In which there are ants…and a news reporter…and tournament results

by Craig on May 1, 2012


Worries…it’s like they have six legs and grabby mandibles…
each of them desperate for just a crumb of a crumb of our peace.

And Grace…
eternally unfolding…
revealing more and more beauty…
gentle petals surrounding ambrosia…

…and worries want their share of that too.


Do I really understand grace at all if I focus so hard on my worries?

When I write here, I’m a pretty wide open and easy to read book.
But away from here I’m still a little like a diary bound by lock and key.

My worries, although I’m sharing them more now, have always tended to go unnoticed by others. But I know where each crumb of bread has been dropped – and I see every ant – and I don’t heart ants.

I hide my worries from God too.
But seriously…hiding things from God? ¯\(°_o)/¯

lyrics from a song by Susan Ashton:

I can fool a lot of people
With this sanguine act of mine
Guarded by the eloquence
I sometimes hide behind

But it’s a veil of false pretenses
That You can see right through
‘Cause no knows my heart
Better than You.

And I think today of a news reporter finishing up a story…


and when they say to the anchor, “Throwing it back to you.”…
down goes the microphone…away go the notes…out comes the earpiece…

and they’re done with it.

They stop talking in that news-ish voice, move on to the next location or go home.

Then everything is picked up by the anchor…upon whom the story was “thrown”.

I guess, “throwing it back” is like “casting cares”.

I have to get way better at “throwing it back” to God.


I have a Best Ever Bible Verse Tournament going on…

I’ve spent days now reporting on these two latest opponents…
I need to announce the results of the East Regional #7 vs #10 matchup.


#7 (1 Peter 5:7) Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.


#10 (2 Corinthians 5:21) God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

One verse is about understanding how we received Grace…
the other about actually living in light of that Grace.

I heart both of these verses, but today I know I have need to cast my cares better…


#7 defeats #10…

and moves on to the 2nd round of the Best Bible Verse Ever Tournament.


Oh, and if you’ve missed any of the Tournament action so far…

I set up the seedings here.
I determined the tournament locations here.
The South Regional results are here, and here.
The West Regional recaps are here, here and here
The East Regional game summaries are more detailed and  begin here.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Sylvia May 1, 2012 at 9:51 am

Hi Craig. I only get better at throwing it back by practice: constant repetition, over and over, then over and over again!


Craig May 1, 2012 at 9:56 am

Mom always said, “practice makes perfect”. I’ve felt this answer recently – and now I’ll take your advice…just have to keep doing it till it sticks. Practice makes perfect. Thank you Sylvia, perfect advice!! God bless.


Cora May 1, 2012 at 10:23 am

I’ll join in the “practice makes perfect” team. I was waiting this out to see what your conclusions were, Craig. I have to agree with you. It’s much easier for me to accept the how we received the grace. Living in it . . . . whole ‘nuther ballgame. Part of it, I think, is this whole mind game thing, the tape that wants to replay all the time . . . like the old 8-tracks that just kept going and going and going over and over again. I don’t like anxiety that doesn’t have words and thoughts. And it’s easier to push the “play” button on the old tape than to insert a new fangled idea of grace and learn something new. It takes me back to the verse in Philippians . . .”think on these things.” Most of my thinking doesn’t fit the criteria of that verse. At this stage of my life, I think it’s time for new tapes, don’t you think?


Craig May 1, 2012 at 5:43 pm

yes, Cora, for both you AND me, it’s time for new tapes – although, probably, to be up-to-date, just some digital sound files ツ and Cora, it’s really nice to be in the same family of believers as you – and really nice having you around. I visited little sister today – changed my first diaper in… well at least since cassette tapes (maybe vinyl records), and fed them, and hold them, and did what I could to help – until the body, because of the sleep thing, well – you know. She’s my sister – and you know – I’m glad I have a sister in you ツ


Martha Orlando May 1, 2012 at 11:04 am

I heart the winner here today!
Yes, keep “throwing them back” to God. I hear He’s a really good catcher!
Blessings, Craig!


Craig May 1, 2012 at 5:46 pm

maybe that’s the secret Martha, to keep “throwing them back” – and then just keep doing it, and doing it, and doing it. Sometimes I think we don’t do it because we think we’re complaining too much to Him. There comes a point when were complaining about our problems to people crosses over that line – but he really doesn’t have that line, does he? I guess that’s what being a “good catcher” is. Anyway, thank you Martha, and blessings to you too! ツ


Katie May 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Love the winner today…. you know why…….. It was one of my winners to move on also. Mainly because it is where I am at.


Craig May 1, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I know! You and I diverge on quite a few of our “winners” – I know this is one that was the same. That makes me smile. And seriously – normally I’d go for the big heavy theological verse – so it’s a rarity that I would choose the practical one – your comment made me smile – keep looking up – and God bless and keep you my friend.


A. May 1, 2012 at 10:04 pm

I like the winner because it is practical and doable. The other is academic and incredibly important, but now, I need the one that feels closer to my needs. I know I am not saying this right, nor is the ‘loser’ far from my needs. It is the reason the winner CAN be so practical and useful. I just still do agree with your choice.


Craig May 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm

practical – yes. Doable – only if we choose to do it – and then do it again, and again, and again. You and I picked the winner for the very same reasons. I heart that! God bless and keep you my friend!


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