My brother Steve and I are only two years apart. We grew up doing everything together, some good things some not so good. At an early age he ironed my hand, must have thought it was wrinkled, and I followed that up by dumping hot beans on him. Did I say we were really close? Anyway, Steve had an uncanny way about him, to create games out of almost nothing. He and I played bounce in the driveway, which was nothing more than taking ground balls, but it provided hours of fun. The one game I hated the most was fast pitch tennis ball in the garage. Picture this, the batter would stand in the back part of the garage and the pitcher would throw from the edge of the garage. Fast pitch, full swing with a baseball bat. If you git the ball out of the garage it was a single. One day, actually my 16th birthday, we were playing this hideous game when I decided to turn around and bat left handed. It's the windup and the pitch, Steve brought the heater and I took the mightiest swing I could. CRASH!!!! My bat suddenly goes through the side window of the garage. Do you want to know how much time it takes to break a window and have your dad (Hoots) standing in front of you in the garage? About five seconds as I recall. "Did you think you weren't strong enough to break a window with a ball bat?" Hoots continued, "Happy birthday, you just bought a window." At that point I just wanted to go upstairs and start the day completely over.
Ever wanted a do over? In life there are times when things happen and you just wish you could call time out and start again. Well you can. Each day, a new slate upon which to etch your life, dreams and decisions on. God said it this way:
Lamentations 3:22, 23 "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." Start each day knowing God loves and cares about you. No matter what!
As only a sixteen year old could, "Hey Hoots, could I borrow 20 bucks to fix the window?" I think we just boarded it up.
Horizon Pointe Church