Thursday, February 23, 2006

I mentioned last week about Jack going to school now...
Well that is a new part of my daily routine. I take Jack to school on my way to work, which I really enjoy.
For at least 10 minutes it is just us two...our little time together.

On monday we were driving there and Jack asks me a question...
"Daddy, how can I go to heaven, cause I don't know how to get there."
What made this question a pivotal one is that Jack was getting upset thinking about it. He was truly concerned he was going to miss out because he didn't know the directions. He knows simple things like where Nana's house is, where the school is...basically because he has already been there many times before. But in his mind he was panicing...because he hadn't been to heaven before.

So here I am...on the spot, feeling like I have 2 seconds to give him the perfect answer and I have no idea what to say!
I open my mouth and these words just fall out...
"Jack, you know that when you die your body stops right?"
"Yes Daddy"
"Well God also made you with a spirit that lives inside you and can never die. When you body stops your spirit knows how to get to heaven, so you don't need to worry about it"

Jack was stoked with my answer. I was simply stoked that I had a answer!

The Bible says this statement:
"be prepared in season and out of season" (2tim4:1-3)

God wants you to have answers for people when they really need some answers...

So how do you get prepared/be prepared?

If you want to have have answers you need two things:
To know some of the "Word"
Notice I didn't say the whole bible. I would encourage to learn as much as you can at whatever stage of your walk you are at. Keep learning, studying, letting it get into you. That is a well you can then draw from.
Trust that the Holy Spirit will guide you
The Bible talks about the Holy Spirit helping us with answers when we don't know what to say.
So just trust that that will actually happen for you.

An amazing thing I have found is that the answers affect you and the hearer.
When God uses you like this you learn at the same time.
There is also an amazing feeling for you when you are a mouth piece for God. Nothing else matches that feeling.

Don't be afraid to let God use you...you will actually enjoy it!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

My holiday was a little different this time. Jack turned five at the end of January and started primary school along with the school term beginning. Now what I am about to share may mean more to the parents out there, but I know it will means something to all of you???

The first day was something I will never forget!
Here is my 'little buddy' off to school. It only seems like yesterday that he was a premature baby struggling to live. Now he is this little guy hungry to learn and start a new phase of his life. I will admit I found it hard. All his 5 years of life I have helped him, loved him, cared for him...and now he is beginning a phase I can support yes, but also only watch from a distance. I can't be there every day/all day of school. And that thought hit me as I walked to the school gate after leaving him there. I told Suze to talk about anything else but Jack, so that I didn't loose it. Sunglasses can hide so much!

Isn't this like life?
We spend so much time in similar circumstances that changing those circumstances can be very uncomfortable in deed!
Jack needs to go to school for him to develop into the man that God will make him. As a parent I have to let go a little. It is a new season. The old one is gone and will never be again. And it is exciting and upsetting at the same time.

Seasons are weird. Some of us have favourites, but they are always changing. You never see one season for all your life.
Imagine if it stayed summer all the days you are on this earth...you would cry out for a break from heat!
Imagine if you stayed at high school all your life...you would go insane!
God knows how we need seasons/change and brings it about just when we need it. We don't need to understand it, it just happens.

Trust God and his seasons for your life.
He knows your beginning from your end and is committed to you, to bless you and make you more and more like him.

Jack trusts his 'daddy' that this season is good for him...

Ecclesiastes 3 (niv)
1 There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What does the worker gain from his toil?
10 I have seen the burden God has laid on men.
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time.
He has also set eternity in the hearts of men;
yet they cannot fathom what
God has done from beginning to end.
12 I know that there is nothing better
for men than to be happy and do good while they live.
13 That everyone may eat and drink,
and find satisfaction in all his toil
—this is the gift of God.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Yesterday I did something I have been wanting to do for a while, and being on holiday meant that I could.
I have never seen any of the Lord of the Rings movies! So planned a special day with my mate Chris watching all of them back to back, including 2 of them being the extended versions.
And all I can say today is WOW!

Now I am not about to tell you all about the christian parallels, well not today anyway...
The one main thought I had this morning was how an adventure, no matter how dangerous, is so exciting and enticing.
Back last century young men signed up to go to two different wars for the 'adventure', not the chance to kill!

It reminded me of a great book I read last year.
Wild at Heart by John Elderidge
He talks a lot about how God has made us for adventure, for something very special. Everything else is just not enough for us!

We all need to have adventure, to push the boundaries of life...all under the awesome call God has for each of us. Maybe you could pray that God will continue to lead further into this place. Never settle, stay unsettled ready for whatever God has for you.

Remember the destination is ultimate, but the journey (adventure) is great!
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