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!
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!