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My Ugly Necklace – A Reflection


Necklace

Every day, I wear an ugly necklace. It’s a sterling raven skull slung on top of a cog by a short chain and a leather cord; and I made it myself.

I used to think that “those people” who wore punk, Goth, or other counter-cultural styles were all looking for attention. I had them all pretty well pegged. Their choices in style echoed silent screams of insecurity.

“What does it take to get your love and attention?”

“Will you love me no matter what I do, no matter what I look like?”

“Stay away. I will not be betrayed by love again.”

I thought I had it all figured out and chose for myself the most culturally bland and accommodating styles so as not to likewise appear so insecure. I made myself plain and ordinary, an ‘all things to all men’ kind of man.

Then something happened. What happened is a long story, involving the amazing providence of God in healing my heart. The short of it is that my own insecurities were unveiled and I learned that I too was trying to project something that I wasn’t. Instead of projecting my insecurities, and in truth my dislike for myself, I hid them behind a cloak of Average. Instead of crying out, I blended in.

But that event revealed something in me. I am not average or typical; none of us are. I was made for more than that. The necklace I wear represents that part of me that I feared, dismissed, and disliked for so long, that part of me I had to make peace with, that part where my strength truly lies.

I still think it’s a rather ugly necklace. It even takes effort for me to choose to wear it some days. And that is the point. It makes a statement. Not to those around me who see it, but to me. Whenever someone looks at my collar funny, whenever I look in the mirror, whenever I feel the pendent against chest, I remember. I remember that I’m not who I once wanted to be. I am stronger than that man, I am made unique and for a purpose, a purpose that transcends cultural expectations.

Not every punk is trying to tell you something, or trying to be something they are not. Sometimes they are just trying to remind themselves that they are Loved for who they are, and that who they are is so much more than Average.

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Iceberg vs Boat – Wallpaper


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Epic Iceberg.

I told you I was going to continue posting wallpapers.  This came out of National Geographic’s photo contest.  The stark contrast between the overpowering iceberg and the small boat reminds me of how small I really am in the universe.  Oddly enough, that makes me happy, because I know the  creator of that massive universe knows and loves me, and has his eye on me.


Is Jesus Enough – Brant Hanson


This guy is my hero.

“… No, it’s not rational. But none of this is. And it was self-absorption, too, which gave me something else to feel failed about.

But I take a little pill, once a day, and wham — I can think about other people. I think I’m okay. I can sit and relax and fall asleep. I can be on the air, do something stupid, like I do daily, and move on. Happens to the best of ’em, you know? One little pill, and I’m a better person.

——

And that, friend, is the disturbing thing. As a Christian, I’m uncomfortable with purely mechanistic explanations for our behavior. Friends say, “What’s the struggle? Taking this pill is just like taking Tylenol for an ache.” But no. No, it’s not. I take this pill, and I’m morally better. I’m not kidding…”


Power of Prayer


I made this blog because a photo of my husband and I has gone viral on the internet. I wanted to share the story behind the photo for the hundreds of thousands of people who found inspiration through this sweet moment we had.  Read more…

 

Thank you Josh Harris for reposting this first.  It is a touching reminder of the ‘good fight’ we finished some 9 years ago.


If Jesus Had a Blog – by Brant Hanson


If Jesus Had a Blog: I Told Nick that God Loves the World.

“…

Comments:

This doesn’t have to do with what Trent or Cynthia were writing about, but I’m just sayin:  I heard about the wedding you were at, and they served alcohol at it.  Did you know that?

– Concerned4U

…”


Not a Tame Lion – Wallpaper


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“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Wallpaper from National Geographic, but edited by me, slight rotation in lions head.

 


Mastermind Groups – Tyler Wardis


This concept reminds me a lot of the ‘Inklings’ which included C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein.  I may have to make a few phone calls to my guy friends today…

From Tyler Wardis

…the core of this mastermind concept was a culture of intentional relationship, investment and advocacy that captivated me.
So, three months ago, five guys & I started an experiment with the idea. We get together every Friday, smoke cigars, and make it our primary goal to care just as much about the professional, relational & spiritual success of the one next to us as we do our own…

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