Mar 19 2012

Live Freely and Lightly

You wonder what their secret is, people who seem to handle adversity, with such a good attitude.

There’s Stephanie Decker, the mom in Indiana who lost her legs while laying on her children to save their lives from the tornadoes there last month.  She left the hospital in a wheel chair this weekend smiling…saying she feels awesome. 

I don’t know about you, but I just want to bottle it up.  

Saw this story of a man that had a pretty rough up bringing.  He was very poor, growing up in India…he’s not even 5 feet tall…he’s 4’11…spent some time in prison…but got into body building and won the Mr. Universe title in 1952.  Yesterday he turned 100. 

The secret to his long life?   His ability to take his troubles lightly and remain happy during difficult times 

That’s living life with God.  This thing called Faith.  If you’re worried about something, afraid of your future, talk to God about it. 

Today’s Encouraging Word: Matthew 11:30.  I love the Message paraphrase of this verse,

 to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."

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Mar 16 2012

The Secret to Life

St. Patrick’s Day…tomorrow…lots of school parties today though…you might be planning a special meal or maybe you’re like what’s the big deal. 

It seems sometimes as an excuse for a party, or rowdy behavior…kind of something you want to stay away from.

But, I saw something last night that said, St. Patrick is much more important than you might think.  Not just for the Irish.  Not just for wearing green.  Not just for corned beef and cabbage, but for the secret to life.

He came as a slave to a country that was deeply spiritual but had a spirituality of searching. The Celtic spirituality was rooted in nature.

A lot of the old Celtic symbols were attempts to unravel the secret of life, a secret that seemed to elude them until St. Patrick came to Ireland.

He taught them the real secret to life, that there is only one God and that you have a soul that will live forever. 


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