Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Secret of Life

"For I have learned to be satisfied with what I have. I know what it is to be in need and what it is to have more than enough. I have learned this secret, so that anywhere, at any time, I am content, whether I am full or hungry, whether I have too much or too little. I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me."

Philippians 4:11-13, GNT

"For I have learned how to be content—satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted—in whatever state I am.

I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want. 

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me. I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.”

Philippians 4:11-13, AMP

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

In Memory of Robin Williams - "To Live"

I hate suicide.

I hate that people forget. We forget the truth. It gets so clouded, so lost, in the busyness--or in the emptiness. In the pain. Or the numbness. In the tears. Or the hate. Or the apathy.

People “grow up.” We forget about the second star to the right. We forget how to fly. We forget who we are. We forget our identity. We get “hooked” by the world. By the lies.

We start to believe the lie. That perhaps, death is the only great adventure left.

It’s not. It’s not. IT’S NOT.

Robin Williams died, most likely of suicide.

I know people who have almost given into the lie. Into the lie that the people they love would be better without them. People who have almost given into the lie that death is better than the pain. People who have almost given into the lie that death is the only adventure left. People who have forgotten who they are.

Robin Williams gave into a lie. He believed it. He thought something was true that wasn’t. He forgot the truth he portrayed in that classic movie. He believed something like the lies that Captain Hook said: that death was the only adventure left.

He believed the lies to the point that he took his own life.

This is not ok, people. No suicide is ok. We cannot be ok with this.

Tell the people you love. Tell them you know what you’re talking about and you want them in your life. Tell them the truth. Tell them they are loved. Tell them God has purpose for their life. Tell them the story isn’t done yet. Remind them who they are! Do something. Reach out. Text them. Call them. Send them a message.

People need to be reminded of who they are. They need to know their identity. Loved. Forgiven. Redeemed. Chosen.

They need to know… to know and remember who they are.

Peter Pan remembered. It changed his life. It can change our friends lives, too.

“To live--to live would be an awfully big adventure.” 
- Robin Williams as Peter Pan, Hook (1991)

(If you’ve never seen the movie Hook, but you love Robin Williams, please go get some tissues and watch it right now.)

Monday, August 11, 2014

It's The Little Things

It's the little things. 

It's crazy how true that statement is, at least for me. Little problems through me off 10,000 times more than a big problem. The bigger the problem the more excited I am to try and tackle it or the more faith I have to believe God will come through. 

I suppose that is the real issue: I believe that I should be able to handle the small stuff. That it's my job alone to make the little details happen.

 So I get frustrated and angry when I let myself down. When I snooze and waste my morning. When I fill my life and don't do laundry or the dishes. When I forget to email that person back two weeks in a row. 

It's time to start letting God handle the little things, too. 

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