She’s a pretty girl. Talented, gifted, friendly, outgoing; yet, lonely, troubled, and searching! She’s willing to tell her story, and it’s full of life events that causes her plenty of grief. If you want to see more pictures, search “Invisible Humans” on Facebook. Like the Page and let me know what you think!
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!
des-ti-tute : (\’des-te-t(y)ut\
1: lacking something needed or desirable <a lake destitute of fish>
2: lacking possessions and resources; especially : suffering extreme poverty <a destitute old man>
Synonyms: beggar, broke, poor, down-and-out, famished, hard up, impoverished, indigent, needy, penniless, poverty stricken.
Her name (fictitious) is Karen …she’s 35 years old…she has 2 children…she’s stricken with guilt and shame…she can’t provide…she’s hungry…her family never met her needs growing up…she’s been beaten by every man in her life…she “uses” to burn the pain away…she sells herself to anyone who will pay (to support her habit and put food on the table)…yet, she’s worthy!
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31: 8
This morning I listened to the “live” confession of Tiger Woods on national television. By now we all know the story…it has created national attention among the media. Where did Tiger go wrong? I suppose we will all have our opinions, ideas, and advise. The sad part of his story is that it could happen to anyone! In the scripture there’s a story of a great man who is described as “a man after God’s own heart.” King David fell…and so could you! I think we get into a position in life where we don’t pay attention and we become “at risk” to anything!
There are many distractions in life…money, fortune, fame, popularity, selfishness, boredom, and the list goes on and on and on! We get distracted and become vulnerable to doing things that could destroy our lives (and the lives of others). So PAY ATTENTION….You could be next!
Sometimes there are no warning signs. Pay Attention!
After coming off another Christmas season, I have to ask….has it been easy for you to forget about Jesus? I mean, it just seems when I look around that everyone has a focus; making a living, education, activities, sports, purchasing a new car or house, and the list goes on and on!
In some cases, even going to church could be placed on the list. Could it be possible that we could even forget Him there…in church? Anything (and any place or any person) can become a distraction if we allow it. Yes, even good things, good places, and good people! Whatever we do, let’s make certain we never forget what Christ has done for us…and let’s take every opportunity to get to know Him better!