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Story of the Day for Friday June 28, 2013 

 

Being the “Rightest” 

 

          You rescue the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low.  

2 Samuel 22:28          

 

 

After God has delivered his opinion on haughtiness, it is amazing how many of his followers vie with each other to be the haughtiest.  

Christians have split up into countless denominations and every one of them believes the same thing: we’re righter than anyone else about doctrine, and we feel pretty smug about it. When was the last time you heard a denomination admit: “We want to follow Jesus, but, frankly, we’re not sure our doctrine is perfect”?  

Don’t get me wrong: it’s important to be right about stuff. But it’s even more important to be humble. None of us knows God so well that we have eliminated all the fuzziness in our understanding of him.  

Yet, how often do we admit that we’ve bumped up against Bible passages that don’t want to agree with our present understanding? We Christians – and especially we Bible teachers – are not eager to talk about the many passages in Scripture that still have us puzzled.  

 

In September of 1864, London’s Soho district was ravaged by a cholera epidemic. 143 residents in the Broad Street area died within a single day.  

Dr. John Snow believed the cholera outbreak was caused by contaminated water from the public Broad Street pump. But everyone else – including the Medical Committee and a local curate, Rev. Henry Whitehead, believed Snow was wrong.  

Dr. Snow wrote up his observations, On the Mode of Communication of Cholera, but Whitehead and the Medical Committee overseeing the epidemic disagreed with his conclusions. In opposition to Dr. Snow, Whitehead wrote an opposing account, The Cholera in Berwick Street.   

In an effort to prove Snow wrong, Rev. Whitehead began a personal investigation. He went door to door – asking residents about sanitation and their use of the Broad Street water pump.  

When he finished his investigation he realized his data supported Dr. Snow’s position. Whitehead did what few have the humility to do: he publicly renounced his former position and urged the Medical Committee to listen to Snow.   

 

We now know that Snow’s view about cholera has been validated. But for a decade after Snow presented his evidence, the medical community continued to call his position unsound. Whitehead, alone, was humble enough to admit that his original opposition to Snow had been wrong.  

 

If you want to feel superior to others, don’t gloat that you’re the “rightest”; strive to be the humblest. Then you can take pride in being . . . hey, wait a minute – I think I just goofed up somewhere.  

 

Being the ‘rightest’ is an easy way for us to operate.  How do you resist this temptation and instead practice humility?  What struggles do you encounter when it comes to being the ‘humblest’? 

(text copyright by climbinghigher.org and by Marty Kaarre)
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Story of the Day for Thursday June 27, 2013 

 

The Word He’ll Speak 

 

                    Job answered the Lord . . . “You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I have declared things I didn’t understand.”  

Job 42:3   

 

Aristotle was the most revered of all the world’s philosophers. He believed that scientific experiment was beneath the dignity of a true philosopher. If something is true, you should be able to figure it out by simply thinking hard about it.  

That is why, for almost 2000 years, no one contested Aristotle’s pronouncement that heavier bodies fall faster than lighter ones at a proportional rate. A ten pound cannonball, he maintained, will fall ten times faster than a one pound musket ball.   

Galileo wasn’t the first person to disprove Aristotle’s notion. Simon Stevin had already refuted Aristotle by his experiment of dropping various lead balls from the church tower in Delft. They all hit the ground simultaneously. 

What made Galileo’s demonstration from the Leaning Tower of Pisa so notable was that philosophy professors loyal to Aristotle witnessed the experiment. According to Aristotle, when a ten pound ball is dropped from 100 feet, it should hit the ground before a one pound ball, dropped at the same time, has fallen ten feet. 

Here is the most remarkable thing about the experiment at the LeaningTower. After Galileo’s experiment disproved Aristotle’s assumption, the philosophy scholars STILL refused to believe their eyes and admit that Galileo was right!   

 

After Job lost his health, wealth, and family, his friends stopped by to offer condolences — as well as their theological opinions concerning why God let these things happen to Job. In the end, God silences their debate by demonstrating that all of them are simply spouting their ignorance.  

 

The theological experts in Jesus’ day thought they had God pretty well figured out. If good things happened to you, it meant that God loved you and approved of your behavior. If, however, you got sick, or suffered from some misfortune, that meant you were sinful and God was angry with you.  

The opinions of the rabbis were reasonable. But they were dead wrong. 

