Sunday, June 03, 2012

Help Me in the Race to Cure Pediatric Cancer

I will be racing in my 1st triathlon on September 1 - you can join me as I am racing to help find a cure for pediatric cancer and in memory of my friend Carson Leslie.  If you want to get in the race against cancer with me, click here.  Thanks for helping wipe out this ugly disease.  

Monday, May 02, 2011

Is God Happy?

Many Americans went to bed last night or awoke this morning to the news that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. This news showed that America had finally delivered on it’s promise to get the mastermind behind the September 11 attack on America.

As many Americans I remember 9/11 and the days following vividly. One of the most vivid memories I have of the days that followed is standing at Ground Zero just 10 days after the attacks. I stood amid the flames, the foul odors, the thick dust and the F-16’s overhead trying to wrap my mind around what I was seeing. To say it was an emotionally exhausting day is an understatement as was wave after wave of emotion engulfed me as we stood amidst the chaos and destruction.

There were a lot of things I saw and heard that day that I was not expecting. Among all of them however came from the mouth of one of the pastors I was with as he said “we need to pray, not just for America, but also for the people who did this.” I was incredulous. How could he utter these words? Was he not seeing the same thing I saw? How could he pray for these folks and ask God to bring them to a place of the saving knowledge of Christ? My response was something to the affect of “you pray!”

What I could not see then through my immaturity and emotion was that this pastors response was the right one. His response of asking God to save these evil men was the only proper response in the paradigm of God’s Kingdom.

Why was it the proper response? Because there are several inescapable truth’s that God details for us in Scripture:

  • ALL men are created in the image of God
  • God wishes that NONE should perish
  • Jesus dies for ALL men
  • His Kingdom that is here and now is open to ALL.

As I woke this morning and looked at the multiple Facebook status updates, I could not help but notice the “celebration of triumph” in the various status updates. Many these updates equated or credited God and His blessing with the killing of Bin Laden. As I read these a few questions sprang to mind given what we know of God and His Kingdom:

  • Is God really that happy over this?
  • Is God really carrying out His blessing by the killing of one created in His image?
  • Does God have red, white & blue as His kingdom colors?
  • Did God change the rules and wish that at least this one, this Bin Laden, perish?

These questions are not posed to demean or condemn the actions of our President or the military, but to simply ponder, as Jesus Followers should we, as my pastor friend exhibited:

  • Be in a posture of love or one of vengeance?
  • Be praying that God reach the hearts and souls of these men, or pray that death come swiftly?
  • Be praying that His Kingdom Come, His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven or be praying that America get’s her revenge?
  • Be moved because one created in God’s image has perished and this makes God sad or should we be celebrating because after 10 long years we finally got the bastard?
  • Be so accepting of God’s grace for us which covers our evil but not want it to be spread for those who are really evil?

Several years ago I went with a team from our church in Dallas to Nigeria. The trip lasted two-weeks and was in a word, incredible. During our time there we heard from many who had sacrificed greatly to come to know Christ. They had been disowned by family, had to flee for their lives and some recounted for us friends and family who had been murdered at the hands of Muslims. During one such conversation one of the men looked at us as tears filled his eyes and asked, “would you please pray for our Muslim brothers? They are lost and need Jesus.”

A poignant lesson in God’s politics and Kingdom living.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Revolution of Love for Dube Bute

Ever since our family made the decision to adopt from Ethiopia, the country and the people have been on our hearts and mind. We are so close to be united with our children and wait in incredible anticipation for that day. In the meantime, we have looked for ways to share our blessings with the people of Ethiopia.

One of the ways we have chosen to do this is by starting a fundraiser for the village of Dube Bute, one of the poorest of the poor villages in Ethiopia. Our goal is to raise $200,000 to supply clean drinking water, medical care, veterinary assistance and education to this village.

You can watch this video to learn more or to join us in spreading a Revolution of Love and A Glimmer of Hope to the people of Dube Bute you can click here.

A Glimmer of Hope - LTBH Feature - Austin 2009 from A Glimmer of Hope on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

God Speaks Even Through Alarm Clocks

Today marks one year since my dear friend Carson Leslie lost his battle with cancer and went to be with Jesus. For me it has been a day of remembrance, sadness and at the same time smiles in thinking about Carson and who he was as a person. However, the impact of today did not hit me until several minutes ago.

The day started for me waking up long before my alarm was due to go off and when I looked at the clock it was 3:33. Unable to get back to sleep my thoughts turned to Carson and the 1 year mark and I began to pray. Part of my prayer was "God, I am not sure why I am awake now, but I know your trying to convey something to me from the numbers 3:33 and would you please reveal that to me."

I finally got up helped get the kids off to school and started the work day with my thoughts on Carson and thinking about 3:33 and what God was trying to say to me.

This afternoon he gave me my answer in a way I could have never imagined. I was talking with my brother and recounted for him my waking up and told him it was 3:33. With both of us being U2 fans he recounted for me the lyrics of their song Unknown Caller, some of which are:

I was lost between the midnight and the dawning
In a place of no consequence or company
3:33 when the numbers fell off the clock face
Speed dialling with no signal at all

Go, shout it out, rise up
Oh, oh
Escape yourself, and gravity
Hear me, cease to speak that I may speak
Shush now
Oh, oh
Force quit and move to trash

He then told me that the song was about the interaction between us and God when we are at the end of our rope and He is trying to speak to us and in order for us to listen we need to be quiet. The 3:33 is in reference to Jeremiah 33:3 which reads "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."

In thinking about Carson and what I learned from him - how he lived his life, how he faced death, how he related to God, I can say I learned things that I did not know. To see how God has used his story to reach thousands is truly great and unsearchable. To think that God would use an alarm clock and ordain it that He woke me up at that time to provide me a message of triumph and comfort is more than I can comprehend.

God speaks and does so in amazing and unsearchable ways.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Great Family & A Great Cause!

Please join this family as they seek to adopt!

Friday, October 22, 2010