A few days ago, in our daily Bible Reading Plan (BRP) we read through Psalm 139. Though a familiar passage, I tried to take on a new lens and prayed for a new perspective. But it wasn’t until I got a chance to rewatch this video that I had promise to share with a fellow sister in Christ that it all came together once again.
We are….insignificantly significant. The God that created the whole entire Universe is the same God that, not only created us…but knows us and loves us.
It is one of the most awe-inspiring things ever. Though supposedly unimportant next to the rest of the Universe, we find ourselves in a privileged position of being valued by the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. WOW.
I will let the rest of this video speak for itself.
I recently read a post that discussed the power of showing versus telling.
"Telling gives us the pride of being logical, even algebraic, and that certainly has its place in business. At the same time, more often than not, it renders one’s message utterly boring and unmemorable. Worse, the receiver of one’s message is being talked at, rather than brought in to become part of the discussion, make their own connections, share the experience with you – and thus make your story also their own…Obviously a good combination of showing and telling is needed in any thoughtful exchange. And as we are a narrative animal, we too often substitute a story for hard facts — especially the ones we don’t want to see. A caution to us all: lousy and lazy communication is lousy and lazy communication. One cannot ‘show’ their way out of that."
Best Advice: It is All About Showing, Not Telling - Christopher M. Schoroeder
It made me think about the ways we often try to simply tell about the Good News we believe in and forget to show it as well. Do we bring others into the discussion of the most precious thing we’ve discovered or are we simply portraying a boring message.
An equal portion of sharing verbally and demonstrating in action must be the proper prescription for us, but don’t forget that there is definitely power in showing [John 13:35].
Perhaps it’s time for us to learn to help others make The Story their own personal stories - ones of transformation. Here’s to an invitation to a life that is far from boring.
"When hot chocolate isn’t hot anymore…what does it become?"
A question asked by an insightful young boy (he must have been around 7-years-old) to his grandparents.
"Well…if it isn’t hot anymore, it must be cold chocolate!" exclaimed the child. "Yes, it would be a cold chocolate…or perhaps milk chocolate?"
The grandparents proceeded to unpackage the idea that this Hot chocolate doesn’t become a Cold chocolate, but rather a lukewarm hot chocolate.
"Why isn’t it luke-cold?"
"Lukewarm is just the term to describe something that’s not hot or cold - it’s lukewarm," replied his grandparents patiently.
"But why is it Luke-warm? Who’s Luke anyways? No, I think it’s a cold chocolate. I don’t really like my cold chocolate."
Reminded today that being lukewarm is a confusing and not-so-good place to be. [Rev 3:16]
Thank God for children who have a way of unveiling truth.
She believed that her strength
(what little of it she had)
could only be seen if
she just kept everything in.
If they saw the wounds and the scars, who would think her as strong? Would they still let her fight in the wars to come? And so the walls came up and the guards were posted. And signs were plastered reading “Nothing is to escape.”
Every thought shouted a war cry of “I can do this.” But every emotion whispered a fading “don’t go alone.” And though it made sense to open up the floodgates, she couldn’t break free of the chains binding her down to “shut-up-and-move-on.”
She gently reminded herself
of the many journeys
that came before.
But what was forgotten was that strength was never something mustered up from within. Strength was never something that simply existed. And strength was never meant to be built by one person.
It was time.
to break down the walls
to let others in
to experience strength in numbers.
and to understand
that strength may be
a big sprinkle of God.
It was time.
to take off the cape
what she needed was a better armor anyways.