Women in Combat

I have lots of beautiful wonderful women in my life, starting with my wife and including my daughter, grand daughters, great grand daughter, daughter in law. I don’t want to think of them in combat. 
It’s not that I don’t think they are capable. Maybe I’m just way too old fashioned, but it just doesn’t seem right. To be truthful, I’m not too thrilled about anyone I love being in combat. There are way too many wars.
I understand that life is combat, particularly on the spiritual level. We are at war and women are in the thick of it. But there is just something about outfitting ladies with weapons and setting them out on battlefields that doesn’t seem right with me.
When I was in the Navy, women were just starting to have a more significant role. The problem in those days was that they were limited to shore jobs. So they tended to take up those positions, making it harder for the guys to ever draw any land duty. I wasn’t happy with that scenario either.
I know it’s great that women have the vote and equal rights in employment and all that. It seems these days that there are more women graduating from law school than there are men. I guess it’s a case of be careful what you wish for. 
But there are also more women paying child support, suffering from stress and drug dependency. There are more women heading up families on their own. And soon there will be more women dying on battlefields.
I am happy for women to have rights. There are so many of them I love. I’m just really sad about the cost.
Be blessed.
Nick

Underappreciated

Feeling appreciated is one of the greatest needs we have. When you share with someone your appreciation and gratitude, they will not forget you. Appreciation will return to you many times. Steve Brunkhurst

My grandson, Nicholas, is spending the night with us. He is hoping to attend the David Thibodeaux Stem Academy next  year. He will be old enough and his mom teaches there so it would be convenient as well as a great learning experience.

Attendance requires an application including recommendations letters and an interview. We picked him up after school yesterday to get him a haircut in preparation for the interview. He had two of his teachers’ recommendation letters. They were glowing. Upon careful reading, they were also completely accurate. I sometimes forget how great a kid he is. 

Would it be wise to consider all the great attributes of the friends and family members who complete our lives every day? Maybe we should sit down and write “letters of recommendation” for our spouse and kids. Maybe we would increase our appreciation for the great gifts they are in our lives. 

I know there is one kid I appreciate a lot more this morning.

Be appreciative and be blessed.

Nick

Gentle Reminders

Matthew 6:19-21

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Treasures in HeavenB)’> where moths and vermin destroy,D)’> where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.K)’> and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27. 


Growing up my talents were in academics and public speaking. I had no athletic ability whatsoever. Because of this I grew up with little appreciation for the value of teamwork. I didn’t learn that until my eleven years in the military. 

It’s clear from scripture that Christianity is suppose to be a group activity. After all there is all that talk about the Body of Christ and the functioning of the individual parts.  Yet the active models of the church really aren’t about teamwork. The most popular model may be that of the hospital. We teach church as a place where the broken come to be fixed and then sent back out on their own to carry out individual missions. While there is some truth to this model, it isn’t the whole truth. 

The structure of the church and her services isn’t conducive to the concept of teamwork. Up front is the preacher and singers, the worship team. We gather as a bunch of spectators as if to watch a performance. We have the concept of paid staff and the rest of us. This gives the idea that those who are paid for it should carry out the mission.

I prefer the model as played out in ministries like Kairos. There we have team preparation meetings. We focus on servanthood and playing our part. We learn that the whole is much more than the parts. We realize that as we gather together to carry out His mission, that He takes control and He does it all. It works.

It has been a lifelong struggle to apply this model to the church. I love the church and I realize that the local church has more on its plate than individual mission. But I can’t help but believe that if we could learn to operate as teams instead of audiences we could, in fact, He could, accomplish so much more. 

How do we do that?

I really wish I knew.

Be blessed.

Nick

Takes One To Know One

1 Corinthians 2:4

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My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words,2