Dopey – Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs {11.16.16}

I saved Dopey for last in my list of lessons from the Seven Dwarfs. He is my favorite. I don’t really know why but for some reason I can’t look at him without smiling from the inside out. There is just something about those big eyes, hat and ears!dopey

I don’t know how he got his name. Maybe he was what we would call simple minded, slow witted, etc. But, to me, he appeared to have things in proper perspective. Often we shy away from people like Dopey. Sometimes we even overlook their contributions (shame on us if we do). God’s Word tells us a bit about what we would consider the “foolish” among us.

1 Corinthians 1:27 “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”

1 Corinthians 2:14 “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”

I’ve heard over and over that God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called. We just have to be available. Dopey was. He was willing to help when and where he was needed. He didn’t strive to be boss. He simply helped how he could. He seemed to roll with the punches so to speak and not let them overtake him. He did not, however, lack zeal. He wasn’t afraid to go for what he wanted. I love the part of the movie where Snow White is kissing them all good-bye for the day and he keeps getting in line again so he can get a few more of her kisses. Sweet and cute.dopey-snow-white-1dopey-snow-white-2 dopey-snow-white-3

Well, we’ve looked at all seven of the dwarfs. Next up – Snow White.

Lessons I learned from Dopey:  I may not be the sharpest tack in the box but God can use me to make a difference. God has a purpose and plan for each one of us and when we all work together it brings about good things for God’s glory. Simple things, simple pleasures are multiplied when we appreciate and share them with others.

USA – Land that I love! {11.5.16}

As we approach Election Day next Tuesday, God woke me up this morning with some thoughts to share.  I was reminded of the companies for which I have worked in my career. There have not been that many (7 total I think from teenager to now) but most of them have held corporate values of which I could align mine. The company’s values are what drive their decisions, day to day operations and government of their employees. The same thing is true with countries.

Let’s revisit our country’s values. Of course foremost is our Constitution. I did not include it here because of space limits but encourage you to search it on your own and see what it says. Today, even some of the truth of our history has been changed to reflect “politically correct” thinking. It’s a good idea to seek and know the truth. Only the truth will set us free.  John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

I’m not even sure if school children still recite the Pledge of Allegiance but here are the words.usa-flag

Our Pledge of Allegiance

I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Our National Anthem is usually sung at sporting events but unfortunately, cheering for the teams usually begin before the singer has finished the first verse. Here are the words. The song actually has four verses. Pay particular attention to the last verse.

Our National Anthem – The Star Spangled Banner

Oh, say! can you see by the dawn’s early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming; Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there: Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep, Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam, In fully glory reflected now shines in the stream: ‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh, long may it wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion A home and a country should leave us no more? Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution! No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave: And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh, thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war’s desolation! Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: “In God is our trust“: And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

usaNow that we are reminded of what is so special about our country and its core values, let’s pray for our nation to get back to those values and that we will live in truth and freedom. After 9-11 many sought God immediately and fervently. Then time went on and we forgot God. It’s time to humble ourselves and turn back to Him today. Only God can truly heal our land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 “ if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

May God Bless America – land that I love!