Posts Tagged ‘learn’

My wife and I met a guy named John the other day. We could have talked to John for hours about nearly anything because you could easily tell that he cared. He was secure in who he is and simply confident about life. At one point in the conversation he told my wife how much he loved God. We weren’t surprised in fact we already knew. John’s love for God was all over him. At one point quite a ways into our encounter John told us about his eleven year old son that has leukemia. Sometime later we asked about other children and heard about his newborn son who two weeks before was in the NIC Unit due to major complications at birth. The complications were a huge medical issue for John’s wife too. In fact at one point in the last few weeks his wife was at one hospital while his sons where at different hospitals in another city. None of them were within twenty miles of their home.

At no time did John indicate anything other than joy! He had every reason to be down and good reason to doubt yet his excitement for God was amazingly contagious. We loved how he told us about his Lord not his church because it’s personal. His trust was infectious. We can all learn from John and people like him.

John’s wife and baby are home doing well, will you please pray for their older son Toby?

You can be encouraged when life is difficult and overwhelming. Struggle is part of the change. If you were plugging along in your comfortable life, convinced that all is well you’d be fooled. More of Him comes in difficulty. Trust!

Eighteen years ago my lessons in fatherhood began. It didn’t come as a surprise, we’d had nine months to prepare. But what I didn’t know at the time was that this is a class you never finish.

The total revelation however was how much I needed to learn about being a son. I’m so thankful for the lessons these past eighteen years have brought and am looking forward to those ahead. Thank you Elliot for all you have taught me, Happy Birthday! I love you.

And Happy Birthday Grandma Grace.

“When you go through a disappointment, when you go through a loss, don’t stop on that page in your life. You’ve got to decide to keep moving forward. There’s another chapter in front of you but you’ve got to be willing to take the next step.” – Jen Munro

“What we learn is far more important than what we go through.” – Lindy Chamberlain (Thank you Alison)

We needn’t be defined by the tragedy that befalls us, we must grow through it.

Have you noticed how little listening takes place these days? Everyone has something to say but few are able or willing to listen. A pause in the middle of a story is the perfect opportunity to jump in with what I’ve been thinking about while you’ve been talking. We all have so much to learn from each other maybe we should listen more.

Bob Goff’s “Love Does”

“I used to think I could shape the circumstances around me, but now I know Jesus uses circumstances to shape me.”

What can I learn here Lord, is always a great question to ask no matter the circumstance. There is always more of God to be found in good as well as difficult times.

Jesus says, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” The load we take upon ourselves is not the load God intends for us to bear. He wants to relieve us. But we have to trust Him enough to let go. Christ is our example.