Monday, March 3, 2008
Living Outside the Box
It is another beautiful day!My daughter and I left the house at 6:30 this morning. I stopped by the local hospital to have blood drawn, and then we went for breakfast. Despite all the great diners in town, my daughter chose McDonalds. I agreed. And then I took her to school.
After visiting with my colleagues for a few minutes, Bill arrived and we headed down to Lehigh Valley. A great drive. Great conversation. And a great lunch afterward! The lunch afterward is usually the best part of the trip!
My wife and younger son were waiting for me when I got home. It is good to be home. It soon will be time to build cars out of Legos and ducks out of Tinker Toys [This will certainly warrant a future blog entry and possibly a sermon illustration.].
A few quotes and random thoughts I've been thinking . . .
What I’d have settled for, You’ve blown so far away. What You brought me to I thought I could not reach. Rich Mullins
Have you ever thought to yourself that you are settling for too little in life? I’m not talking about settling for a smaller paycheck, or an older model car, or a smaller house. But settling for a comfortable existence when there are far more exciting things that can be done.
Sometimes, we put our lives inside a box and are often afraid to live outside the box. Because the box is safe. The box is comfortable. But life should be more about taking risks and less about living in the box.
Living outside the box involves loving people more. I mean really loving people. Right where they are. No matter who they are. It involves stepping out and serving others. It involves sacrificing for others.
When we live outside of the box we discover things about ourselves, others, and God that we never knew were possible.
Jesus said, Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13.
When I try to control something too tightly based on my own little ideas, I miss all the creativity and serendipity in life . . . How often when I insist on my own way I miss a way that is far better. John Ortberg
Tinker Toys and Legos await . . .