Saturday, June 28, 2008


When I got up yesterday morning, the first voice I heard was a friend saying, "What's on your radar?" What he meant was "what's your plan for the day? Who are you thinking of? Who needs care?" He then reminded me of a couple living in a condemned building in town, where the water is being turned off at the end of the month. Then a call came about a lady with a heart issue. And a young person who needed a calm place to spend the day.

I'll ask that question now. On whatever day you're reading this, "What or who is on your radar today?" Look, listen, ask what and who the Lord wants to put on your heart.

Sad thing is, sometimes we're like the three monkeys "See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil." Or we can like Alfred E. Newman, the fictional mascot of Mad Magazine, who always says "What Me Worry?" Sometimes our pain threshold, for others or ourselves, is so high that our "radar" doesn't function -- neither for ourselves nor for the church.

How thankful I am for the sensitive, caring folks who don't turn a blind eye, a deaf ear, or a silent voice toward the evil nearby or around the world. Most of the radar work in Cokato is done as sensitive, caring Christians look out for one another, hear the "news" about someone, and speak, letting others know that they or another are in need.

Only then can we pray. Only then can we respond.

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