So Tony ended our HOPE when it’s HARD series and started today with… The worst enemy of your freedom is YOU. How often do I say “What was I thinking?”.  How do I say NO to the emotions that compete for control of my life? Say to yourself, when those bad emotions come up “You’re not the boss of me”! That coincides with what I’ve been thinking about lately…
   

Middle School Sunday

Today was the annual middle school Sunday, where our younger generation leads our worship service. How inspiring it is to see these children in a new light.  Since I teach our 5th graders Wednesday nights, I’ve taught them all at one time or another. It makes me proud to see their growth, unexpected talents, and commitment. I always hope that just one seed of wisdom I plant helps them in their spiritual AND worldly maturity. I try and teach with this thought… If I was in middle school all day and then came to church, what kind of class would I want to go to? For me it would be the exact opposite of what my daily middle school classes were. I’d want it to be fun and I’d hope to leave there with an inspiring thought and maybe some food or prizes. I try and treat my 5th graders the way I’d wish to be treated and I’m committed in doing that. Not all my co-teachers agree with my methods and most of them are teachers in real life. I share many personal stories and biblical themes that connect together. One of the classes I teach each new incoming group is about how one momentary decision can change their entire life. This true story below details this…

A Moment That Almost Changed Everything

When I was dating Nicky 30+ years ago, I’d go and visit her family for meals and events on the weekends. I’d just purchased my first brand new vehicle, a purple Mitsubishi Mighty Max pick-up truck, which I enjoyed recklessly speeding up and down the dirt road leading into the property. During one of those visits, her brother Tommy and I built a temporary plywood ramp for him to use for his bike. It was only a couple of feet high, but fun enough for a short jump. When Nicky and I decided to leave, that ramp was still there. I accelerated quickly and was going to see what would happen if I jumped it with my truck. Nicky was saying “Wayne, don’t…” and at the last second I veered off because it was a brand new vehicle and I didn’t want to scratch it. I missed it by an inch and when I looked in my rear view mirror I was terrified to see Tommy hiding under the ramp… Today is Tommy’s birthday and I wonder if he would’ve had another one had I foolishly hit the plywood. 

This experience haunts me whenever I think of it. I truly believe God turned the wheel and kept Tommy safe and realize how close I came to changing many lives completely. Happy birthday Tommy and many more…
     Thank you God !   Have a great week everyone !