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By Alec Niemi

Years ago there was a very rough character living in our community. When he drank he would get into fights. Everyone avoided him because he even looked mean. Others challenged me by saying that he was the worst in the community and if anyone needed God it was him. I spent a lot of Saturday mornings going over to his house, making coffee and getting him out of bed. He would come downstairs cursing me. When he lit a cigarette he would intentionally blow smoke in my face.

He even asked me one time why I kept coming around when he intentionally did things to try and irritate me. I said, “I don’t have to like you, I just have to love you.”

In time we became friends and one day he did turn his life over to the Lord. And on that day he said to me, “Alec, I have been watching you for over a year now and you live up to your words, you loved me even though you didn’t like me.”

I’m sure we all have these “rough” characters in our lives. We don’t have to like them; we just have to love them.

My prayer for you this week:

I pray Lord that you would give us above all, love for each other, because love covers over a multitude of sins. That you would help us offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Help us use whatever gift you have given us to serve others, faithfully administering your grace in its various forms. And if we speak, help us to do it as one speaking your very words. When we serve, provide us with your strength, so that in all things you may be praised through Jesus Christ. To you be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:8-11

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Alec Niemi, an entrepreneur, lifestyle evangelist and pastor is passionate about helping people find Christ.  He lives in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada.

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By John Grant

Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”        Luke 14:15

Now that there are names for all of the generations, I have had trouble figuring out which one I was in, until recently when the author of a new book, “The Luckiest Generation,� explained it to me over lunch.

I missed being a “Baby Boomer� by two years and was born nineteen years after the last of the “Greatest Generation.� Time marches on and now we have “Generation X,� “Generation Y,� and who knows what else. But just where do I fit in?

Tom Brokaw coined the term with his book “The Greatest Generation.� These were the people who lived through the Great Depression and fought in the biggest war in history. The “Baby Boomers� were the ones who got their start in life after the troops came home from WW II. But what about those of us in between, like me and like Elvis and Martin Luther King, Jr. and Tom Brokaw himself?

Now I have the answer. In his new book, my friend writes about those of us born between 1929 and 1945 and coins it “The Luckiest Generation.� Those born in this time were too young to fight in WW II and too young to really experience the hardships of The Great Depression, even if they lived through it.

It was the first generation with a smaller birth rate than the one before it and so there were more jobs for fewer people and it was easier to get to the top. These people were just hitting their stride when the big war was over and the economy boomed with consumer productivity. These people experienced all of the new advancements in everything from communication to transportation. These people were positioned to escape the worst of times and to take advantage of the best of times….. hence the term “luckiest.�

But what do we as Christians believe about luck? The answer is nothing, unless one is referring to a Baptist “pot luckâ€? dinner. Luck is defined in the dictionary as “a chance happening, or that which happens beyond a person’s controlâ€? and goes on to point out that luck can be good or bad.

For those of us who believe in and have submitted to the sovereignty of God, nothing in this world is a chance happening. No matter what generation we are born into, as Christians we are neither lucky or unlucky…… we are just blessed. As Jesus said, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.�
 (a thought on life from John Grant)

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John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney. He is an active writer and frequent speaker.  He can be reached by e-mail at John.Grant@johngrant.net

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