“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

“God Found Me”

I forget to notice. I’m so focused on what I want, that I overlook what’s right in front of me.

A couple of days ago I woke up in the recliner, and began to look everywhere for my glasses.

With a wry smile, my wife pointed to the top of my head, where they silently waited while I slept.

Same thing happens with my phone! I’ll be talking on my phone and start searching for it with the other hand!

I forget to notice.

Although I need spiritual strength, I probably focus too much time looking for it, because God has already found me. It’s just that I forget to notice.

After all, God sent His only begotten Son… (John 3:16)

Dave ‘Tud’ Nance

“A Foreign Language”

Have you ever listened to people talk in a language you don’t understand?

I’ve noticed I can learn a lot about what people are saying, even without understanding a single word.

Sometimes they are friendly. Sometimes its just business.

And how quickly emotions change as they talk.

More importantly, love or respect are obvious—contempt or resentment—joy or frustration are all hard to hide.

“What goes around comes around,” they say. The simple tone of my voice, the expression on my face, often gives away the great truth that I allow Jesus to shape my life.
Or that I don’t!

Dave ‘Tud’ Nance
Proverbs 15:13

“A Bit Too Warm”

I watched my father-in-law turn a rusty knife into a beautiful, shining blade with a razor-sharp edge.

He simply used a sanding belt in his shop. He was careful not to press too hard or too long in any one spot.

The blade got pretty warm, a bit uncomfortable to hold.

Life is like that sometimes. Just a bit too hot for comfort. So I try to remember that I’m in the Master’s hand. He’s sharpening me, and I’ll be better for it.

Dave ‘Tud’ Nance

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