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Containing the energy

November 6, 2016

When sticks become swords and black walnuts become golf balls, then all is right with the world.  I watched with fascination as our grandson amused himself yesterday at a wedding. The hours leading up to the ceremony can be tedious for adults. For little 4 or 5 year olds, it can be a time of fun and exploration. Ryan found sticks and began to wield them like swords. In the course of waiting, the little fellow transformed his stick (sword) into a golf club and began lining up black walnuts on the driveway. Then, systematically began to swing his club at each of the golf balls (walnuts).

     While the adults fidgeted and stressed over minute details, Ryan enjoyed this brand new world of exploration. Waiting for some can be a pain in the neck while others use their time to actually live. Probably a lesson in here for all of us.

        "Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take

        away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to

        those who are waiting for him." (Hebrews 9:27-28, NIV)

Today, take a new perspective on life and stop fretting over things that aren't that important in the grand scheme of things. Invest your life into eternal things and into people. Don't get caught up in planning and mapping every detail that life passes you by in a blur and you miss out on the imagination and fun of a four or five year old.

    Be open to what God wants to do in your life and how God wants to use you in His kingdom. Wait with anticipation and gladness. Get creative and make a difference in the world. Look at that stick out in the front yard. Wouldn't it make a great golf club?

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