 

We still do that today. Ask someone to complete this sentence: “If God loved me, then . . .” You may be surprised at how many people would say, “If God loved me, the cancer would turn out to be benign.” “If God loved me, I wouldn’t have lost my job.” “If God loved me, he wouldn’t have let my sister die in the car accident.”  

 

We can spout opinions about God all day long. It hardly seems right that admitting our ignorance is the best way to know God. But it is the only way to know God. The only way we can learn about God is to shut up long enough for him to speak.  

And, if we listen, the Word he’ll  speak will be Jesus.  

 

Have you shut up long enough to hear God speak the Word of Jesus?  What have you heard him say?  How has it affected how you live your life?  Let us hear of your blessings! 

(text copyright 2012 by climbinghigher.org and by Marty Kaarre)

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Story of the Day for Wednesday June 26, 2013 

 

Kissing a Clenched Fist 

 

                  They got into such a heated argument that they parted company. 

Acts 15:39          

 

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Before Paul became a believer, he despised the church. He breathed out murderous threats against the church and tried to arrest anyone who listened to Christian radio stations. Jesus finally turned Paul’s life around, but the church leaders were too afraid of him to let him into the fellowship. Barnabas, bless his heart, took Paul to meet the leaders of the church and convinced them his conversion was genuine.    

Paul befriended Barnabas and the two stood by each other’s side in a great theological debate about how to handle pagans who came to the faith. On a missionary trip, the two shared their adventures together.   

Yet, despite their close friendship and shared adventures, Paul and Barnabas got into a squabble about whether to take Mark along on their next trip. The argument grew so heated that Paul and Barnabas parted ways.  

 

We’re all a bit daffy about arguments. If we estimated how often the rest of the world is in the right when they argue, we’d say, “Oh, about half the time.” But, if we ask ourselves how often we’re in the right when we get in an argument, we would respond, All the time!”All of us think this way, but if you do the math, it doesn’t add up. 

 

Arguments often flare up over trivial differences. If Paul and Barnabas would have decided to take a nap first or share a candy bar, I doubt they would have even gotten into the scuffle they did. They could’ve worked it out.  

 

James Kay, in his book, Seasons of Grace, described an incident in Damascus, Syria, where a bicyclist rode down a market street, balancing a crate of oranges on his handlebars. A man, bent over with a heavy load, walked in his way and the two collided. Oranges went rolling down the street and the two got into a quarrel over who was at fault. A crowd gathered as the cursing and clenched fists indicated a fight was about to erupt.  

Then a little man walked into the fray, took the clenched fist of the bicyclist in his hands and kissed it. The two men relaxed and the crowd murmured their approval. Instead of assigning blame everyone gathered the oranges and put them back in the crate, as the little man slipped into the crowd.  

 

Like the rest of us, even the apostle Paul could slip up. But all was not lost because he knew where he wanted to go. He knew that we should avoid quarreling, but when we do, we must learn to reconcile.  

As an old man, he advised Timothy, “Avoid foolish and stupid disputes because you know they cause quarrels. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel.”  

And, he also asked Timothy to bring Mark along on his next visit, because “he is a good help in my ministry.”  

 

Have you ever ‘kissed a clenched fist’ in order to avoid foolish and stupid disputes?  Have you ever been in a situation where doing that would have caused relaxation and reconciliation could take place?  Tell us about it, please. 

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Story of the Day for Tuesday June 25, 2013 

Reclassify him as a Dim Bulb 

 

                             For in the way you judge others, you will be judged.  

Matthew 7:2      

 

My friend Lee Ressleronce told me a humorous story: 

Last fall, Lee had ordered some fishing flies for himself and his friend, whom we’ll call Jim. When the order came in, Lee invited Jim over to pick them up. Jim knocked on the door, but Lee was outside around the side of the house. He shouted to Jim to go in, while Lee went inside from a side door.  

Jim stood in the entryway — accompanied by a large, shaggy dog. Lee offered Jim a chair, while he plopped down on his sofa. While he got out the flies, the dog laid on the floor at Jim’s feet.   

Lee was a little peeved. Not only was the dog stinky, but he felt guests should at least ask permission before bringing their dogs inside someone else’s house.   

As the men continued to talk about fishing flies, the dog jumped up on the sofanext to Lee and he could no longer control his annoyance. Hecommanded the dog to get off 

His friend neverapologized nor reprimanded his dog for jumping on the furniture.  

