Never say Never Again

Sean Connery once said he was done with Bond films.  No more.  Never again.  Bond_Never again

Then in 1983 we have a redo of Thunderball — sort of.  Starring:  Yeah you guessed it.  Sean is back.

As disciples we are called to treat people well.  Love others as we love ourselves.  Pray for our enemies.

You could make the case that a disciple should never burn bridges.

We are called to do our best to live at peace with all men.  We should owe nothing to anyone other than the debt of love.

Even in the worst situations we must be cautious about how we react — what we say — the things we do.

You never know what God might bring you back to.

At the risk of bragging — I’ve been fired from more than one ministry job (more common than you think in the ministry).  In those situations it would have been easy to throw some fire bombs.  I could have embarrassed some the leadership by revealing things I knew about them and their families. Since I made a concerted effort to leave each place with as much grace and dignity as possible — I can walk into any of those congregations today without any fear or uncomfortable feelings.

Romans 12:17-19New International Version (NIV)

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[a] says the Lord.

Lebron and GilbertIf you follow the NBA, and more specifically, the Cleveland Cavaliers and / or the Miami Heat you remember THE DECISION four years ago during which Lebron James embarrassed Cleveland and the fans of the Cavaliers.

This past week he announced his return after several weeks of THE INDECISION culminating in THE LETTER.

Some are happy — other not so much.

Talent wise:  he is a good player and will make the team better.

Personality wise:  It could be a severe distraction.

Bottom line — never say never again.  Don’t burn bridges.  Leave in good graces.  Agree to disagree.   Love others as you love yourself.  Spurs vs LeBron

OK — so I’m a little bit miffed by the whole thing.  I need to practice what I preach.  Then again — some of this stuff is just plain FUNNY! 

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