Life

Life can change really quickly.

I know it’s a cliche and something we say, but until that happens to us personally we don’t really feel it.

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I was scheduled to be on an overseas trip for two weeks and it was unbelievable the amount of planning, preparations and prayer that went into it. And literally 2 hours and 45 minutes before I was scheduled to leave, my schedule changed. The trip was cancelled. I won’t go into the details, but it had to do with life change.

Then two days later, my wife and I learned that one of her sisters had a major brain aneurysm and is now on life support and some tough decisions may have to be made in the next couple of days.

Often plans we think we have can change pretty radically. Even in these topsy turvey situations I just described, there’s a confidence, a peace and an assurance because of Christ.

He knows what we don’t know.

He gives strength when we’re weak.

He says He will be there in the tough times and good times.

Can it knock us out of rhythm a little? Of course, but what’s constant are the promises and assurances of Jesus. I don’t know how people do it without that confidence. They flounder, they get uptight, they get anxious, they do stupid things and the list goes on. Jesus really is our rock!

Weekends in Michigan doing what I love

Last weekend  had an interesting combination of activities, but some that reflect who I am…

It was a good one for college football enthusiasts in the state of Michigan – which I am! WMU beats a Iig 10 team in Northwestern, MSU won (but I don’t think anyone would call it pretty), CMU won and Michigan squashed their opponent as they should have, but they did business. It was quite a weekend!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, football creates conversation, camaraderie and brings people together. There’s something healthy about that.

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I also went with my family to Frankenmuth and of course we went to one of my favorite places in the world: Bronners CHRISTmas Wonderland. Yep, on Labor Day weekend I was a Bronners! It’s so fun because my daughter-in-laws and grandkids love as much as I do!

But I finally figured out why I like to go there… it’s a happy place. You have to be some kind of sick person to go into Bronners and not have a smile on your face. When you walk in it changes your attitude.

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I love the fact that Christ is front and center in the store, but it’s not done obnoxiously. People are there to have a good time and the joy you feel just radiates!

It reminds me Favorite verse:

Proverbs 17:22: A merry heart does good, like medicine.

Coming together for football … going to Bronners, the largest Christmas store in the world, creates a merry heart and at the base of it is Jesus!

 

Football, it’s Biblical, right?

You can sense it in the air, can’t you? A new season is approaching, people are bringing vacation plans to a close, prepping for the start of school or have already started…and you can see it in the trees, smell it in the air.

And more important? Football, right? High School football has begun with anther big weekend coming. College football will be here this weekend, fantasy football leagues are catching momentum and people are already fantasizing about tailgate parties. I can’t wait for Michigan State and Michigan to kick off!

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It creates an anticipation, excitement, but you know what I love, it brings people together! It’s a conversation piece, it heightens enthusiasm for people, it’s all about community and connection.

When I’m hanging around a group of guys – some who know Christ and some who don’t – we can use the platform of football to discuss life which is healthy, beneficial and well-meaning for all involved. Whether you’re a Michigan, Michigan State, Western Michigan, Grand Valley or Eastern Michigan fan, the bantering back and forth is fun. And it doesn’t matter what side you’re on, what side you’re loyal to, it’s fun to come together.

I love this from a spiritual standpoint because God gives us seasons where we can be revitalized with Him. We’re on a winning team, we know the outcome, Christ conquered Death and we get to spend eternity in heaven. I love the seasons that God gives to us!