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Eagerly Waiting

Just the other day, I was flipping through the pages of Hebrews when I found a cool verse in chapter 9.  Here’s what it says,

“So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are

eagerly waiting

for him.”

-Hebrews 9:28-

When the realization hit me that I must always be eager in waiting, I began to feel like Octavius–the tiny figurine of a Roman soldier–from Night at the Museum 2.  In one scene, Octavius sets out to save his friend.  The only problem is that he must run across the front lawn of the White House.  For a tiny, plastic toy, this is a huge undertaking, one that he definitely underestimates.

Octavius begins by running with zeal.  The camera zooms in on him running through the grass, each blade taller than the red mohawk on his Roman helmet.  The viewers see Octavius running and panting and screaming war cries, but then, the camera zooms out, showing a view of the White House and the lawn out front.  Octavius cannot even be seen.   Eventually, Octavius collapses from exhaustion.

Often times, I find myself feeling just like Octavius.  My spiritual batteries become recharged, and I’m off to sprint to the finish line.  Once I feel exhaustion setting in, I look around only to realize that the distance yet to run seems too far and that there is no way that I can remain eager for even the rest of the day.  It’s in times like these when I wonder, “How in the world am I supposed to eagerly wait?”

God has already answered this question in a couple of verses.

  • Romans 15:5 calls God the “God of endurance and encouragement” and tells us to find our encouragement through Him and His word.
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9 says that God’s grace is sufficient for us, even in our weakness.  Verse 10 even says that His power rests upon us in times of weakness
  • Galatians 2:20 reminds us that as Christians, the life that we now live in the flesh, we live by faith in Christ!

Here’s how we are to continue to wait eagerly:  to receive encouragement and endurance from, to rely on Him as our strength in our weakness, and to always live by our faith in Him.

So next time that you find yourself feeling depleted of spiritual energy, go to God.  Remember the work that He has done in your life; feel His power being perfected in  your weakness!  All the while, you’ll discover that it’s much easier to wait eagerly, after all, it’s Christ that we are waiting for…

“A Man Fell Into a Hole”

Do ever wonder what makes Christianity different from other religions?

We have Jesus Christ!

This video, “A Man Fell Into a Hole,” shows the best comparison/contrast of the different religions that I have ever seen, and I hope that you will watch it!  It’s short, so what do you have to lose?

Thanks again, Spencer, for showing me this video!

Buddy the Elf and Being Someone’s Faith

One of my favorite movies is Elf with Will Ferrell.  There’s a scene where Buddy follows his dad, “Papa Elf” into the workshop for Santa’s sleigh.  In this scene, Papa Elf tells Buddy that Santa’s sleigh runs with the help of a turbo engine.  “But Dad,” Buddy begins to ask, “I thought Santa’s sleigh was powered by Christmas cheer?”  And that’s when he saw it.  The “Claus-ometer” was running on zero.  Faith in Christmas was at an all-time low, and it was their job to figure out how to make the sleigh fly.

They tried securing another engine to the sleigh, but it fell off in mid-flight on Christmas Eve.  The sleigh was merely flying on fumes of Christmas spirit.  There was only way to get the sleigh to fly: to help others have faith in Christmas once more.

Do you ever feel like you are running off of fumes of your faith?  Sometimes we find ourselves in a place where it seems impossible to have faith.  A bad thing may happen to you or a person that you know, and faith feels just outside of our grasp.

One of my best friends and I were talking about this last night, and he told me something that I will never forget.  “Sometimes,” he told me, “we have to be someone else’s faith for them.

Having faith is so much more than just believing in God and that Jesus died and rose again.  Having faith is remaining in the sincere confidence that God is faithful, too.  We stray; we lose our faith; we feel as though we have nothing left to give or receive, but God is also there.  He is faithful.

Faith in God is what rejuvenates us.  It’s the faith of those around us that inspire us.  It’s the faith of those around us–a simple way in which they remind us of God’s love–that picks us up again.  God is so good, but sometimes we just have to be reminded of that.

The same is true for others.  Just as we need others to have faith for us in our times of doubt, we also need to have faith for someone in their times of doubt.

Whenever you feel like you are running on the fumes of your former faith, take a moment to look up.  See all of those around you that are living in faith for you.  Be inspired.  Be filled with their faith.  Whenever those around you fall, don’t ever lose your faith in him or her.

Sometimes having faith also means being someone else’s faith.

