Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Something New...

Something new for the new year...A friend and I are starting a new engineering club called STEM Rev. (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.) We're partnering with Boulder Housing Partners to bring this program directly to underserved students. Our mission is “to create an opportunity for underserved teens to discover a passion for and the possibilities of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through hands-on learning, cooperation, and mentoring.” Please support this program! Go to  https://www.gofundme.com/stemclubstartup

Monday, December 12, 2016

Dirty Clothes

“Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy.” –Revelation 3:4

“Then one of the elders asked me, ‘These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?’ I answered, ‘Sir, you know.’ And he said, ‘These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.’” –Revelation 7:13-14

After the first prettiness of a fresh snowfall, the earth becomes a muddy morass. When I walk with Lexi, I get mud on the cuffs of my pants. So much for “white as snow.” In fact, I would never dare walk Lexi dressed in white because I inevitably soil my clothes. Revelation 3:4 praises those few who have not soiled their clothes. They walk with the Lord dressed in white and apparently remain spotless. Most of us, however, get splashed with mud. For us, Revelation 7:14 is a promise. We can wash our robes (repent), and the mud, the muck, and the grime will be rinsed away. Our clothes will be made white by Christ’s blood (God’s forgiveness). It’s not easy to walk with God and keep our clothes clean. But when we walk with God we’re bathed in mercy.

Dear God, Wash away the mud and dirt that splash my clothes when I walk with you. Amen

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Ever Brighter

“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” –Proverbs 4:18

When I walk Lexi on these dusky winter evenings, I choose a well-lighted route with plenty of street lamps. Yet even along these well-lit paths there are patches of darkness between the lamps. There are shadowy corners not touched by the light. I seek to walk in the light, but I have to face some darkness. At Advent we confront the darkness that Christ’s light hasn’t illuminated yet. The Light came into the world two thousand years ago, but it hasn’t shined into every dark corner. We strive to walk in the light, but there are patches of darkness along our path. The hope of Christmas is that things get a little brighter year after year.

Dear God, Let your light shine ever brighter until every dark corner sees the full light of day. Amen

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Night Is Nearly Over

“The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” –Romans 13:12 (NIV)

“Night is almost over, and day will soon appear. We must stop behaving as people do in the dark and be ready to live in the light.” –Romans 13:12 (Contemporary English Version)

In the winter Lexi and I see raccoons on our morning walk. Raccoons don’t hibernate. They may stay in their dens during a snowstorm or a deep freeze, but otherwise they remain active during wintertime. Lexi and I only see them in winter, when their nocturnal habits overlap with our morning routine. In the winter months, darkness is still fading when Lexi and I set out; the raccoons are ambling back to their dens after a night’s scavenging. It’s the moment when night is nearly over and day is almost here. There’s an identical moment in our spiritual life. It’s a moment of choice. We can scurry to hide, like a creature of the night, or we can walk into the light. The darkness is fading. Will we walk with God?

Dear God, When the night is nearly over and the day is almost here, help me choose to walk with you. Amen

Monday, December 5, 2016

Make The World A Better Place

“Josiah did a thorough job of cleaning up the pollution that had spread throughout Israelite territory and got everyone started fresh again, serving and worshiping their God. All through Josiah’s life the people kept to the straight and narrow, obediently following God, the God of their ancestors.”  --2 Chronicles 34:33 (The Message)

I carry extra doggie bags on our walk just in case. I’m conscientious about cleaning up Lexi’s mess. Not everyone is. It’s easy to get disgusted with these dog owners who leave a mess behind. Then one day I realized I had an extra bag. Lexi and I were nearly home; I wouldn’t need any more bags for Lexi. I could be the neighbor who cleaned up the neighborhood, who left the world a better place. That’s what King Josiah did. In fact, he got everyone started doing the right thing. Josiah did more than leave the world a better place than he found it. He opened a door to God’s kingdom—and God’s kingdom is the best place. How can we improve the world around us? How can we inspire others to do the same? It’s useless to get mad about the mess we’re in. Pick it up.

Dear God, Show me how to make the world a better place. Amen

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Hold On and Walk Faster

“With promises like this to pull us on, dear friends, let’s make a clean break with everything that defiles or distracts us, both within and without.”  --2 Corinthians 7:1 (The Message)

It’s hardest to hold on to Lexi’s leash when she wants to walk fast. She pulls to try to make me go faster. I can try to hold her back and risk her yanking the leash out of my hand. Or I can let her pull me along and pick up my pace. If I want to keep hold of the leash, I have to walk faster. It’s hard to hold on to faith when God wants us to walk fast. We fell him urging us to run the race, not amble along the boulevard. If we try to hold back—if we reserve some love, save some generosity, keep back some kindness—we risk losing our grasp on God’s love. Instead we can let God lead us along and pick up our pace. If we want to keep hold of God’s promises, we have to walk faster. We have to tear ourselves away from distractions and keep our eyes on the goal: “For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified” (Hebrews 4:1 The Message). If we keep up, we will find our rest.

Dear God, Help me to walk faster in faith so I can keep my hold on your promises. Amen