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Are your ready for the trip?

Last week our family – the four kids still at home – packed up and got ready for a fun-filled week in sunny Florida. We were excited about all of it except for the 16 hour drive.

Our oldest (no at home), Eli, is a junior at Anderson University but is participating in an 8-month college internship with Disney World in Orlando.

Yes – it is a real internship and he is taking classes on-line to keep his hard-earned scholarships.

No – I did not take time away from our family vacation to write this last week’s blogs. I did them ahead of time and just kept up with comments.

Yes – it is a tough gig to get off work and run free around Disney World; but someone has to do it so it might as well be Eli.

No – we cannot adopt you and pass along family discounts. But we’ll put you on the waiting list with others who have asked.

Getting ready for a week-long trip is very different now that the kids are older and able to pack for themselves. The last time we visited Disney World was 13 years ago before Brynden was born and we were chased out of Florida by a hurricane.

Packing for a trip gets easier the more you do it. Knowing when you’re leaving allows for a comfortable pace of getting things ready.

There are those occasions when trips are made unexpectedly. A sudden illness or tragic accident can mean an urgent departure. And those who serve in the military sometimes have to leave at a moments notice.

But there is one journey we’ll all have to make and for most it will be unexpected.

Death.

Are you prepared to enter into eternity? Have you received God’s gift of grace and surrendered to Jesus as Savior and Lord?

And still… even if you are ready for eternity in terms of your relationship with God, are you ready in other ways?

What important matters or conversations are you putting off for another day as if you’re sure you’ll be here for tomorrow?

Family vacations in fun-filled locations are one of life’s most treasured experiences. But nothing in this life compares with the glory that awaits us in God’s presence beyond this life.

Are you ready?
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© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2012. All rights reserved.

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Good entertainment, but a faulty premise

Our oldest, Eli, is working this summer at Anderson University where he’ll be a junior next year. We are very grateful for the job but don’t get to see him as often as we’d like. But he got to come home for five whole days over the 4th of July weekend!

One of my favorite things about Eli coming home is that we share a love of movies and catch each other up on what we’ve seen or want to see. This time home we watched Unknown. If you haven’t watched it but plan to you might want to skip the remainder of this blog.

In short, a doctor just arriving in Germany is in a freak accident and hits his head. When we wakes up 4 days later he has no identification and his wife does not know him. What ensues is a difficult quest to find himself and the truth.

In the end we learn that he is a master spy on a very covert mission. But when he finally discovers, or remembers, all of this he is riddled with guilt and shame. The same thing happens in the Bourne Identity trilogy – also good flicks!

It’s a very engaging story with lots of action and suspense. I enjoyed it very much but something troubles me. Why is it that a simple bump on the head seems to reset a default button and a trained assassin becomes a selfless individual concerned with making everything right?

If that is all it takes then perhaps our penal system should take note and start thumping prisoners on the head. To be clear, that was sarcasm. I do not believe such a premise nor do I advocate abuse of prisoners.

This sort of storyline makes for engaging entertainment but it is based on the flawed premise that we are all basically good at heart. That’s popular humanistic thinking, but God’s word paints a different picture.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. ~ Romans 3:23

We are not all basically good in nature but rather sinful and rebellious towards our Creator. We are not naturally inclined towards God’s will but our own. Our default is selfish, not selfless.

I’m not trying to browbeat or demean mankind. We are all made in the image of God which gives every human being immense value. But until we recognize our own propensity towards sin we will never come to the real solution which is new life in Christ Jesus.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Am I making mountains out of mole hills? I don’t think so. The basic premise of Unknown is everywhere today. It’s so subtle that we don’t even recognize it. Such thinking only makes it more difficult for us to come to God in humility and repentance.

Only God can transform darkened hearts to bring new life and teach us how to love as He loves!

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God’s kids helping others to know Him

Ahhhhh! What a great Father’s Day! After church we headed out to the Wayne County Fair for some fair food followed by some Ullery’s ice cream – red raspberry and cookies n’ cream. Got a call from Eli who’s working at Anderson University for the summer; then spent the remainder of the day relaxing at home.

Father’s Day is typically that day when we dad’s get treated like lords and given what we most desire. But…

…what does God our Father most desire?

This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus… ~ 1 Timothy 2:3-5

More than anything in the world God wants every person to be saved and in a right relationship with Him. But there are many who deny, reject or just plain ignore God.

Every once in a while my kids will help each other with a gift for me. That is especially gratifying as a dad. And I think God feels the same way. He delights in using those of us who know Him to reach out with grace and mercy to those who don’t.

Perhaps today or this week God will orchestrate an opportunity for us to share Jesus with someone who needs that right relationship with God.

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