Think life is tough? How will you get through tomorrow? All everything high school football player…all everything Division I football player…special teams standout in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints…NOW, Steve Gleason being fed through an abdominal feeding tube and bound to a chair the remainder of his life because of ALS, takes his family on a trip. Don’t ever stop and let this man’s life inspire you!
Today was an exciting day for me…a monumental day if you will! I have known Mike and Marsha for approximately 4 years…and today was the day that something exciting happened. Mike is an addict and drug dealer who loves Marsha, an addict who prostitutes herself to pay for their habits. Experiences of health issues, family death, abusive relationships, serious accidents/injuries, landed them in despair and in the streets of Flint fighting for their lives. No place to live, they “hustle” just to make enough money to get something to eat. With no health/dental care, their gums bleed and their bodies are filled with sores. With no roof over their head, their bodies smell and they long for a simple shower. They live from minute to minute and try to avoid human contact because of the judgement that comes from others who believe they can “help themselves.” As I met with them today over a meal at a local deli, God orchestrated something special (a Christian reporter, a Christian shelter counselor, and a Christian Men’s Shelter Director). After being told for 4 years (even by well meaning Christian people) that I should not “associate” with such people, I saw the hand of God work! Mike and Marsha will enter into a drug rehab program this weekend and will be transferred into a shelter for transitional living and professional development programs. Only God could do this! This is a long shot and both are in need of a miracle to make it through this journey. I am reminded that when God enters our lives and we have hit rock bottom, that we are eligible for His greatest blessings…in the form of a miracle! I’m not sure where our love should begin and end, but I am reminded that we’re not here for ourselves. I gave them a drive…I had to clean my truck. I spent an afternoon with them and it cost me a dinner and some toiletries. Such a small cost when compared to what God has done for us through His son on the cross. SO….where’s your sacrifice? Don’t miss the opportunity to invest in someone today…it’s the best return on your time and effort than anything else you can do! Not even a government shutdown can “crash the market” of human investments! By the way, the book that Marsha is holding in her hand is Crazy Love by Francis Chan. She is searching for how God can really love her?
The past few weeks have been full of tension and unresolved issues in my life. Anyone who knows me, knows that anything left unresolved is not a good thing for me. I have found myself feeling anxious, nervous, and even angry at times over feelings of injustice by others. THEN, I began to think of things I have always said to others. Like, “it’s not what happens to you, it’s what happens in you,” and, “You can’t control the wind, but you can always adjust your sails.” Getting a bit of your own medicine never feels very good, especially, when you really believe those things. Yesterday and today was such the case when I had to take a drive and ask myself, “is my life reflecting the DNA of Christ?” As Christians, we are called to be different. Not better…but different. Not only when our lives are balanced and things are going well, but also during times of false accusations, unfair treatment, and out and out deceit about you. Let’s look back to the life of Jesus. All these things happened (and more) and yet He loved….He accepted….He cared….He forgave. Ouch! What’s your DNA look like today? I’m working on mine!
I love this kid (Travell)…my prayer is “hope” in the midst of his storm and see him make his way to college through all the obstacles!
Happiness for those that give and receive!
Being an avid Mac user, it came as a shock to me (as many other millions) when I heard about the death of Steve Jobs. He has certainly been an icon of American technology in my lifetime. But then I saw this ad and wondered, have we missed something? Have our hearts broken for the wrong things in life? Or worse yet, have they not been broken for anything…or anyone? How is it possible when I have so much, others have so little…yet I complain about not having enough? Perhaps we’ve become so brain washed by society that we’re living “upside down.” Maybe it’s time we all took a close look at how we view life…and maybe it’s time you and I both used our time/energy/money to make a difference in the lives of others, instead of always pursuing what pleases us?
Are you like a dandelion? When the winds of life blow you loose your cool…you loose your patience…you loose your perspective. The dandelion is also referred to as the “blow-ball.” This because it looses it’s integrity when the wind blows. There will be many times in life that we’ll be “in the winds” as we navigate through difficult times. Are you going to be blown around like the dandelion, or stand firm in your faith? It’s a matter of spiritual integrity!