The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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11/09/2010

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"One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who considers one day special, does so to the Lord" (Rom. 14: 5-6).

On November 8, 1970, Tom Dempsey, a man born with no left hand or toes on his right foot, lined up to kick a potentially winning field goal for the then woeful New Orleans Saints. Anyone who watches football knows that this happens a lot, but this field goal would have to travel 63 yards to be good. (the longest to that date was 56) The field goal was good and Tom Dempsey went into the NFL record books where he still resides. (it has been since equaled, but not exceeded) Alex Karras, a player for the opposing Detroit Lions, famous for becoming an actor and comedienne, said after the game; "Dempsey didn't kick that field goal...God did." Sorry Alex....Tom really kicked the field goal, and God probably did not care. Here lies another aspect of God's will. For a choice of better words I'll use the term, His permissive will. God allows a lot of things to happen that are not in agreement with His will. Bad things happen and sometimes good people are hurt. This is not to say that He is pleased or ignorant of what transpires or that the doers of evil won't be called into account one day...

If you think I'm way off base here, I would welcome your input, but I think that God permits people to do things that are indifferent to Him. As cool as the Tom Dempsey story might be to some of us, I don't think that God gave a little puff of wind to give it that little extra that it needed. Tom might want to thank God for the ability to kick a football, as we should all thank Him for our talents. The thanks that we give ought to be about how we can use those talents to glorify Him and help others. There are just some things that we do that God is indifferent to..Do we really think He is totally into what shirt or dress that we choose to wear on a particular day? When we seek the will of God in such unimportant issues, we are making Him much less than He is. Many of the choices we make are simply not required by God. Sometimes we give things more importance than they deserve, and because of our nature, assume that God might think that they are as important as we do....

Have a great day...Go about doing good...God is really interested in that... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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