Category Archives: Thoughts and Thank you Thursday

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Quotable – Status Quo

(this might fit a bit better with motivation monday, but it’s a thought… and it’s thursday… and i’ve been absent a while)

Perhaps one day I’ll share the concept behind the birth of this quote. But for now… a simple reminder to challenge the status quo… don’t allow yourself to be told what to think and how to act without challenging the source… if you find status quo to fit the Truth, embrace it… otherwise, blaze your own trail.

Jesus challenged the Status Quo when it didn’t line up, despite what the religious leaders of the day thought…

White rapids are more fun than placid ponds
 – Lindsey Parks

Sometimes my sis is pretty smart…

From the Word: Jeremiah 42:7

Hey Gang,

Long time no post for me! (sorry) … I was floored by this verse on Tuesday, and posted on my blog. I thought it would be a good post here at AC180.Com on Thursday’s “thoughts” lineup … so here ya go .. hope this makes you ponder and think as it did me.

“And it happened after TEN DAYS that the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah”.
Jeremiah 42:7, NKJV (emphasis mine)

I’m all of 60-seconds into my Bible time over at YouVersion.Com this morning and this verse slaps me in the face. Jeremiah has been petitioned by a bunch of important people to pray and hear from God on their behalf. Jeremiah says “OK”. He seeks the Lord.

The answer takes 10 days. TEN DAYS. That’s 1-1/2 weeks.

Can you imagine the pressure? Can you imagine the emails, IMs, tweets, and phone calls Jeremiah got … “have you heard yet, have you got anything”?

God hears, and He is faithful to answer. But not necessarily on our time table.

We all want instant gratification. But it just doesn’t always happen that way. Are you willing to wait? Will your faith waver if you have to wait? How long do you keep pressing in, praying, interceding, knocking, and asking? One prayer – two prayers? For a day – a few hours … weeks, months, years, decades?

Are you waiting? Don’t give up – keep praying.

For the Kingdom,
Fred

We All Need Somebody

ESPN.com IllustrationHere is an article about the life of the former Miami Dolphins quaterback David Woodley. It is a tragic story that illustrates what fame can do to you. I just wonder what would have happened if someone somewhere in his life had taken the time to sit down and talk to him. I don’t know if someone did but from what I know I don’t think that anyone took the time to. This man needed help in his life. He needed someone that he could share his problems with. He never got that person and sadly the story of his life ended too early.

The Bucket List

I’ll probably hold off until it comes out on DVD to watch it, but most of you have probably heard of the movie in theaters right now called “The Bucket List”. When you first hear the title (at least when I did), it makes you a little curious of what it’s all about. I’m not sure if it was a term back in the day, but they are pretty much referencing another term “kick the bucket” (when you die). From what I understand, it’s a movie where the two guys make a list of things they are going to do before they pass away.

God’s world continues to amaze me. So many kinds of people with so many different ways of doing this life and making it from birth to death by so many different paths. Then I usually take it to the next level with a question. Knowing nobody’s path from life to death is perfect but Christ’s, is there really an answer to everyone’s list of things they need are get to do before kicking the bucket.

Last night in our men’s Bible study we discussed love and Christ being our example and answer to a life of love and how to walk through it. Realizing that Christ is the answer sometimes has to make other things the wrong answer. Sometimes it has to knock some of our dreams of life (items on our bucket list) off of the list. Sometimes we have to get rid of the things we selfishly want and desire what God wants out of our life more. I believe this is probably the hardest part of being a Christian. Choosing which Bucket List to follow. The list that God has already made for us or the list we think the world has made for our life to be better.

Some say “my life will not be complete until I…….”. What a challenge to keep our eyes off of the world’s Bucket List and onto the list God has given us in His Word. Love others. Become more unselfish. Maybe the 10 Commandments even fit in there? Hopefully this is a challenge that I can follow and maybe for others to stop speaking so much about where they have been, what they have consumed and start speaking of where God has led them and how much He has consumed them. Thanks to those of you that do this already!

Thank You…

As I continue my journey with colon cancer, I need to stop every once in awhile and say an enormous THANK YOU to everyone who has support me and my family through this. Since today is Thoughts and Thank You Thursday here at AC180, I am taking advantage of it.

Thank you is a trite expression, but the only expression that I can return to those who have helped in so many ways. My thought and wish is that I can pay it forward one day. The support has been way too overwhelming. This blogging community has given us prayer support that is immeasurable, and I thank you. My circle of friends that have walked beside me every step of the way, I thank you. My church that has reached out to us, I thank you. My wife, who has been by my side through every bit of breaking news, hospital stay, chemo treatment, doctor appointment, good days and bad days, I thank you. My children, who have seen their dad go through some rough stuff and have been able to keep their heads on straight and also keep their sense of humor, I thank you. My God, who has allowed me the opportunity to go on this journey and who has allowed me another day, I thank you.

What are you thankful for today?