Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?

Last week I sold my dearly beloved truck of six years.  She was a 1977 Ford F-150 Explorer with a charming exterior and even more beautiful inside (she was our wedding getaway vehicle too as pictured above).  I posted my ad on craigslist and had a number of bites and offers.  I felt that my asking price was fair and I told them that I wouldn't waiver from it (at least until I had exhausted my possibilities).  About a week after posting the ad I received a phone call from an Abbotsford man who asked if I would be willing to write him a gift letter and take the cash "under the table".  [In case you don't know what a gift letter is, it is a document that ICBC requires when someone gifts a vehicle to another and thus ensures that the buyer does not have to pay any tax.]   I told Him that I don't operate like that and I couldn't be dishonest about the transaction.  He told me that he'd think about it and then call me back.

The next day he actually did call and we set-up a meeting.  After a quick test drive he gave me the asking price.  He told me that he felt he could trust me because I was willing to be honest with the government and him.

So, in case you were wondering if honesty is still the best policy, I would have to agree.  Although honesty is rarely easy it does reap the best rewards.

Petitioning God

A couple nights ago my daughter brought her stethoscope (she calls it a "doctorscope") into my office asking me to fix it.  She said that it doesn't make sounds anymore.  We headed into the garage and took apart the part with the circuit board and speaker.  Instantly we saw that a tiny little wire became disconnected from the sauder point on the circuit board.  Not wanting to bother (or test my limited saudering skills) I told her it was beyond repair and that she'd just have to use it without the sound.  Well, this wasn't good enough for her and so she continued to beg me to fix it.  After a couple cute pouty looks I couldn't help but get out my saudering gun.  Ten minutes later we heard the electronic "coughing" and "heartbeat" sounds.  She was excited and ran upstairs to tell Mommy that it was all better.

Right after that I couldn't help but remember the times when God "wanted" to give up on humanity and then there was someone who was willing to petition/intercede on their own and others behalf.  This petitioning (begging of sorts) seem to move God to give them another chance.  While I don't believe that God is a fickle being that changes His mind like a kid in a candy store; I do believe that He is extremely loving and gracious.  Just like when my heart was moved by my daughter petitioning me to take another chance on her doctorscope, I am glad that God takes another chance on you and me.

As people that have the benefit of communication and relationship with God through Jesus (who is petitioning on our behalf) ask youself how are you coming to God?  How strongly do you feel about the things that you bring to God?  Do you give up or do you continue to pray?  Because in a way that I don't fully understand, God, in His grace, allows us in the process of His involvement with humanity.  He gives us the opportunity and responsibility to petition Him for our own and others behalf.  As we come to Him in faith (in line with His will and in response to His Spirit dwelling in us), He graciously and powerfully responds.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

And Then There Was Four!

On Saturday Angela gave birth to a beautiful boy!  We are overwhelmed and excited.  If it wasn't for Char (who helped with the labour) and Angela's mom (who watched Ruby and now is third set of hands [much needed]) I don't know how we could do it... I guess that's why we need friends and family!  We are grateful for everyone's prayers, support, and kind words!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fun at the Corn Maze

Last night I had the privilege of driving to and from the Chilliwack Corn Maze in a van filled with 7th & 8th graders.  They sang Hannah Montanna and a number of other equally annoying songs over and over... but I loved it (not the songs, but their enthusiasm and energy).  We arrived at the muddy corn maze and spent a little over an hour getting lost together... arguing over which way to go and in the process, learning patience and teamwork.  Then around the campfire we scorched our tongues with hot chocolate and received prizes for our costumes (the theme was "Cinderella" and I was an ugly step-sister).  Chrystal L. organized a great night and we all had a lot of fun.  Thank you to all the leaders/drivers for your investment!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Knowing Ones Creator Changes Ones Value

In 2007 a Canadian born man purchased a painting for $19,000.  He had a hunch that it could be worth more so he had it analyzed.  Turns out it was da Vinci creation which skyrocketed its value to $200 Million!

It's funny how a creation's value is found in its creator.  I'll let you draw the conclusions to your value and the way you see your Creator!

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The Cure to Childhood Obesity

Have a son or daughter with some bulge around the waist?  Do they sit at the computer or play video games lots?  Here is the solultion... a manual powered computer!  Read the whole article at