Why is it that, in Exodus, God tells us that
They created the deaf, the mute, and the blind
yet in Leviticus we turn around and push them aside?
Why is it, in Genesis, that God creates
both man AND woman in Their own image
yet we get bogged down in gender roles
and social norms?
Why is it, in Romans, that we can bank
our entire faith on the fact that Abraham
came before Moses
and so are justified by grace alone,
rather than by works,
yet keep trying to earn our salvation
and set up obstacles for others to jump over to do the same?
God is calling all of us into immediate and total reconciliation with Himself.
Are we bold enough to take Him up on His offer?
This is the match to burn the heart of man
to ignite the coal dust
to cleanse the impurities to make it sparkle
revealing the diamonds
hidden neath the mountains of pressure and age
This is the match to make new life begin
and make him beautiful again
just as he was meant to be.
We all have flaws
Things we need to work on
but if we start with a mindset of brokenness
We’ll always be swimming upstream
trying to keep up with the invisible Joneses
Instead, focus on Jesus
approach life with a perspective of self-love
Then life will become more a celebration,
Rather than a do-or-die situation
where every failure
sets you back a billion paces
This is not chutes-and-ladders, folks
It’s your life
Live it well
Do what inspires you
Do what entertains you
Do what completes you
Do what connects you
Do what enlightens you
Do what blesses others
Do what blesses God
Do what blesses yourself
There are so many opportunities
in the waiting
Do them, starting today
In my dream I am being chased by Sweetums, the muppet
down an endless hallway
I run and I run, but I can’t escape
so he overtakes me and gobbles me up
and I’m in the belly of this muppet
in the dark
saying to myself,
“It’s a dream it’s a dream it’s a dream!”
But I can’t wake up
and I don’t wake up until I shut up.
That’s when I finally awake.
Life is like that.
There are monsters in our lives
that we can’t outrun,
we can’t negotiate or reason with.
There are monsters we must embrace
Because they’re not monsters at all,
but rather instruments of change.
And change is scary.
But God is good.
He will get us through.
I’ve been the inquisitor
Now I just want to hug
What good has judgement wrought?
Only to scare people away
I don’t want to do that
I want people to feel safe and loved
So that we might grow as one together.
Today I strummed chords I seldom play
and sang notes I seldom sing.
My fingers strained to strike the frets
My voice trembled at the top of my register.
After I was done, I felt strangely alive
and wondered why I so often hold back
from these places,
these wonderful places,
where my blood races
and my spirit soars.
A pox upon the demon of the commonplace,
holding its infamous net of security
and three cheers to the angel of uncertainty,
who calls us “to come and die and find that I
may truly live.”