~Psalm 139:23-24 reads, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.
How often do you ask God to search your heart? To bring to the light all the things that you tend to cover up or suppress? The Psalmist not only ask God to search his heart, but to know it. To know the depth of what lies beneath.
When you think of a situation or situations where you may have bitterness or unforgiveness towards someone because of an offense, minor or major, have you asked God to test you and know your anxious thoughts?
I have, just a couple of weeks ago, and I have to share with you, God responds rather quickly when we ask him to bring to light things in our character that we have to work on. Now, this time it was not him exposing something regarding romantic love but love all the same.
As Christians we are called to love our brothers and sisters in Christ and to forgive them when they have sinned against us. I was sharing Psalms 139:23-24 with a client and walking through what forgiveness looks like based on this passage and it got me to thinking, when the last time was that I had personally done this exercise, and it had been a while. So, I prayed, and walked through the forgiveness exercise. Later that evening I was on a Zoom call with several colleagues from all over the US and the first face I saw was someone who had offended me about 5 years ago and of course she was the most active in the chat, and I have to confess, every time her name came up, I felt this horrible knot in my stomach. Not because of a health issue, this was a feeling I knew all too well. It is the feeling I get when I am anxious and unresolved about something. Later that night I shared my feelings with my husband and asked him to pray for me about this situation and I have been praying daily about it myself. I would love to say that I am 100% resolved, but even now I can still feel the little knots of anxiety.
So, you must be asking, then why share this. I share this to let you know that when we cry out to God, seeking to be resolved of any offensive ways, that he hears us, and he exposes the areas that we need to work on. We just have to have the heart to allow others in to help us along.
Picking up in verse 24, it says, “See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.” When you pray and ask God to reveal those deep feelings of bitterness and unforgiveness you cannot allow yourself to just get caught up on the offense, because we have no control over the offender and when or if they will ever acknowledge their wrongdoing.
We have to focus on what we have control of and that is ourselves and our response to the offense. The scripture says see if there is any offensive way in me. It is at this point that you have to ask God to reveal to you your thoughts and feelings about the offender.
I am not saying you have to connect with this person and open yourself up to more harm, but what I am saying is that you have to begin to take your thoughts and actions captive and make sure that you are living out God’s word in the situation.
~Ephesians 6:11 in the English Standard Version says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”
I was recently a part of a Group Bible Study on the Book of Ephesians and learned that the phrase, may be able, in the original Greek translates to dynasthai, which means, I am powerful – I have the power.
We do have the power, when we begin to view things at a spiritual level, we come into the realization that even though humans are committing the offenses, there is still a greater spiritual battle that is attached to what is going on. When we put on the whole armor of God, his word, faith and the like, we are fully equipped with the power to overcome any situation that comes our way!
Which leads me to the last part of vs. 24 where it says, “lead me in the way everlasting”, the way everlasting. When you put in the work to forgive, when you take control of your thoughts and actions, it is then that you are allowing God to lead you in the way Everlasting!
We often align ourselves with others for many reasons and recently I was very pleased when I read a Report that stated 9 in 10 Americans or 88% of married couples marry for love. However, of the remaining 12% there are varied reasons why people choose to do life together. Some of them are:
Often only whispered about, many people make it their mission to choose their life partner based on the potential of being elevated financially. This again, leads into many other issues.
Life partners are chosen based on customs and religious traditions. Often choices are made out of a sense of responsibility.
But no matter how you began your relationship, now that you are there, the question is, how do you navigate through those moments that are not so great. Those times when you have to dig deep to remember the WHY behind your relationship.
Today’s blog is entitled, Loving Wisely, and we know that wisdom is having knowledge of what is true and right coupled with just judgment.
How wonderful would it be if this were in fact a glimpse into the reality of today’s relationships?
However, on the contrary, today’s relationships are often filled with
James 3:13-18 describes two variations of wisdom, saying, Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
Think about this from a relationship perspective. Would it not be wonderful to be able to have open and honest communication with the one you love without fear of being misunderstood?
