“A Swimming Pool”

We have a small swimming pool, the above ground type.

It isn’t much, but it’s work! The wind blows in dust, becoming mud on the bottom.

Leaves and other junk constantly fall into it. And, the bugs. Surface bugs, swimming bugs. And even spiders.

Oh, and let’s not forget the chemicals. Too few and the water is green. Too much and it melts bathing suits (not really). It takes a good bit of attention to have a nice little swimming pool.

My spiritual life is similar: Being a spiritual Christian really takes as much attention.

How much attention am I paying to my relationship with Jesus and his people? I know He’s encouraging me to do better in that department.

Dave ‘Tud’ Nance

“Below the Surface”

I sat outside in the lobby of family court where divorce and custody are dealt with.

Several other families also waited for their cases to be called.
Everyone seemed to be calm, and most were even pleasant.

Yet, inside everyone, tension was high. Passion seethed. Smiles veiled anger and hurt.
Some even laughed or chuckled, it was obviously forced.

Life isn’t always calm or pleasant, even when it seems so. And family court isn’t the only
place it’s that way.

I suppose it’s when stakes are highest that I need to remind myself that Jesus is my true
help. He has been there—and He is here.

So, I may be anxious, but I need not be worried. There is a difference.
“Don’t let your heart be troubled. You believe in God. Believe also in me.” He said.
(John 14:1)

Dave ‘Tud’ Nance

“An Accident?”

The book of John begins with the phrase “In the beginning.”
So does the book of Genesis, for that matter.

I love this phrase, because to me it suggests that life isn’t an accident.
Not mine. Not yours.

After all, beginnings don’t just happen by themselves.
Neither do they merely happen by accident.

Since my life is no accident, then no matter how dark or depressed I feel today, hope is the deep reality and truth of life. And death is no exception.

Jesus’ hope. It’s real. It’s forever. It’s no accident.

Dave ‘Tud’ Nance

“A Heart of Faith”

I was looking at a small palm tree I had in my office, and I noticed that it grows differently than the oak and hickory trees where I live.

It grows near the top, from the center of a very small heart.

And this small heart is able to support the life of a whole tree—one that may grow to weigh thousands of pounds, able to withstand hurricanes and fires.

Jesus is the heart at the center of my life.
And in Him I can withstand the storms of life!
“Be of good courage, and He will strengthen your heart” (Psalm 31:24)

Dave ‘Tud’ Nance

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