On Thursday, Leigh-Ann and I traveled out of town to officiate a wedding. While traveling through the extremely hectic airport in Atlanta, we found ourselves in a long line with several passengers. Each one had good reason to be frustrated and one by one shared their standby stories.

There was one passenger who was different than the average…she was empathetic to the airline employees and passengers. She already had experienced the disappointment of being left at the airport while a full flight took off…and her future was packed with more overbooked flights.

After the boarding door slammed shut, I overheard her helping a particularly frustrated fellow passenger while I took off for my flight at a different gate (Leigh Ann and I were booked on separate flights for this leg…long story).

I arrived at my departure gate, and was almost trampled by rude passengers while in line to board…and then I noticed this angel of a passenger holding the baby of a mom traveling alone.

Seriously impressive!

At a time when most people were grumbling about poor service and missed expectations, she was positive and super-upbeat…and helping out complete strangers.

I had noticed her Tar Heals jacket and on a whim Googled NC Tar Heels Women’s Basketball Coaching Staff and immediately recognized the angel passenger, Tracey Williams -Johnson.

While reading her impressive bio, I couldn’t help but conclude that her most impressive accomplishment in my mind is how she treats people…especially strangers.

There is no doubt that the girls who play for her and her fellow coaches are very fortunate. However, one doesn’t need to be a D-1 Basketball coach to make a difference. It all starts with one act of kindness fueled by the Gospel of Jesus.

If you would like more encouragement about making a difference fueled by the Gospel of Jesus, I hope you can attend the service at 10:45am tomorrow at New Life CityChurch. I am confident there will be much to learn about the Gospel and the impact it can make in everyday situations…even in airports.

Have a great Saturday,




Last Saturday evening, our oldest daughters soccer team enjoyed an awesome come from behind win. They were playing hard and in my unbiased opinion, better than their opponent, but were losing 2-1 with only minutes to play in the second half.

To add to the drama, one player on the other team had already earned a yellow card for her unruly play. The parents from the opposing team were pretty obnoxious (unlike our parents of course who are always calm and kind :)). In addition, one of the opposing players was getting pretty mouthy with the referee and even some of our parents.

As time expired, tensions grew.

I could tell everyone, including me, really wanted this win. So, when we scored the tying goal our sideline erupted in cheers.

For the next few minutes, the momentum went back and forth…and then it happened, like it was out of a movie script, a slim opening in the box, a shot and a goooooaaaaaaal!

I came out of my seat like a rocket…one parent even fell backwards to the grass.

It was pandemonium….high fives…hugs…congratulations….and a few glances toward the opposing parents (still working on my sanctification). In less than a minute the final whistle blew and the game was over.

We won!


Winning has been hard wired into our American culture. Whether it is our favorite sports team, a business deal or a political race, winning can be pursued at nearly any cost.

So, how should Christians approach the political competition that will unravel over the next few weeks? Do we pick a candidate and seek to win at all costs…mowing over anyone or anything that may come into our path?

This Sunday, we will study what the Apostle Paul has to say about governing authorities which includes politicians, police officers and even referees…we will study from Romans 13:1-7. I hope you take some time to read these verses and then join the New Life CityChurch family for a study about our Christian responsibilities in our relationships with government authorities.

Have a great Friday,