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Still Part Of The Team

My son Shawn broke his pinky finger right before Christmas.  He needed surgery and 3 pins in the fractured bone.  The recovery was long – and he was a “starter” for his basketball team when this happened.  It’s his senior year.

As you can imagine, he had to “ride the bench” for most of the rest of the season.  It was hard.  It was frustrating.  And it didn’t seem fair.

Life is sometimes like this.  We get injured in this life – oh you can’t see the “break” – especially if it’s emotional – in fact we may look very normal and ready to “play”.  But inside – we are not ready.  We are healing.  And we have to do our “time” – “riding the bench”.

But those that are injured in this life are still part of the team.  And still longing to play.  Looking on – sitting on the sidelines of life – watching the healthier ones go for it.  Wondering what is wrong with them.  Watching those healthy and not broken – feeling weak and useless.  Needing much time to heal.  It’s hard.  It’s frustrating.  And it doesn’t seem fair.

In I Corinthians 12 we read:

12The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

14Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.16And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,23and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

As I watched my son sit on the bench for his senior year of basketball because of an injury – I was keenly aware of many of us who have to “sit it out”  for a time because of circumstances of life.  How left out we feel – how sad and discouraged.  And I was encouraged by the scripture passage above – EVERYONE is still part of the team!  If one part suffers – we all suffer.

And just like we coddle and patiently care for an injured part of our body when it is broken and hurt – we need to be keenly aware of those around of that need the same emotional healing in their lives – who are still valid and vital – who are still part of the team.  Be that person today to bring about healing for those around you – be an encourager to the broken hearted – be a voice of reason to those that may be running from God – be a supportive, healing bandage of lavish love to a world that needs to still feel a part of the team.

God Bless

Ella Enchanted

I have had the privilege of working with some AWESOME students and AMAZING teachers and parents this week – putting on “Ella Enchanted” at the Renton Civic Theater.

This has been the hardest one to put together because my best friend and co-director Laura – actually wrote the script from the movie and there were so many last minute (and not so last minute) changes to the script and music – because the thing was just TOO LONG!!  Not to mention costume, set and lighting changes.  Up until last night’s opening performance – we were not sure on things like lighting, sound and changes – so it was a bit scary.

The music is all pretty “retro” and fun for the kids to be learning stuff from the 70’s – my generation ☺  It was a blast bringing it all together to create just the right mood for each scene – and I have to say now that we have one performance “under our belt” – that the extra time and effort to pull this one off has certainly been WORTH IT!!!

To see students just “come alive” – as they believe that they can DO IT – has been worth it for each of us who love these students so much and want and believe the very best for them!!

A production like this takes an enormous amount of help from students and parents – and we couldn’t even begin to put something like this on – if it weren’t for a whole LEAGE of parent volunteers.  We are BLESSED!!

We are all pretty tired and have 3 more performances to go!  But what a blessing to be around these students again today and tomorrow – as we truly “give our best” for the people coming to see it!  There’s never a dull moment around the theater – and lots of fun moments for pictures!

Here are just a few!  Enjoy!!

God’s Vantage Point

We frequently find ourselves on the top row in the gym watching our son play basketball.  Why?  It’s simple – the back row has a back rest – and we can lean back and put our feet up on the bleacher in front of us.  You also get a GREAT view from way up high.

My husband Greg was commenting on this the other day.  He said, “It’s interesting how you can see EVERYTHING from up here – our unique vantage point.”  The players down on the court are limited to just those things immediately around them – or if someone moves out of the way long enough – they see clear to pass the ball – but not always.  We yell at them, “pass the ball” or “GET THE BALL”  thinking how easy it would be if they would just listen to us way up there – after all – we can see better than they can.  Why won’t they trust us?

I believe life is something like this too.  We get “bogged down” by the things that are immediately around us – problems and distractions of the day – emotional issues and physical pain – and we can’t see around them to brighter sunnier possibilities and and clear view to our world.  We get frustrated by what we see right in front of us – rather than looking beyond what we see.

How much more then should we depend on our Heavenly Father?  He has the ultimate seat in the house – the highest vantage point for all of our lives.  He sees from the start to the finish and everything in between.  He cheers us on knowing the clear path of our vision is just temporarily obstructed by others in the way – by events that drag us down and even “take us out” of the game.  He encourages us to “pass the ball” – even though we don’t see clearly for ourselves.  He lovingly guides us through murky waters of hurt and pain – and navigates us with clear direction and instruction – if we are open to listening to the great coach of our lives.

I am not always listening.  I so often want to “pass the ball” before another is ready to receive it.  I so often want to try for a basket – when one is not open for me – and someone “steals” it away and makes a score for the other team.  I do not have the skill or experience that God does to show me the correct timing. And so I even “take myself out” for awhile – and those times are painful and hard.  Patience has never been one of my good qualities.  I want to DO SOMETHING!!!  I want to “put myself” in the game – just so something can be happening – even if it’s wrong.

Because God can see the whole game of my life – and knows all the players on my team of life by name – I need to trust him and when He leads me to “pass the ball” then I need to be ready – and able to hear His voice.  If I am not hearing – I may be missing out on a GREAT pass.  And ultimately a great score and a win.

We need to look with better eyes than our small circle of circumstances – be willing to look beyond – to look from a higher place – to look with eyes like God.  To find a place where we can see things from God’s Vantage Point.

I am praying for each of you today

God Bless

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