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My New Clowned Friend

I met a clown once. He was at the mall making balloon animals for the kids. While he contorted a squeaky red one into a dog for my son, I noticed six cryptical letters embroidered on his costume–where a name tag would be. “IYQYQR” I said,” What does that mean?” “Oh, you don’t speak “clown-lish,” said the red-nosed jester with a grin. “I…like…you..like…you…are,” he said, pointing to each letter.

My new clowned friend was on to something. He must have heard about the guy who said this:

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.

Theodore Roosevelt

At the risk of comparing The Almighty to both a clown and our 26th president, I believe God agrees.

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

Psalm 103:8,10,13 (NIV)

Clearly, imperfect humans fall far short of God’s holiness (Romans 3:23). And our creator doesn’t grade on the curve. He could flunk us all. Thankfully, there’s a merciful solution for our predicament.

But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:8 (NIV)

You probably already know these things. So, here’s my somewhat fresh angle: God likes you like you are. You don’t have to DO anything to earn his endearment. Like that clown at the mall, He just likes you. Period.

Squeaky balloon animal, anyone?


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This post was first published on June 17, 2019, when I had thirty-seven followers. Fourteen of them were squeaky balloon animals.

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Reset Needed

The elementary school building where I work is loaded with SMART technology. For instance, the lights in almost every room are activated when they sense motion. After a period of inactivity, they turn themselves off. The outside doors have no keys; your teacher ID badge unlocks them when you hold it up to a reader.

A few of our summer school teachers are from other schools, and as a lead teacher it’s my job to get them building access. So I notified the district and asked them to program the new teacher fobs to open our doors. I received an email later that day saying everyone was good to go.

But they really weren’t. One of the new teachers tested her fob. The pad beeped, but the locks didn’t disengage. I contacted the district tech people and they promised to look into the problem ASAP. A short time later I received another email.

“The building access control system was down. The doors only recognized the IDs authorized before that time. System has been reset and is back online. The new teachers should have access.”

I know it worked, because people stopped texting me to come let them in!


This kind of thing happens in a Christian’s walk with God as well. Our spiritual system goes offline and we’re stuck remembering only what God said and did before that. The little circle icon spins and spins and a message pops up: _____ is not responding.

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Here’s one of my favorite “offline, to back online” scriptures:

  • system is down

“Do not call to mind the former things, or consider things of the past.” — Isaiah 43:18 (NIV)

  • system is back online

“Behold, I am going to do something new, now it is springing up; Will you not be aware of it? I will make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” — Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)

Think with me for a moment how this happens in the Bible:

Noah and the Ark: reset needed. Start building an ark.

Abram: life reboot. Leave your home and travel to a place God shows you. Oh, and your new name is Abraham.

Christ’s twelve disciples (plus Paul): total system restart. A new life with a new purpose.

There WILL be resets and reboots in our walk with God. Are we ready? It’s good to remember God’s last instructions. But it’s GREAT to pray, “Lord, what’s next?!”


The Journey

Set sail from the shore-with my back to the wind.

Let go of the wheel; put it all in God’s hands.

And drift with the current awhile.

Until Jesus smiles.

By David Duncan


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The “answer”

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I couldn’t sleep the other night. So I turned on the living room television, but found mostly infomercials. Some guy with a mullet and a bow tie hoped to sell me, “The Answer.”

“Yes! For just two easy payments of $39.95, you can possess the greatest wealth building secrets of all time–conveniently printed on three laminated cards.”

The huckster claimed he carried these cards in his back pocket at all times; they allowed him to make thousands of dollars while he slept.

“Your pajamas have pockets? There’s not an app for that?”

There’s nothing like talking back to a TV at 2 a.m.😉

After about 30 minutes, I returned to dreamland. But something from that silly infomercial stuck in my head: the idea of making money in your sleep. There’s a passage in the Bible about God working while we sleep, I thought. Sure enough, I found it over breakfast.

It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.

Psalm 127:2 (NIV)

What strikes me about this verse is the fact that God GIVES. One of the cross references is Isaiah 55:1–where the Lord invites everyone to “Come to the waters and drink at NO COST.”

Inspired, I dug deeper into the Bible to find more things that God gives us. Here’s a sampling:

  • God gives us songs in the night (Job 35:10).
  • He gives food to every creature (Psalm 136:25).
  • The Lord gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness to those who please Him. (Ecc. 6:22).
  • God gives strength to the weary (Isaiah 42.29).
  • Jesus gives us peace that’s not like the world’s (John 14:27).
  • He gives us life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:25).

Of course, all these things aren’t REALLY without cost; they are free to us because Christ already paid for them. That could be a discussion in itself.

In the meantime, isn’t it wonderful that God freely offers His best to us?

You don’t need the “answer” to anything if you know the God of everything!