Author Archive for Bill Cox

23
Sep
08

Religious Views

I’ll admit that I’ve become a Facebook junkie. I especially enjoy keeping in touch with our Seesalt family and reconnecting with friends from the past that I actually know. Believing that things should be at least occasionally refreshed, I decided last night to change my response to Political Views (I don’t want to be president) and Religious Views. My response of “I view religion quite often – I strongly prefer a relationship with Jesus” was due to be replaced (but it is still true).

I have a hard time giving normal answers. Actually it’s pretty easy, but not nearly as much fun. Again playing off of the “view” idea, I originally changed it simply to “Far-sighted” and headed for bed. On the way down the hall I began to think that maybe “near-sighted” might have been a better answer. It’s good to be far-sighted – to look ahead, to have vision for the future, to see the bigger picture…  But sometimes as Christians we can focus so much on looking ahead to the sweet by and by  that we forget the here and now. As another cliche goes, we can be so heavenly minded that we’re no earthly good. 

In Matt. 6:34, Jesus said: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  We certainly do have plenty of trouble to deal with each day. Some problems belong to us – everything from how do I afford gas to what am I supposed to be doing with my life. Other trouble belong to people around us – people to whom we are called to minister. Most of them have at least the problems we have and usually a lot more.  I wondered if I should change my out-of-the-box religious views response to “near-sighted”?

But if we focus too much on the immediate cares of the world, we’re also out of balance. It could probably lead quickly to getting discouraged and giving up. We need balance. I ended up coming back into the International Home Office and changing my Facebook to “Hopefully far-sighted and near-sighted.”

The reality is that on my own I have pretty poor vision. Figuratively speaking I have trouble seeing things up close and far away without a corrective lens. To see clearly I need to filter my views through my relationship with Jesus.  Hebrews 12:2-3 says “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus … so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” 

When our religious view is Jesus, we can see much more clearly – near and far.

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11
Sep
08

Strong Tower

 

“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.  From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.  I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.”

Psalm 61:1-4

14
Aug
08

Off Line

Since returning home from another great summer of Seesalt, we’ve been trying to do a lot of catching up on a lot of things. That effort was greatly impaired this past weekend with the loss of internet at the Concoxions International Home Office (which includes home and office).  Supposedly it was just a coincidence that our Earthlink service failed the day before we were supposed to get new service from AT&T.  Over several days we spent too much time on the phone with tech support from Earthlink and then AT&T. I did at least enjoy chatting about the Olympics with a tech guy in India. Then we waited for a new modem to be shipped to us. When it arrived it didn’t want to play with our wireless router. Thankfully the local Best Buy is now stocking Apple products including Airport Extreme, the last link in getting us back up to improved speed.

During our DSL drought, I resorted to using Macs on display at Best Buy and accessing the unbelievably slow wireless signal at the nearby Public Library. Taylor’s new iPhone provided us with quick fixes that helped us through withdrawal.  WIthout a steady stream of digital doses, I barely lost out on two eBay auctions and struggled to make plans for celebrating our wedding anniversary. It was a strong reminder of how much some of us have come to depend on the internet for work, pleasure, social interaction, and dozens of everyday tasks.

The spiritual reminder gleaned from these days was admittedly a simple one, but nonetheless an important one. I couldn’t help but wonder how much I would notice being cut off from God for a similar length of time. (If I was totally cut off from God I imagine that I would notice absolutely nothing … never mind – I was going to keep this simple.) If our communication with God was “off-line” for several days, how would it affect us? Would we even notice? How soon would we notice? Would we pray as usual – too often talking at God without even being aware of his presence?

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08
Apr
08

Our NCAA record

We had just finished eating a big Sunday lunch at the Mongolian Barbecue in Novi, Michigan and were driving back to Brighton or Howell or Hartland. We had been there for four days, but I never was sure where there actually was. I rarely take naps, but that was probably next on my agenda. Then my cell phone rang.

“Who wants to go to the game?”  Kent didn’t have to say what game. The NCAA Midwest regional championship game between Kansas and Davidson was tipping off in about an hour in nearby Detroit and all of a sudden we had the offer of free tickets. We realized that we’d never get back to Brighton or Howell or Hartland, drop off Kathy and Mark, and get back to Detroit by the beginning of the game, but we decided even if we didn’t get there until halftime it would be worth the effort. (Mark’s a great guy from Pensacola, FL who was also part of the ministry that weekend. When we offered him one of the two tickets for the “Davidson/Kansas game,” he asked if they were college teams. Then he asked why they were playing in Detroit. We didn’t feel too badly about leaving him behind.)

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