Thursday Rant

Well, here we are.  Approaching another summer.  So far, things are pretty much even keel for me. Definitely some challenges that I had to overcome.  Still, new challenges are ahead so for that, I am grateful.

I think I’m really going to try something new this time around.  I’m really going to rely on my faith.  Now, I know this is probably sounding strange coming from me but, let’s face it; we ALL have issues with faith and its lack of use.  The Bible teaches us, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Heb 11:6)  This being said, we have to learn to adjust our faith so that it is at the forefront of our decision-making.  Lately, I have tried to use my faith but, I got in the way.  Too early, in fact.  God will always do things in His time and, when we deviate from that, it can prove disastrous.  You end up missing out on things that you could have very well had, if only you would have just waited.  I am a true witness to this.  I lost what would have been mine but I rushed it.  I was way too eager to seize the opportunity.  Was it fear? Was it pride? Was it selfishness?  Was it even all three?  Those are questions that we have to ask ourselves when we’re faced with this type of situation.  What am I afraid of if I wait? What happens when it doesn’t happen and how will that make me look?  What’s wrong with me having this? Everybody else does.  I WANT ONE TOO!!

Last time I spoke about removing the bandage in order to heal.  Well, this goes hand in hand with that.  The healing process has to begin but you have to trust God that He will heal whatever pain you have, regardless of whether it was self-induced or not.  Paul told the church in Corinth that he had a vision as well as a thorn in his side.  Apparently it was pretty annoying since he asked God to remove it three times.  This is when God spoke to him in verse 9, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Cor 12:9)  This means that, even though I am going through a period, even though my heart may be aching, and even though I feel like it can’t any better, God’s grace is sufficient.  It always has been, it always will be.  We just to trust and have faith that it is so…

Sunday Rant…Rip off the Bandage

I usually don’t do too many of these but, in the interest of transparency, I decided to share this.  We all have feelings.  Every one of us was born with them and, throughout our lives, they can be hurt, broken, crushed, etc.  That being said, how do we deal with that?  How do we keep them from going through the ringer of ruin?  Do we make decisions on a whim or allow some things to happen, only to possible regret them later?  That’s not an easy question to answer.  Those of us who have been in those tough situations will agree that there is no safe way out.

I’ll tell you a story.  When I was a kid, I scraped my knee really badly.  There was blood and everything.  Well, Mom put a bandage on my knee and things started to feel better.  A few days later, I was getting ready to take a shower as usual.  My dad comes in to see if I was OK.  I told him yes but he asked about my knee.  I told him that it didn’t hurt anymore.  He went on to say, “well you know that’s not going to heal if you don’t take the bandage off.  You have to let the air get to it in order for it to heal.”  I told him that I would take it off later that night and he left the room.  Well, as I was showering, I started to peel the bandage off…slowly.  It started to sting a little.  The more I peeled the more painful it got.  After I finished my shower, I went to my room and my dad passed my. He noticed that the bandage was still on.  “Andre, you have to take that thing off”, he said.  I told him how it started to sting when I tried to peel it back.  “That’s not going to do it, son.  Peeling it back is only going to cause more pain.  Rip it off.  It may bleed a little but the healing won’t start until it’s off.”  Again, I told him that I would take it off.  The next thing I hear was RIIIPPP!!  My dad came in and ripped off the bandage!  I was in shock.  However I didn’t feel the pain until a few seconds later.  Dad came back in and helped me clean it.  “Now it can heal.” he says.  I went to bed still kind of in shock.  Why would he do that?  Why did he make it worse?  IT HURTS!!!  A few days later I noticed that things started to heal quite nicely.

If anyone is reading this, look at this analogy.  Now read it again.  Instead of waiting for the right time, just rip off the bandage.  Leave the wound alone and then let it heal.  You be able to move on a lot quicker.