The Curries

The Curries
Keith and Patricia

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

NO DEAD ENDS: a training goal

    Haven Hightower is unsinkable. What an incredible quality! Paul had that quality: “To live is Christ and to die is gain.” Nathan Hale had that quality: “I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” And Haven has it.

    When Haven was in middle school, she was unstoppable. Her grades were at the top. Her socializing was wholesome and fun. Her basketball skills were intense: her defense was insanely bothersome to opponents, her rebounding was strong, and her shooting was over the top . . . of the goal.

    The thing that characterized her the most was best summed up by Patricia, who taught Haven language arts. Patricia simply said, “Haven has no dead ends. No matter what the situation, Haven always looked for a solution.” When others were disappointed, Haven found a thread of hope, a new road.
    How did she become like that?

    We are very fortunate to know her parents, Bill and Susan. They trust God. They pray. In dark hours, they look for the dawn. They have passed these qualities on to Haven. Haven just celebrated her 20th birthday

    For the follower of Jesus, there are no dead ends. There are S curves, and turns, and stoppings and ceasings, even U-turns, but no dead ends. A man or woman of faith knows that a door will always open or that God can make a way in the desert. Even death itself is a door, it is not an end.

    Let’s agree to give our children this gift of confidence in God’s Almighty power. Slavery can be overcome, a sea can be parted, a giant can be slain, a fiery furnace can be harmless, the lions’ mouths can be shut. With God all things are possible.
    We do not know what the future may hold, but we can pass on faith to our children. Faith that a problem is not a dead end, but an opportunity for God to show Himself strong. Like the coming of the end of the year, there is a certainty that there will be the beginning of a new year—right away.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (New Living Translation)
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
    He will show you a way out!
                                 He will show you a way out!
                                                              He will show you a way out!
                                                                            NO DEAD ENDS!