shots
Posted: Jul 28, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

Is there a person alive who actually likes going to the doctor to get shots? I don’t know what it is about getting shots. To be honest, shots really don’t hurt that bad. I think the anticipation leading up to the shot is worse than the shot itself. I remember having to get several shots for a missions trip that I was going on to the country of Nepal. I had to get 3 shots in each arm. I literally couldn’t raise my arms for several hours. Of course getting those shots is better than the alternative…..getting malaria.

I was reminded of this the last few days because my daughter went in today to get her 1 year old shots. To be honest with you, I can’t go with my daughter to watch her get shots. Julie is much braver than me. The first time I went with Addison I literally turned around. I couldn’t watch. The thought of Addison laying there peaceful and innocent one moment and then writhing in pain the next was too much for me. As that shot went into her little leg, she began to scream as if she was experiencing the worst pain ever imaginable. Yet Julie and I, as her parents, not only take her to the doctor but also pay money to make sure she gets those shots. Why in the world would we do that? Because we know that a little pain is necessary to keep her safe from things that could be far more devastating to her.

You know God does the same thing with us. Sometimes we go through difficult times in our life and we say, “God, why do I have to go through this?” It’s like my daughter asking, “Dad, why can’t I just stay home and forget the shots?” I, however, as her dad, know something she doesn’t know. I know those shots will help keep her healthy….she does not. God knows the ultimate plan for our lives….sometimes it is easy for us to forget that. I am reminded of the verse in Lamentations 3:22 which says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.” God loves us more than we can know and though we may be experiencing pain now, we know that God is with us and will use those opportunities to make us better.

That doesn’t change the fact that getting a shot doesn’t hurt. It does and so do the circumstances that we face on a daily basis. The pain from the shots doesn’t last forever. After a few minutes of being held by mom, Addison’s tears fade away. If you are going through some pain in your life, draw close to the heart of the father and He will help you through the difficult road.

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com


oops
Posted: Jul 14, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

Have you ever had a moment in your life that you said something you wished you woudln’t have said? I don’t know about you but I have had several moments in my life when I wished that I had just held my tongue. Several months ago, Julie and I were flying back from Kentucky to visit her family and after our plane landed, we headed to baggage claim. I can’t think of many more depressing place to be than baggage claim. Every person at baggage claim is thinking, “I hope they didn’t lose my bag,” and “why is this taking so long?” So after waiting for about 20 minutes, the bags began to make their way down the belt and all of a sudden, I see the ugliest suitcase ever made. Maybe in it’s glory days when it was new it may have been well and good, but time definitely took it’s tole on this poor suitcase. As it made it’s way down the belt, I made the comment to Julie, “Look at that Suitcase! That thing should be decommissioned or something. I can’t believe that thing hasn’t fallen apart already.” Wouldn’t you know that the person standing right next to us looked at me, picked up the raggady old suitcase and walked away.

I felt like the biggest idiot on the face of the planet that day. Here was probably an individual that was trying the best that he could to make it and here is this punk kid who is making fun of his suitcase. We all have those moments when a thought comes into our brain and we have to make that splitsecond decision….”should I say this or should I not.” If you have 2nd thoughts about whether or not you should say something, chances are you probably shouldn’t. We can never take back the words that we say. James chapter 3 deals a lot with controlling the tongue and how difficult it may be sometimes. Every time I read through James
3, I have to remind myself to do just as the Bible says, “be slow to speak and quick to listen.”

Sometimes we may say things that may not seem like a very big deal to us. I am all for joking around and having fun and laughing. However if our having fun is at the expense of someone else, there is something seriously wrong with that. Have you ever had one of those moments where you wished you could take back something you have said? Let’s be people that lift up others with our words instead of tearing them down. After all, as Christians, we need to reflect the attitude and mind of Christ in everything we do and say.

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com


Lost Luggage
Posted: Jul 6, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

I have had the privilege to fly quite a bit over the past several years. I have visited several countries and nearly all of our 50 states. Up until recently, one thing that I could claim after all of my travels was that I had never had a piece of lost luggage. That is until this past week. The strangest part about the lost luggage is that I carried it on the plain. How in the world can you lose a piece of carry on luggage you may ask? Allow me to explain.

Last week, our family flew up to Kentucky to spend a few days with my wife’s family for the 4th of July. Julie’s dad always purchases the good fireworks and he puts on a show in the front yard for the entire street. It is pretty cool (especially for a guy like me who likes fire:)) Our flight left from St. Petersburgh, FL and we flew straight into Lexington. The Lexington airport is about the size of a queen sized mattress. When we boarded the plain in St. Pete, I realized that my carry on luggage would not fit into the overhead bins….awesome. Having long legs as I do, sticking the bag under the seat was not an option. I then proceeded to take my bag to the flight attendant who assured me that they would place my bag with the checked luggage and that I would be able to pick it up at baggage claim upon arrival in Lexington. We land in Lexington, head down to baggage claim and wait. The bags start to come out, my bag is nowhere in sight. After the belt stops and my bag is not there (which is never good) I go to the baggage claim office and there is noone there. Apparently, this particular airline is short staffed and so all employees are out handling the bags. 45 minutes later, I was informed that my bag was lost. After several minutes of confusion, come to find out somebody took my bag out of the storage area, handed it to a worker who then put it back on the plain which was headed back to St. Pete. Are you kidding me? I drove to my inlaws that night thinking I must be the only person in America who has lost a piece of carry on luggage. 2 days later, my bag came (although there were items missing which we will talk about at a later time:))

I guess I will give the airlines credit in the fact that of well over 50 flights, this was the first time I have ever lost a bag. I survived the first few days (with the help of a late night run to Wal Mart.) After being initially pretty frustrated over the whole ordeal, God was able to use this as a teaching moment for me. It is during times of stress and frustration that the real you comes out. Not when things are going well, but when things are not. I am so thankful for God’s grace and for 2nd chances. Sometimes it takes something pretty meaningless (like losing your luggage) to help things make sense in our lives. If you are going through a stressful time in your life, take my advice….slow down, take a deep breath, and allow God to teach you something through the frustration. And if you need to, take a late night trip to Wal Mart.

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com