To whom would you give a courage award? A firefighter? A law enforcement officer? Perhaps a soldier who defends our freedom? All of the above, right? In my opinion, each one of them deserves a courage award. I never thought I’d see a man who transformed himself into a woman receive an award for courage but that’s exactly what happened at this year’s Espy Awards. That’s right, Caitlyn Jenner, the former Bruce Jenner, was given an award for courage at the Espy’s. Bruce Jenner’s decision to become a woman had absolutely nothing to do with the world of sports. Was this award given because when Caitlyn was Bruce he was an Olympic champion? Or, was the so-called award of courage given to Caitlyn with an agenda in mind? An agenda that pushes, preaches and tries to convince us all that everyone is celebrating decisions such as Bruce’s conversion to Caitlyn. We have men and women who are a long way from home and family and risking their lives to provide us freedom and we celebrate Caitlyn Jenner. I’m in no way mean this to be hateful but I’ll be honest and tell you that I don’t understand it. In fact, when I think about all of this it makes me ask the question, what’s next. “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having a form of godliness but denying its power.”(II Tim.3:2-5) Notice the apostle Paul uses phrases such as “lovers of themselves”, “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” and “having a form of godliness”. These descriptions recorded many years ago seem to describe perfectly our modern day. What’s next?
It’s amazing where we are today with modern medicine. Doctors can do so much more today than they were not able to do some years ago. Just think about a heart transplant. A doctor can literally take the heart from a deceased individual and surgically place it into the chest of the one who is in need of a healthy heart. That’s simply incredible and nothing short of amazing. Sometimes I wonder if we Christians need a spiritual heart transplant. Could it be from time to time that we need the Great Physician to cleanse and readjust the focus of our heart from the things of the world to Jesus? After David’s sin with Bathsheba and having her husband murdered, I think a spiritual heart transplant is exactly what David needed and wanted. Hear the cries of David’s heart after he sinned against God. “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”(Psa.51:10) David’s heart had become cluttered with the desires of the flesh and he desperately needed a spiritual heart transplant. Interestingly enough, David recognized his need and asked God for a spiritual heart transplant when he asked for a pure heart. I think we all at times could use a spiritual heart transplant. “For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.”(Mk.7:21-22) That’s why it’s so important that we are cautious what we digest with our eyes and mind and allow into our hearts. Constant negative input will certainly lead to negative output. “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”(Prov.4:23)
“Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.”(Psa.127:3) On Father’s Day I watched the U.S. Open golf tournament as I usually do. This year had a very dramatic, exciting, surprising and sad ending all at the same time. Dustin Johnson had a putt on the 18th green that Sunday to win the U.S. Open. This is what professional golfers grow up dreaming about. They long for just a putt on the 18th to win a major championship. Dustin’s dream had finally played out on Sunday at the U.S. Open. Here’s the scenario: if he makes the putt he wins the national championship and his first major title. If he misses and makes the next putt he’ll play in an 18 hole playoff the next day with Jordan Spieth. Dustin missed his first putt for the win which is no big deal because all he has to do is make the short putt he has left to be in a playoff with Jordan. I and I’m sure the rest of the viewers just knew he’d make that second putt but he didn’t. Dustin missed that short putt that cost him a playoff with Jordan Spieth and the chance at a U.S. Open championship. The look on Dustin’s face was a look of shock, disbelief and disgust. I was rooting for Jordan Spieth but I sure didn’t want that to happen to Dustin Johnson. Not a 3 putt on the last hole on Sunday to lose the U.S. Open. I wouldn’t wish that on my least favorite golfer. Something amazing happened right after Dustin walked off the 18th green. Maybe you missed it or maybe you had already turned the television off. The camera stayed on Dustin and his face went from heartbroken disappointment to a huge smile and loving excitement as his new baby boy was handed over to him. There were so many different emotions that took place on and around the 18th green on Father’s Day. My favorite was when Dustin literally lit up with delight when he saw his baby boy. That was a tough day at the office for Dustin but children have a way of making us forget everything else and remind us that family is most important. I was so proud of the way Dustin handled his disappointment on the golf course that day but even more proud of the way he handled his son on Father’s Day.