The scripture says let them show it by their good life, therefore the type of wisdom a person is moving in is evident by how they are living their lives and how they interact with those around them. This is most often reflected in relationships that call for two uniquely different individuals to interact and make unified decisions on a daily basis.
Think about the last conflict you encountered:
You see, when we seek to fulfill our own personal desires without regard to the needs and wants of others we are operating from a place of earthly wisdom, which is lived out through selfish ambition, jealousy, disorder and evil practices. This type of wisdom only serves to fill us with a sense of self-righteousness and does nothing to reinforce the bonds of love and peace that a true Godly relationship is built upon.
However, when we approach our relationships through heavenly wisdom we operate from a place of humility and mercy.
How many of you are willing to take less but give more, to give of yourselves and lay down your lives for another.
I have spent a lot of time in the book of Leviticus and the conviction I have gained is that God was very serious about what, when, why and how sacrifices were to be made. He left no detail unattended. The more I thought about this the more I thought about how off-handed I use the word sacrifice.
I say I am sacrificing my time through serving others but often what I have done is arrange my schedule so that I am using my free time to serve. So, what am I really sacrificing?
I say I am sacrificing when I give my weekly contribution, but I am really giving the portion of my income that I have carefully built into my budget to give. So, what am I really sacrificing?
I say I am sacrificing by hosting an event in my home, but I genuinely enjoy entertaining. So again, what am I really sacrificing?
The word sacrifice is defined as the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.
So again, I ask what am I really sacrificing?
~ John 3:16-17 reads
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
God loved us so much that he sacrificed his only son for the sake of our salvation
How much thought have you put into your sacrifices lately?
Are your offerings to God coming out of your comfort?
Have you surrendered anything for the sake of another recently?
- Romans 12:9-21 says,
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.
Not the starry eyed, butterflies in the stomach reading you were expecting is it? You see, I believe that to have a love everlasting you have to be willing to surrender all and love as God commands us to love.
~ Ephesians 1:4-6 reads…
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
The scriptures say we were chosen by God. How does that make you feel?
Everyone needs to feel loved and secure; however, that need looks different in everyone: Some long to be accepted by many and to always be a part of the crowd while others feel perfectly content with the knowledge that they are loved and accepted by their immediate family.
Where does your security and comfort come from?
In a lot of cases, we desire to be loved and that love is not returned. How does that make you feel, do you still extend your love to those who do not love you or to those whom you feel are undeserving of your love? How do you love: In the book The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman describes five different “love languages”:
Words of affirmation: verbal praise & encouragement, thank yous, compliments to you and to others, special notes or tokens of thanks, verbal affirmation either to you personally or about you to others
Quality Time: having others undivided attention, enjoy having people come over and just hang out, sharing quality activities and conversations with others, really getting inside someone’s head to know their most intimate thoughts (Oh, yes this describes me perfectly)
Gifts: Visual tokens of love, prizes, awards
Acts of Service: Doing for others, having others do for you
Physical Touch: Pats on the back, hugs, friendly elbow jabs
Ask yourself; which of those best describe how you love and the love you long to receive in return. Now I have said Quality Time is my love language. But the world does not revolve around me, you or any other one person’s wants or desires. So, what happens when your love language and the love language of the one you love are different?
1 Corinthians 13:7 says love, Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Let’s take a moment and really examine what this verse is telling us:
Beareth all things – love enables us to assume and absorb some degree of loveless behavior by another or in some instances what may appear to be loveless simply because the other person’s actions do not measure up to our expectations
Believeth all things – love never loses faith in others and is willing to think the best of them in spite of past actions or current circumstances. Love allows us to look beyond past or present hurts or wrongs to see the best in others.
Hopeth all things – love looks forward with optimism, knowing without a doubt that God works all things out for good. Love enables us to move forward and release bitterness and anger.
