• Sara Chapple

Don’t Be a Super-Hero

No, really, don’t.

Did you know you have super hero capabilities?

Specifically, you have the ability to be in two places at once.

Don’t believe me?

What was your best day? Best vacation?

My best day was my wedding day. (I just smiled.) It was such a perfect day. We had so much fun! I can see Paul the first time we saw each other, waiting for me in the chapel before it all began. I can see my step-kids. So little then! All dressed up and having so much fun. I can see my dad. God gave me the best gift of my dad being able to walk me down the aisle and dance with me at my wedding. He was so nervous because Parkinson’s was starting to make it hard for him to walk but he did it and it was perfect.

I can see that day perfectly. In my mind I can be there. Physically I am sitting at my computer, typing but in my mind I am arm in arm with my daddy as he walks me towards my future.

Our minds are powerful. So powerful I just needed to take a break and cry it out for a minute.

That’s our super power and that’s how we can be in two places at the same time.

I can go back in time and I can also go into the future. The hubby and I are doing Christmas Day a little differently this year. Our kiddos will be with us after actual Christmas day so we are leaving town for a quick 3 days. Change of scenery. Change of routine this year. We are going to New York and I am very, very excited. I’ve never been to New York at Christmas but I can imagine it. All the lights and the decorations. The cool air, the sights, the sounds. I can really imagine it! I can be there in my thoughts and not really, be fully present in the moment here.

We all have those abilities. Our minds are powerful and can take us back in time or into a future time.

And this week, I am saying, let's not do it.

Let's just be in one place at a time.

Be in the present moment we have been blessed with.

What if I had been somewhere else in my mind while my dad walked me down the aisle? What if I’d been thinking about the cake or the food or the dance-floor set up? That memory of the two of us would not be so real, so vibrant in my mind.

Make memories this week. Memories you can keep with you for a lifetime.

Be present in every conversation. No matter how small. Laugh all the laughs. Hug all the hugs. Be in the room.

It's ok if we forget the rolls or forget the cranberries. But let's not forget about all the amazing people in our presence.

Jesus was present in every moment. He saw everyone he encountered and because of that, miracles took place.

Right before Jesus was taken, arrested, beaten and ultimately nailed to a cross for you and for me he was in a room with the disciples. He knew what was coming. He knew what was hours away from taking place. My mind would have been anywhere but in that room. Not so with Jesus. He was present. He was focused on the 12 disciples that were in that room with him.

This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. Jesus is always our best example. Here, he shows us how to be present in the room.

John 13:1-17 (NIV)

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.  Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;  so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.  After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.”  For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.  “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.  Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

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