Monday, October 20, 2014

Now That's Customer Service!

I love nice people. I love helpful people.

Today I had to call a publishing company to request permission to quote from the Bible. I was already mad about having to get permission to use God's holy word. Why does it belong to anybody? Why do I have to spend my time figuring out what's "fair use" with this kind of thing?

Well, it must be done.

I call the 800 number of the publishing company. Someone answers! She is so nice, and she transfers my call to the Legal Department. I leave a message for a kind man named Brett. It's an overly emotional and rather long narrative about my blog and my new book about Living with Flair and how I sometimes quote from the NIV Bible. I clumsily end the call with, "I'm not sure if you actually call people back, but if you do, here's my number, and I sure would like help figuring out how to get permission to quote from the Bible in my book."

Brett calls back. He calls back! He's so nice and helpful! I exclaim, "Wow, you called back!"

Brett: "Well, you had a question, and I had an answer."

Bless you, Brett! He tells me everything I need to know and what I need to state in my book and how it is indeed under Fair Use. That's good news!

It reminds me of the shocking phone call I made to my county when I wanted a fence put up on the walk to school. They responded immediately and put up that fence.

My reaction to encountering a nice, helpful person reminds me today to be one myself. What stress might I eliminate in another person just by being nice and helpful?



Sunday, October 19, 2014

Behind You

In my backyard, I see this: It's my favorite view--the golden sunlight on the golden trees--and I just stand there in the kitchen looking out back in silence.


This backyard view of what's behind all my living grants me a moment of worship because God has turned what's behind me--all that past--into pure gold. The memories of my whole life shape a landscape that transform into something beautiful like this. Over time, any difficult thing slowly dies and falls away from the branches of my heart.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

5 Things to Remember Today

Every new day, I can remember these truths:

Nothing can happen to me that doesn't hide within it the love and care of God: Romans 8:28--"We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose."

Wherever my location, I can find wonder and meaning there: Psalm 19--"The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of His hands." 

Every person I meet showcases a great beauty and has something to teach me: Psalm 139:14--"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." 

Emotions are not truth and, over time, they obey the truth of God's word: Galatians 5:22--"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control."

I have nothing to fear because God is with me: Psalm 46:1--"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble."