Monthly Archives: October 2013

Do I Look Like Wonder Woman?

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wonder womanA few weeks ago we had a staff retreat. The goal was to do team building exercises and planning for the next year. Since super heroes are popular again, the first ice breaker question was, “If you could have one super hero power what would it be?” I loved everyone’s answers and since I was last in the circle, I had plenty of time to think.

My power didn’t have a specific name but when I said it, everyone knew what I was talking about. I chose Wonder Woman’s ability to let bullets bounce off her metal wrist cuffs. And then I quickly added, “I would also love to have her lasso of truth.”

Someone asked me at lunch why I chose Wonder Woman powers. I openly answered, “Don’t you think itlasso of truth would be great if every time someone aimed something critical or ugly your way, you could simply cross your wrists and let it bounce off you?” As another person in fulltime ministry, my co-worker laughed and heartily agreed. I went on to explain that a lasso of truth would have been great when I was raising teenaged boys. I could wrap it around them and get all the honest details of where they had been and what they had done.

i can do all thingsOf course, each of us wish for this kind of power at some time in our lives. The good news is if we are Christ-followers, we can be Wonder Women because we already have supernatural power in our lives. We have the power and presence of the Holy Spirit of God Himself living inside us. So, when people hurl evil insults our way or when life throws something dangerous at us, we can remember the promises found in scripture. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

How will you use the supernatural power that you have this week? Will you use it to fight a verbal attack or will you use it to find Truth in a new way?

Bullies Be Gone

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stop bullyingOctober 16 is Blog Action Day 2013. The theme this year is Human Rights. It is a world-wide blogging opportunity and over 100 countries are participating.

A few months ago, a co-worker and I were talking about child-rearing. Since my children are grown, he asked me, “when is teasing and mocking others a normal part of childhood and when is it bullying?”

My answer, “It’s bullying when it’s your child.”

So, the issue I chose to discuss on Blog Action Day is bullying.  

The definition of a bully is “a person who hurts or browbeats those who are weaker.” All of us have encountered these villains at one time or another. There are bullies at work, in the media, and in politics.  

I want to speak to the ones, we all have experienced, the school bullies. Several years ago a bully would steal your lunch money, call you names, and make fun of your clothes or family. But today, with the increasing use of social media, cell phones and cameras, bullies can harass and expose weaker ones with unharnessed abandon and lack of consciousness. Countless young people have had their reputations smeared and irreparable damage done to their lives. There are news reports about students who resort to suicide because they have lost hope after verbal, physical,  and cyber attacks.

What is the answer?  What can we do to stop this madness?

The first thing we do, is speak openly and honestly to our children and grandchildren. Make it real and make it personal. Tell them your own stories, treat your experience as a part of your legacy.  Second, we use bullied girlunspoken communication to train and teach. We model right behavior. We don’t mock others or make fun of people. We tune out radio and television programs that tear others down. Third, we become proactive. Encourage students to report bullying and challenge them to take a stand for those who are being mistreated.

Finally, the golden rule is still relevant today. No matter what your background or religion, it still speaks to men, women, boys, and girls. “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” In other words, treat others like you want to be treated.

A culture of honor begins in the heart and at home. Let’s step up, step out, and take a stand today.

Don’t Miss the Signs

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tsa agentA friend of mine has several children and each year she takes one of them on a special trip with just her. This year it was her teenaged daughter’s turn and it was going to be her first plane trip. As they arrived at the airport, she used the time to teach her teenager the ins and outs of flying. She walked her through the check in process and everything was going well.

As they approached the security area, she explained in detail what to do. She told her daughter to watch her and do what she did and it would all go smoothly. They took off their shoes, jackets, and backpacks and placed them in the bins. Then, my friend went through the metal detector. No problem, no noise, no nothing. Right on her heels was her daughter, following her mother’s lead.

When the teenager tried to enter the machine, the TSA agent held up his hand to stop the daughter from entering the detector until high fiveher mother had cleared the scanner. Instead of stopping, she thought he was giving her a high-five. What did she do? She gave him a high-five back!

No kidding! She did! Did you know you aren’t supposed to touch a TSA agent? The gentleman proceeded to scold her, humiliating her in public.  Of course, my friend politely set him straight about her daughter misinterpreting his sign. It all ended well, but her daughter learned a valuable lesson that day. It’s important to interpret the signs correctly. 

haltSigns are a part of our everyday lives. They are everywhere. Even the Bible speaks of signs. In the Old Testament God used signs and wonders to reveal Himself to mankind. In Daniel 4:3, the pagan King Nebuchadnezzar finally interpreted what he saw correctly. He acknowledged the Most High God because he recognized God’s signs. Nebuchadnezzar declared, “How great are His signs And how mighty are His wonders!…”

Today, I say to you, “Halt! Open your eyes. Don’t miss the miraculous signs and wonders of the Lord.” They are everywhere and they are awesome. Join me in prayerfully giving God a “Holy High Five.” His wonderous signs deserve it.