Jan 11 2012

What Defines You

You know how when you meet someone new or at a party…they ask so what do you do for a living…you tell them about your job, or your family…but your thinking inside, there’s gotta be more than that!

What defines you?

It could be your job, the fact that you are a parent, or maybe it’s the things you own like a car you love or your home. 

The problem is what happens when you loose it.  Lose your job, kids grow up and move out, then what?

When you define who you are with what you do for a living, or the objects that you own, it’s temporary, your identity is fragile.

I saw where Entertainment News Reporter Guiliana Rancic is undergoing a redefinition of who she is after having breast cancer, and a double mastectomy . 

She works in Hollywood where your body defines you, and now part of it is gone.  She said that some people told her that this surgery could have put her job in jeopardy.  Her response was, “if my job was defined by my body and gorgeous gowns then I’m in the wrong business.”

She went on to explain that having gone through this experience she sees religion in a new light   She and her husband Bill, had always prayed on their own, but now they praying together.

She has learned that your job, your things, your body are temporary, and if you let them define, your setting yourself up for loss and great disappointment.  The only thing permanent, the only thing that defines you, is if you have a relationship with God.

What He says about you matters.  When you believe in Jesus, He calls you His child, your sins are forgiven, He doesn’t hold your past against you, He doesn’t count up all the things you’ve done wrong

The bible says, He is enthralled with your beauty, and rejoices over you with singing, not because of what you look like or do for a living, just the way you are.

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Jan 10 2012

Keep Moving Forward

Hard to believe all that can happen in a year. 

Sometimes you go through something and you think it’s the end of the world, and life will never be the same again…but that can be a good thing. 

I don't know about you, but I don't want to go backwards in life, I don't want things to be the same as they were, I want to press on and move forward to see what else God has in store.  Life is an adventure, I want to be like the "Little Engine that Could." Even if I have to mumble in my head, "I think I can, I think I can"

If you’ve been following Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, and her path to recovery after being shot in the head, you can’t help but realize that if Gabby can do it, you can do it too.

Saw on the news last night that she was at a ceremony marking one year of that horrible shooting in Tucson, Arizona.  It wasn’t sad though, it was a triumph of how she has recovered in just a year, she’s had to learn to walk again, and speak again.  It’s a miracle she even survived.

The most moving moment was when her husband, Mark Kelly, helped her raise her paralyzed right hand…he picked it up and placed it on her heart for her, and she recited the Pledge of Allegiance, not mumbling like you used to do at school because it was required…she did it with joy, because she could.

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