Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad

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Pete & Linda McCaig – November 11, 1967

This Saturday marked a very special day for my family.  While it did mark a very special holiday for our nation by recognizing veterans, this day was particularly special because is marked my father and mother’s 50th Anniversary.  In a day when marriage is taken so lightly and more than half end far too soon, my parents endured to reach this great milestone.  No their marriage hasn’t been perfect and it hasn’t been free from conflict, but they have modeled what true commitment really looks like.  Over the course of my life, I have seen my father and mother model true love and integrity.  They raised me under godly principles and I have seen those principles continue to grow in them both long after I moved away and started my own family.  Following their example, I pray that my own marriage will be as strong and as happy as theirs has been.  Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!  I love you and may God grant you more wonderful years to come.

 

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Pete & Linda McCaig holding our daughter Ginilyn
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You Can’t Handle It

on-your-own-1435956Someone wisely observed, “God will never let anything come your way that you and He can’t handle.”  What makes this a wise statement is the phrase “and He.”  Too many times people will claim that God won’t bring anything into your life that you can’t handle, but that simply isn’t true.  There are many things that happen to us in this life that we would not be able to overcome them, except for the grace of God.  Thus, I believe there are times that God allows some pretty big and tough situations to come our way because He knows we can’t handle it.  Those specific circumstances are designed to point us up back to Him.  Why would God do that?  Because many times we become independent in our own eyes and we forget that we desperately need God in everything we do. So yes, I do believe that you can handle anything that comes your way, but only if God is with you as you go through it.

Don’t Just Sit There

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It’s been said, “It does no good for a person to sit up and take notice if he just keeps on sitting.”  How many times have we seen a need and fail to act on it? We may even have had good intentions, but never got around to acting on them.  The Bible has something to say about this kind of behavior. “Because of laziness the roof caves in, and because of negligent hands the house leaks.” – Ecclesiastes 10:18 CSB.  Neglecting to act when we see a need can be costly.  If we were honest, many times we don’t act in the name of being “too busy,” yet when we examine what we are busy doing, it really wasn’t that important.  What a waste of a great opportunity.  So don’t allow laziness or business keep you from taking action when it is needed.  In the end, you will find that you actually took time to make a difference.

Keep Your Brow In Check

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Someone once said, “A highbrow is one who is educated beyond his intelligence.”  Too many people in the world have a very warped perception of themselves.  Yes, there are those who have a very poor opinion of who they are, but this is not healthy nor is it the social norm.  However, I believe there are far more people who think too highly of themselves then they should.  This is a trait that is unbecoming and it too is very unhealthy, especially for the Christian.  The Apostle Paul gave us a very helpful warning on this when he wrote, “Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.” – Romans 12:3b NLT.  You see no amount of education or social status matters in the eyes of Christ.  We are each equally guilty of sin and each Christian has come to faith only by the Grace of God.  So the next time we are tempted to exercise the “highbrow”, we need to remember we are not as great as we might think

Blessed People Are Happy People.

SONY DSCIt’s been said, “All we are guaranteed is the pursuit of happiness; you have to catch up with it yourself.” We all desire to be happy. Yet those things in life that seem to bring us delight are very fleeting.  Where do we pursue lasting happiness?  In the Bible, the same word translated “blessed” can also be translated “happy.”  I think that is a very telling fact because it tells me that blessed people are happy people. Therefore, to find lasting happiness, we must follow the lifestyle that brings to us God’s blessings.  The only way to achieve that is to turn to the principles of Scripture.  For instance, we are told, “Happy are those who don’t listen to the wicked, who don’t go where sinners go, who don’t do what evil people do. They love the Lord’s teachings, and they think about those teachings day and night.” – Psalm 1:1-2 NCV. So the secret to true happiness is not found in the pleasures of our physical life, but in the blessings that come from loving and living for the Lord.