Endureth all things – love holds on. After all is said and done, love never fails, it never ENDS.
I am not talking about the butterflies in the stomach, can’t eat, and can’t sleep, romantic love. I am talking about the kind of love that can only be attained and given through a deep relationship with GOD.
1 John 4:7 reads, Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
Deuteronomy 33:26 says, “There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides across the heavens to help you and on the clouds in his majesty.”
Let’s begin with a quick English lesson, Marriam Webster defines abide as remaining stable or fixed in a state. In this definition it is an intransitive verb, meaning (1) it is an action verb that expresses a doable action, like to stay or to remain, and (2) it does not have a direct object receiving the action. It is a stand-alone act. So, when we abide in God’s love, no one or no think is receiving that action. It is something we do in and of and for ourselves.
Let us take a walk-through Acts 17:24-28. The passage begins by clarifying just who God is: “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.
The God who made the world and everything in it. This is the God we serve. This is the God who loves us. The God who at the mere utterance of his voice created this entire world.
You know sometimes I take this for granted. Well, to be honest, not sometimes, but most times. I get up, pray, read my bible and then I am off with my day and so often it is only during those quiet moments that I reflect on the ALL of who God is. For the most part the rest of my day is spent leaning on my talents and abilities. I find myself spinning around trying to handle things on my own, when I am loved by the God who created the world. I only need to lean on him. Now how much stress would that remove from our lives if we truly embraced that one fact!
It doesn’t stop there. The passage goes on to say, And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.
First, did you catch the part where it says, “he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything.” That circles back to where we learned that when we abide in God’s love we are not affecting him at all. Remember, to abide in this sense is intransitive, meaning in basic terms, we are not doing God any favors when we chose to abide in his love. So, let’s not get it twisted, when we make the Bible our standard and hold unswervingly to the instructions and promises of God, it is not for his benefit, we are not doing it for him, we are doing it BECAUSE of him!
As we move along in the passage we see where it says, From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. From one man he made all the nations, there are currently 195 independent nations and over 60 plus dependent countries that is over 255 nations!
Now, do you really think anyone who can ensure that over 255 nations are inhabited REALLY needs anything from us? And he did it in such detail, it says he marked out their appointed time in history and the boundaries of their lands. So, you see, your being here right where you are today, exactly where you are, is no accident or happenstance. You are where you are because of the divine will of God.
“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for me?”
What comes to mind when you hear behold? I know for me, I envision something marvelous, beautiful, something that is absolutely astonishing!
Here in Jeremiah 32:27, God directs us to BEHOLD! But then he goes on to define who he is! He states clearly that he is the LORD, the God of all flesh. Just hearing that he is LORD is enough to make me pause in my tracks, but the God of all flesh! I don’t know about you, but all flesh to me automatically brings pictures of every type of person to mind. God is saying very clearly that everyone belongs to him!
But did you catch what he asks, “Is there anything too hard for me?” My immediate response is NO, absolutely not! After all, God created the Heavens and the Earth! Imagine this, Proverbs 8:27-29, says, “I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, when he gave the sea its boundary so that waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.”
WOW! Just WOW! “…he gave the sea its boundary so that waters would. Not overstep his command…” I love the water. Every spring my husband and I take a trip to Hilton Head Island. We always stay at the same resort and we make sure each year to slip away for a walk on the beach.
Standing before the ocean and looking at it in all of its splendor I just feel so small yet, so special all at the same time. Special because it never ceases to amaze me that a God who commands the seas also considers me!
Great right? Sounds like this girl has it all together. RIGHT…
Remember that, is there anything too hard for me question, yeah, that one. Well, with the big things, I am good. God has it, because there is no way I can even conceive of how to handle it. You know the big things like, war and peace, world hunger, homelessness! But the other things, oh the other things.
