This was a bad Saturday morning for a lady who was driving near our house. She was fine, but looked sad. Mini Coopers are pretty cool, but don’t go very fast after landing on their roof!
Have you ever had an “oops moment”? Do tell!!
I will never forget the late night viewing of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon. I was just inches away from our little black and white tv watching Walter Cronkite’s coverage. My dad was fading in and out of sleep. But we were WIDE AWAKE when the actual moment occurred. Just me and pops in our living room experiencing HISTORY together.
Thanks, AMERICA! And THANKS NEIL for the INSPIRATION of over 50 years!
Presidents promise hope. But so do school teachers, great explorers, and great speeches.
Throughout humanity, people bring us hope through their words. But hope without purpose is somewhat empty. You can accomplish many goals in life and it can still be meaningless. That’s why God gave us HIS WORD!
We can desire to win a race, raise good children, or move into our dream home. Ultimately TRUE HOPE in life can still be missed.
The most powerful message is out there. It is found in the SON OF GOD! Jesus came to RESTORE us to our heavenly Father — and that message comes very clear when you begin to explore the words found in the Bible.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus addressed this issue of the heart to a the woman at the well who had many questions about life, too.
John 4:13-14 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
I encourage any reader to find out what it means to pursue a “relationship” with Jesus.
I have personally found that living my life with these Bible teachings in place has changed my life’s goals. Hope is now woven into every day of my life!
My wife, Ginger and I previewed UNCONDITIONAL that is coming out on September 21, 2012. You’ve got to go on opening weekend! It is inspirational and a true account of events of the lives of children and those who reach out to them.
Here is the synopsis from the UNCONDITIONAL WEBSITE:
Samantha Crawford is living a storybook life: she’s happily married, she lives on a ranch where she keeps her beloved horse, and the stories she’s told and illustrated since childhood have become published books.
When her husband Billy is killed in a senseless act of violence, Sam loses her faith and her will to live. But a death-defying encounter with two children leads to a reunion with Joe, her oldest friend. Inspired by true events, UNCONDITIONAL stars Michael Ealy (Think Like A Man) and Lynn Collins (John Carter).
As Sam watches “Papa” Joe care for and love the kids in his under-resourced neighborhood, she begins to realize that no matter life’s circumstances, the love of God is always reaching out to us.
So many stories, so many athletes. Victory and defeat. Highs and Lows. But it all ends tonight. Now it’s 4 more years before some of these great people can try again — and for others, it truly is OVER.
We’ll have new stories and new heroes that will emerge, just like they have for centuries.
Fortunately, for someone who is following Christ — we do not have a 2 week time limit to finish strong. It’s interesting — NO TIME LIMIT — but there
should be is a sense of URGENCY. And although we should be constantly moving forward with DETERMINATION, we can methodically train and consistently fulfill the planned “race” for our lives.
So STRIVE for GREATNESS. Don’t wait for 4 years to move FORWARD, but MARCH AHEAD for the greatest cause that transcends any nation!
I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Phil. 3:14 (NLT)
One of my favorite photographers is Trey Ratcliff. You can find more of his work at http://stuckincustoms.com . This is a shuttle launch he took of the Endeavor.
When I think of the new Mars Rover mission and the heavens, it inspires me. Here’s a Bible verse that might help you think about our creator, too.
Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.
I love this picture I took at Alcatraz. First, any operating table has so many stories. Then, you can add a multiple to this — it is at a maximum security prison. To have surgery here is to perhaps extend your life to what? For many more days in prison!
Plus, no family or friends would have been present here.
Plus, the sounds and smells of a prison are constantly in the background.
Plus, you must feel like just another number.
I thank God that no matter where we are — when we need surgery, physical or spiritual, he is THERE! And not only is our heavenly Father present (ever present), there is a love and security that brings us peace and hope.
So look at this picture, and then remember that YOU are AN IMPORTANT part of GOD’S PLAN.
Allow God to OPERATE on your SOUL and know that HE IS GOOD!
Come back to the place of safety,all you prisoners who still have hope!
I promise this very day that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles. Zechariah 9:12 (NLT)