Igniting Hope

Keep It…Simple: Love!
Keep It…Simple: Love!

As a pre-teen kid, one of my favorite “toys” was my 150-in-1 Electronic Project Kit from Radio Shack. It was awesome! All you had to do was follow specific instructions to attach color-coded wires to the various labeled spring connectors. I could make a basic radio receiver, have a photo-electric cell turn on and off a small lightbulb, or even light up an LED number! The possibilities may not have been endless, but 150 different projects were not the limit!

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Keep It…Simple: Good News!
Keep It…Simple: Good News!

What is Christianity—being followers of Christ—about? Put simply, it means we have the opportunity to experience an eternal relationship with the God of the universe (John 17:3)! Wrap your mind around that for a minute. We, created and limited creatures, are able to have a real, vibrant, and ever-growing relationship with our Creator. That really should be unfathomable! Yet it is true.

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Keep It…Personal – # 2
Keep It…Personal – # 2

We were young and didn’t know better. That’s all I can say. My girlfriend and I, full of ideas of how to make people feel welcome in our home, had such detailed plans for what we would do that no one could have done it all. Guest rooms would be scented, chocolates lovingly laid on the pillow, sweet notes of welcome tucked in unexpected places. I’m telling you, we had it going on! And we did it too! Until full-time ministry took over, babies were born and feeding, cleaning, and caring consumed the day. All of a sudden it seemed more important to categorize, organize and find a way to survive. We didn’t have time to be personal.

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Keep It…Personal
Keep It…Personal

You’ve Got Mail has been a favorite movie of ours for a long time. Aside from being charming, quirky, and fun, it’s infinitely quotable. We love that. Especially the one when Meg Ryan’s character (whose bookshop has just been put out of business by a big chain bookstore) confronts the “big boss” Tom Hanks who keeps spouting, “It’s not personal, it’s business.” Meg, in her typical way, says, “What does that mean anyway? It may be just business to you, but it’s personal to me. If it doesn’t start with personal, what is it?” Now, that’s not an exact quote, but it’s the gist and it’s what I took away from the scene.

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Courage
Courage

They file into the room with some trepidation, nervously excited and with surreal awareness that from this point the future begins. Graduation day, so long awaited, feels mixed – a goodbye to “before,” with all its trials and triumphs – and an open door to “next”…not the same as before. “Ready-to-be-done,” fights with, “Am-I-ready-for-next?” in hearts.

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New
New

With the whiff of “new” comes the consideration of a new dream, a new possibility, a new horizon. We have a fresh opportunity to come into a different understanding of what God’s dream in this next stretch of road might be. I love this poem that takes us into different images of what God’s dream might be for me. Maybe you will too.

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