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It's Not Easy But It's Worth It            November 14, 2013

Dear friends,

I thought it would be a piece of cake. Who wouldn't want to play Santa Claus? So
when Luis Pabon asked me if I would play the role in the dance studio's Christmas
show, I said, "Why not? Just tell me where I have to be and when."

I've played Santa at church before. I can shout out "Ho, ho, ho," and "Merry
Christmas!" as well as anyone. So you will understand my surprise when I met the
director and he handed me a script for "Dancer, The Footloose Reindeer."

"What's this?" I asked. He said, "It's your script. We will be rehearsing on Friday
nights and Sunday afternoons. You've got six weeks to learn your lines."

Lines? Suddenly it dawned on me that this Santa role might be a bigger deal than I
had thought. That was confirmed a week later at the first rehearsal. I confess that I
love the stage and the spotlight. It is learning the lines that isn't fun.

A lot of people feel the same way about their faith. It seems so simple. We love to
sing "What a friend we have in Jesus." The idea that God loves us can brighten
even the darkest day. To know that your sins are forgiven and that you can start
over is an amazing feeling. Yet faith is more than a feeling.

Our love of Christ calls us into a whole new way of life. It demands a commitment
to following him. That means we need to learn to love, to serve, to forgive, to hope,
to give and to pray. That's hard work. But believe me, it is worth it.

So take heart when you see me on stage on December 7th. If this old guy can learn
his lines for a show, then you can certainly do what it takes to live out your faith in

God bless. See you in Church. Cal