This might surprise you about me

One of my all-time favorite songs is “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” by Elton John.

Bernie Taupin, Elton’s lyricist, recently said, “I would never write the lyric ‘I simply love you more than I love life itself’ today. That’s not real.”

 

He says that’s not possible.  That bummed me out to hear that.

It made me think of Psalm 63:3 that says, “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.”

What do you think?  It is really possible to love someone or something (even God) TRULY more than you love your own life?

What a blessing it is

If you work in ministry of any kind, you understand what I’m about to say.

I work at a Christian radio ministry called Joy FM in St. Louis.

I got an email in my inbox last week from a guy crying out for help.  He hates his job and says he just doesn’t feel like he can get out of bed in the morning.  Have you ever had pain in your life that made you feel like that?

He said at one point he even tried to take his life.  And it sounded as though he might try again sometime.  But he told me something that I’ll never forget:

He said that two things are holding his life together right now.  The word of God…the Bible…and Joy FM.  He literally told me that he didn’t know what he’d do without this radio station.

God knows this guy…and his pain.  And he also knows you and whatever you’re struggling or going through today.  I hope you realize that.

 

Definitions

Good morning, kids! In honor of opening day at Busch Stadium today, I thought I’d run through some quick baseball terminology for those of you who aren’t quite up to speed.

Cubs fan: One who roots for the Cubs
Cards fan / Sox fan: One who puts the Cubs down more than they enjoy rooting for their own team

Prayer for this week

This prayer is courtesy of Scot McKnight, with whom Pastor Casey Tygrett and I got to share some time this week. If you haven’t prayed a “written” prayer in a while, try this on for size. Consider starting each day this week with:

 

O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Think Different

Have you ever wondered why you have so much stress or difficulty in life.

Maybe one of the reasons is that you’re trying to “fit new wine into old wineskins.”  Maybe a lot about you has changed, but your surroundings haven’t.  And our advice is to not try to force new things about ourselves onto old surroundings.  It’s the whole “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” thing. I think of two things I’ve heard recently about this:

(1) “No one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.” (Luke 5:37-38)

(2) “New always creates momentum” – Andy Stanley

So the idea is, maybe if you approach the way you do things differently, instead of the same old way, you’ll be able to update your surroundings to match the person that you have become.

There are things you CAN change and things you can’t.  It’s better to focus on what you CAN change for the better, then do it.

 

Recovery

Well, I don’t know if you’re like me and always fighting something in life…but I heard a great quote recently that I thought was worth sharing:

The process of changing a lifestyle is more important than reaching a goal or measuring a performance.” Theodore Isaac Rubin

I agree with that.  It’s not about working towards some grand goal or becoming perfect where you don’t struggle with stuff anymore.  It’s through the actual process that all the good happens. That’s why it’s so important to start and not give up.

Words of wisdom from the governor

So I was visiting some folks at the hospital last night and an ABC7 Chicago news van passed me in the parking lot.  It’s not often we see Chicago news media in Kankakee.  So I did a quick search on my phone to find that Lura Lynn Ryan, the wife of the incarcerated Illinois ex-governor George H. Ryan (who is from Kankakee) was admitted to intensive care last night.  There has been a court battle trying to get Ryan out of prison to visit with his supposedly-dying wife.

Some folks have asked me whether I think George should be able to get out of prison to visit with his frail wife.  I’d probably say yes, even if just for a while.

But I can’t help remember the only words Governor Ryan ever spoke to me.  It was while I was covering an event he attended in Kankakee years ago for a news radio station.  (Ironically, it was the dedication of a new jail that he helped fund).  His words of wisdom to me were, “Who the hell are you?”

After that, I remembered that usually when you interview someone, especially a politician, you’re supposed to state your name and media outlet.  Oops.