Recently, my family and I took a road trip vacation. Our first stop was in Waco, Texas. We visited the Magnolia Market at the Silos. If you are not familiar with the Magnolia Market, it is a large, beautiful place to shop and enjoy food of all kinds. It is owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines. Chip and Joanna are known for their popular T.V. show, “Fixer Upper” on HGTV. The popularity of the show and the products sold by this family have caused Chip and Joanna to become a household name.
There is no doubt in my mind that God calls us to wonderful things in our lives. After all, life is a special gift. It is a gift, given by a great God, who has great purpose for each of us. Unfortunately, there are times in our lives when we seem to fall short of that great purpose. We make mistakes or unforeseen problems come our way and knock our feet out from under us.
Recently, I was in a discussion about how I have changed since my early twenties. The person in the conversation, who is the same age as I am, agreed that we had both changed quite a lot. We were both grateful for the changes in our lives. We talked about how our faith had helped us to grow into much better (not perfect) people.
Hunter and Lords is a tailor that produces some of the finest men’s suits in the United States and around the world. A suit from this custom clothier can cost upwards of $10,000.00. A complete outfit is custom designed. The jacket, the shirt, the socks and shoes are all tailored for each individual customer.
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesare’a Philip’pi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Eli’jah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.
I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
as I rejoice in the Lord.
In the year before I began seminary, I went to work selling cars. I sold cars and trucks at a Ford store. It was a challenging and rewarding experience that taught me so much about life and work. I still remember going to lunch on my first week of work with the finance manager, who I had known since high school.
This devotion contains two confessions. First, I do not like mushrooms. I don’t order them on my pizza; I don’t like them in my spaghetti sauce. I don’t even like them fried and dipped in ranch. I know it sounds like I am a little kid refusing to eat his vegetables, but I just don’t like them. Yuck!
Can you imagine what it must have been like to witness Jesus perform a miracle? How amazing would it have been to see Jesus defy the laws of nature? What was it like to see a prayer answered right before your eyes?
Recently, I was watching the movie, Pretty Woman about a young lady who chases her dream to escape the streets of L.A. The beginning of the movie features a man who proclaims, “Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream? Some dreams come true, some don’t; but keep on dreamin’-this is Hollywood.”