Monday, June 20, 2011

Six Degrees from Knowing You

We've all heard the phrase 6 degrees from Kevin Bacon. It means that we are separated from each other by 6 people a piece. You can get to anyone in the world through 6 people you know. For example:

Marge has a cousin Fitzgerald whose best friend Lyle is friends with Jared who happens to know Britney in Las Vegas who works with Samwise whose brother is Kevin Beacon. So technically Marge knows Kevin Bacon.

When I was out on a run yesterday I started thinking about all the people I know and all of the people I don't know and would like to meet. There's plenty of people in this world I would love to talk to and shake their hand. I started thinking of random famous people I'd like to talk to and what I would say to them. I had it all planned out for certain Christian celebrities, making up false realities in my head and laughing out loud. Then I thought to myself, I will get to meet them in heaven.

Woooah. So that's when it hit me. Christians are connected by God on the first degree. So if we go back to our example that would mean that Marge knows Kevin Bacon first hand. All Christians are connected by God and will spend forever together in eternity. That is so cool! We are connected and God is the glue that binds us.

As Christians were all here for one common purpose and that is to glorify and serve God, drawing people to him. Whether everyone knows your name or only the people in your house, you have a greater purpose that units us all.

Just something to think about. I have lots of people I will probably never meet here on Earth that I will love to thank in heaven for their examples they lead while we were here. I'm connected to them by their faith and they are connected to me. Same goes for you. That just shows the vastness and the power of Gods family. Pretty sweet.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Brain Works.

Whenever we are faced with a challenge some of us think about the following things:

What is the probability of the situation working out?
How many different scenarios can arise from this problem?
What is the probable outcome for each of those scenarios?
Which are the best scenario courses of action?

It gets worse...

Of those best courses of action, which will be most likely to succeed?
If one or more of those choices has a desired, probable outcome, which will you chose?

Congratulations- you just took a step into the way my brain works. I hope I didn't confuse you too much along the way. Some people claim I think too much and the truth is I do. I tend to over analyze my situations and dissect them into the simplest forms of matter for processing. But it's not always a good thing (and if you know me, you would never have guessed I think like that because I am generally laid back and easy going). Seeing as we serve a God whose ways are above our ways and thoughts above our thoughts, why do we try so hard to understand?

God always tends to chose the course of action for me that I never would've chosen because the end result, after countless hours of thinking, are always inconclusive. These are the paths I can not see the light at the end of the tunnel in. This requires blind and selfless faith to jump right in and let God light up the path a little at a time along the way.

Honestly this is just what has been on my mind lately. If I can see a probable outcome and a simple solution, it is most likely not what God has for me. On the other hand lately, If the situation seems impossible and no probable outcome can be established, God says to go that way.

So that's what I do. And that's when God makes His plan crystal clear. He is not the author of confusion, but He wants to be the one to show us the clarity. So if we try to figure Gods ways out on our own, we get confused. Everything happens for a reason. God will show you what that reason is. Sometimes you just need to stop searching for it. Sometimes you need to stop questioning it. Let God be God.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Love without limits and bounds.

If I tell you that love knows no limits and knows no bounds what is the first thing that comes to mind?
We often hear stories about the love people have for each other that allows them to over come every obstacle and even defeat evil. At the end of every disney movie it is usually love that breaks the spell and the loveless villain that gets destroyed. We have an understanding that love is a powerful force but we never fully understand it until we see it in action.

There have been countless stories about a parents love for their child, saving them. Or stories about a couple that falls in love and must change the hearts of their families and their entire world in order to be accepted and be together. There are also stories of best friends sticking together and helping each other in their most desperate hour. If love is such a powerful force that it causes people to change their entire lives to pursue it, how can we say that it doesn't exist?

If people loved more they would accomplish more. If they loved even their enemies there would be no reason for fighting. This world destroys love on a daily basis because it realizes how powerful it is.

"For God so loved the world"- a verse we hear all the time but do we really know what that sentence entails? Think about the craziest thing you or someone you know has ever done for love... People risk everything they have for the power of love because they know that love will always triumph over hate. It is a powerful weapon. Once you have it, you don't want to ever let it go. God LOVES us. And if we think the human version of powerful love has had some impressive stories, nothing compares to Gods.

He sent His son to die for us. Love washed away our sins, love raised His son from the grave. Love is what connects us to God. The God of the universe used love as his most powerful weapon to free us from sin. If God's most powerful attribute is His love, why shouldn't our most power attribute be our love?

Love knows no limits, love knows no bounds. We live in a world that restricts and taints love. But the world does this because it knows how powerful love can be, that it can change peoples lives and cause people to climb mountains they never thought possible so they try and keep it at bay. What if we loved like God loves? Even our enemies. Even the people we just don't like. What would happen to this world if we all had the power of love, limitless and boundless?