Feb 23 2012

Tell Your Story

It’s the Super Bowl of award shows and fashion coming up this weekend.  The Oscar’s are on Sunday.  

Maybe you’re getting together to watch it with some friends.  I’ve noticed on years that I have an Oscar Party, it’s more about the conversation that goes on during the show, than the show itself. 

Inevitably the conversation turns from whose dress we like best to the stress we’re dealing with and how we can help each other through it.  Kind of like the movies.  We love the dramas that unfold, and relate to the characters.  So, why not share your own dramas and allow people to relate to you?

One of the actresses that’s up for Best Actress, Viola Davis, from “The Help” put it best when she received an NAACP award recently.  She said,

“Man gives awards, but God gives rewards. If you are breathing, if you are living, you
have a story to tell.”

Some stories make the big screen.  Some stories just get told in your living room with friends.  Both make a difference.  Be real.  Be Honest.  Tell your story. 

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Feb 22 2012

Exchange Your Ashes for Beauty

"You've got something on your Face."  

Hate that.  We’ve all been there.  Walking around not realizing you’ve got something gross on our face, until someone finally points it out. As soon as you discover it, you wipe off the offensive item (sometimes you need a mirror to get it right) and try to walk through your last hour wondering who else saw you while you had that thing on your face.

It’s embarrassing.  Makes others think that we don’t have our act together.

There are a lot of people walking around today with something on their face, but it’s on purpose.  It’s Ash Wednesday

"When the ash mark sits on your forehead we feel marked because, well, we are marked. The ashes designate that we are real sinners and this is something the world refuses to hear. It’s embarrassing to go around town that way on Ash Wednesday, but that’s the point, isn’t it. And then, at the end of the day, do exactly what Jesus says: wash your face.”  ~Rev. Karl Weber

You’re forgiven.

 

"What does God do with dust and ash?

He grows things out of them.

He lifts people out of them.

He unfairly accepts them in exchange for beauty.

He spits in them and uses the mud to give sight.

He washes them off your feet.

He breathes into them and creates new life."

~~Trevin Waxr

How has God made beauty out of your ashes?  Tell me here or on my Facebook Page.

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