Archive | May, 2014

The Bridge is Worth It!

Back in 1937 thirty-five million dollars was a lot of money during the Great Depression. But that is how much money it took to erect the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It was during this week back then President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated this wonder via telegraph from Washington. Not only were people excited about a new way to shorten their journeys, politicians were giddy because the project was ahead of schedule and under budget!

But the structure didn’t come easy. There were lives lost in the building of the bridge. Swift currents and deep water posed a constant hazard during the construction. And, of course, you couldn’t overlook the strong winds that were constantly blowing in the bay. Stability was a rarity many days.

As Christians we are commissioned to build bridges to those lost in sin or have wandered away from God. Sometimes we face challenges in these relationships. Hurt feelings, broken promises, and the list can go on and on. But we can’t lose heart. Just as Christ was in reconciling us to God, we must do the same for those lives we share in our church or community. Today thank God for those people in your life that built bridges to you. Now write down ways you can construct bridges to others who need the Good News.

Getting Something from Nothing

Music has been a major part of my life. Growing up you would find my dad always singing something. His range was from Southern Gospel to Grand Ole Opry and he didn’t mind letting us hear him. His motto was “Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord”. We agreed. It was noise!

Later on in life I was fortunate to marry a wonderful woman who has an ear for music. She was instrumental in our children choosing music as their degree in college. Sometimes as the children were learning how to master their instruments I had another opportunity to experience another kind of noise!

But this week in 1891 there was no noise coming out of Carnegie Hall. This was their official opening in New York City. All the musicians were in tune and played beautifully. Everyone played his or her notes and the place was transformed from just noise in a building to a work of art.

Pay attention to God today. He is the conductor in your symphony of life. He will lead you to be on key and make whatever you have beautiful. He has a good track record of making something out of nothing!