New Life Sunday – Bob

We have a new pet in our household.

His name is Bob and he is a cricket.

Bob has had a tough life.

Sophie found him in our garage. Upon examination, she discovered that Bob has lost two legs…her best guess is that they were amputated by the garage door.

If this is true, then Bob endured the trauma of an object thousands of times his weight crush his legs, he then endured the trauma of a ten year old girl picking him up, putting him in a jar with grass, lettuce, grapes and sticks.

Bob has travelled to school and been introduced to an entire 4th grade class. Bob is regularly handled by five kids ages 2-12. Bob sees hands touch his jar, he hears voices and laughter, he smells people and has even been dropped a few times.

Bobs first night in the jar at our house was pretty awesome.

Leigh-Ann and I had put the kids to bed and were relaxing on the couch when all of a sudden, we started to hear Bob chirp…

Leigh-Ann heard it first and exclaimed, “Bob is singing.” And then she was so excited she ran up stairs and woke up ¬†Sophie so that she could tell her that Bob was singing.

Ever since that magical moment, Bob has not lost his song. Even though he has lost two legs, is living in an unknown jar with greasy fingered caretakers and eating strange food, Bob is happy.

Maybe we can take a few lessons from our new chirping pet:

  • Be grateful for the moment
  • Sing in the midst of tough times
  • Adapt and adjust to a new normal

This Sunday we continue our study of Romans. Pastor Dave Robinson will preach from Romans 1:1-7 about exalting the Gospel.

If Bob were a person, I would swear his life has been influence by the Gospel. Every indication communicates that Bob is not living in the regret of his past, but rather he is excited about his future. I have attached a picture, and it kind of looks like he is even smiling.

I hope you have a great weekend, and I hope you can join us for the service on Sunday at 10:45am.

Troy

New Life Sunday – Backyard Ball…

Our boys love to play sports…especially football and baseball. This is the time of year that it gets really fun to throw on a sweatshirt and run some passing routes outside.

Unless you are age 5, 3 (almost 4) and 2…then it is more like running for a pass and watching the ball hit you in the head…shoulder….chest…or even miss you completely.

I have started to teach the boys some of the positions in football.

I have one of them line up behind me as the quarterback to hand off to the running back and then if we have Ian playing, one of them will line up on defense. Our other formation is for one to be the center and hike the ball to me at quarterback and then I throw to the wide receiver.

Since we have started learning the game of football, they have been much more interested in watching it on TV with me…which gives me a majority when it comes to picking the channel….oh yeah!!!

Life is good.

Just thinking about our boys makes me smile…

As I reflect on the time I get to spend playing ball with my boys, I am reminded of how God feels about spending time with me. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter much if they catch the ball or run the right way, as long as there is laughter and smiles, it is a successful outing.

God doesn’t love to spend time with¬† me because I perform perfectly…in fact, that is impossible. God loves to spend time with me because I am his child.

This Sunday we continue into our second week of our study in Romans. Dave Robinson will be sharing a true story about a life that was radically changed as he unpacks his message on “Romans – a letter that transforms.”

I have been so encouraged by the power of the Gospel to transform my life and know that there is much more good news ahead.

And speaking of football, I think the Chiefs are going to need all the prayers that they can get to help them with the Broncos, so I suggest making it a priority to come to church first :).

Have a great evening!
Troy