Remember what you’re here for and who you are. Remember the purpose and the vision God has given you. Life, however beautiful it is – beautiful in both its pain and achievements – is a temporary journey. Let’s make the most out of it through love.
My journey and God-given purpose begins with God’s love for me, and how He has fully accepted me as a son. And when I believe that, I can move from having fear into freedom. Confidence that whatever I feel, or whatever wrong may happen, I’m still loved and part of the family. I’m all for forgiving, loving, and understanding others.
Let these words sink in. Hold these promises into memory. Keep it close to you. Now don’t you forget, don’t EVER forget..
“I am the Lord your God.
I am holding your hand,
so don’t be afraid.
I am here to help you.”
-Isaiah 41:13 (CEV)
Take that promise and hold it tight. Wrap it around your heart. Let it rush deep down into your soul, because this is what truly matters. This is what defines you.
Don’t you ever forget…. Your Daddy’s holding you.
“Hey. Umm..it’s nice to see you again. And.. I’m sure you know already.
Yet, I’ve stepped out again, beating around the bush,
casting a fishing line into sea where fishes don’t exist.
You know how desperately I want to change right?”
“Yeah. You’ve got so much ahead of you.”
“Really… yeah. Really? How much assurance would it take to believe that?
When I know part of the equation, other than belief, is hardwork.
All the turmoil and striving, moving, necessary to keep living and to survive this battle called life..
And.. I don’t want to strive this way, anyway.”
“I know what you mean.
It’s how people give the choices and actions they’ve made all the credit, right?
Indeed, what would one be without action? Without the pressing on, the moving forward?”
“I receive the abundance of the grace of God and His gift of righteousness.”
It’s so much easier to wallow in sadness and blame. I could keep looking back at the past and see so much of the opportunities I have missed. I could focus on my lack, and listen to words that tear me apart. And I know it is easier to curl up in a ball in the corner or beat up yourself.
I guess, in this generation we have there are so many things to distract us from what our Father in heaven really thinks about us. Or we can get distracted, instead of drawing from the springs that He offers we turn to other things instead that could leave us dry.
“I could be better, right?”
“I could prove that…I can not be just a guy who is average. Or useless. I could be good at something. I could be more..”
“Looking at others – looking at their confidence, their status in life, the things they achieve and work out altogether, makes me see how small I am in comparison. It’s a discouragement and an encouragement at the same time.”
“It could be…one of the wells, or reason, for my doing better and aiming for more..”
“You know, often we look at what’s ahead..the future, our goals and wants.. but deep inside it could be.. our heart’s way of shouting its need for acceptance and position. We want to be somebody. However, is what lies ahead all there is to it? Or is it what we have in the here and now?”
“The great thing with God is…in Him we have both, in a different kind of aspect. Here and now – we are loved and accepted. We don’t have to compare ourselves to others based on what they do and what we don’t. We don’t have to envy others just because they have..things..talents.. things that we may not ‘appear’ to have.”
Comic by tacticianjenro (please tell me if you copy this or use)
I’ve finally made a new comic! Four months after making Mr. Noah Tall, I finally made a new comic, one that I just finished today. This here is one of my characters, Kaylan. Kaylan symbolizes weakness, struggle, and self-doubt. Things that I know a lot of people out there have. Inferior, meek…and yet, although we are those things (in action), we have so much more now that we are in Christ. And even while we feel this way, we can still step up and be an encouragement, even though other people might see us as only weak or “not there yet”.
I wouldn’t know how people would react to this comic, but I hope it shows a lot of hope, redemption, and Christ’s love and power.
Because..I believe that we don’t need to be in a position where we have “overflowing blessing” to be an effective testimony. The good news of Christ itself is powerful.. and He’s not finished with you yet! He has so much more in store of you, just as you are.
Spread the good news!
I’ve been looking around at Soundcloud, searching for covers of some of my favorite music, and found so many talented artists and music that don’t get a lot of attention. One that captured my heart through his music is Andrew Abbott, an Independent Christian recording artist from Ontario, Canada. His biography, I would definitely agree with: “His songs are lyric driven, reaching to the core emotions that each one of us have experienced in life.”
Grace? What is grace? One thing that Andrew Abbott does so well through his music is in capturing the hurt, regret, and failure – not ignoring it, not substituting it with false joy – but instead making us realize it. That…this is real. People hurt. But the good news is, there is LOVE, from a Father..a Daddy.. showing us grace, that…in spite of our sin and hurt, He accepts us and lavishes us with His Love..Love that is greater than our past.
As Andrew says, “I know there are people in this world that are hurting; I want my music to reach into their hearts and give them something that is greater than their hurt.”