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Blog: Tom Job

A note from Tom: April 22nd

CCC Oak Ridge

Hey everyone!

What an awesome day!! Usually I try to send y’all a thought or two to encourage you here toward the end of the week on these CCC emails…But as beautiful as the days have been, my bet is that praising Him is just easier to do than it was during those cold, dark, wet weeks of February! So maybe I don’t have to make these so long!

Speaking of which…

I noticed that when I started writing these little thoughts a coupla years ago, they were a lot shorter! Now, they’re a lot longer than they used to be! And longer than they need to be!
 
Maybe I could make these shorter by using smaller letters!

OrmaybeIcouldjustscrunchthewordstogether…

Or maybe I could work on getting to the point quicker!

Like bumper stickers! They say what they want to say in a few words and in about 13 inches! Here’s one I saw the other day…

“Keep the dream alive: Hit the snooze button.”

And…

“Well, this day was a total waste of makeup.”

Or…

“Karaoke bars combine two of the nation's greatest evils — people who shouldn't drink with people who shouldn't sing.”

How ‘bout…

“Gravity: It's not just a good idea. It's the law.”

Lance Armstrong has made $25,100,000 for cancer research with a one-word slogan (that’s really two words pushed together) written on yellow wristbands. You know the ones….They say, “LIVESTRONG”

There are 70 million of those little slogans on arms around the world! It’s awesome that so much has been made for cancer research!!

Just a couple of problems…

70,000,000 of those might not be awesome for the environment…

In one hospital they have to cut them off people being admitted because they look too much like their “Do not resusitate” bands they put on patients.

And I think that God’s heart might have different advice!

In Isaiah 41, Isaiah says that lots of people go around and, “each helps the other and says to his brother, ‘Be strong!’ “  Only thing is…Isaiah’s talking about people who don’t know or rely on God! He says it’s not good to try to be strong…or livestrong!...without God!

Paul says in 2 Cor 12 that it’s a whooooole lot better to be weak!!

Check this out…

“…He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me...For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

When you’re weak…when you can’t take it any more…when you just can’t make it on your own…when you can’t face it another day…when you have a problems (or problems!) and you don’t feel strong at all…that’s when you really start to rely on Him!!  When you feel weak, you trust in the One Who is strongest of all!  Weak is the best way to go through your week!

Here’s some awesome advice…

“LIVEWEAK”

Put that on your wristband!!