Gifted, not Re-Gifted

You are not a broken box

Expecting to get met with a scowl

and returned to sender

No, you are a present,

impeccably wrapped

and beautiful,

carrying wordless

worth and beauty

How lucky we are to have you

be present, be now, be loved

and, of course, open yourself up to others,

the true treasure’s inside.

 

Anything Worth Doing

Some say the goal in life is happiness,

but there are times in life where anything worth doing

will be stressful, involve pain, and make you feel

very different from the happyhappyjoyjoy state we profess to desire.

I say, find the things you find of value, even when they cause you pain.

Pursue those. For life is short, and nothing worth doing is done with eternal ease.

So, help us Lord.

Mark of the Maker

I think it’s funny: we believe our deficiencies disqualify us from official ministry. Yet, God is not interested in our lack. Sometimes musicians will make intentional “mistakes” in their tracks just to prove it wasn’t a pre-recorded track. Some of the most valuable collectors items are the ones with a flaw in the casting.

Yes, we are called to remove impurities from our souls; but, many of the things that distinguish us, that make us unique, are the things we most often want to hide. God knows who we are. Our task, as humans, is to find the same, to celebrate it, and to toast to  the Maker who crafted us this way.

The Lost Coin

*Luke 15:8-10

A woman finds a lost coin. She holds it up. She says, “look at this coin that I have found. It has the utmost value to me.”

What if we did the same to everyone that we met? What if, in our interactions, we held them up. We said, “look at this person I met today. They are of the utmost value to me.”

Don’t we long for that, to be treated in that way?

Good Enough

Am I good enough?

No, I am not, because

“good enough” for you or him

or her or them changes.

Sometimes, I’m that. Sometimes, I’m not.

So, no, I am not good enough,

but I’m here. I care. I commit.

I show up even when times are hard,

and I’d rather be a mediocre player

who shows up even when he’s down,

than a superstar who magically appears

only when they are at their best.

However,

I do know a God who is good enough.

Always good enough.

I do my best to follow his lead.