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Life At Its Best: Digging through our trash

Dec. 23, 2011 at 6:23 a.m.


Awhile back, my wife and I were visiting my daughter, Andrea, who was interning at CMT in Nashville. One night, we'd gone out to dinner, and afterward, decided to grab a latte and shop. (OK, they shopped while I sat and checked ESPN, but hey, it still counts.)

After a couple of hours, we were getting ready to leave when my daughter suddenly exclaimed, "Oh no! Where's my phone?" Like most dads do, I took charge and suggested that we retrace our steps. No luck.

About an hour later, Andrea had an idea. "I wonder if I threw my phone away with my coffee?" she said. So, we made our way over to a huge, filthy, red trash can. We searched for as long as we could manage to hold our breath. Still, we found nothing.

By then it was getting late, so we decided to leave. As we walked back to the car, I noticed my daughter's face fall a bit. When I asked if she was OK, she said, "Well, I don't care so much about the phone, but that phone has my sim card in it. That means I've lost all my contacts."

As soon as I heard the worry in her voice, I knew I had to find that phone. She continued to walk, thinking she was still talking to me, when a loud "boom!" suddenly echoed across the grounds. She turned around quickly to find her dad frantically searching through the contents of an overturned trash can.

The good news? I found the phone and quickly became the "hero" of the night. The bad news? My wife and daughter still laugh about the awkward stares we got on the way back to our car.

But do you know why I like to tell that story? Because it perfectly illustrates why we celebrate Christmas. We celebrate the fact that we have a Father who's willing to go through any amount of trash we have to give us victory. That's why He sent His Son.

The Bible says, with God's power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)

If you want to know the passion God has to help you succeed, just think of how much fathers want to help their kids succeed. God sees your potential and he knows what his power can mean to you. He wants to inspire you and help you to realize hope.

So, let's celebrate that this Christmas. Let's celebrate the fact that he's ready to start right where you are - to clean up the trash in your life and bless you more than you can imagine.

Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com

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