Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Falling and Full

Put one foot in front of the other.
And soon you’ll be walking out the door.

But that’s don't get too comfortable


You’re going to trip.

No matter how steadily you walk; placing each foot gently ahead of you,  avoiding the cracks and sidestepping debris.


Tread lightly.

Carry a torch.

Walk down the straightest paths, the ones of least resistance.

Do what you can to avoid the inevitable.

But you will

Hear me well:

This isn’t a story of failure.

This isn’t a pessimist’s mantra.

This is a rare and honest look at your life to come.

Of your time on this earth that is uneven and mostly unlikely to rise up to meet you.

You are going to fall.

You are going to fail.

And yet this isn’t story of failure.

Because the point is really just this:

It’s allowed.

And it doesn’t define you.

You will mess up twenty something times today alone.

And none of it changes the fact that you are


Rising above.

Completely messed up.

Totally adored.

Standing tall.

Your posture isn’t perfect.

Which is normal.

And ok.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Item 5: Expectancy

Christians should live in expectancy of redemption.

We do not lurk in the shadows waiting for the failure of our enemies.

That is satan's job. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Item 4: The Final Word Was That It Was Good

I tend to read the creation story as a rapid progression of events:

and so on.

As though each day took only minutes and seconds.

But our God is a God of consistency.

Those days were just as long and short as they are now.
The Sun stood, the Earth spun, and the day passed as any day would.

Then God cared as He designed and thought through and sculpted and molded and took His time.

And He saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning, a full day.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Item 3: The Arrival

And the girl did indeed
keep moving forward.
For years and years she pressed on.
When suddenly
There came a moment when she 
Looked up
And saw
That she had gotten somewhere.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Item 2: Super Powers

Everybody wants super powers.

We all want to be super heroes.

But the Batmans (Batmen?), Incredible Hulks, and Black Widows of this world

Are the Yous and the Mes who take our devastating, terrible, potentially crippling experiences,

And rather than letting them encourage us to fear the evil,

We use them to fight for good.

To be a Super Hero is simply to refuse to give your past power over your future.

Take those moments you'd rather forget

and use them to rescue your fellow citizens from the darkness you once knew.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Item 1: Battle

Once in a while
you're graced with a reminder
that you have a hero inside of you
and the monster is fighting a losing battle.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Not a Blog

I’m terrible at blogging. I admit it.
But I have a good excuse! 

A friend recently blogged about how he is bad at blogging because he feels his blogs have to be blogged perfectly in order to blog effectively. And I get that. Because I do the same thing. When I blog. Blog.

It seems that the writing advice you both give and get most often is “edit, edit, edit!”

The issue here is that you can easily edit so hard and so much that your end product is something that you never even wrote.

Or worse

You don’t want to edit it, so it just fades away into that file of half-blogs that’s been squatting in your computer’s attic for years.

I think maybe the best advice that we give and get should be, “Just write.”

So here’s my solution

Instead of waiting for a blog to be perfect, I’m going to try not-blogging sometimes.

Not giving up.
But rather giving in.

To the idea that maybe you can have

Where you blog
But it’s not always a blog
Sometimes it’s a
Or poem
Or just some words.

I got the idea from one of my favorite writers.

If figure - if he does it

And he makes a lot of nice words

Then maybe there’s something to it.