You know, things like illness and loss of Family and friends, work situations, finances, worrying about the young adults we call children. The list goes on and on. These things I seem to always want to hold on to. I will pray and give them over to God for a moment, a very brief moment, but then I find myself worrying about them or trying to handle them in my own way. I so easily forget that the same God who commands the mighty ocean waters to come just so far, is quite capable of handling the ins and outs of what I go through.
What about you? How are you doing with beholding, gazing upon God and recognizing him for all that he is? Are you able to pray and turn your cares over to God with the confidence that he can handle it or do you often find yourself becoming overwhelmed in your attempts to “take care of it” on your own?
I was sharing with one of my clients the importance of letting go and trusting God and she asked me, “how is it so easy for me to trust that everything will work out in the end?” My response to her was exactly what I will share with you today.
It is not easy. It is a daily decision to BEHOLD. To behold even when it seems as if there is nothing to behold. I do this in a very practical way. I pray continually, even when it is hard, even when it hurts for the words to come out, I pray. I practice daily, an exercise called Three Blessings, where I end each day by writing down three ways that I saw God move in my life that day. I spend time each day reflecting on God’s footprints in my life. Those moments when there seemed no way and the ONLY WAY things could have turned around was because of God. I hold on to those times, trusting Romans 8:28 where Paul says, “and we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”
I am not perfect; I never claim to be. But I do believe in God’s promises and my encouragement to you, is no matter the situation, when it seems there is no way apply these very practical steps:
Vision, the ability to close your eyes and imagine a future that not yet exists. It is the ability to see beyond what is in front of you and move towards something beyond your current self.
Take a moment, close your eyes and take a deep breath! How did that feel? What did you see?
2020 has always been thought of as having clear vision. Isn’t that what we hope for with each Eye Exam. I remember when our son was in elementary school, he wanted glasses so bad and crushed when the eye doctor informed us that his vision was PERFECT, 20/20. Well somehow that didn’t last for many more years. One day I received a call from his teacher telling me that she was concerned because he was complaining about seeing the board and it was causing him to have trouble in class. And what to do you know that 20/20 vision had somehow worked itself into a diagnosis of nearsightedness.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it seem like that’s what happened last year. I know for me 2020 started out with visions of doing so much, I was in the midst of planning two conferences, had travel plans to attend two more conferences, countless football games and many other meetups with family and friends. But just like our son’s vision, suddenly all of those plans became blurry.
So instead of 2020 being about conferences, travel and connections, 2020 was about fear, we were thrown into the middle of a global pandemic, racial unrest with the killings of young black men, the protest that followed and the division that ensued in our country and political division due to an unprecedented number of lawsuits that challenged the democracy that we have all come to know
What about you? How did you spend 2020? Were you paralyzed with fear? Were you afraid to venture out? Did you spend your time glued to media coverage of all that was going on around you? Did you find yourself getting pulled into divisive conversations that led to dead ends and lost friendships?
You know, even if you found yourself in one or more of those situations, that’s OK! The beauty about today is that we get to start new. To wipe the slate clean.
Lamentations 3:22-23 tells us that, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning…” Steadfast – to be firmly fixed, not subject to change, immovable. That’s God’s love for me, for you, for all of us. It is never changing. He loves us and as the saying goes, “there’s nothing we can do about it! Mercies, his compassion, his forgiveness towards us, never come to an end; they are new every morning”! That gives me HOPE, did you catch that, not a license to do wrong, but HOPE, in that fact that as an imperfect person, because of God’s mercies, I have the opportunity to begin again EACH and EVERYDAY!
SO NEVER, allow yourself to get caught up into that negative self-talk that so easily takes us captive and pulls us down into a pit so self-imposed misery.
I recently read a quote that went something like, “if you don’t come out of the pandemic with a new product, new book, etc. then it was never in you to begin with.” I don’t actually agree with that. After all, along with 2020 came a lot of emotional and spiritual challenges. Things like, depression, anxiety, abuse (alcohol, drug, emotional and physical) feelings of worthlessness and so on.