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Lee was inwardly fuming and offered his friend some lemonade so he could stalk into the kitchen to regain his composure. The nerve!  But as he got up, the dog trotted into the kitchen with him. As soon as Lee opened the door, the dog poked his nose into the fridge.  

That did it! 

“This dog is hungry!” Lee hotly told his friend. “If you want to keep a pet, you’ve got to take care of ‘em.”  

Jim was puzzled. “My dog? I’ve never seen this dog before. I thought he belonged to you!  

 

After hearing the story of Lee and Jim’s silent criticism of each other, I knew this would be a perfect story about judging others falsely, and asked Lee if he could scribble down some notes on the incident for me.  

A few days later he handed me his notes. I thanked him for his trouble, and as we sat down, I scanned his notes. 

“This is great,” I told Lee, “but, in order to make the story more vivid, I could use a few details. What kind of dog was it?” 

“I don’t know.”  

Oh well. Probably amutt.  

“What color‘s the sofa?” 

Don’t know.”  

“How could anyone not know the color of his own sofa?” I thought to myself.  

“Well, what‘s your friend’s name?” 

“I don’t know, but I think I could find out.”  

Lee always seemed like such an intelligent guy, but I was just beginning to reclassify him as a dim bulb, when he clarified, “This incident didn’t happen to me; it happened to this guy I know who lives west of town.” 

 

Now I know why Jesus came to earth to cover us in grace; we’re hopeless without it. But, before I tell you stories about not judging others, maybe I’ll work on it a little more myself.  

 

Have you ever classified yourself as a dim bulb?  Why?  How easy is it for you to judge others? How has God’s grace given you hope?   

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Story of the Day for Monday June 24, 2013 

 

“Mr. Irrelevant” 

 

Jesus told them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me. And whoever welcomes me welcomes the One who sent me. For the least one among you is the greatest.” 

Matthew 25:40    

 

The murmurs of anticipation began to increase in this year’s NFL draft as the Baltimore Colts were on the clock to make their pick. They surprised everyone by picking a quarterback.  

I’m not talking about the Colt’s number one pick of quarterback Andrew Luck; the place was buzzing over the last pick in the draft: Chandler Harnish from Northern Illinois. By being selected dead last in the draft, Chandler captured the dubious honor of being named Mr. Irrelevant.  

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For the last twenty years, the final pick in the draft has been announced by Paul Salata, a white-haired man in his mid-eighties. He invented the Mr. Irrelevant award thirty-seven years ago — not to honor the first, but the last player picked in the NFL draft.  

Chandler Harnish will hold news conferences and be showered with gifts. One bank will give him one day’s interest on a million dollars so he can feel like a millionaire for a day. He’ll get a jersey from every team in the NFL just in case he, um, gets traded to another team.  

Harnish will be flown to Newport Beach, California, where they‘ll throw beach parties, parades, and regattas in his honor. Then Disneyland. He will drag the infield during an Anaheim Angel’s baseball game (they won’t let him throw out the first pitch because that would make him relevant). After a banquet held in his honor he will receive his award. Instead of the Heisman, he‘llget the Lowsman trophy — a statue of a football player with a clueless stare as he‘s fumbling the football.  

 

Some think the hoopla surrounding the Mr. Irrelevant award is stupid. Even more consider it insensitive. But I think Paul Salata’s brainchild is genius. He reminds us of a teaching of Jesus that we easily forget.  

In society, we honor and award the highest achievers, and why not?  

But love can’t be won by achievement. Ask a mother if she loves her newborn baby less because it hasn’t yet won a spelling bee or hit the winning home run in little league. God doesn’t love us because we’re better than others; God loves us because we’re there. 

Jesus gravitated toward society’s losers. He takes all our rankings according to status and tips them upside down. When it comes to learning acceptance and love, it may take us a while to wallow through the confusion and realize the least are the greatest.  

 

Paul Salata knows what it’s like to be overshadowed by greatness. He played for the 49ers and the Colts, but didn’t amount to much. Salata went on to become an actor. He appeared in movies such as “Singin‘ in the Rain” and “The Ten Commandments,” but his roles were so unimportant he‘s not even listed in the credits.  

The public may see Mr. Irrelevant Week as a lot of overblown silliness. Yet, Salata has used donations for the event to quietly give over a million dollars to those who are “irrelevant”: Goodwill, Marines at Camp Pendleton, and disabled athletes needing artificial limbs.  

