Please allow me direct your attention to the center of the ring! 4A state wrestling title

Lake Stevens' Brandon Johnson celebrates his title at 285 pounds    Lake Stevens wins 4A state wrestling title | – High school sports.

Ladies and Gentlemen! Please allow me direct your attention to the center of the ring!  Let me introduce you to a remarkable young man. Remarkable in many ways, but not in the ways you maybe accustom to seeing….

You see, this young man is different.  The attention he has drawn to himself was not from wearing is pants too low.  Nor was it from creating a conflict between himself and an oppressive world.  His story is one of humbleness, respect, and hard work.

My goal is not to retell the story, but just for a moment direct your attention to him, so we can applaud the success. The newspaper article is correct in telling the narrative tale, but I believe perhaps the most important part of the story is what the newspaper story cannot express.

  • This young man is intelligent enough to listen to those around him that knew more, and learn from them.
  • This young man is clever enough to know that no matter what happens around him; his hard work will put him in the position to win, no matter what the situational outcome maybe.
  • This young man is wise beyond his years to humble himself before God, and to take his place at the foot of the cross and to complete his work using the gift he was given.

This is not the end of a journey, but the beginning of one.  The journey of this young man needs to the applauded, respected, and hailed as a story of success.

The younger generation can complete great undertakings, and honor God.  They can fulfill the mission of Christ and in the process lose themselves while, at the same time, finding their true self.

Great job, Brandon!  It has been a pleasure watching you work so hard and win the title, but your work is not complete.  There is much more to do.  Keep working, keep praying, and keep working towards the greatest reward of all.

1 Corinthians 3 13 But each person’s work will be shown for what it is. On judgment day it will be brought to light. It will be put through fire. The fire will test how good everyone’s work is. 14 If the building doesn’t burn up, God will give the builder a reward for his work.

The spark that ricochets in all directions

“ Doesn’t it bother you that God knows the answer to the problem you’re trying to solve?”  

   This question aired during a tense time of technological despair when attempting to reconfigure a HDTV and associated sound system with the countdown of a playoff football game looming. The innocence of the questioner not overlooked, though I was not completely sure if she was serious or if she was halfheartedly trying to clown on me just to see what would happen. Bless her heart; she and her family are my dearest friends. This young woman loves God, is a gifted student, and is going places. It will be a tremendous day to witness the work she will one day achieve for the Kingdom. Which makes this even more confusing to why at that particular time she felt this question was a good idea? Of course, being a fully certified, half-crazed Type ‘A’ personality, she gently received her answer while installing the last HDMI cable.  “Well, let us consider the man’s choice of free will in the context of God’s great providence. You see, God could install the TV, as he knows how it should be hooked up He designed it, but what fun would that be for us right now. I consider this as a task He has charged me to deal with.”   Ha! So there, off the cuff Christian apologetic at its finest. Next, let us talk about the Trinity during halftime! All joking aside and after the outstanding victory of our football team, it got the mind thinking.

The growth of a person’s Christian faith can come at any time. I strongly doubt my friend’s daughter was waiting patiently for the football game to start, while mulling over the idea of foreknowledge in Determinism and Predestination as it relates to the human choice of free will. Her well-timed and quite funny question led to another question, and then to another. This led to a recently purchased book to look up Predestination and to review its theory as provided by contemporary essayists. She could not have known the chain of events that occurred with a simple question. No one knows the small spark that one person provides to other. Small sparks of the Christian faith must be carefully fanned into a glowing flame for Jesus. That spark can ricochet in all directions. With my weak and off the cuff Christian apologetic reply, my hope is all within earshot took just a small moment to consider the thought, “Jesus really is in control of all this. The great friendship, the plentiful food, the warmth of a loving home, and even a football team to cheer for, it is all His.”
Go Hawks!

“but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,” 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)