Dear Mr. God

“Dear Mr. God”

by The Warren Brothers

“Dear Mr. God, I’m writing you today

‘Cause it seems that lately i’ve forgotten how to pray

I know I don’t need this pen but everybody likes to get a letter now and then

I’m sorry for not writing more

Cause I need you but it’s hard to see

why anyone as big as you needs anything from me

I know you’re there, so how you been

I’m alright but I can’t lie sometimes

I feel like giving in; you’re all I’ve got

Dear Mr. God

Sometimes I wish you lived next door

Over coffee you would tell me what you started all this for

I guess you saw that sunrise yesterday

Thanks for the reminder that you’re never gone away

It gives me hope, tellin’ me what you already know

I need you but it’s hard to see

why anyone as big as you needs anything from me

I know  you’re there so how’ve you been

I’m alright but I can’t lie sometimes

I feel like giving in

Dear Mr. God, tell me do you ever cry

We forget to thank you for the good things in our lives

I know I can’t always understand

why you do the things you do but I know in the end

I’ll make it through if I stand next to you

So here I am

Dear Mr. God I’m writing you today

Cause it seems that lately I’ve forgotten how to pray”

Journal Entry With God

I haven’t been able to go to sleep.  Whenever I’m not able to go to sleep past 10:30pm, that means one thing for me…The Big Guy wants to talk.

While being a poot-tail about it for a second, I finally turned on my light, grabbed my journal that I keep by my side at all times and began to journal.  I want to share it with you tonight because I think that many of us can relate to this conversation that I had with Him.  (By the way, you’ll see Him called “Poppy” in my prayer.  I like to call Him that instead of God or Father because those names always seem to require that I say thou and thee and stuff like that.  Calling Him Poppy makes Him seem so much more like the loving dad or pappaw that He is.)

Sarah’s Prayer Journal

February 15, 2010

“Dear Poppy,

This day has been one, huge day of adventure, hasn’t it?  By Your grace alone, I came out on the other side, and I am on my way to start another day of adventure.

The thing that I’m beginning to learn is that You are truly all that matters.  You are the Ultimate Authority over everything.

As a human being, nothing about me is certain.  Just as Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride, I’m so busy trying to figure out who it is that I’m supposed to be to all these different people that I don’t even know how I like my eggs cooked!

What I’m also beginning to see–thanks to You opening my eyes after crazy days like today–is that you truly are love. (1 John 4:8)

Today, so many people saw that my spirit was not joyful as it usually is.  Though one teacher thought it would be appropriate to push my head towards my desk and make a joke about me not wearing make-up–a love push, maybe?–so many others supported me.  They loved on me, and through them, You were proving to me just how much You love me.

Once again, Poppy, I thank you so much for promising me in Revelation 21 that one day, You Yourself will wipe away all the tears from our faces.

I love you,

Sissy :)

P.S.-  I like my eggs softly scrambled with salt and pepper and even cheese grits if I feel like washing more dishes, but You know what I mean… ;)”

I hope my journal entry relates to you in some way…I’m sorry, too, because the ideas are scrambled but, hello, I’m such an old person and go to bed around 10:30 and look!  It’s 2:00am!  Oh wow…. hahaha

Good night, all you wonderful people!  I’m sure that I don’t know all of you, but I love each and every single one of y’all so much!  Wherever you are, sleep well tonight :)

Pray It Forward to Pay It Forward

In the movie Pay It Forward, the main character, Trevor, is assigned an extra credit assignment: to “think of an idea to change our world and put it into action.”  Most of the class complains to the teacher saying the project is too hard, crazy, and a “bummer idea”.  Trevor, however, creates a revolutionary plan: to “pay it forward.”

The basis for this idea is simple: to help three persons in a way that they cannot help themselves.  Each person should then do something for three other people.  Like a line of tumbling dominos, kindness spreads to many by one gentle tap: one person’s acts of kindness.

Trevor’s idea is great, and if actually put to practice, would have a huge ripple effect on our campus.  With a little variation to this idea, we can “pay it forward” to more than three people.  We can “PRAY it forward toPAY it forward.”

Why “pray it forward?”  Prayer is the most precious gift that we can give someone.  To pray for someone means giving that person—with their worries, their struggles, even their sources of joy—over to God.  We can pray for someone else when they don’t even realize they need it or when they are convinced God isn’t even real.

Right now, imagine the struggles that you are going through—whether they be related to school, money, family, friends, health, God, etc.  Now, consider that every single person around you has just as many, if not more, trials in their own life.  Imagine praying for all these people that you don’t even know.  Imagine praying that no matter what their struggles may be, that God will work through them and be glorified in the end.

Prayer heals.  Prayer enlightens.  Prayer inspires.  Prayer moves.  Prayer penetrates.  Prayer gives the blessed assurance that God is always at work within us and through us.  Prayer allows us to step outside of our own problems and see that our lives have nothing to do with us but everything to do with God.  Prayer, my friends, is powerful.

Ghandi once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  God has given us a similar purpose: to be the change He wishes to see in the world.  Together, let’spray it forward to pay it forward.  Let’s be the change. Let’s pray.