Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Happy Song


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Incomplete People

The following came from a wonderful site that Chase introduced me to a few years back...this particular "thought" has challenged me and is something that has completely altered the way I relate to people and myself. Realizing I (and everyone else) am incomplete this side of heaven and that I will never "Arrive" at a specific place in my journey has allowed me to experience freedom like never before. Maybe this is something I just missed, but if you're like me I hope this rocks your world too...



Incomplete People Print
Philippians 3:7-14
Hebrews 12:1-2

Colossians 3:1-4


"When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes. I believe and I doubt, I hope and get discouraged, I love and I hate, I feel bad about feeling good, I feel guilty about not feeling guilty. I am trusting and suspicious. I am honest and I still play games. Aristotle said I am a rational animal; I say I am an angel with an incredible capacity for beer."    – Brennan Manning


One man loves well but he cannot manage money. She manages money but struggles to care for her husband. He cares for his family and serves in his community but is addicted to work. She loves the Lord but drinks herself to sleep at night. She swears and smokes and has a short temper, but a soft and generous heart. He’s defensive and fearful but passionate about justice and mercy. He gives to the poor, cares for orphans and widows, but struggles with pornography.


This is who we are. We are a people in process. We are all incomplete.


Yet why then do we fight to disbelieve that we should be complete? Why do we hate ourselves for unachieved completion? Have we ever looked critically at the people that God loved, chose, honored, befriended?


Elijah complained about the situations he endured as God’s prophet.


Noah, God’s choice for saving mankind during the flood, once drank himself unconscious.


Jacob, the father of Israel, lied and cheated.


Moses killed a man, fled justice and failed to believe God's promise about bringing water from a rock. But he did lead God’s people out of slavery in Egypt.
 
Jonah, whom God used to speak to a city of 500,000, attempted to escape because he was afraid and ran from God

David took a man’s wife, and when she became pregnant, then killed her husband, one of his most loyal soldiers. Yet the Bible still regards David as a "man after God’s own heart."


Solomon, full of wisdom, followed his wives to other gods. God chose him to build his temple.


Samson, on whom the Spirit of God rested, wrought destruction everywhere he went.
 
Abraham, always terrified and lying to save himself, heard God call him to be father of the nations.

Peter betrayed Jesus three times. Jesus named him the Rock.


Paul persecuted the early followers of Jesus, overseeing their executions. He then wrote the majority of the New Testament.


Zaccheus, who had cheated so many of so much, hosted the Lord at his home.


Some lived badly and transformed into good. Some lived well and behaved badly at times. The Lord has a history of claims on both types of people. But these people God loved. These people God continued to shape, to embrace, to teach.


We know these people because we are these people. We cheat, steal, lie, fornicate, gamble, lust, kill, betray, persecute, complain, run, seek false gods, destroy, hate. The list goes on. But so do his love and his careful attention to our process of growth and maturation.


We’re incomplete. But only for now. The God who chose us has not done so simply because he needed work done in the world. He chose us because he wants work done in us. And he’s still busy doing it, preparing us to live as we engage in the process.

       
To whom do you not show love and mercy because the process they are in frustrates you?
How are you in process?
Can you offer yourself forgiveness in this? Can you offer the same to others in process?


Monday, August 15, 2011

perspectives.

I like this guy. His name is Carl Medearis and I first became acquainted with him when he wrote a provocative article on CNN belief blog  He challenges people like me who have always thought things were black and white when it comes to faith and while I don't necessarily agree with everything he says, I think he is a voice worth listening to.

He posted the video below today on his twitter account and I watched it on my bike at spin class because I was so intrigued by a tweet that said, "Why I don't like the word 'Christian'"

Watch it for yourself...







Wednesday, August 10, 2011

drive the dark of doubt away

Doubt is a devious thing.
It creeps in seeking destruction and the complete overhaul of our minds and emotions through well delivered one liners that have the power to bruise our souls and haunt our hearts. Doubt is the "voice" in our ear that mocks,

You are not needed
                   wanted
                   desired
                   known
                   loved
                   accepted

You cannot change.

Things will always be this way.

Yes, doubt starts with these lies (among many others).
It's effects are ruthless.  We can begin to not believe we are lovable, even to ourselves.  We begin to overcompensate for our doubts in various ways.  One is in attempting to prove  (to ourselves and others) we are not what we think and so on.

In the end, no one wins and we are desperate for a rebuttle to these doubts that bind us against the pit of our own selves and let no one inside...even God himself.
Doubt has become a fixture in my life that I want Jesus to unscrew.  I often doubt that I am accepted and secure. That's not something I tell a lot of people, but for the sake of being transparent I think it's something I need to acknowledge more often to myself.  I too overcompensate for my doubt and have not found that helpful...at all.

Today, I was reading about how Jesus told his disciples they could move mountains from "here" to there" if they had faith as small as a mustard seed. I am beginning to see that my doubts will not simply go away if I base my security on a set of circumstances or people to affirm me in my "security-ness", but on Jesus himself.

I do believe people in my life who love me well can be vessels of healing my doubt, but they will never suffice. I am convinced that I need to acknowledge  Jesus as the one who can transform my mind and lift the veil of doubt that have hung over my heart for so long.  My prayer is that my Mountain of Doubt will be moved from "here to there" through faith ("calling forth things that are not as if they are."Romans)...even if it is as small as a seed.  I believe, help my unbelief, Jesus.