DayBreaks for 10/05/18 – Touching Fame

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DayBreaks for 10/05/18: Touching Fame

From the DayBreaks archive, October 2008:

This past Monday and Tuesday, I was at a two-day conference in Healdsburg, CA for ministers.  It was a great time of feeding and being reminded, and re-establishing some contacts and friendships.  One of those in attendance was a very interesting man – he wasn’t a “minister” in the formal sense of the word, but he is involved in ministry.  At any rate, he is a fairly new believer who is now investing much of his time and life in kids.

This man spent most of his life in the world of professional and collegiate baseball.  He wasn’t a player, but he was a hitting coach.  But he wasn’t just any hitting coach.  He was so good at what he did that he is widely regarded as the best hitting coach ever.  He had been around baseball for many years – he knew Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snyder, Ted Williams – you name the player, he probably knows or knew them.  He was so good at what he did that when he was working with Ted Williams’ team, he roomed with Ted when the team went on the road.  Ted had come to this man and said, “I’ve never met anyone who knows as much about hitting as you do.  I need to talk to you.” 

Now the man is teaching kids about hitting in his own back yard with state of the art video and batting cages – but before he teaches them to hit, he teaches them about Jesus and about living properly and wisely with parents, grandparents, etc.  I found him thoroughly delightful and engaging.

Now it’s time for a bit of confession.  I loved talking to him about his ministry, but also about baseball (and the Dodgers!)  It was great to be able to ask him about my favorite players of all time (Sandy Koufax – “The best pitcher I ever saw, and a very humble man”, Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron and others).  I was very impressed to meet someone who knew these great players and could talk and tell about them and what they were like.

But then, I realized that I want to be more impressed with meeting people who really know Jesus.  I would like to be the kind of person who, after people have talked with me, could say, “Wow.  He really knows Jesus!”  Isn’t that far more important that just knowing someone who knows others who are famous?  I want to know Him and spend more time with people who do know Him.  Those kind of people are life-changing folks, because they know the Life Changer.

PRAYER: Lord, help us to know your Son and to be the kind of people in whom others can see Him living.  Help us to keep our emphasis in the right place and our attention on focused what is truly important.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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DayBreaks for 3/09/18 – The Great and the Small

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DayBreaks for 3/09/18: The Great and the Small

NOTE: Galen is traveling this week.

From the DayBreaks archive,  March 2008:

Rev. 20:12: And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.

I was talking with some new members in our church family and was really blessed by spending the time with them.  Godly men and women are so refreshing!  As it turns out, the wife is from British origin and still has a wonderful accent.  Being a “Brit”, she was deeply saddened by the death of Princess Diana.  In fact, they shared a story with me about the time that they were within about 10 feet of her while they were “on holiday” in England, and then the wife shared a story with me of a time when she went right up to the window of the Queen’s motorcar (how about that for another British term that I squeezed in here?!?!?) and snapped a picture of Her Royal Majesty.  Things like that wouldn’t happen in America – if you rushed the President’s motorcade to snap a picture, the Secret Service just might snap off a shot at you!

Nonetheless, we do tend to think in a special way about “nobility” or the powerful.  We really shouldn’t.  They are just men and women like the rest of us.  They eat, sleep, get sick, and if they are cut, they bleed just like us.  They even will die just like us.  And whatever special treatment they may have received here will stop at that moment in time when they pass from this world.  There is no reason to be envious of them.

General Robert E. Lee was a devout believer in Jesus Christ.  Not too long after the end of the Civil War, he was attending worship services at a church in Washington, D.C. and he knelt down next to a black man to pray.  After services were over, someone approached him and asked him, “General, how could you do that?  How could you pray next to a black man?”  The general replied, “All ground is level beneath the cross of Jesus.” 

On that great and final day when the kings, queens, princes, paupers and beggars are all gathered before the throne, degrees won’t matter nor will royal blood.  It won’t matter how many sales you made in this lifetime, how high you rose in the ranks of business or academia, how much money you had in the bank or how beautiful or handsome you were.  None of that will even be discussed.  You won’t be able to bribe God with your money, titles or with an autograph of your famous name.  On that day, the cross of Jesus will tower over everything else and your only hope will be to plead the blood of Jesus.  Princess Diana will be there and all the good things she may have done to benefit the starving or help children won’t mean a thing unless she knew Jesus as her Savior. 

Are you confusing success in one part of your life with spiritual success?  It is easy to do.  Just because you are successful in the physical realm doesn’t mean your spiritual life is great, too.  The ground will be level beneath his cross on the judgment day.

PRAYER: Remind us, Lord, that the small and great all must alike pass through death’s door and face judgment.  Help us to not confuse success in this world with faithfulness to You.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

DayBreaks for 01/16/13 – My Most Famous Relative

DayBreaks for 01/16/13 – My Most Famous Relative

NOTE: As I’ve just recently started a new job/ministry, I’ve got lots to learn.  That’s why you’re seeing so many “re-posts” of DayBreaks.  I hope to get back to writing some new ones soon!  Thanks for your understanding! – Galen

imagesFrom the DayBreaks archive, dated 1/16/2003:

A Christian sister at work once shared a little book with me that was titled “Pets Prayers to God”.  It was very cute and clever.  I enjoyed it immensely!  I also found some of the prayers of these pets to be very revealing about nature and God.

For example, one of the prayers of the goldfish was to ask God if there really were such things as killer whales.  Can you see why the lowly little goldfish might long to know that there was such a thing as a “fish” that was large enough to be called a whale that had teeth?  Consider the lowly goldfish who is at the mercy of the cat with its paw in the fish bowl.  I would imagine that such a goldfish might wish to some day, just for a brief period of time under such a circumstance, be transformed into a killer whale!

We are all fascinated by who we may be related to.  I know that in my ancestry that I have a distant relative who signed the Declaration of Independence.  I also have been told (though I’ve not verified it) that somewhere in our background we were related to Ulysses S. Grant by marriage.  It’s fun to be related so someone famous.  How about you?  Are there famous relatives (near or far) in your family?  Don’t you take a bit of pride in telling about it?

My most famous relative, however, is God: (Gal. 3:26) – “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus…” When I am intimidated by the enemy and feel small and helpless, wishing I were larger and more powerful, I need to remember Who my most famous relative is and that He is bigger than all heaven and earth combined.  When I am sick and in need of comfort, I don’t need Florence Nightingale, I need the Great Physician, who just happens to be my Father.  When I face the spectre of death, I need to remember that I have a relative who fought tooth and nail with that enemy and who defeated him by His own resurrection – proving to me that He has the power to raise me, too.

One more thing: if ever there was a relative to be bragged about, it’s HIM!.

Copyright 2003 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

PRAYER: What a delight and blessing to call you Father and know that You not only love me, but watch out for me and will keep me safe eternally!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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