Tag Archives: God

Pedestal

30 Dec

(Originally ‘Long Hard Fall’)

When our ¬†celebrities, pastors, musicians, leaders, idols let us down, when they mess up, when they’re scandalous, we go into shock. Some people become numb, some in denial, and others get angry.

Whatever the reaction, I can’t help but conclude that the reason we respond so drastically is because of the long drastic fall of the people we look up to.

I repeat. “…look UP to.” Most of the time, we are the ones who put them so high up on the pedestal, not filtering the difference between respect and naivety.

How do we fight the naivety? Have a standard or a measure for values. If your favorite band, celebrity, politician, pastor, or whomever doesn’t hit the mark, measure to the standard and filter out the unnecessary.

As for me, my standard is based on my family upbringing and constant growth in my knowledge of the Bible. The principles line up and make sense to what’s relevant in life.

So when people fall or fail in my personal life or in the public eye, I have a better understanding and empathy. We’re all human, and just because one is in the public eye it doesn’t mean he or she should be condemned faster than the rest of the world. We’ve all fallen short of glory both publicly and privately.

I just thank God for mercy, grace, and second chances and third chances and fourth…and fifth…and sixth…

That’s where the respect comes in: Admitting to wrongs and messing up. It’s called accountability. It saddens me when these people in “high places” have these huge scandals that build up because they let one little white lie snowball into something almost unfixable spilling into the mass media’s pool of vultures. So be sure to have someone who you can go to in order to keep you in check. It preserves your life.

The phrase “nipping it in the bud” comes to mind” in terms of accountability. Stop it before it stops. That’s respect. No naivety. No pedestal. No long hard drastic fall. No disappointment.

Comfort and Joy

12 Dec

SO…It’s the holiday season, and Christmas songs are currently playing everywhere you go. We sing them so flippantly and melodically. It’s almost automatic.

As I was driving in my car a couple of days ago, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen was playing on a cd in my car, and I actually took the time to think about the lyrics “…oohh tidings of comfort and joy.”

Comfort and joy…is exactly what I need to hear right now as my migraines and neurological issues are constantly robbing me of my peace.

Comfort and joy…in the fact that God is always there for me no matter where I am.

Comfort and joy…in knowing that my life is full of blessings, and that I cannot sacrifice enough for the sake others.

Comfort and joy…in believing that I have a purpose that goes beyond my own life.

Comfort and joy…in Jesus.

I love Sarah McLachlan’s voice in this Barenaked Ladies’ folky bluegrass version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen:

Have a listen.

Strawberry Swingin’

5 Aug

It’s the details

…and the harmony

…that put us on top of the world.

Fact has it that there is a not-so-secret society among us, a society that is not exclusive, and everyone wants in. Within this group, people have a sense of greatness along with their peers across the globe whom they have never met. I’m not referring to the whispered conspiracies of the free masons or illuminati. The members of this not-so-secret society are both poor and wealthy, and they have resources for each other that can pull each other through tight binds, criticism, and adversity; resources like hope, encouragement, empathy, laughter, tears, and heck…money too. What is the main component that ties these people together? Appreciation…for life, each other, and even God. This appreciation drives joy (and not just happiness) through the roads of their lives. It also fuels the hope for each day they start and finish.

Another featured trait among these people is their attention to effort and detail, the little enhancements that can make life grand. As depicted above, adding a little extra zest to some stock sparkling cider turns a table of “commoners” into a banquet of kings and queens. Does that imply looking down upon others? By no means. While I can try to articulate it in my own words, I believe¬†Coldplay does it so much better with theirs:

People moving all the time inside a perfect straight line
Don’t you wanna curve away?
It’s such it’s such a perfect day, it’s such a perfect day

Strawberry Swing by Coldplay

Whether you’re escaping, conquering, laughing, or crying, there are others right there along with you. Together we push forward, putting in the effort to survive these harsh winters and dry seasons. Globally, we’re non-exclusive, and we differentiate ourselves for the better by being present and encouraging each other. We don’t need all of the money and power in the world to be at the top. We’re on top of the world because of God and each other. We are blessed, “strawberry swingin’” with world-class status.

Now raise your glasses!