God is here for us
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.
Zephaniah 3:17 NIV
One of my favorite arguments for non-believers is when they say, “I can’t see him so he must NOT exist.”
Then the little one answers back, “does air exist?”
Nonbeliever, “of course it does, how could we breathe if it didn’t exist?”
Little Girl, “Does Helium make balloons float?”
Non-believer, “that’s a silly question, of course, helium makes balloons float.”
Little Girl, “do the rays from the sun, burn your skin? Can you see those rays? Can you talk on your cell phone without having it connected to any wires? And can you see those waves?
Non-believer getting perturbed now, “Yes I get sunburned, and no I can’t see the rays. Yes, my cell phone works just fine and I can NOT see the waves. Where are you going with this?
Little Girl, “well you just told me like 5 things that you KNOW are there, a couple you can’t live without, like air. So why can’t you believe that God exists even though you can’t see him?”
I know that we’ve all heard that story before, but it’s a good reminder that even though we can’t see some things it doesn’t mean that they don’t exist.
Just like God.
God is there for us even when we can’t see or hear him. He is constantly watching out for us.
Not only is he there, but he is also watching out for us, fighting battles that we can’t even see.
Every time we think about sinning, that is Satin using a pry bar to get into our lives.
If we allow God to be there to help us he is on the inside of the door repairing where Satan used the pry bar and making it stronger.
What happens if your house gets broken into?
Do you simply replace the locks?
You replace the locks and beef up other security features all-around your house.
Well, God does the same thing with us.
Let’s say that you have an addiction to anything. Yes, even your cell phone. What happens when we finally recognize that we need to correct our addiction?
If we give it to God, he helps us to install new “security features” around our life. He helps us to get rid of the temptation.
Then every time we have the urge to jump on our phone to check Facebook (except for the God First Page, lol) he puts the thought in our mind, “Hey you’ve got better things to do!”
It’s our job to listen when he talks to us.
My point is that God is here for us.
He helps us, he fights battles that we may never see.
We are blessed though because we have already taken the first step and KNOW that God exists.
Here are a few things that you can do today to “help” God be there for you.
- Take a moment every night and every morning to thank God for being there for you. Thank him for being the mighty warrior he is. Thank him for never leaving a person behind. Thank him for never giving upon us.
- Look around for God in your life. Take a deep breath and enjoy the air that just filled your lungs. Know that just because you can’t see him, just like you can’t see the air you just took in, he is there.
- Last but not least, close your eyes, listen. What do you hear? The wind rustling in the weeds, the waves crashing onto the shore, the rain dripping on the roof, cars driving by. You might not hear it right now, but all of those sounds were brought to you by our mighty warrior, God.
Lord, God almighty, we come to you today with full hearts. They are full because we know that you exist and that you are fighting battles that we might never see on our behalf. Lord, we are thankful that you are willing to fight for us. We would like to let you know that we are ready to fight you too. Help give us the courage to spread your word, even when it might seem tough to. Help us to have no fear when it comes to you. Give the faith to know that no matter what happens you have our back and that you will protect us. God, sometimes we struggle to see you, we struggle to hear you, we struggle to believe in you. Help us to know that just because we can always see you, that you are always there with us. Open our eyes and ears to see and hear you, even when we have closed off our minds to you. God, we are so grateful that you help us rebuild and strengthen ourselves after a battle. You help us to move forward. Lord, please give us the strength to fight every battle no matter how big or small it might be with you in our hearts. Lord, thank you for everything that you do for us. Even if we can’t see it.
Will you pray with us?
Mankind throughout the world throughout our current situation
All Law enforcement and emergency response personnel
For all military personal serving our country and their families
Those in Leadership positions throughout the world
Lord, today we come to you with HAPPY hearts. We are so grateful that you give us the opportunity to change the lives of those around us. We are grateful that you give us the wisdom to change our lives and the lives of those around us. And you make it so simple. We can do it with a single smile. God today I would ask that you help us to smile more. The next time we see someone down, help us to smile for them. The next time we are down, help us to remember that you gave us the best gift ever. The ability to know you, your son, and the holy spirit. God, we are so grateful for everything you give us.
We ask all these things in your Precious Son's Name
A Little More
The other day I got a call from one of our clients.
I love talking to our clients so I always smile when I answer the phone.
“Hey Dan, one of my drivers is pulled over and they are saying that our permit doesn’t cover what we weigh. Isn’t that why we hire your team to make sure that these things don’t happen!”
My smile immediately vanished.
I was shocked because my team is amazing. and it’s not like them to miss something like 20,000 lbs on a permit.
So, I asked him, “Who have you been working with, and who was the one who called our team to get the permit?”
To get to the bottom of the problem I needed the details.
They gave me the details.
My next call was to my team. Then after I got the details I got them started on getting new permits to get the problem fixed. I’m a solutions guy, not an excuses guy.
But I NEED to know the real reason why it happened so that we can fix the issue.
My next call was to the driver so that I could see exactly what happened.
I knew he was going to be upset. He was pulled over and they were going to give him a HUGE ticket. I wouldn’t be happy either.
I made sure not to smile when I made the call. I had a serious look on my face. As we chatted I learned that he was the person who gave his weight to our team. I asked where he got the weights from and how in the world they were off by over 20K lbs!
That’s when he told me that he might have gotten the wrong scale ticket from the weigh station where he originally weighed.
Immediately my heart leapt with joy, this is NOT our fault!
Now to get the problem resolved and get this driver back on the road was my only goal. I was not going to assign blame or make anyone feel bad.
Hey, we all make mistakes. I do it multiple times every single day.
The owner of the company shot me a text. I'm getting permits from the big guys. They won’t make these mistakes that cost me time and $$$$$.
No problem. Let me know if you need anything. We are here to help.
After they called the “BIG Guys” they called me about 30 minutes later.
Hey, we can’t get an Idaho permit until Monday. It’s Friday night. And we need to drop this load off tomorrow afternoon.
I told him that I would NOT make any promises.
But my team went to work!
We got the permits that the “BIG Guys” couldn’t get.
My team had the Idaho permit in less than 20 minutes. For the right weight this time.
Here’s the point of all this.
When things don’t go right, smile. I have taught my whole team this.
That right there is how we got the permits. They smiled as they worked and it didn’t take any time at all.
Ok, there might be a little knowledge that went into this too. Lol
Next time you need anything DOT, don’t call the “Big Guys” , call the team who can get it done!