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Sundaylove.

When I was little, Sundays were the worst.  They were the days that meant school was coming. They were the days the meant freedom was over for five days. They were the dyas that meant waking up early was in my near future. And unless you’re CMB, you probably hate waking up early.

But, as the years have passed, Sundays have grown to become my favorite days.  Maybe it’s because I don’t have 5 long days of school every week, or maybe it’s because my first classes never start before 10 AM.  Whatever the reasons, these days, Sundays are the bomb. That’s right, I said the bomb.

CMB and I have this little unspoken tradition that we do almost every Sunday.  We start with lunch.  Usually with family.  And then, because we know that the later part of the day is going to be filled with other things, we sneak away.  We go to our favorite spot and we people watch.  We typically do the same thing every time.  But it never gets old.

Our little spot is a magic little spot.  We watch people do ordinary things and we talk about our crazy weeks and our hopes and dreams.  But every time we go there, I find something new to love.  It’s so nice to see families enjoying each other.  Couples playing with their dogs.  Older people walking around. Artsy people taking pictures. Sportsy people fishing and playing games.  Kids laughing and running around.

It’s all ordinary. They’re just people.

But, when we’re sitting in our little spot, and we’re laughing at all of the stuff we can see, it’s like being refreshed on what matters the most in life.  I always leave with such a peace about life.  I always think about that stupid cliche about life being a journey and whatever.  But, when we can see people from all different walks and going in all different directions, I get so caught up in it.  Maybe it’s just the dreamer in me..

I don’t know, I guess I just love that our spot seems to be this place where life is so 1950s.  And I guess because life isn’t really like that, it’s nice to have that little slice.  It makes me cherish the people and blessings in my life all the more.

Anyway, I’m sure you guys all have “spots.” But if you don’t, go find one.  Take some time and find that place where it’s easy to be still. It’s always worth it.

And CMB, thanks for always dreaming with me. The spot wouldn’t be as magical without you.

Have great Sundays, friends.

Madlove.

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Just call me Thomas.

“We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

I was sitting in my awesome church last night, listening to a game changing message, and this question smacked me right in the head.  I mean, right in the head.  If you’re not familiar with where this question comes from, it’s from the book of John in the Bible (perhaps one of my favorites).  It is from one of those verses that we all overlook.  You know, the one’s you’ve heard since age 4? Anyway, Jesus is telling the disciples,

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.[a] If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?[b] 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”

Easy enough to understand, eh?  You read this and you think, He said it. They understood it. Conversation done. Moving on.

But little do you know, I was alive back then, and in my typical fashion, I said,“No, we don’t know, Lord…we have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?” (Thomas actually said that). I’m never always there to second guess Him.

And, as if it were no big deal, Jesus simply responds, “I AM the way” sssssmack.

How many times a day do I tell Him that I don’t know the way?  I tell Him that life isn’t happening how I have it planned out, and that He is leading me astray.  But, He’s the way.

He’s the friggin’ way.

The Message version says that He is the road.  Really?  Could I be dumber?  He’s the road. Not the dead end, or the pot hole that trips us up.

He’s the road. You know, that thing we take to get where we’re going? That thing we need to get where we’re going?

Tell me, why should I think that I’m being led astray when He’s the ROAD?  Again, sssssssmack.

When the thing that I think should be happening isn’t…well, it’s because it shouldn’t be.  It’s not because He’s punishing me or playing games with me.  He’s the road, and He’s what I should be following.  Shouldn’t I know that whatever comes is in His plan?  It’s on His road isn’t it?

How easy the concept is to grasp, right?  It should just be, He said it. We get it. Moving forward.

But we don’t move forward do we?

We like to pout, and hold on to the past, and play the what-if cards.  We point our finger at Him and say, “You’ve messed this whole thing up. I had a plan!”

And He probably smiles and lets out a little chuckle because He knows we’re dummies. He knows where we’d be if our lives played out the way we plan for them to.  He knows that we’re gonna get over our momentary hissy fit, and realize that the Way is much better.

Here’s to shutting Thomas up and moving forward.

Madlove.

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battles.

This morning, I woke up WAY earlier than I wanted to, and decided to relax a bit before jumping into the craziness that awaits me.  I was making my daily internet rounds, when I stumbled on a heartbreaking story.

Her name is Kate.  She’s 5 year olds. She’s beautiful.  She’s strong. And, she’s battling brain cancer.

Her story starts on a day when an adventurous water park was on the horizon.  Instead, her mom decided to take her to a doctor because Kate was experiencing a tremor in her hand.  After a CT, they were told that the water park would have to wait.  She had a massive tumor in her brain.

Talk about a punch to the gut.

So, she’s undergone countless tests, studies, chemotherapy, surgeries, etc.  She’s even moved to Houston to get further treatment, leaving her father, older sister and younger brother behind.

She recently had a major surgery and was told that she would have to endure radiation, something that is extremely risky, but offers the last hope in the medical side of things.

She starts the treatment tomorrow.

I can’t even imagine what her family must be feeling today, knowing that in a few hours, their life could change, again, forever.

Anyway, after I read a few blog posts on her site, and cried for a bit, I had a revelation.

I’m always talking about the important things in life versus the things we are made to think are important.

In reading some of the posts that Kate’s mom writes, she talks about the things that she never thought were extraordinary, but now realizes that they are treasures and she soaks up every minute of them.

I’m constantly reminded that life shouldn’t be about careers, school, or business opportunities.  There’s nothing wrong with having those things, but they shouldn’t be the main focus in our lives.

Who cares if you make 100k a year, have a doctorate, or own 75 major franchises?

It all means nothing if you don’t have people to share life with or if you don’t have hope in the One who provides it.

Life is constantly throwing us battles, so why waste time building up things that aren’t going to be there for us in the end?

Why not cling to the things that matter?

Won’t life be so much better with love and hope?

Who cares about tumbling economies, or rising gas prices?  At the end of the day, all that counts is the people who go through the suck with you, and who share the times of triumph.

My challenge to you is to hold your kids a little bit closer tonight.  Hug your significant other.  Enjoy your dinner. Take a few deep breaths outside. Notice the things that you thought didn’t really matter.  Soak them up..

And if you want to find out more about Kate, her website is http://prayforkate.com

Madlove.

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