This series has been very different from any series so far. There is no doubt that The Final Word has been a bit more like teaching than preaching. On my side, it’s been a lot of research and study, but I’ve really enjoyed it. I hope it’s also been helpful, enjoyable, and challenging for you.
In our house, the kid’s rooms are downstairs and everything else is upstairs. This means that if I need to communicate with one of my children while they’re downstairs, I have to actually make the journey. That’s a lot of work. So I have two choices: A) Purchase a cell phone and text them messages like, “It’s time for dinner.” B) Use the resources the Lord has provided and send one of their siblings downstairs to deliver the message. Who am I to question the Lord’s provision? I’m choosing B every time.
There is this phenomenon known as knowledge blindness. It’s when you know something so you assume everyone else does too, but they actually don’t. Imagine for a moment you work in a gas station in an area you’ve lived in for a long time. You know all the streets and landmarks. Getting around the town is second nature to you.
The adoption process is almost always long and hard, but I love seeing families adopt children. Many of my friends are foster parents, and social media has allowed me to watch the process from the outside. First, they bring home a child, but their faces are covered up with a heart or some other cute emoji. Over the weeks, months, and years they give updates about the child and the situation.
In the Pixar classic "Toy Story" we meet Woody the cowboy and Buzz Lightyear a spaceman from the future, two toys that would become friends by the end of the movie, but begin as bitter rivals. Woody is the cowboy incumbent top-toy who is threatened by the newcomer's flashy style, newest-latest great thing status, and admiration of the other toys. When the rivalry boils over the two find themselves lost and in danger of being left behind forever if they don't catch up with their child, Andy.
I was recently watching a TV show where a partially drunk bridesmaid gave an uncomfortably awkward reception speech. This bridesmaid’s marriage was on the rocks. Her relationship with her husband was complicated, to say the least. The result was very little marital bliss and a whole bunch of pain. Her glorious reception speech went as such, “Marriage is hard work. I mean, one second everything is great, and then you step on some invisible land mine and boom, KABOOM!
Resources for dating.
In March of this year, CNN reported that there has never been a better time to be single. Not only are there more singles in the U.S. than ever before, it seems like the trend will continue. People are marrying later if they marry at all. 55% of millennials say that getting married is not an important milestone to become an adult. That stat that has shifted significantly in the past 50 years.
When I came up with the title “It’s Dangerous to Go Alone” I was thinking metaphorically dangerous. Maybe dangerous for your spirit or emotional state. I had no idea that it is physically dangerous to go alone.
Recently, I read an article about a teenager named Jamie from Dublin, Ireland who saved a man's life with three words. Jamie was on the way to a local convenience store to grab a Gatorade when he saw a man in his 30s sitting too close to the edge of a bridge. Something about the situation made the sixteen-year-old uncomfortable so he approached the man and said these three words…
A few months ago I heard the earworm, "The Middle" by Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey. I've kept it in the vault for months, and against my better judgment, I'm referencing it today. If you haven't heard the song, it's about a fighting couple. And apparently, things got pretty heated because they were throwing dishes... at each other.