July 19, 2011 Issue #064

Why it's always too soon
to give up

Life is full of surprises, proving that God has a sense of humor and that it may take a long time before we're ready for the answers to some of our prayers.

A buddy of mine from high school just got married in June--for the first time! As you know, I turned 60 recently, so that goes to show there's still hope for all of us.

But maybe it's not marriage you've been praying for. Maybe it's a career breakthrough or help for a relative or some other need. It can get discouraging praying for something for years and years, with no sign of an answer.

What's interesting is that we may mistake "Wait" for "No." We're so used to our fast-food society that if something doesn't come instantly, we give up on it. Patience is usually not one of our virtues, so here are some thoughts for single people on how to keep believing.

Still the same

Dirt. Dry. Acorn. Rain.
A hundred years later,
an oak tree towers
where a sprout broke through.
He's the same God
who's living inside of you.

Dark. Damp. Silent. Tomb.
Three days later,
alive from the dead,
eternal in a body brand new.
Raised by the same God
who's living inside of you.

Trouble. Pain. Suffering. Past.
Many years later,
you still remember
how He knew what to do.
Today he's the same God
who's living inside of you.

Fear. Worry. Doubt. Prayer.
All these years later,
He has always
come through.
He's still the same God
living inside of you.

--Jack Zavada, 2011--

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July Quotopalooza

July's Quote of the Month comes from French naturalist George-Louis Leclerc, who wrote 36 volumes about the animal kingdom and the world of minerals:

Never think that God's delays are God's denials.
Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.

--Georges-Louis Leclerc (1707-1788)--

Who can know the mind of God? We can't understand why our lives turn out the way they do, but we can be certain that we are always loved by God. My life certainly hasn't turned out the way I expected, but it many ways it's turned out better!

Give God time. Give him freedom to do something better than you pray for.

Is life over at 30? 40? 50?

This summer I've been watching the TV show, America's Got Talent. If you haven't seen it, AGT is a competition for a contract to perform in Las Vegas and a $1 million prize. Winners often go on to become big stars.

The interviews with the contestants are fascinating. More than once I've heard one say, "This is my last chance. If I don't make it here, it's all over for me."

Really? You're not even 30 years old! I realize much of this is playing on audience sympathy because the TV audience votes for their favorites, but I do receive emails on occasion from single men or women in their 30s or 40s who think their life is over because they haven't gotten married yet or haven't achieved some other goal.

That's so untrue! Here's what I've learned during my life about the God of second chances.

One parting thought...

Got a topic you'd like us to cover in the future? Want to comment on this newsletter--or the single life in general? We read and respond to them all. Promise! Just send your thoughts using our mother-approved contact form.

Now a parting thought.

If you're a Christian like me, you're swimming against the tide. The world's getting more godless every day. Atheists say we're stupid and naive.

But if you're like me, you've also had extraordinary things happen to you, astounding, indescribably wonderful things that were not just coincidence or chance. Those times are rare, but they're unmistakable. You can absolutely feel God reaching down and touching you with his love.

That's why I keep believing. I pray that you will too.

Until August,

Jack Zavada

401 Indiana Ave
Streator, IL 61364 USA