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…
So I may have found my calling. I have been searching for a purpose, or my niche. It is a driving force for me. I do NOT like trying to convince people to give me their money for mediocre products. Products that people have absolutely no need for. I do not like being trapped in a cubicle jungle where money is #1.
My current job involves patients that stick around for a while. I am literally on the bottom of the importance hierarchy. My daily dialog includes asking patients if they would like more coffee. I don’t keep up with the Joneses. My opinions in life may not be considered all that valuable to anyone.
I once heard a wise server say… cough
We had searched long and hard for a wise server…
I realize that when I see the patients, it is quite possibly the highlight of their day. I love them. I want to serve them to the best of my ability. If nothing else, make them smile. I’ve been told not to get attached, but it’s too late.
The other day, I was in the back doing my worker bee duties. I caught a patient staring at me. I am very fond of the patient. When they saw that I had seen them, I started dancing around wildly like a child. I was completely uninhibited. I did not dance like a cool person. I did not dance like someone with all of their marbles. I was not sexy, and I knew it.
Shake it but don’t break it!
They started laughing so hard that they had blushed. I was concerned for their health for a second. I went to them and asked if they were okay. They wanted to know what I was doing. I told them I was tap dancing. I have absolutely no official training in tap dancing. They said it was a shame after all of the years of practice, and then laughed harder. They wanted to know when I got off. I had no Idea what I was starting.
When I got off, there was a small crowd waiting for me. They asked me to “tap dance”. I did. The room erupted into sincere cackles. I saw more teeth, than I had dreamed of seeing that day.
The next day when I got off, the crowd was larger. One patient felt so inspired they stood up, boogied, and exclaimed, “Shake it, but don’t break it!” They told some of my colleagues with more stature than me, that I was going to teach them to tap dance. Oh noez!
I wait to see what happens next…
A Bad Day
I worry too much. Really I do. I try not to. You have to be extremely proactive not to worry, especially if you dissect everything around you moment by moment. I strive to grow, but I am so envious of people that don’t let things bother them. I also think worrying is a sin. I sin all day long then. Save me Jesus!
Out of respect for my coworkers, I really don’t want to divulge too much about my job. I would probably be annoyed if I found out someone that I worked with did a narrative of me. I am curious though, why do some people always feel the need to put others down? Like a bully? I really don’t get it. I don’t like to fight for the most part. I have my moments. I don’t feel that I go around looking for a fight, or provoking it though. I don’t want to say something out of anger and hurt them back. Man I hate the whole fine line of not being a doormat, but also not fighting.
They talk to you like you have the competency of a toddler, when you are doing everything right. I really don’t get it. Especially when you work your butt off, you don’t mess around, and your superior is pleased with your output. I have not taken it upon myself, to grace a coworker with my impromptu assessment. It is times like these where I zone them out, we all become cartoons, and a run away bus halts their incessant ramblings. You know, then they get up all cartoon like, after the 12 foot punt? But Then,!?@$% I look up and they are still there with a smirk…
I get home and ugh… that is all. That is all. Yes, that is all.
I could probably use a good stress reliever right now…
Voice box stress test…
Sometimes people are so skilled at apathy their response would be…
It is your fault… In so many words or less.
That is all.
Thanks for the help.
You don’t happen to be a punching bag do you?
This is where I am glad that God is God. No really. Sometimes He appears scary. Maybe because like others, I sometimes deflect silly personal let downs on Him. Even though, He is the Father of spirits. A whole different ballpark Father. I doubt everyone sees Him exactly the same way. The thing is, when most people confirm to me why I am not good enough, I feel like I am A-OKAY in His book. Like, He really doesn’t leave me. Like as long as I get up and try some more, He will still help. You know, like a good Father? How do I not go insane you ask? What?! I am not insane…shakes fist
I think on these things…
Love and Family
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Better than the best earthly Father…
17 How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand. When I awoke, [could I count to the end] I would still be with You.
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
43 But now,thus says the Lord, He Who created you, O Jacob, and He Who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you;I have called you by your name; you are Mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you.
1 Corinthians 2:9
9 However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”[a]—
the things God has prepared for those who love him
1 John 3:1
3 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
He can meet us where we are…
“For nothing will be impossible with God.”
“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
2 Corinthians 5:18
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
2 Corinthians 13:11
Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.