We put so much weight in things
Lucky socks and magic talismans
But it is not the things themselves
that make the difference,
but rather our belief in them,
and not only that
but also any power invested in them
by a Third Party.
Moses’ staff was just a staff
until touched by the hand of God.
Then it became a snake, a battle-winner
and a sea-splitter.
Anything can be amazing when
believed in and touched by the hand of the Divine.
So, believe in others, believe in yourself
and believe in God,
lift all things up to God,
so HE can work wonders in and through them.
My greatest desire is for you to have an intimate experience
with our LORD and Savior.
Our faith journey is not a museum,
with red tape and security cameras
and people with badges keeping a scornful eye.
It is paint and easel, it is a cheering crowd
It is Play-dough and a full sprint
It is sweat and blood mixed with the Holy Spirit.
Our God is a living God!
Time for us to live like it.
I believe in the humanity in us all
In its good and bad
In its potential
I choose to see the sunshine in our souls
Despite the darkness that occasionally comes
I believe we all bear the fingerprint of God
Beautiful and in need
of redemption and love
and companionship to carry us through
I think it’s humbling and hilarious that we spend years out of our lives with our cards tightly pressed against our chest, not wanting to give anything up to God.
Jesus let’s us play our little game for a while, but eventually He just looks at us with a certain sadness and says, “Three of clubs, two of diamonds, king of hearts, ace of spades, and jack of diamonds.” After allowing us a moment of stupefied wonder, He leans in and says, “now, let’s talk about why you feel you need to beat me in the first place.”
We’ve made it to the end of book 3. This one especially important to me. I’ve tried to go bigger and better every time I’ve done one of these. What began as a flippant scribbling on a blog wall when I first came to North Carolina has blossomed first into a small poetry book, followed by a second poetry book with matching audio. Now, thanks your continued encouragement, I’ve decided to really go for the gusto. I’ve submitted my book for legit publishing. Ever since I was in high school, working on my first literary tome, I’ve dreamed of getting published through a major press. Now, years later, I’m going at it again, and I think it stands a really good chance.
I’ve definitely learned a lot over the years. Most of all: do what you all and don’t quit. And even more so than that, give it all to God, because He loves you and He is a good Father, more than capable of directing our steps to greener pastures.
I’m so excited to see where this next step in the journey leads.
Blessings to you all,
“When a preacher of righteousness has stood in the way of sinners, he should never again open his lips in the great congregation until his repentance is as notorious as his sin.” -John Angell James
Apologies get old. They flow too freely.
What we want to see, what we want to know, if someone is truly sorry.
Peter betrayed Jesus. Paul hunted down His followers.
There was no simple “oops! my bad.”
There was a lifetime after that, a lifetime lived for Christ,
a lifetime working miracles, facing danger, owning our weakness.
A moment’s mistake make require a lifetime to recover, but it’s worth it,
to see someone, like Scrooge, who has truly changed.
The moment we start bringing the spiritual
into the secular is the moment we start seeing
the magic in it all,
we become the ant that learns how to fly.