Don’t Long For Greatness

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It’s been said, “The surest sign that a man is not great is when he strives to look great.”  Every man has a craving to be great, but the man who grows in Christ learns that these cravings for greatness are rooted in the flesh.   For once a man comes to a saving relationship with Christ; he finds that all of life is no longer about him.  He now lives in the reality that it is all about Jesus.  So whether he becomes a man widely known in the community or he remains a man of obscurity, his eternal goal is to make Jesus great and not himself.  This is the idea of glory.  The natural desire is to keep glory for ourselves, but it is the Christian’s responsibility to reflect glory forward to Jesus Christ.  This is not easily done, yet it is our true responsibility.  We must remember that being great in the temporal means nothing in the eternal.  It really is all about Him!

Would You Be Your Own Friend?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASomeone once asked, “If you were another person, would you like to have yourself for a friend?” That is a very good question.  True friendship is one of the most valuable gifts on the planet.  To have someone who truly cares for you, that is not obligated because he is a relative or because he owes you anything, is truly one of life’s great blessings.  Yet how many times have pushed our friends away due to our own selfishness or pettiness? The Bible teaches us that true friendship is an act of love. “A friend loves at all times” – Proverbs 17:17a (ESV).  But we can’t sit around and wait for our friends to show love to us first.  No, we are called to love “at all times”, which means we are to show love to our friends even when they aren’t that lovely.  So if you find that all your friends are letting you down or disappearing, then it might be time to take a long look in the mirror.  After all, you are the one who is in control of how you treat those precious jewels called friends.

Working With Success

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It’s been said, “If hard work is the key to success, many people would rather pick the lock.”  There truly a correlation between hard work and success.  This same principle can be found in Scripture as well. “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” – Proverbs 14:23 (NIV). Therefore, if we want success at work, at home, or even at church, it will require hard work on our part.  Too many times people want to talk about how good it would be to have success, but they are unwilling to work for it.  Yet, that is no way to live.  God has given us great opportunities, we must be committed to doing what ever it takes to achieve great success.

See The Faults

mirror-1548409Someone once pointed out, “Nature couldn’t make us perfect, so she did the next best thing; she made us blind to our faults.”  While I don’t particularly think “nature” in the physical since causes this condition of thinking, I do believe the sin nature does do that very thing.  We are each born with a sin nature and from that, we have an ingrained bent towards selfishness and pride.  The Scriptures make it clear that those who trust in Christ are freed from sin and are even considered dead to sin.  However, ask any Christian and if he were honest he would tell you that he still struggles with what the Bible calls the “flesh.”  When we give into the cravings of the flesh, we are prone over look our faults, while at the same time, fool ourselves into thinking that those around us are worse off.  This type of behavior is wrong and hypocritical.  We are not perfect, but believers are called to follow our perfect Lord.  In order to do this faithfully, we must have some honest self-evaluations.  We must be willing to look at our lives through the lenses of Scripture and when we find anything that doesn’t line up with the Word of God, we must repent of it and change course.  So friends don’t become blind to your faults, but instead, allow the Holy Spirit to polish off your rough edges so that you can be the masterpiece God desires you to be.

Don’t Tear Down Those Who Aren’t Around

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Years ago someone observed, “There isn’t much to talk about at parties these days until one or two couples go home.”  Now as you read that you may chuckle, but it also has a stinging truth to it as well.  We have all given into the temptation of talking about other people when they aren’t around.  Sharing the faults of others gives us an unsettling delight.  For in those brief moments we set ourselves in a high and lofty position over those we are talking about.  Pointing out their flaws, makes us feel a little higher on the perfection latter.  However, if we were truly honest, we would see that our high self-regard is really only true in our own eyes.  Those “friends” that we are sharing juicy judgmental comments with are prone to share juicy judgmental comments about us behind our backs.  Sadly, many of their comments may very well be true.  Yet we must remember that it is not our place to find glee from our friends and fellow Christians’ short comings.  We have been called by God to edify or build up on another in the Lord, however pointing out others’ specks while ignoring the logs in our own eyes only brings damage.  So the next time a conversation drifts to throwing stones at other, turn to the old adage “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”