Monday, November 28, 2005

Credit where credit is due?

My wife and I were enjoying the post Thanksgiving shopping extravaganza when I was informed by a very nice young lady behind the counter at a local retail establishment that my credit card had been rejected, refused, not accepted, etc. Ouch....I hate it when that happens.

Of course, as soon as I returned home I called my local banking establishment to find out what was wrong. I was informed that my credit limit for "per day" purchases was $550 and my shopping totals had exceeded that. (Okay, I am sort of embarassed that I would be spending more than that in one day....but it is the holidays after all!) The nice young man on the phone gladly increased my credit limit for daily purchases - problem solved.

Since my wife and I each have a card that draws on the same account, I asked if the new credit limit was "per card" or a "combined total"of our two cards. I was quickly informed that it was "per card". Being the helpful guy that I am, I inquired if I needed to have my wife's credit limit raised as well - I would hate for her to have the same problem I did.

I was then informed that her credit limit per day was $X,XXX dollars!

Now I'm wondering how the bank knew to set her limit at basically infinity and mine at $550? And what does this all mean in relationship to the phrase "one will receive credit where credit is due!?"

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Thanksgiving sacrifices

So thank GOD for his marvelous love,
for his miracle mercy to the children he loves;
Offer thanksgiving sacrifices,
tell the world what he's done--sing it out!
Psalm 107:21-22 (The Message)

I have a love/hate relationship with Thanksgiving. Every year I look forward to Thanksgiving with anticipation and dread. Here’s a little insight as to why.
Stuff I love about Thanksgiving:
· The food - our family describes our meal as Turkey with 9 starches
· Gathering with family and friends
· The occasional football game
· The post meal nap is pretty awesome too!
Stuff that drives me crazy about Thanksgiving:
· Do we stay or do we go (i.e. invite family here or visit them)
· If we go, who do we go to?
· What’s up with that Christmas shopping frenzy – standing in line to be the first into Wal-mart? Seriously…..
· It is THE deadline to have the Christmas lights up.

All that being said I wouldn’t change a thing. Somehow, in all the chaos and craziness, we create some of the best family memories. Regardless of where we are, there is laughter, shared stories, and the warmth and embrace of love generated by time spent together in community. Gatherings, even “forced” gatherings around a holiday, help me step outside of myself and see all that God has blessed me with.

I believe the same is true for our church family.

I recently returned from our Sr. High retreat at Lake Beauty Bible Camp. We had a gathering of 12 students and 8 adult volunteers. Definitely a time of craziness and chaos (would you jump off a 30 foot pole into the air?) that created some awesome memories. It is a very beautiful thing… see people, regardless of age and/or circumstance, step outside of themselves to share, listen, pray, worship, laugh, and encourage one another. It’s part of what we were created for and it resonates so strongly when we gather…..that one is lead to thank God for his marvelous love and tell the world what he’s done.

My thanksgiving sacrifices are nothing compared to the one God has made for me. I guess I better start getting those Christmas lights out…..