 

Whenever anyone reminds me about Jesus’ view on status, I find it intensely relevant. 

 

(What reminds you of Jesus’ view on status?  Who do people vies as the  irrelevant ones in your circle of friends, in you business, in your social network?  How can they be loved and treated as Jesus would do it?)

(text copyright 2012 by climbinghigher.org and by Marty Kaarre)

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Story of the Day for Friday June 21, 2013 

 

Dr. Livingstone, I Presume? 

 

                Even though he didn’t remove the high places, Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his days.  

1 Kings 15:14        

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David Livingstone is hailed as one of the greatest Christian missionaries of all time.  That’s odd in a way, because he only had one convert in his entire career.  

He wasn’t a great preacher and the London Missionary Society would have rejected him, but the director gave him a second chance to pass the course. In addition to this, he was a lousy leader and was incapable of organizing large-scale projects.  

 

Livingstone lacked the gifts you would desire in a missionary, but you simply could not get this man to quit. While trying to set up a mission, he was mauled by a lion and almost killed. After that, his arm was partially disabled and caused constant pain. Then his wife died of malaria. Livingstone himself often had his food and medical supplies stolen. His suffered from pneumonia, cholera and tropical ulcers. He became half blind. 

But he wouldn’t quit. “I am prepared to go anywhere,” he said, “provided it is forward.”  

 

No one back home quite knew how to deal with him. A missionary society wrote him and asked, “Have you found a good road to where you are? If so, we want to know how to send other men to join you.” Livingstone wrote back, “If you have men who will come only if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.”  

Livingstone disappeared into the interior of Africa and explored areas that no white man had ever explored. He once lost contact with the outside world for six years. Those on the home front urged he be cautious. “If we wait till we run no risk, the gospel will never be introduced into the interior,” he wrote back.  

Livingstone was not only a missionary but a doctor – so he could care for the sick. When 19th century Britain was still looking for “lesser races” to rule, he changed the national mindset to see them as equals. His letters and books stirred support for the abolition of slavery.  

 

When this undaunted missionary died, the British demanded his remains. His body now lies in Westminster Abbey.  

But not his heart. The natives cut out his heart and buried it where he died. “You can have his body,” they said, “but his heart belongs in Africa.”  

Livingstone wrote in his dairy, “God, send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. Sever me from any tie but the tie that binds me to Your service and to Your heart.”  

 

Don’t worry about the gifts you lack. Just keep going in any direction . . . as long as it is forward. 

 

Where does your heart belong?  Are you willing to be sent anywhere as long as God is with you?  Can you handle any burden with God’s sustaining guidance?  What are the strengths God has given you to serve him with your whole heart? Are you moving in a forward direction?

(text copyright 2012 by climbinghigher.org and by Marty Kaarre)

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Story of the Day for Thursday June 20, 2013 

 

A Higher Calling Than Ourselves 

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                Then Moses called for Joshua and said to him before all Israel, “Be strong and full of courage.” 

Deuteronomy 31:6    

 

 

During Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, he regularly attended New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, and became well-acquainted with the pastor, Dr. Phineas Gurley. Pastor Gurley was an articulate and popular preacher.   

After a midweek service, an aide asked the president his opinion of pastor Gurley’s sermon.  Lincoln praised the careful preparation and the eloquence of the message. 

“Then you thought it was a great sermon?” the aide asked. 

“No,” Lincoln replied, “because he did not ask us to do something great.” 

 

Spiritual leaders often struggle with this.  Wouldn’t we attract more followers if we ease up on the requirements?   Oddly enough, the opposite is true.  George Orwell had it right when he said, “High sentiments always win in the end.  The leaders who offer blood, toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time.  What it all comes down to is that human beings are heroic.”   

When we no longer have a heroic purpose in life, we will seek a life of ease, safety, and comfort.  But we will not be content.   

 

When Moses knew the end of his days were near, he passed on the leadership to Joshua.  He called upon him to lead the people with strength and courage.   

 

A century ago, one man demonstrated this deep longing we have to do something courageous.  An arctic explorer, Ernest Shackleton ran a London newspaper ad that has now been called one of the greatest advertisements ever written: “Men wanted for hazardous journey.  Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful.” 

