is no guarantee of worldly success, but the benefits of wisdom are immense. I beg God to enlighten you with wisdom and I offer you a word to the wise.
Love,
Dad

He stole the big piece!

I was struggling this last week thinking about people that are getting the big piece of life. On vacation in Cabo, we are definitely tasting the relaxation that comes with what people consider the good life. It is really hard to keep your perspective on what matters. Grandpa and I hiked around the hills and saw some amazing mansions yesterday. You know the feeling when someone gets the big piece of something you want, right? It would be pretty cool to have a house to share with people and I thought of how cool it would be to be able to invite people over to a house like that to enjoy our family. You guys are great and no matter where we live people just love your creativity and excitement for life. You are friendly and compassionate and take such good care of our guests. I’m proud of you.

The thing that hit me today was how much we have when God has us! No matter what wealth our family has or doesn’t have, Jesus is the big piece of life. I really believe it today. I read Psalm 73 this morning: “There is nothing on earth I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my PORTION forever.” I am not going to be envious of those who probably worked hard for the wealth they have. My portion of life’s pie is bigger than anything anyone could offer me. Don’t forget that when Jesus has your heart, you have the biggest piece and no one can take that from you.

Love,

Dad

compass needle

My heart was broken this week for you kiddos. I want so much for you: fun that lasts, wisdom that guides, love that deepens, a future that is secure. That last part isn’t going to happen though, is it? Nothing is secure about the future. Selfishly I want you to just do the right thing and stop fighting, stop accusing, stop bickering and . . . clean your room! 😉 Actually I want something quite a bit different than that. When my heart broke again this Sunday, I realized that when you live out your imperfect life, with its ups and downs, all I really want is for your heart to be yielded to God. I want your compass needle to be pointed to Jesus. When you struggle, remember that it’s the direction your heart is pointing that I pray for most of all. Clean your room, because you will be a better person for it, but point your heart to Jesus because he will secure your future.

Love,

Dad