All posts filed under: faith

Freedom is Not Always Just About Our Country but Also About Humanity

On this day where we celebrate freedom I can’t help thinking about those who live in a prison no one seems to understand or often recognize. I’m talking about DEPRESSION. No matter how free we express we are on the outside or in our country, if there is a battle going on inside we are never free. Our out side will always reflect what is happening on the inside. Depression is a dark prison of the thoughts, emotions, and sometimes complicated brain chemistry. Not everyone wants to talk about it or admit they have it. It’s like it has become an embarrassment to say “I feel depressed”. Its not a situation where someone can just say, “Be positive” or “Cheer up”. It just does not work that way. No matter how we believe it got there; whether demonically influenced, chemical imbalance, deep grief or sadness, chemical addictions, or some sort of hole inside that never seems to be filled, it does not take away from the truth. DEPRESSION KILLS LIFE and that is the truth. …

Scapegoat Mentality

Back in Biblical times there was a sacrificial animal called the “scapegoat”. When the Levite priests did ceremony to cleanse the people of sins, the sins were symbolically placed into the animal and then it was sent out into the wilderness. It ran off carrying the sins of the people with it. In modern days, the scapegoat is a person who ends up taking the punishment for the wrongdoings or the sins of others. This hardly seems fair, but it happens all of the time, especially in families. One would think this would be the last place this would happen but it does, and usually behind closed doors. It also happens in places of business, in schools, and other places. I believe I have even watched this happen online as well. Wherever people gather, there is a tendency to be someone around who has to press down others in order to feel better about themselves. The pressed down one is usually the lonely one who bears the pain that has been placed upon them. It’s …

We Never Realize a Dream Alone

Do you have a dream? I think everyone does. You are definitely not alone. I have one I think of every single day, but I don’t always share it with everyone. Today I wondered why that is. After all, dreams are realized among people and not alone. At least that is what I believe. Maybe your dream is a new business, or starting school. Maybe you want to be a best selling author, or get married and have children. On a larger plane, maybe your dream is a more peaceful world with more people getting along. Wouldn’t it be great to have good news on TV all of the time? The thing is, we have to make our good news if we want that. I don’t know about you, but I get real weary of all of the negative news that hits us daily. We have to stay informed but it is real messy once we are deep into the stench of garbage that goes on in our world. Much to our illusion there is …

How To Trust in an Un-Trusting World

Trust is a very valuable thing. In the human world we EARN the trust of others. In the realm of God we can trust everything because God is faithful and never deviates from the true nature of who He is. What do we do in a world where it is so hard to trust? Can we ever truly trust anything outside of ourselves when humans are not perfect and can so easily make mistakes? Trusting depends on where our trust is directed. Have you ever given thought to trusting yourself? Can you depend on yourself and do you believe in yourself too? When the chips are down and the world is hard to understand can you rely on yourself in any circumstance to bring things through, regardless of what that might look like? Trusting yourself is your answer when it is hard to trust others. Let me give you an example. I get nervous when other people drive and I am in the passenger seat. It makes no difference who it is. No two people …

Establishing Yourself in the “Void”

I was watching a movie the other night and one of the characters proclaimed, “I don’t know what is wrong with me, I feel so empty.” In the story line she was in transition. Her life had a pending new decision which meant letting go of all that is for soon what will be. In the mean time, her life was void, empty, seemingly stuck. I nodded as I listened to her mostly complain and cry. Drama will be drama. I understood her statement though. I think we have all been there. In “the void”. The void is that place where we think is dark and empty. It seems that way when we are there. In truth, though, it’s a place filled with expectation and creation. Remember, God created from that which was void and made beautiful things. The void is a place of learning to let go of what was for what will be. It’s a place of utilizing our faith and imagination to create new things. Yes, it is also an exercise in …

Love Trumps Rules

Have you ever heard the expression, “rules without relationship bring rebellion”? A person can try to enforce all the rules upon someone else but if there is no relationship all the rules in the world can not make someone love or obey. I can’t say why we get so caught up in rules in the Christian faith but it sure does not bring good relationships. Jesus’ way is the way of the Father’s love. His love is a love that covers even when we fail or make mistakes, and we all fail. Jesus came for the sick not the perfect. The irony is there is none who is perfect, so in the divine design he died for everyone. It’s our personal choice if we want to accept His ways or not. To be in Christ is to be in love. Honestly, who cares how a person prays as long as they do, or how a person dresses because it is God who dressed man and woman first in the garden of Eden. When someone opens …

The Lord is Close to the Broken Hearted

Psalm 34:18 “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” I’ve often heard our greatest witness for Christ is when we are broken in our hearts and pliable in the potter’s hands. He takes our broken pots of clay and remolds them into a bright and shiny new pot that will hold much more of His Spirit as we pour out to others who need a touch from the Master’s hands. In our brokenness we can be His hands and feet. We can bring to this world His light. Can we all agree that this world needs more Christ light in it? I am not sure I want to use the word “imagine” but for lack of a better word I am going to. Imagine a world where, through our brokenness, we become the greatest healers on the earth. Jesus walked powerful on this earth, but He also displayed a heart that could be broken. If this were not so then He would not have experienced everything a …