Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Scars, who doesn't have them? You are trying to be perfect and that you have it all worked out. You are dealing with childhood issues, divorce, weight issues, saying the wrong things, being a good enough parent, wishing you hadn't done or said that in the past, and a multitude of other things.
As you have tried to get past your scars, you are reminded from time to time about them from someone from your past. They don't know you, they don't know you have tried to change and are trying every day. Which causes maybe some more scars.
What should we do then? Share your scars. Share them because I guarantee that if you are dealing with scars (and aren't we all) someone maybe able to relate to something you have been through. How do I know you have scars? If you could see emotional scars the way you could see physical scars, you wouldn't be able to recognize what I look like.
I am scarred and so are you. Help each other, love each other, and help heal each other from these scars. You might as well use that bad thing that happend to you for good, to help others in the same situation or experience.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
There are so many questions that exist in this world and so many different opinions on the answers. And I have been thinking on these two sets of information lately.
What we know.
We know that we are born.
We know that there is good and evil in the world.
We know that we die.
Those three things there can be no debate, it happens and exists.
What I believe.
God created you.
He wants you to live in good, defeat evil, and grow in a relationship with Him.
We will be held accountable for what we do and allow to happen in this world after death.
I think about these six pieces of information often. The first three everyone agrees upon and because of those pieces of information, it has made me wonder contemplate even more the last three pieces of information.
I challenge you to think about those first three pieces of information and their ramifications. Feel free to contact me any time by email if you would like to discuss not only anything in this email, but anything I write about.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Last Tuesday at YFCA (Youth For Christ/ Fellowship of Christian Athletes), after a small devotional, I asked the students who were there if any of them had not been baptized. Shelby Basham raised her hand and that started a conversation that ended with me baptizing her the following Sunday.
She had concerns that she was not ready to take the plunge, so to speak. She didn't feel that she was good enough. My response was no one ever is and that I could see that she had been growing in her faith the last few months. I could tell by her attendance at YFCA and in some of the postings online of scripture and he reliance more and more on God. I realized that she had been going through some rough times (I don't know all of the details, it's not important nor my business) and had grown quite a bit.
Many people in her life had gotten her to the point of baptism, but after our conversation, I told her I wanted to be present when her baptism occurred. I thought it would take a few weeks for her to get things settled and to make the final decision, but I offered our church and offered the services of our pastor. Her response shocked me and scared me at the same time. She claimed that it would make her most comfortable if I was the one who did the baptizing...and it was an honor.
I am sure it was just as equally shocking to her mom and dad who I have known much of my entire life. Meaning, they have known me too and realize that I am in no way "good enough" to be doing this type of thing. But as an ordained Deacon I was as qualified as you can be, I guess.
During the baptism, I actually stopped and was choked up a bit. To me, this is a highly important decision to make and to do. For me to be the one who did it...I still feel inadequate, but wonderful to have been a small part of it.
I was listening to a pastor on the radio coming into work this morning and his sermon was on learning to suffer well. It's the kind of stuff that I really enjoy because it's true, it's real, and it isn't all "love Jesus and suddenly everything is perfect". It isn't, in fact, once you make the decision to have that personal relationship with Jesus, life will get harder.
Anyway, his point was that life is full of suffering. No matter how much we try to keep it from happening, it will happen. Money issues, death issues, job issues, kid issues, etc, etc. There are many things that will cause suffering.
So we must learn to suffer well. We must understand that what we are going through can either kill us or help us thrive. We must learn to appreciate that we only grow through adversity or we can become bitter.
Nothing in this life worth having comes without hard work and adversity. If it is easily obtained, I would probably reevaluate if it were really good for you. You must suffer to persevere to become stronger. I don't care if it is basketball, with your children, or co-workers, we must suffer. I pray that we learn how to suffer well because it is inevitable.
Now the decision is yours. How will you handle suffering? Me...I will do better sometimes and do poorly others. Hopefully then, I will have people who will help pull me up and dust me off.