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Have you ever experienced someone who is the right kind of famous?

Our culture has a category of famous people. These people are recognizable. We hold famous people in high regard. We admire them for different characters played or even music sung.

Why are we attracted to famous people?

Is it that we see the evidence that “dreams” can happen?

Is it just because of the music we like or the movies we see them in?

What is it about the lives of famous people that we are drawn to?

I think I can name one famous person who I admire because of their life not just what they have played on screen.

Makes me wonder what the right kind of famous is.

More often than not people are famous because they are recognizable, but what about the heart? The right kind of famous for me is a person’s heart.

Isaiah described the coming Messiah as one who “had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering. He was despised and we esteemed him not.”

Jesus came as the Messiah – the most famous and awaited for person of his time – he was dismissed for being the wrong kind of famous. Jesus did not come riding on a grand chariot, or adorned with splendor. He lived his life redefining the right kind of famous.

In the midst of sorrow and suffering, Jesus died for us. In the midst of pain and rejection, he carried our sin and transgression to the cross.

Jesus lived and died the right kind of famous.

Famous for me is the heart. Famous for me is character. Famous for me is choosing to wrestle with the hard of what’s right. This is famous for me because this is what famous should look like.

This is the kind of famous I want to be.

What is the right kind of famous for you?

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I am a big fan of Pink. She has a great sound that I love. I must admit that I have watched her story on “E True Hollywood.’ She has a story that has made for a long road of wrestling for her life. I can hear her hard road in the words she sings. And, let’s be honest, she’s just hard core!!

This year Pink released a song called, “Sober.” The theme of the song describes a person who is addicted to something. Being addicted to drugs or alcohol is not part of my story. However, I am a person who knows what it’s like to search for something to fill my life.

The words in the song I like come at a point where the person hit’s rock bottom and realizes the emptiness of their choices.

“When it’s good, then it’s good, it’s so good, ’till it goes bad
Till you’re trying to find the you that you once had
I have heard myself cry, Never again’
Broken down in agony
And just trying to find a friend”

When life is not going so great, it can very tempting to fill the hurt and pain with something tangible. For me, my filler is people. I am a person who loves relationships. Loving people and valuing relationships is not a bad thing. But when these relationships serve to fill my life or give it more meaning than they should, it does not yield the best ending.

I have experienced deep pain from friendships. I have “heard myself cry, ‘never again’.” This vow has also held me back from risking in present relationships. Too much relationship for me is not healthy. However, vowing to protect myself from hurt is not the best alternative either.

The search is right. We all want something to fill our lives from emptiness, but nothing will last other than what we’re made to be filled with. That is God.

This applies to everyone. I am sure everyone can think of time, or even now, when you keep trying something or someone and it is just not the satisfaction you thought it would be.

Why do you think that is?

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How big is too big for me? I often wonder how illogical can my dreams get? I have some big ones. But isn’t that when a dream becomes a dream; when it is so outside of myself that it requires the one who made the dream?

My dream is to one day become a speaker. I dream of the day when I can communicate to thousands about the person of Jesus Christ. I dream that one day I will be able to stand on a stage where thousands gather to hear some good and hopeful news.

I recently heard Paul described in this way, “Paul was overwhelmed with the sense of his indebtedness to Jesus Christ, and he spent himself to express it.” Now this is living out of passion and faith.

I want to spend myself expressing how much life is found in following after Him. I want to spend myself fighting for and with those who are trying to answer Jesus’ question of, “who do you say I am?” I want to speak of our identity in the one who made us. I will spend my life trying to express a life that looks alive and commited to Him.

What are you spending your life saying or doing?

What are you aware of in your relationship with Christ?

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Right now we live in a world where anything goes and everything’s permissible. We can text anyone for an instant response. We can charge anything and everything on a piece of plastic with what seems like Monopoly money. We can work 100 hours a week in the name of success and getting ahead. We have the option of sleeping with anyone we want to whenever we want to. We have the option to stay committed to someone or something, or not. We can self indulge. We can even treat anyone the way we please. In this world we live in, everything is permissible, but it is beneficial?

In the Bible, Paul states that, “everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial.”

I have been thinking about this verse for a long time. I wonder what permissible things are in my life? There are times that I do not sit well in feeling lonely. I don’t really know anyone who likes feeling alone. What do I do in those times? The extravert in me likes to fill my time with people. That is not wrong of me to do, but what about in the times when being alone is more beneficial for me? There are times when being alone draws me deeper in my relationship with God. If I constantly fill that time, I silence his voice for me.

What about caring about what other people think? There is certainly nothing wrong with pursuing another’s opinion that you trust and respect. I think it is wise to seek out counsel from others. Even as I write this, I will ask a few people to read it before I post it. What about when that becomes an all the time thing? I think we can lose our identity as well as the ability to use our own gifts when much time is spent on seeking out another’s approval or thoughts. I love people. I love talking with people about all kinds of different things. In that I want to be careful how much weight other people’s word’s have in my life over He who is truth.

