The elections….

With the upcoming elections, I thought that I should say something about them. No, I am not going to tell you how to vote. What I will tell you is to pray. PRAY HARD!! In my opinion neither candidate is ideal, and that’s why I feel that it is important to pray.

Kari and I went to see Scott Hahn speak last weekend. One of the things that he said was “We do more for our country by attending Mass than we do in the voting booth.” He is absolutely right! We need to spend time with Christ praying for the future of our country. The economy is fragile, the future of the government is uncertain, I would even go so far as to say that the freedoms that this country was founded on are at risk.

So, what do we pray for? Do we pray that McCain becomes president? Or Obama for that matter? No. We pray that Our Lord and Savior will touch the hearts of whomever becomes the next leader of our country. We pray that God will work through that individual (and all in government) to do His will. We pray that the leaders of this nation will get down on their knees and pray to the Lord for guidance and strength. We pray that God’s will be done, no matter how much it may bring us pain and suffering.

I invite all of you to take the next several days and pray. Pray for the will of God to be done in our lives and in our country. I, myself, am planning on spending election day praying and fasting for our country. Join me in this prayer and fast if you wish. God bless you all and God bless our country.

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Published in: on October 31, 2008 at 1:56 pm  Comments (1)  

Relationships….

Relationships. Everyone has them. Everyone is in one. Whether married or single, young or old we all have to deal with other people. We all have to “manage” the relationships in our lives. How do we manage our relationships? Do our words and actions change with each person we interact with? Do we treat some people differently than we do others?

I believe that the answer to these questions come this quote from “The Shack” by Robert P. Young: “Relationships are never about power, and one way to avoid the will to power is to choose to limit oneself–to serve.” Limiting oneself in relationships is not an easy thing to do. As a father I have to choose to limit myself many times a day in order to serve the relationships with my children. For example, my five year old is learning to read. She loves to read to me, but it is frustrating for me because it takes her a long time to sound out the words (I tend to be an impatient person). I could choose to not limit my knowledge of reading and say the words to her. Instead I choose to limit my knowledge in order that she may learn to read. I also choose to limit my feelings by not showing her my frustration, which helps me to become more patient.

Relationships are NOT about power. They are not about what we can get out of them. They are about service–what can I give to the other person? When we choose to limit ourselves and serve others in our relationships both members of the relationship flourish–my daughter learns to read and I learn patience. This works with every relationship we have–family relationships, work relationships, friends, classmates, teachers, etc.

Published in: on October 14, 2008 at 5:48 pm  Comments (1)  

A Grain of Sand

I was listening to my daughter’s MP3 player yesterday when I heard a song by Carrie Underwood. (She’s the fan, not me! Remember it was HER MP3 player). I don’t remember the name of the song, but there was a line in it that struck me: “Sometimes that mountain you’ve been climbing is just a grain of sand.” I think God is trying to say something to me about my last post on trust. I’m getting better at listening. God usually has to hit me over the head 6 or 7 times before I finally get what He is trying to tell me. This time I got it on the first try!

I’m stepping on a grain of sand with all my worries, not climbing a mountain. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes. If Christ can perform this miracle, then He can perform miracles in my own life. He can “multiply the loaves and fishes” of my own financial situation and with regard to getting the youth to come to youth group. God keeps telling me over and over again to trust Him. I’m not there yet, but I feel myself getting closer.

Published in: on October 6, 2008 at 8:01 pm  Leave a Comment