May 16 2012

Iron Sharpens Iron

If you have a good friend that will tell you when you have something in between your teeth and something wrong in you life, be very thankful.  

Like today's Encouraging Word says, "As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend." -Proverbs 27:17

I have a friend that's helping me like that right now, walking me through forgiveness.

Brand new song from Tenth Avenue North called “Losing” about forgiveness…

Lyrics:

“Why do we think that hate’s gonna change their heart

We’re up in arms over wars, don’t need to be fought

Pride won’t let us lay weapons on the ground

We build the bridges up, but just to build ‘em down.

As a someone who believes in complete grace and mercy from Godfor myselfsometimes I forget it also applies to other people. 

Maybe there’s someone in your life that you need to let off the hook.  If you'd like you can share it here, just share their initials if you'd like.  It's a start.

I was talking to my best friend about that yesterday, we were complaining a bit about what other people had done to us…

She said, she heard this saying that well it was so shockingthat it worked. 

“Refusing to forgive is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”Dr. Jim Dincalci

Like Tenth Avenue North said…

“Oh Father give me grace to forgive them cuz I feel like the one losin’”

Who could you extend grace to?  And get freedom for yourself?

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May 15 2012

Countless Second Chances

Maybe you’ve had a second chance your thankful for, maybe you need one today, but your not sure if you deserve it.  This story might give you hope:

“The Man with the Golden Voice” is back.  He was a former radio announcer who had it all…and lost it all.  He got into drugs, became homeless, lived on the streets for 17 years.  Then a guy passing by one day took a video of him speaking, it went viral and it made him famous. 

Things were turning around for him.  He got all these job offers.  It looked like this was his second chance, but his addiction got the best of him again.  He relapsed. 

Now, he’s getting a Third Chance.  He says he’s been clean and sober for a year now, and he has a book coming out about his journey.

Saw an interview with him yesterday he said,

“I never stopped praying…I never lost hope. I would ask…Lord, please, let a life-changing turnaround happen in my life.”

His story reminds me of the song "Second Chance" from The Rend Collective:

The lyrics say:

Always inside this mess

I have found forgiveness. 

Mercy as infinite as You

Countless second chances

We’ve been given at the cross. 

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