Let’s look at sex. Our world has made sex no big deal. Sex is permissible with whomever and whenever without consequences. Sex is what sells right? Some may agree. I think in that we are losing the sense of what real intimacy and love is. Intimacy and love seem to be interchangeable these days. Love is now viewed as a feeling, and that feeling can change anytime without the concept of commitment. With this new definition of love, I think that we will always be searching never going past the surface before the next “love” appears.  Intimacy is an amazing thing that can be experienced in ways outside of sex. Intimacy can be known within looks, conversations, commitment outside of feelings, comfortable silence, touch, deep laughter, taking long drives, just spending time together, and much more. Sex without limits is permissible, but how beneficial is it?

“Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial.”

What is permissible for you right now, but might not be the most beneficial?

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As kids, I feel like we have all the freedom and time in the world to dream. I can remember swinging on a friend’s swing set in Elementary school, each telling the other what we wanted to be when we grew up. The higher we swung the bigger and more exciting our dreams seemed to sound. Maybe it was the realization that I could actually swing that high and be okay, so why not dream bigger and shout it out!

As I grew older a different realization seemed to set in along the way. I like to call these realizations logic and fear. These are the weeds that have been growing up next to my dreams. I do miss those days where life made sense outside of logic and fear. My desire is to work my way back to that place of faith.

I look at the story of Joseph. He had a dream that did not make sense to anyone else around him. Through his journey he held on to that dream. As the weeds of logic and fear tried to challenge his hope of that dream, Joseph believed that his dream was not to lofty and not to big for the one who gave him the dream. I have been praying a lot lately for my dreams to take shape and grow more solid in me.  In the midst of praying, I crave faith and hope to hold out for that dream that defies logic and fear.

One thing I learned about swinging that day was the higher up I went the more illogical my dreams seemed to be. Those were the dreams that gave me the most passion and the most excitement. The higher I flew on that swing the more life seemed to make sense. I have found that to be true even now. The higher I focus my eyes the more life seems to make sense as well as feel like life.

Are you still Dreaming?

What are your weeds keeping you from dreaming illogically?

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I have been stuck on this verse from Proverbs 29, “fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”

There are so many things that surface for me regarding the word fear. I wouldn’t consider myself a fearful person. I am not afraid of heights, spiders, snakes, bugs, public speaking, and I don’t think I was born with the embarrastment gene. When it came to the game Truth or Dare, I always chose dare. I love engaging in things in which adrenaline turns my voice into a silent expression of awe. Sky diving, didn’t free fall long enough. Bungee jumping, the taller the drop the better. Great White shark diving, first in the water. But what about those little fears that are harder to identify? What about those things you catch glimpses of that leave you conflicted?

As I read this proverb, I started to think through and ask myself the question of what are my fears? I discovered that my fears are wrapped up in the fear of man. I can safely say that the root of all my pride filled moments, anger, and conflict, resides a hidden fear in me.

I am broken and those broken parts in me are messy. The masks of fear in me look like not knowing or feeling like I am enough. I struggle with feeling like I am not good enough or the fear of not having anything good to offer. I greatly crave wanting to offer something worthwhile and great. I fear accpetance in certain groups of people. I fear feeling foolish or stupid.

On this road of mine, I have experienced pain and wounds. Anyone who has experienced pain would love to guard against ever feeling that level of pain again or any pain for that matter. I am learning to recognize how that fear manifests itself in me. I would love to trust more easily without the small voice of doubt. Yet that is the fear that grips tightest in me. It is a good thing that the rest of the verse talks about the solution to fear, trusting in Him. Sometimes I wish everything wasn’t in the catagorey of “life-long process.”

How are you fears doing?

Do you know what your fears are?

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In the middle of Matthew chapter 16, Jesus asks the question of all questions. A question that I will spend the rest of my life answering. I am sure that in every season of my life….the answer to that question will change.

He said to them, But who do you [yourselves] say that I am?

Who do you say Jesus is? How do you answer such a huge question? Some of you might look at this question and think, “what’s the big deal about this question?” How you and I answer this question dicatates how we live our lives. Or at least it should.

My answer to that question is that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus is the one with the words of eternal life. So shouldn’t my life look like the answer. If that is what I really believe shouldn’t everything I do and say be effected by that answer? If I answer that question with “the one I long to follow..” My life better look like that.

Jesus looked at Peter after hearing his answer and said, “Peter, on you I will build my church.” God has some big plans for our lives. He wants to use us in such huge ways. We have to answer the question. We have to confess everyday who we say he is. What our answer is shows what we believe as well as how our days will be lived out.

I want God to use me in huge ways. I want to be a person who is recognized as one who believes in the answer to the question. God waits for us to choose him. He is a gentleman and waits for us to say “yes, you are the one who has eternal life.”

How do you answer the question in your life?

How does your life line up to your answer?

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