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Ephesians 4:26-27 (ESV)

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
27 and give no opportunity to the devil.


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INL April 19, 2002

Have At It

I love Stephen Curtis Chapman's song "Dive." Much to the dismay of John and Nancy and anyone else who happens to be there, whenever the chorus comes around, I usually join in (never quietly). "So sink or swim, I'm diving in!" That has been like a personal battle cry recently. I don't know how I get involved in so many projects, but I just jump in. It doesn't much matter how much experience I have with it, I just have at it. Sometimes I'm more successful than others (as many of you who have heard the Taming the Tongue SMF tape can testify.), but I refuse to lose because I don't try.

You probably can picture a parent standing in a pool encouraging their child to jump in to them. It's not always easy for the child the first time. The child wants to take the leap. He's seen others do it, but he is not quite sure. After a jump or two the hesitation usually disappears, and the child enjoys it. The encouragement from a trusted parent is so important in the initial leap.

I'm too old to act like that child anymore. I refuse to let fear keep me from trying things that may be a blessing to myself and others. Whether it is a different teaching technique, a irreligious sounding song, a computer enhancement, or just an unusual mannerism, I refuse to be afraid to try it. I love to see others do the same, too. When I know someone is stepping out and trying something for the first time I do my best to encourage them and give them honest feedback.

Sara has had her driving permit for about three months, and she is doing very well. She likes being told she is doing a good job, and she asks a lot of questions. When new situations arise (like yesterday when entering an Interstate Highway in the midst of a construction zone), I usually prepare her with: this is what you are going to find and this is how you handle it. She did fine, and was "hyped" to have been successful at it. She enjoys new situations and new challenges, and I enjoy her enthusiasm. It reminds me of my first days behind the wheel and makes me so thankful to be a part of this learning time with her.

It has also brought back the joy of driving for me. Riding with her yesterday with the windows down and the sunroof open cruising down the road in 80 degree weather made me very thankful. The hour round trip to the mall was the most enjoyable trip I've made in recent memory. Driving had become so "old hat," and she has made it fun for me again.

I thought about how similar it is in the spiritual realm. Sharing God's Word with people who are trying something for the first time is so exhilarating. Their questions and excitement are invigorating. It is hard to tell who is the most blessed. God has made this ministry of reconciliation a truly valuable thing. Not only does it bring new believers into the family, but it keeps those in the family thankful and appreciative for all they have. Seeing the simplest things fill people's eyes with wonder and amazement, does as much or more for them who speak as for those who hear.

Want a spiritual "pick-me-up?" Try sharing you faith with someone new. Remember the words of Jesus, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."

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