Jack and I

For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts. – 1 Thessalonians 2:4

I’ve spoken before of my love for the series, 24. As I was watching recently, I was struck with a few ways that Jack and I are alike. It’s not just our stunning good looks or our ability to think on our feet. πŸ˜‰

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The first way is that Jack and I obviously both utilize adult absorbent undergarments. I used to be slightly embarrassed to admit such a thing, but now that I realize that Jack Bauer wears them, too, I’m ok with it.

It took me a few seasons to recognize that this is what he’s doing, but after 8 seasons, I’m finally convinced it’s the only way he could go 24 hours without needing a potty break. Well played, Jack. Well played.

The second way that Jack and I are alike is that we both say, β€œI’m fine,” when we’re really not fine at all. When we’re in excruciating pain. When we’re obviously not thinking clearly or making wise choices. When we’re dying, for Pete’s sake. I don’t know why we do it.

And I’m immensely grateful for friends like Chloe who don’t buy it for a second. Who push and stick their nose in and know us well enough to know when intervention is necessary. Who cry for us when we can’t shed a tear ourselves. Who give us permission to be β€œnot OK”.

The most important way that Jack and I are alike is that we never give up. Never. We’re worse than that energizer bunny. And do you know why? Because we have purpose. Jack believes in his purpose and his mission. He knows people are depending on him. He is loyal and true and stands for good, even in the face of impossible odds. I do that. I pray I continue to do that, always.

I believe in my purpose, even when I’m not completely certain what exactly it is. I know the one who knows, and I cling to Him.

So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. – 1 Corinthians 9:26

Jack and I, we are kindred spirits. I think that’s why I enjoy the show. One day I hope I can sit with him and we can laugh over Chloe’s facial expressions, and commiserate over how everyone always doubts his motives. I hope we can share a cuppa, and maybe even star in an adult diaper commercial together. That would rock.

We have a lot to talk about, and I’d love to be able to tell him about Jesus. Because people like us, we just can’t go on without Him. Not one more step.


Heavenly Father, please keep me seeing You in the most unlikely places. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…

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18 Comments on “Jack and I

  1. Well, now I have another TV series to check out! Yep, that’s right…I’ve never watched “24”! The characteristics you and Jack share are good ones to have, Shelly! Knowing we have a purpose and never giving up are two of the best…

    Blessings & love, Joan
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    • We had never watched it, either, until this year on netflix, Joan. We love it!! πŸ™‚ Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  2. Shelly, I just began watching Jack and 24 this season and I love it and I absolutely loved this devotional because it made me laugh but also made me think and once again I was “Amening” right along with you!!!
    I liked the part about continuing on with your purpose even at times when you’re not sure what it is, but you know The One who does and you cling to Him …. I NEEDED that reminder today.
    And by the way, just give me a heads up when your commercial with Jack for adult diapers is going to debut cause I sure don’t want to miss that one!!
    Love ya my sister in Christβ™‘β™‘β™₯β™₯

    • I’m so glad it made you laugh, Barb. I was laughing as I wrote it. πŸ™‚ I’ll give you a heads up if Jack and I ever make that debut. heehee Love you! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  3. I have never seen it before. I applaud your willingness to share about absorbent undergarments, because I have not gotten there yet. Yes, I am 24 and I have had this problem my entire life. You see the nerve that tells me to go does not work properly, either too much or not enough. Either way not good. Another way that I feel I can connect with you, Shelly! <3
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    • It’s a wonderful show. We’ve been watching all the seasons on Netflix the last few months, and are really enjoying it. My bladder issues stem from my brain. It’s hard, isn’t it? And it can be embarrassing, but I’m learning to get over that. We absorbent undergarment girls need to stick together! πŸ™‚ Love you, Lauren. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

      • It stems from my brain as well. There are blockages in my brain that cause my nerves not to get the signals the way they are supposed to. The nerve that controls the bladder being a big issue!
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  4. It’s great you can laugh at your body’s shortcomings Shelly- you keep on amazing me. We haven’t had 24 here yet- I will see if my kids can get it for me.

    I know you are not “fine” at all, and intercede for you to Abba Father for mercy and grace, healing and deliverance from pain and disease- in Jesus’Name.

    Love you special lady who gives the BEST heart HUGS ever. xxxx

    • Love you, too, sweet Mary! You are a precious treasure. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  5. Shelly, I loved this post as we have been fans of 24 for years. Even known to pull late nights on school vacations as we watched previous seasons on DVD πŸ™‚ This post made me laugh, and laugh hard. But you are so wrong – you do think on your feet. You pulled this idea out quick from watching the show. I am so grateful you are like Jack as I so need friends like you – ones with purpose & who never give up & can make me laugh. Shelly, I love this post & I so love you!

    • Aw, thank you, Joanne!! You touched my heart and made me smile so big! I love you so!! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • I’m so glad this gave you a smile, Kathryn. πŸ™‚ I had a big smile as I wrote it. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • LOL! I was so excited when I figured out Jack wears them, too! πŸ™‚ Love you, Barbie. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  6. You make me smile. I watched the first few seasons of 24 and I like Jack. And I know I love you. How lovely it would be for you to get the chance to share a cuppa with him. But me first!! πŸ™‚
    Love you so much.
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    • Oh, Beth, I’d pick you over Jack EVERY TIME!!! πŸ˜€ Love you! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

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