Unprovoked Gospel-Goodness from My Daughter

Tristen sent this email today to the AWANA Leader at our church. It was pretty cool. Though she asked us before she sent it, I was blessed that she would think of this on her own.

Dear Mrs. Katie,
I’m pretty sure that my grade is going to win the cupcake party this Wednesday. I am going to ask my class if we could give the cupcake party to sixth grade girls. I have a friend in sixth grade named Hannah Suber. She told me through out all the years that she has been in Awana she, and her friends, have never had a cupcake party. And my friends and I won the cupcake party last year when we were in third grade.

So, on Wednesday I am going to ask my class to give our party to the sixth grade girls. If they are willing to give up the cupcakes we need to let someone know on Wednesday night. Would you ask the person who is going to give fourth grade the cupcakes, to ask us if we decided to keep them give them to the sixth grade? Would they be able to delivery them to the sixth grade?
Tristen Thomas

A funny thing happened on the way to McDonalds

Here’s the irony: I made a New Year’s resolution to stop texting while driving. I proudly (emphasis on proudly) say that I have not texted while driving since late last year. I made the resolution after watching the sobering video.

On February 17th a lady pulled out in front of me and totaled our car. On April 02 another lady rear-ended a car, that rear-ended a car, that rear-ended our car. It was a four car chain.

Lucia got a slight case of whiplash and there may be some damage to the van. I’m sure there is some kind of irony in all of this, though I won’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. I not a “looking for subjective signs” kind-of-a-guy.

It is more humorous than anything else. Cars go to the junk heap. People are more important and in all of these collisions, the people have been okay.

Today was a great opportunity to stand on windy Woodruff Road (maybe the busiest road in Greenville, SC) for two hours serving the three other drivers and passengers who were more shook up than we were.

It was kind of God to let us be there in order to magnify His name to two unbelieving drivers. One of the drivers is a Christian.

Though we made our plans for they day, God always orders our steps. (Proverbs 16:9) Once we realized He was involving us in a traffic accident we were, by the grace of God, able to quickly adjust.

The kids got to talk to the officer and see his taser. That was cool. Officer Mize was a very nice gentleman. The kids also got to see a smashed-in car with a deployed airbag. It was a good time for teaching about God’s kindness to our family and to others. It also allowed us to bring things into perspective for them, without a major liability.

All-in-all it was a good day, though not one we anticipated. This is just another reason why I am thankful that God would regenerate me. I need someone looking out for me and He is a wonderful Father to me and my family.

If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. – 1 Corinthians 15:19

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal… – Matthew 6:19 (ESV0