Word 4 Today December 15, 2011


I was really flattered when my daughter was asked to write and illustrate a children’s book for one of her college classes.  Out of all the topics she could have selected to write about, she chose “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”  It was a story about a little girl whose father had taken her to her first major league baseball game.  As I read the story and looked at the pictures, they described perfectly our first Oakland A’s game some fifteen years earlier.  Over my desk I have a picture of my daughter at five years old standing on the upper deck overlooking a huge baseball field; her face is covered in a big smile and her arms are outstretched.  It’s one of my favorite pictures.  This passage is not an advertisement for baseball games; it is, however, an ad for creating and making memories. Never underestimate how the things you do today will impact and form good and lasting memories for your families and loved ones.  And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us, God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him” (1 John 4:16, Amplified Bible).


A good Father loves His children and always has their best interests at heart, and He is interested in all that they do.  After many years of spending time with my Father (God), I have discovered He has two major ways of showing us just how much He loves us.  Experience shows that God is either protecting us from something bad, or directing us toward something good.  Make that three ways: He also likes to show us how much He loves us by making memories.


God is great company!

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