Who would respond to an ad like that?  Shackleton was so overwhelmed with offers to join him that he had to turn away over 5000 requests.  Shackleton’s response was, “It seemed as though all the men in Great Britain were determined to accompany us.” 

 

There was a day in America when professing your Christian faith brought admiration.  It was socially acceptable to go to church.  It was safe.  John Maxwell once quoted an Anglican bishop, who wryly asked, “I wonder why it is that everywhere the apostle Paul went they had a revolution, and everywhere I go they serve a cup of tea?”   

Those days when our faith is considered socially acceptable are quickly drawing to a close.   Today we are being called to a life of courage.   We seldom hear the old adage anymore, but we need it now more than ever: “If you don’t have anything in your life worth dying for, you don’t have anything worth living for.”   For years evangelists have sought to attract others to Christ by promising prosperity, comfort, good health, and safety.   We can no longer live as pampered, self-centered Christians.   We need to call each other to a higher calling than ourselves.  We need to appeal to the heroic.  Ernest Shackleton had it right.  

 

Did Ernest Shackleton have it right?  Why do we need to appeal to the heroic in people?  Share with us a time when it all came down to being heroic in your life? 

(text copyright 2011 by climbinghigher.org and by Marty Kaarre)

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Story of the Day for Wednesday June 19, 2013 

 

Looney the Loony 

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                Those who resist authority oppose what God has ordained and will bring judgment on themselves.   

Romans 13:2     


Joe Don Looney was a rocket.  As an All-American running back for the University of Oklahoma he weighed 224 pounds, and could run 100 yards in 9.8 seconds.   

He never graduated from the university, however.  They kicked him off the team after he decked one of his assistant coaches.   

The New York Giants were fully aware of his problems, but were so dazzled by his talent that they made him their top pick in the NFL draft.   

He missed bed checks, refused to listen to coaches or trainers, and would not cooperate with the team’s public relations department.  He lasted 28 days. 

Baltimore picked him up and he promptly electrified the crowd at his first exhibition game.  He didn’t last the season.  After slugging someone, he was traded to Detroit.   

The Lions were so impressed with his running skill they decided to build their entire offensive scheme around him, and talked of a 1000 yard rushing season for him.  His pre-season running stunned everyone.  But, once the regular season opened, the coach sent Looney in with a play for the quarterback.  Joe said, “If you want a messenger make a call to Western Union.”   

Not the thing to do.  

So, now he wore a Washington Redskins uniform.  Then to New Orleans.   

And then it was over.  He simply would not submit to authority, and no one else would take a chance on him.  

 

At times, we get the notion that if we could shake off the authority over us, we could be free.  And, in some cases, this is true.  Some authorities are coercive, oppressive and violent, and do not have our interests at heart.   

But God wants us to respect the concept of authority because it is his idea.   

Freedom is not shaking off the constraints of those in authority over us.  Ask Joe Don Looney.   

Tom Landry, the legendary coach for the Dallas Cowboys explained his role of authority this way: “The job of a football coach is to make men do what they don’t want to do, in order to achieve what they’ve always wanted to be.”  Landry drove his players hard, and they loved him for it.   

 

A college dean once told Elisabeth Elliot that the happiest students on any campus are the musicians and the athletes.  He said the students sitting in the television lounge are “volunteers.”  But, he added, “the athletes and musicians put themselves under a coach or director who tells them what to do.  They delight to do his will.  They are actually having fun.” 

 

Did you ever resist authority?  How did that bring judgment on yourself?  When have you noticed that when you delight in doing God’s will you actually are having fun?  

(text copyright 2012 by climbinghigher.org and by Marty Kaarre)

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Story of the Day for Tuesday June 18, 2013 

 

The Main Thing 

 

                           David’s conscience pierced him after he numbered the people. So David told the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in doing this.”  

2 Samuel 24:10         

 

Rory Sutherland, a British advertising guru, likes to cite the maxim: Any metric that becomes a target loses its value as a metric.  

Much to our relief he explains what he means. Businesses seek ways to measure their progress toward their company’s goals. But once the focus becomes improving any certain statistic, the measurement is no longer reliable.  

And, since my explanation is even more confusing than Sutherland’s maxim, let me give some examples.  

 

A good goal for a shipping company would be to make a profit by providing timely deliveries of packages. So far so good. But suppose the company looks at their delivery times and focuses on improving this statistic? Once quicker delivery time becomes the goal, the best way to reach this objective is to cancel delivery to more remote areas. The result: the company’s statistics improve. But profits and service to the customer declines.  

