Whelp, my first speaking role just aired on Investigation Discovery’s “Murder Comes to Town” (also available on Amazon Prime and iTunes). I know what kind of talent goes out for these auditions. Often I feel like the least qualified in the room, but here I am! Color me blessed. It just goes to show you: if God wants to you to do something, He will track you down until it happens. Just a reminder that God’s purposes for your life will lead you on a twisting and wild road, but in the end it’s well worth the ride!
God loves you
You may or not have been told this before
It may or may not have been reflected back to you by others,
but it’s a fact.
God came to Earth
endured inexplicable pain
and was murdered at the hands of double-faced fans
so that death could die with Him,
before rising again
leaving our hurt and pain and past buried and burning in hell,
where it belongs.
He lifted us up with Him
and gave us His Spirit
so that we could live an abundant life.
How’s that for a rallying cry?
All praise to God,
who love you and me
and everyone so very dearly.
Currently my wife is tearing down walls
of our double-wide
making way for new walls
Being a badass
being bold enough to tear down walls,
which were good at the time,
but new ones are needed for growth
to build families and futures
and a new home
better than even the people before us knew.
What a wonderful word!
The idea of our past mistakes being forgiven absolutely.
Are there still consequences for our actions? You bet.
But now we are not stuck in the past,
having instead been given a new way truth and life in which we can walk,
a future of promise.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you.
Plans to give you hope and a future.”
Don’t just sit there,
huddled over your bruised ego.
Don’t you know that the death of self
is the beginning of life,
everything that is beautiful and affirming
the things that foster community and love
while everything else will blow away like leaves?
It’s far too easy to live in the past-
to focus on what WAS said, what WAS done.
We can spend a lifetime chasing the cars of history,
instead of living in the now,
which is such a living thing. If you turn away
for even one second, you miss it.
Then, it’s in the past.
Life is an hourglass with the past shrinking and the future expanding
right before our eyes,
to cling to the past is like
living in a room of ever-shrinking walls,
to embrace the future is to surrender to an ever-expanding horizon