Can I borrow it? A copy of that book?
Kids, don’t try this at home. Really.
Have you ever done anything really dumb?
Something that made you wish passionately for an invisibility cloak?
Your eye squeeze and face palm reflexes both respond immediately?
Well that was me yesterday. My fiancé and I, that is.
I live in an apartment. It is an upstairs unit. It is VERY. H.O.T!
After finally getting an a/c unit, my fiancé and I go to install it. Two heads are better than one, right? BAH!
SOMEONE goes to adjust it so hot air doesn’t get in. Do you want to know what happens when there is something very heavy in a window, it is almost completely outside, and the only thing supporting it needs “adjusted”? It plummets to its death in slow motion, that is what.
Where have All the Right Angles Gone?
The right angles have gone away. The important ones. When I saw my new comfort falling to its obvious demise, it frowned at me. My spirit grieved deeply. My stomach detached itself and fell to the floor. To add insult to injury, the unit’s cord whipped back while a thundering voice proclaimed, “You shall not pass!” My fiancé reacted with more agility than myself, and did his best slam dunk impersonation.
He was angrier than I was. He ran downstairs before I could engage ANY emotions towards him. Then I released a giggle reserved only for that private moment.
I realized that if anyone saw that in passing while having a bad day, they would be forced to start having an awesome day at that exact moment. They may have laughed when they saw a large appliance falling from the sky into a bush. No one died. Oh thank you God. Seriously. Face palm again.
Gravity is one nasty…
Don’t even look at me like you’ve never been introduced to stupid (done something regrettable)…
Update: After a tedious surgery, the unit was salvageable. YES!
It says Bones In the Bible!
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a [thundering] noise and behold, a shaking and trembling and a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.
8 And I looked and behold, there were sinews upon [the bones] and flesh came upon them and skin covered them over, but there was no breath or spirit in them.
9 Then said He to me, Prophesy to the breath and spirit, son of man, and say to the breath and spirit, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath and spirit, and breathe upon these slain that they may live.
10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath and spirit came into [the bones], and they lived and stood up upon their feet, an exceedingly great host.
*Cue Michael Jackson Thriller Dance*
So they might have looked a little different and not had these awesome dance moves…
I mean no disrespect to the Jackson Family
And boy oh boy, am I glad about that. Really. Despite popular belief, His kingdom is not an elite club reserved only for the perfect humans. If it was, I am sure there are more out there like myself that would be permanently uninvited…
In my personal life, I believe I have seen a heart of Love from Him. It welcomed me. Even when some church folk wouldn’t. Even through some of the darkest and dirtiest times of my life, when I had felt like I wasn’t good enough for anyone. Places that God wasn’t supposed to be. Places He wasn’t supposed to see. Places that would have made religious folks squirm. That is one reason that I could get up and try again. Even when I was on the floor and I felt the people I encountered only seemed to notice that part. I think God sees something more.
God meets people where they are, real life and real people. The “heroes” and “heroines” in the bible had real problems. Their lives weren’t perfect. They weren’t perfect. No one is, you know? That is why I think an attitude of LOVE is so profoundly important, towards Every. Single. Person. Regardless of who they are, where they have been, where it appears they are currently and their personal beliefs. I don’t think there is a whole lot out there that surprises God.
If we were all honest with ourselves, we all have weaknesses. We all have faults. I don’t think a moral smack down on others shortcomings or faults can help them get up. I don’t think harsh criticism is synonymous to spiritual miracle grow. I think we should try to use our strengths to help and love others. To be a positive influence.
See, when I find myself reading, I cannot help but think that John 3:16-17 and 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 really mean the world. So who is disqualified? We don’t have the power to qualify or disqualify anyone from something that God gave them, for any reason. Why so serious?
If you have ever been around church circles like me (preacher’s kid), then you have probably heard this before. I have heard it a handful of times and it circulates quite a bit. This has always encouraged me. I pulled some of these examples from here.
Superheroes Need not Apply
Adam and Eve bumped up on the first try
Abel’s brother hated him
Moses possibly had a speech impediment
Gideon lived in fear and worry
Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal
Esther was an orphan
Joseph was abused by his family
Jonah ran from God
Ruth was a widow
Leah was considered ugly (not valuable by a warped gauge)
Noah got drunk and people thought he was nuts
Tamar was raped, told to keep her mouth shut and cast aside by her own family
Paul was a murderer
So was Moses
So was David
Abraham was too old
David was too young
Jacob was a liar
David had an affair
Solomon was too rich
Elijah encountered a widow that was too poor
Sampson had long hair
Peter was aggressive
Miriam was a gossip
Rahab was a prostitute
Some of the most successful people alive right now, have had innumerable failures or have faced extreme opposition. They just keep getting up and trying. So I say, don’t give up. The hand that you started out with doesn’t matter. What you have been through. Mistakes that you have made. How others may have wrongly drawn conclusions about you. How others have mistreated you. Some have it better than others. Some have it worse than others. There is someone out there with skin that knows how you feel.
Let’s try to love harder IMO. We don’t have to be rich or even have a prestigious title to make that kind of a difference.
Disclaimer: I do not condone some of the actions mentioned above. I am confident in the fact that I am not the Judge. I understand that people pay a price for breaking the law. Anger happens too. Ephesians 4:26. Talking about real life here people. Just a thought…