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
Oh the sweet, sweet blood of Jesus
Cleansing and nourishing
to the body and soul
His sacrifice is our atonement
His suffering is our joy
for now He stands as king and LORD
above all the nations and angels and Universe
All of us call out His praise
For He is glorious and wonderful and good
His blood flows free through my veins
Today I am born
Thanks to so many people
and the God who made me
Thank you Jesus for salvation
Thank you Spirit for inspiration
Thank you family for a forever home
Thank you friends for never leaving me alone
Thank you life
for your boundless wonder
Thank you sky
for that starry veil I’m under
Thank you sleep
for reviving me
Thank you wake
for entertaining me
Every breath I take, every step
is a gift
Thank you thank you thank you
for all of it.
Over and over again,
Jesus tells us who He is,
what He will do
And even though we acknowledge
what He is saying
and His ability to do it,
we are still mystified by Him.
Mary His own mother,
every single one of us
are amazed by Him
when He makes good His promises
maybe because we have a seed of cynicism
but more likely because Jesus,
God, the Holy Spirit
Triune and Complete
remain incomprehensible and awesome
because that is their nature.
They are greater,
they are above
The Majestic that lives right beside us
Let us meet Them in the secret place
where they work wonders
and hear the whispers of Their heart to ours,
so that we too might be amazing.
Cathedrals used to use gargoyles to ward off demons
Samurai used ferocious masks to intimidate enemies
God use what scares me to sanctify me
So that the cathedral of my soul would stand firm
For eons in You.
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.
and the glory.
Contemplating the servants of the Divine
the rich history
gives you a greater appreciation,
a holy community
to draw from when you feel alone
Verily you carry the seed of these heroes past!
Live in light of that ineffable truth.