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!
There have been times in my life that I just, “wanted out!” Out of relationships…out of a problem…out of trouble….just out! Now that I’m older (unfortunately), I realize my perspective must change. It’s not about “wanting out” any longer, but accepting that difficult circumstances happen for my own good. To teach me, train me, redirect me, slow me, speed me, change me…… It’s been said, “It’s not what happens to me, it’s what happens in me.” There will always be “stuff” that happens in life that’s unfair and untimely. There will always be people who lie, cheat, and accuse. I wish the “plan” for life was different…a life without struggle…a life without pain or suffering…a life where everyone treats you fairly. But it’s not. It is however, full of opportunity to let God work in us (as we go through the “stuff” of life) so that others can see Him in our life. Today I pray for a change of heart rather than a change of circumstances!
I took this picture to make a Valentines Day card for Tracy and my girls. In doing so, I was fascinated about a deeper meaning to the picture. I went into the gift shop at Central Church (near my office) and pulled a bible off the shelf to accommodate the setup. I placed the bible on a stand and opened it to the middle (curling each center page to the left/right and creasing it into the margin) to create the heart. In doing so, I was reminded that the heart of God can be found in the “center” of the scripture….and he can also be found in the margins of life! Proverbs 23:26 says, “My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways.” Psalm 20:4 says, “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” I think these scriptures give us much insight into His desire for us…He can find you in the “center” or the “margins”…but you must be available to Him! It’s amazing what you find when you “open the book!”