March 31, 2020

Being a fan of short hair, I commented to Shannon that my hair was getting too long but because of social distancing, there was no way to get a haircut. That’s when she enthusiastically volunteered to cut my hair. She was almost giddy.

At that moment, I realized letting Shannon hold sharp scissors close to my throat wasn’t a good idea because we have had to spend a whole lot of time together and I wasn’t sure how it would go. I also remembered that when Delilah cut Sampson’s hair, it didn’t turn out very well.

Now, granted, Sampson wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. If you don’t believe me, then read the sixteenth chapter of the Book of Judges. But still, I have decided to take the Sampson approach – the longer the better.

The bottom line is that for all of us, things are going to be a little different for the foreseeable future. That’s not a bad thing. It just means we are going to have to adjust to the new norm. But remember the big picture.

In the immortal words of the great theologian, Travis Tritt: “And it’s a great day to be alive. I know the sun’s still shining when I close my eyes. There’s some hard times in the neighborhood but why can’t every day be just this good.”

I am such a big fan of this song; it was played for the Father/Daughter Dance at my youngest daughter’s wedding.

The bottom line is if we are still in this world, we have a purpose – a reason for being. All God asks is that we offer ourselves without reservation to be used for his purpose.

This is what Isaiah did when he realized God was calling his faithful to action. Isaiah said, “Here am I; send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)

As you begin this new day with many unique challenges and changes, offer yourself to God. And know the good news is that God will take you up on your offer. That’s why you are here.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, as the world continues to change around me, help me to see the good and beautiful. Use me for your purpose and glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

This is a good day to offer ourselves to God. That’s what matters.

Also, if you are a barber and can hold your breath for twenty minutes, I know someone who is afraid to let his wife give him a haircut. Just saying.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins