30 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 7 – Here, there, or in the air

Day 7 – Here, there, or in the air

That’s a phrase we’d say to each other back in my Air Force days with The Navigators military ministry.  For the Christian, it represents that life will continue long after this world passes away.  We’ll either see each other here, in this place; there, in another place of the world; or in the air, when Jesus returns to bring us home.  It was a funny thing to say, and a smile or laugh usually followed, but it offered a settling goodbye.

My thanks today goes out to all the people (apart from biological and in-laws) who invested their faith and lives in mine.  There are too many to mention here, but I’ll list a few (I apologize for not adding all the names–you are no less significant in my life!).

Mike & Lorelei S. – Built a strong foundation of God’s Word in my life.  Showed me what a Christian marriage and family looks like.  Cared enough to ask me the tough questions I needed to confront.
Bill & Cathy B. – Reawakened the wild side of my heart.  Provoked me to be real.  Encouraged me to chase the crazy dreams that God laid on my heart, even when it defied human logic.
Mike & Christa S. – Displayed God’s colorful side onto my black and white view of Christianity. Their faith through adversity speaks to my heart every day. I love Christa’s music and artwork (check out http://www.christashore.org/).
Keith C. & Jeff H. – Unashamedly knocked on my door at Peterson Air Force Base to invite me to a Bible study.  Showed me that Christian men aren’t wacko religious freaks.  Just because you pray and attend Bible studies doesn’t mean your a nut-case.
Bill C. – Gave me an appreciation for Christian music.  Taught me to be a candid, honest friend.  Rubbed off his boldness confronting issues that matter, a boldness that still needs work in my life.  Inspired me to write, long before the dream surfaced.
David T. – One of the first guys to tell me about the Jesus I never knew.  He shot down my “Big Guy in the Sky” philosophy and challenged me to look at God on a personal level. 16 years later invited me to blaze a trail into the unknown, and to trust a God who doesn’t mishandle our hearts.
Dave & Jodi O. – Inspired me to sing and play guitar in front of folks, without fear or embarrassment.
Steve & Sue B. – Another down-to-earth Christian husband and wife.  Gave me a shot at playing in a church band and kept it real.  In the early days of sharing my writing dreams, Steve was the first person to say “Then why don’t you write?”

Again, I could fill up this blog with names and stories.  The men and women above come to mind  because they hit me at key stops along my journey.  I doubt they recognized the impact at the time.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” — Hebrews 10:24-25

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