 

Sutherland gives a similar example with airline companies. How can an airline measure improve service? One way is by an increase in on-time departures. Departure times are measured from pushback — when the jet begins to move from the terminal. Once companies make it their goal to increase on-time departures, passengers often find themselves sitting on the runway for longer periods. But now latecomers are unable to board the flight. Again, by shifting the focus from the true goal of the company to improving the “numbers,” the statistics become a false indicator of progress.  

Seeking to measure success, in other words, can sometimes make us less successful.  

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David should’ve known better. He had witnessed how God took a young shepherd boy and used him to defeat a fearsome warrior named Goliath. David saw how God blessed a valiant warrior — even though his followers were few and he was always on the run.  

Now that David was anointed king, he should’ve learned that God had chosen him for his purposes, and that he would prosper as long as he trusted in the strength of the Lord.  

Instead, David wanted to measure his strength. He focused, not on the power of God, but on the strength of his fighting force. David orderedJoab, his army commander, to number the people. Only afterward did he realize he was relying on the wrong measurement for success and asked for God’s forgiveness.  

 

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.  

 

How do you keep the main thing the main thing in your life, in your business, in your relationship with others and with God?  All suggestions will be helpful for others as they also strive to keep the main thing the main thing.  Thank you for sharing your ideas! 

(text copyright by climbing higher.org and by Marty Kaarre)

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Story of the Day for Monday June 17, 2013 

 

A  Little More Vibrato 

 

 

                    Tell them not to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which only end in speculation instead of God’s work, which is done by faith. 

1 Timothy 1:3-4     

 December 2010--Darla 135

Every year our family hosts an open house. My wife cooks mountains of food, but holds the family under the inflexible rule that we can’t scarf down all the food before the party. This, obviously, places us under an undue hardship. And so, as my daughter, Elly, and I savor the aroma of baked cookies fresh from the oven, we decide the time has come to undo the injustices we have suffered.  

We hatch a plan, which revolves around the standard magician’s trick of misdirection. While I occupy my wife’s attention in the living room, Elly will sneak into the kitchen, make the heist, and then we will retire to a private corner of the house to enjoy our bounty.  

In the living room, I hold my wife spellbound by singing “Crazy” by Patsy Cline. The key to making this song memorable (as my sister taught me) is to sing it like Elmer Fudd, and then to pinch the skin over your Adam’s apple — jiggling it to create a vibrato. 

Cwaa-zy, I’m cwazyfofeewin‘ so wone-wee . . .” 

 My wife rolls her eyes and heaves a big sigh. This song always gets to her.  

Cwaa-zy, cwazyfofeewin‘ so bwue . . .”  

 

When the Nazis overran France in World War II, French resistance fighters continued to oppose Hitler, but they were forced to live in hiding.  

In 1943, they decided to come out of hiding and celebrate Armistice Day in the town of Oyonnax. The French holiday, which observes the Allied victory over Germany in World War I, was banned by the Nazis — whowere not amused to find posters plastered throughout the town of Nantua, announcing a demonstration on Armistice Day.  

On the morning of November 11th, the police from Oyonnaxflocked to the neighboring town of Nantua to help authorities arrest the demonstrators.  

Once the police leftOyannax, French freedom fighters swept down from their hillside hideouts and easily captured the police station. After shutting down the telephone system and blocking all traffic coming in or out of town, the cheering and weeping citizens welcomed the freedom fighters as they presented a floral cross of Lorraine to “the victors of yesterday from those of tomorrow.” After leading the citizens in a rousing rendition of the “Marseillaise,” the freedom fighters disappeared again into the hills.  

 

The Bible says we can get misdirected from doing what God would have us do. We get embroiled in debates that just aren’t that important and neglect to focus on what we should be doing. The goal is our life in Jesus; a life of faith and love.  

 

I do wish, however, my wife could be more easily diverted from preserving her baked goods for parties. We got nabbed before we could enjoy the fruits of our labor.  

Next time, I think a little more vibrato will do the trick. 

 

Do you ever get misdirected or embroiled in debates that aren’t really so important?  What would God have you do?  How does your life of faith and love show itself?  Let us know what you resist the ‘little more vibrato’ in your life? 

(text and image copyright 2012 by climbinghigher.org and by Marty Kaarre) 


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