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If It Wasn’t For Bad Luck...

I have to be honest...


The journey home from Israel was grueling. From the time we received our 3AM wake-up call until we landed at DFW, we spent a solid 24 hours traveling. 24 hours of no sleep, security pat-downs, and movies I never knew I needed to watch.

If I never eat another airplane meal again, I’ll be ok.

As hard as it was, there is always something to be thankful for. Sometimes, I’m just thankful I’m not the guy I’m sitting next to. I’ve learned in life that as hard as life seems to be for me, there is always someone else, not too far away, who seems to have it worse. My good friend was that person for me on this trip home.

When we landed in Frankfurt, he was randomly selected for extra security screening. The Germans don’t kid around.

In the midst of the chaos, he misplaced his passport.

In the second security line.

When we arrived in Denver, going through customs, the drug dog hit on his bag because he had carried home a few clippings from an olive tree to share with members of his congregation. Apparently, this international symbol of peace doesn’t work on beagles with military training.

The security delay meant that we were rushed as we went to get our boarding passes and re-check our luggage for the last leg home. We made it through, though, just in time to grab a quick bite to eat and board the plane.

We landed at DFW just before midnight.

Of course, my friend’s luggage never arrived.

Donight the right thing doesn’t always mean that we get rewarded through an easy life. Pilgrimages to holy places don’t ensure a smooth ride home. Being generous doesn’t ensure a lifetime of material wealth. Being kind to others doens’t mean that everyone will be kind to you.

So why do we do it? Why is the sacrifice of faith worth taking? The answer is simple: life happens to everyone. Faith assures me that in every part of life, nothing is wasted, “because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”

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