It has become a custom in our house take turns doing the dishes. I figure it is only fair that we all share the work, since we all eat off of the dishes. Another reason we share the chores is to show the kids that dad isn’t exempt from washing dishes (even though I wish I were exempt). From time to time after I do a masterful job of cleaning the kitchen, I will explain to the kids that, “sometimes we don’t like to do a certain job, however we need to always do our best.” This particular day I found myself washing the dishes. Even though we have a dishwasher I like to run a sink full of water and soap and hand wash the dishes then place them in the dish washer. I know it is nuts but it drives me absolutely bonkers when I go get a plate or fork out of the dishwasher after it has been run and there is food stuck to it. I was standing washing a cup and I was reminded of a scripture found in the book of Matthew chapter 23. It reads, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.” As I thought about the strong words Jesus had spoken to the pharisees the logic seemed to spur other thoughts. If I am sitting at a table with the most beautiful table settings in the world and the glass is filled with 10 day old urine, no matter how beautiful the dish is it has become useless. Who wants to drink out of that glass. On the flip side. If there is dirt on the outside of a cup that contains fresh sparkling spring water. You might still drink it, (for those of you who camp or hike you most likely do this on a regular basis). It doesn’t really matter to much what things look like on the outside it is what is on the inside that matters. This is specially true with people as Jesus stated. The pharisees were walking around with the finest clothes of their time, (In our time they would walk around with 3 piece, Italian hand crafted suits), however they were dead on the inside. If a persons heart isn’t right, it doesn’t matter what clothes they wear or what job or position they hold. The heart is the most important thing (Prov. 4:23). I have met some wonderful people that have led a hard life up until the point of giving their hearts to Jesus. On the outside they still look pretty hard. On the inside they are made clean. I feel we judge to quickly at times. There are some questions we need to ask ourselves. What does your cup look like? Is it pretty only on the outside? Are you guarding what you put into your cup? If you don’t like the answer to any of these questions, take heed to the teaching of Jesus. “First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”
I just finished designing our churches new website. Just follow the link above to give it a look see! I used wordpress software to build it.
You can say what you want about Verizon Wireless. But in my book they are pretty good. My smart phones touch screen died. So I was out a cell phone. I looked ebay and craig’s list for a replacement but they were all to expensive. So a friend of mine gave me a loaner phone. When I called in to activate the loaner they asked me what happened and as I explained the guy on the other end said that he thinks that he could set me up a replacement phone for free. I just recieved it and so I thought I would just publicly thank them for taking care of a long time customer.
My family and I just had a great meal and the best part was that the total meal was free. That’s right, I said free. Our local Fudrucker restraunt partnered with the Boise Rescue Mission. Fudruckers agreed to give away free burgers. The only catch was that we had to make a donation the Boise Rescue Mission, an organization that helps homless people get back on there feet. You can’t beat that. Great food with a mission!!! Thank you Fudruckers for giving back to your community!!!
Change happens in your life. When you least expect it, change creeps up on you like a monster in the night and scares the tar out of you. (or at least I hope it is only tar) My oldest child is getting so old. I remember just yesterday she was 9 years old and we were going for a walk while I was teaching her about the birds and the bees. I remember she said “I am never going to grow up, I don’t want those things to happen to me”. I tried to explain to her that it was out of her control. That she indeed was going to grow up and experience these things in her life. My baby is now getting ready to turn 18 and move away to Alaska. Now I am the one who is scared and wishing that she wouldn’t have grown up. Oh well, life happens to us whether we want it to or not. I want the best for her like any parent wants for their child. I don’t want her to get hurt. I know the world is a really harsh place. However I also know my God has Allie in His hands. He has a plan for her. I also know this is part of the plan. Thank you Lord for Allie. Bless her and protect her as she follows you. Please let her learn from the hurts that she will endure and not become bitter. Please let her hear your voice and may her heart be ever turned toward you. Amen
Here is a video that a couple of friends and I made to promote our sportsman banquet. This is the first part of the video. Look for a second post with the whole video after the the Banquet at the end of March. I would also like to take this space to say thanks to Mike Kroenke and Clint Gee (the monkey) for helping me put this little piece of video together.
my wife is awe struck that people can post to a blog with a phone. I am laying in bed with my phone showing her that “yes it can be done . she thinks I am so awesome. and well … who can argue with her, I am pretty awesome, and humble too. (ha ha )