It’s Friday and we are going to detour a little and talk about food.

If breakfast is on your mind, maybe an omelet or bacon and eggs might suit you.

Perhaps you have a craving for a salad or wrap for lunch.

Dinner, or “supper” as it is referred to in my neck of the woods, offers endless possibilities.

Are you hungry for eggplant?  How do you like it prepared?

  • Deep fried?
  • In lasagna?
  • As the featured item in a salad?
  • Not at all? (My personal vote!)

Personally speaking, eating eggplant is like biting into a sponge – tasteless for sure!

If I was forced to choose, I would go the route of Eggplant Parmesan.

At least the cheese and pasta sauce would serve as a disguise and hide the main attraction.

For a healthier version check this out.

In my version of Eggplant Made Easy, check out this video clip as you head into your weekend – it’s time for a feel good story.

Hopefully, the interview will encourage you.  Below are a few sound bites:

  • “His faith has often times gotten him through…He’s showing me “Hey, I’m real”.
  • “You can cut a million eggplants and you will probably never see that again…God is..within us.  He has different ways of showing it within our lives.”
  • “I don’t know what it means…all I know is it tells me…He real… and nothing else can change my mind about that!”

Was God trying to get this man’s (or others) attention?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

I’ll defer to your judgment on the question.

One day while traveling for work, I had a similar experience. Nothing earth shattering.

To me, it was a simple reminder of His presence.

If you care to read it about it, you can do so here.

A verse comes to mind:

Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets.  And now…He has spoken to us through his Son” Hebrews 1:1-2 (NLT)

The way I see it – He speaks!

The real question is – are we listening?

Care to weigh in on this discussion? What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better…

…The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while DARING GREATLY, …

…so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt.

How can you DARE GREATLY today?

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Happy 238 America!

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Today is America’s 238th birthday! From the days when America was a dream in the hearts of the founders until today, much has changed.

Despite the changes, we live freely in the greatest country in the world.

We will gather today for picnics, parades, time with family, cookouts, and of course, fireworks displays.

Fifty-Six Men Who Made a Difference

Do the names Francis Lightfoot Lee, Josiah Bartlett, or Abraham Clark ring a bell with you? How about Button Gwinnett, William Paca, or James Smith? Let’s steer to the more recognizable names – John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, and Thomas Jefferson. Finally, some familiar territory in the name game! These men, in addition to […]

I love watching a good movie.

At times catching a good flick is a mental escape from the day to day. It is a “take five” moment to be appreciated.

At other times watching a good movie is like a magnet pulling us into something larger than life.

When I see the words “Based on a True Story” appear on the “big screen” before the main feature, something resonates deeply within me about what I am about to view.

Of all the types of movies I have seen, I am particularly drawn to stories around an underdog overcoming the odds.

My hunch is you too may feel the same.

Why is that?

I believe it can be summed up in a short phrase – we identify!

We love to be inspired and we have an affinity for unexpected outcomes.

Many refer to it as a “David vs. Goliath” phenomena.

We love to cheer on a person or a team we least expect to win.

The world of sports is full of “David vs. Goliath” analogies.  This analogy has been grossly overused.

I am currently reading a book which goes against the notion of David being a supposed underdog; the idea David was not an underdog is kind of fascinating.

For now, let’s go with the underdog persona.

  • We struggle with William Wallace in Braveheart as he fights for freedom at the cost of his own life.
  • We pray for slavery to be abolished in England as William Wilberforce leads the struggle for twenty six years as depicted in Amazing Grace.
  • We are in the stands hoping Rudy gets into one game as a wanna-be Notre Dame football player overcomes obstacle after obstacle and gets his chance to get on the field – for seven seconds!
  • Our hearts are thrilled when Jim Morris walks into Texas Stadium and fulfills his dream to pitch in the big leagues as shown in The Rookie.
  • We admire the courage of Bethany Hamilton to get back on the board after a shark attack in Soul Surfer.
  • We step in the ring and take blow after blow with James J. Braddock in Cinderella Man as he typifies the common man inspiring a community as he overcame the odds in making a comeback in the Depression era.
  • Rooting for the underdog has its place in fiction as well as Elizabeth Bennett marries well to do Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.
  • No story was more improbable than that of the 1980 United States Men’s Olympic hockey team referred to as the Miracle on Ice. It was truly a scenario with such and improbable and unifying outcome.  It was the medicine our country needed at a moment in time!

Our stories, if we let them, can take on a similar flavor.

For most of us, life is not and has not been handed to us on a silver platter.

We scratch.

We claw.

We get knocked down.

We get back up, to get knocked down, sometimes again and again and again.

Our choice to stay down or get back up is what makes the difference.

Some of our underdog moments may be small fare – those born of the day to day scenes which enter our vision field.

Other underdog moments may truly be gigantic in our eyes. Not insurmountable by any stretch of the imagination, but nonetheless a test and an opportunity to overcome.

Whatever the case, we have a choice – stay down or get back up.

Much like the storyline in a good movie, the choice is ours.

After all, like the movies, your life is “based on a true story!”

In the list of movies listed above, I have provided a link to the official trailer.

I invite you to take choose a movie or two to get the feel of what it is like to beat the odds.

It is contagious in the best sense of the word.

Choose the awesome outcome which you deserve!

Overcome!

Can you name a favorite movie which strikes a chord with you and helps you picture how you would like your story to be told?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. ” 
Psalm 113:3 (NIV)
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Photo Courtesy of Brittany Castillejo

The heavens proclaim his righteousness and all peoples see His glory.”

Psalm 97:6 (NIV)

Be still.

Know that He alone is God. 

Creation was made for us to enjoy.

You were made in His image.

YOU are His crowing glory and are deeply loved!

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