I don’t belittle the things that people may have experienced during this time of isolation. I Do however believe that for some of us, 2020 was a time of reflection. God in his infinite wisdom, removed the BIGGEST excuse used by so many of us, “I don’t have the time.” For a lot of us he removed the daily commute to the office, the lunch and shopping outings, the vacations that if we have to be honest lend more to the need for a vacation after the vacation because we don’t Know how to truly sit back and relax. He removed it all, giving us the opportunity to spend more time with him, more time for deeper Bible study, deeper prayer times, deeper inner reflections.
I believe that at some point rather through, prayer, personal fortitude, family and friends or professional help, there comes a time when we have to emerge! We have to come out of whatever may have been holding us back. Now is that time! We are three weeks into a new year, and we have the promise from God that his mercies are new every day, so that means today! Now is the time!
I know, you may be saying well there is still the same ol’ same ol’ going on, and to that I say you are right! We are about to embark on an historic week in our country, a Presidential Inauguration like none we have ever seen or imagined, from COVID protocols to intense security measures, the swearing in of not only the first female Vice President, but the first woman of color to ever hold such an office, a current President who is refusing to follow protocol when it comes to a peaceful transition of power and not to mention the threats of continued riots and unrest across our country. So YES, I get it.
But we are called higher. Romans 12:2 encourages us to, “not conform to this world, but instead to be transformed by the renewing of our minds” and Colossians 3:2 instructs us to, “set our minds on things above and not on the things that are of this earth”.
So yes, I say, now is the time to emerge new! And how do you ask do we emerge new? We start small, little by little and move forward from there.
Identify Your One Thing – That one little “Pet Thing” that seems to always prevent you from moving forward with the goals you have set out to accomplish. You know the thing, social media, TV, a lack of willpower, a lack of belief in yourself. The list goes on and on. Identify it and then take it to GOD!
Time with God: if you don’t already have a designated time set aside each day to spend with God begin there. If you already have a designated time, ask yourself, are you keeping that appointment time with God? If not, why? If it were a work appointment or a date with that special someone would you not put every effort into keeping that appointment, even preparing in advance and showing up early!
Don’t go it alone – find someone who will challenge you and hold you accountable to being the best you possible. Rather that’s finding a prayer partner, an accountability partner, a friend that you can go to when you are stuck or employing the services of a professional coach, just don’t try to do it on your own. Why, well, how has that worked out for you so far?
So, as we embark on this historical 3rd week of 2021, make the decision now, to make historical changes within yourself, so that as we move forward into this new year, you can fully emerge as the person God designed you to be!
How do you approach life? Do you simply move about aimlessly without a plan on the hope that fortune will find you? Or, are you a planner, chained to your schedule without a moment to spare?
How do you spend your free time? Do you surround yourself with those who can elevate you to the next level? Are you out moving from one great activity to the next? Where does your deepest passion lie? Whose hearts do you impress yourself upon?
With the recent deaths this past Friday of two great Civil Rights Leaders, Rev. C.T. Vivian and Congressman John Lewis I have found myself being very reflective. Asking the age old question, “what really matters”, “what is this life really about” “How do I want to be remembered” “How will I be remembered” But most importantly, am I living a life that is worthy to be remembered
What about you? You see we all, even without, effort leave a legacy behind. The question is what type of legacy will you leave?
I know you may say in today’s society, you don’t have time to worry about a legacy; you need to make sure today is taken care of. I can appreciate this, but my question to you is what about those you interact with on a daily basis, your family, the people you may lead (at work, at church, your kids sporting teams) and those you pass along the way.
I would like to touch upon three areas where we have the opportunity to leave a lasting impression and that’s (1) Family, (2) Work and (3) Mentoring
Family - ~Proverbs 13:22 says…A good person leaves behind an inheritance for their children’s children.
