Saturday, April 20, 2013

Boston Law Enforcement....Thank you.

 For 1 day the united states were just that, united. We all watched the different agencies going door-to-door, the 24 hour news coverage, the sound of gunshots in middle class America. All right in before our eyes.

What sticks out for me, is that 1 citizen who looked out their window and thought "that looks odd." To observe something in their backyard. To see something is off and more importantly to make that call to police.

What do we even know about this person? This hero that helped bring an end to the terror in Boston. And how do we ever thank them?

I listened to the news stories of bombs being thrown at the police agencies as the chased down the suspects. Fear of booby-trapped homes, explosive vests, and gun battles on the streets of Boston. It was something out of a movie. But the men and women of law enforcement faced that terror head on, and won.

What do we even know about these men and women? These hero's that helped bring an end to the terror in Boston. And how do we ever thank them?

How do we ever thank them for stepping up, taking action, and protecting their city? They served their city and their county when we were all living in fear of "what's next?"

I hope as time fades and normal every day life returns I don't forget that every day brave men and women step up, take action, and protect this country.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Perfection not required...

I've been thinking about it for years. Although, the question has changed several times, the end result is still the same.

Q:  Do I want to be baptised?

A: I kind of want to be baptised as an adult. I want to show God and the world my commitment and belief in him.

Q: Should I be baptised?

A: I know I should, but I'm nervous. I'm scared to go stand up in front of all those people. They will stare. What if they make me talk in front of everyone? What if I drown?

Am I worthy to be baptised?

A: I've made so many mistakes in my life. Would I be a hypocrite if I were to confess my love and belief in God when I've not followed him as I should?

This was the one, the one question that has stopped me from doing it.

I've finally realized something... if I wait until I'm perfect, I'll never do it. I'll never be perfect. Perfection is not required. Just love and belief, that's it. And I have that.

So now I have one more question. "Does anyone want do it with me?"

If you've been thinking in the back of your mind this is something you would like to do. If you have been feeling that tug to be baptised but were like me, scared and doubtful, come with me. We can do it together.

I'm attaching a link to Eastlake Church.

Check it out. This is a church that is working to reach the everyday person. You know, all of us with our flaws and doubts. Ryan the head pastor is the first person to admit he is human and had challenges just like the rest of us. Therefore the whole church community is very welcoming and very real.

I'm looking to get baptised at the next event. It hasn't been posted yet, but I assume it will be in May or June. If you are interested in being baptised, interested in checking out Eastlake, or want to come see me be baptised just let me know.

I'd love to have you along with me.