Work - ~Daniel 12:3 reads…Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like stars for ever and ever.
Mentoring - ~ Titus 2:3-5… Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
I encourage you this week to be mindful of how you spend your time, the lives you impact and the legacy you are forming!
The word lie is defined as a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive. When I think of deliberate, I think of something carefully thought out. This leads me to believe that before someone commits the act of lying they have already weighed the option, considered the outcome and deemed
the act of lying more acceptable than the consequences of being honest.
I would like for us to take a moment and consider two scriptures:
~Jeremiah 17:9 says…The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond
cure. Who can understand it?
~Luke 6:45 reads For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
The scriptures say the heart is deceitful, misleading, yet the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Why, did I choose these two scriptures: I was listening to a journalist speak
about an interview Oprah Winfrey conducted with Lance Armstrong, specifically
he was commenting on the point in the interview when Oprah asked Lance
Armstrong if he felt like he cheated and Lance’s response was, NO! No,
although he clearly and consciously went against the guidelines set by his sport
he felt that he had not cheated. However, in his response Lance Armstrong went
on to say that he believes he would not have won those consecutive races had it
not been for the Performance Enhancing Drugs. A clear example of a person
allowing their heart to deceive them; in this we see a man who has been so blinded by
his desire to succeed and the lure to be the best that he in his subconscious
found reasons to tell himself it was OK to take the drugs.
So why do we lie:
~ 2 Peter 1:3 tells us that “His divine power has given us everything we need
for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own
glory and goodness”
When pushed against a wall we as humans are designed to fight. When our security is threatened we tend to kick into survival mood. Often times giving in to the desire to lie our way out of a situation instead of trusting God, owning up to our mistakes and accepting the
consequences of our actions.
~2 Timothy 1:7 says… For the Spirit God has given us does not make us
timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
~Psalm 56:3-4 says…When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose
word I praise- in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do
3. Desire to Please People
Let’s be honest, at some point in our lives we all wanted to be liked. We all wanted to be able to say yeah, I pitched in and helped out in that situation. Then there are times when we just see a need and our desire to help out ways or ability and means.
~Matthew 5:37 reads…All you need to say is simply “Yes” or “No”
Two very simple words, yet at times two of the hardest words in the English language.
Are you driven by your desire to help (which is not a bad thing) but in your attempt to help you tend to make promises you cannot fulfill?
So what can you do to avoid falling into deceit:
1. Let your yes be your yes
Lies, deceit, deceptions, untruths, they hurt. They hurt those you love, those you
encounter along the way and they hurt YOU!
~James 4:14…What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
If you think of an aerosol can and how at the initial pump mists shots out, very similar to the way infants at birth shot from the womb. That mist, which is like our lives, then spreads out and often lands on objects or people that are in its path. In the same way our life should spread out and leave a lasting impression on those who are in our sphere of influence.
Laker fan or not, Kobe fan or not, you cannot mention the game of basketball without mentioning Kobe Bryant and the impact he had, not only on the court as a dynamic player but also the man he evolved into off the court. Like the mist, Kobe took full advantage of the opportunities he encountered to leave an impression that will live on long after January 26, 2020.
So, as we process the news of the passing of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the other passengers who were aboard the helicopter, let us pray for the families, shed our tears and then move forward with a determination that will allow us to take the best parts of Kobe the man and embody them within ourselves to enhance our own greatness. Using the talents and skills that we have been gifted with to impact in a positive way the lives of those we encounter. Becoming as 2 Corinthians 2:15 says, “the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing”.
However, if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or saddened by the events surrounding the death of Kobe Bryant and the other passengers or if you are just overwhelmed by life in general keep in mind the acronym P.A.D.S. Pads are defined as a guard worn to shield body parts (in this case your heart and emotions) against impact.
P – Pray
A – Allow yourself to feel and not attempt to suppress your emotions
D – Disconnect from the news and social media
S – Seek help from a trained professional