Waiting

Waiting is our destiny.
A creature who cannot, by themselves, bring about something.
We wait in darkness for a flame we cannot light;
we wait in fear for a happy ending we cannot write;
we wait for a ‘not yet’ that feels like a ‘not ever’.
Waiting is the hardest work of hope;
 waiting is the land between where things were and where things will be;
 and you don’t get to choose when you get to a waiting room,
but you certainly get to choose how you will respond to waiting.
- Lou Smeads



The Work of God in us while we wait is more important than what we are waiting for




I want to say more, but won't at this moment because i fear that to expound will dilute the potency of these words. Instead I pray that the Spirit will interprete and reveal the depths to all that come across this post.

Day 13: Busy

Being busy
is barely being able to enjoy beauty.
The degree to which we pursue our "duty"
prevents us from smiling freely,
seeing clearly,
and accepting mercy.
But He Has come to give us life more abundantly.

Thank You Father for snippets of mercy in this "busy" world

Day 12: Anxiety

Anxiety can mask one's misery
until you become weary
of the mask of fake piety.
Weakly, each step in this journey
leaves you feeling unworthy
cuz you stuck in this valley.
Blurry eyes filled with tears
 prevents you from seeing clearly
that He is still always there

I revisit the fact that in each alley God is there. He is ALWAYS THERE. Thank You for being in the valleys and alleys of my life.

Day 11: Vengence

Vengence slips slowly as you recall what a nuisance
it was to be in her presence.
But the very essence of saying good riddance
must be considered as an absence of patience


Lord I NEED Patience, I thank You for how patient You have been with me.

Day 10: Pleasure

The best way to measure a life drive by pleasure
is to simple ask Where is your treasure?


Thank You Lord for God for the pleasure found in knowing You.

Day 9: Anger

Consumed by anger,
driven by the urge to plunder
and destroy another.
Fruitless attempts to conquer,
leave you drifting without an anchor.
This cannot be the answer.
Then I hear a voice whisper,
"Just surrender to the splendor of His Love."


Thank you God for the opportunity to surrender it all to you


Day 8: Election

Every four years there is an election
to chart the course of the nation's direction.
It's your opportunity to make a selection
which could possibly end in one person's elevation
 
Every day there is an election
to chart the course of your soul's direction.
You've got an opportunity to make a selection
that will determine your elevation on the day of salvation.


Thank You Father for allowing us the opportunity to make our calling and election sure

Day 7: Strife

.
Forget all the strife
Today I'm just thanking God for my life

Day 6: Beaten

I've been beaten and bruised
Used and abused
But I refuse to be confused
I refuse to let the evil one diffuse my joy.
Don't get it twisted cuz
The battle has been won, a very long long time ago.
 

Elections and all that jazz.
I'm celebrating the fact that Jesus has already beaten the devil
He SLAM DUNKED it 2000 years ago.
Thank you Father for this VICTORY that will shape eternity

Day 5: Decide

The downside of falling flat on your backside,
outside
is that you now must put aside
pride and decide on which side
to get up from.
While onlookers preside,
critique, and provide unnecessary advice
you take it all in stride, 
still on your backside
 
 
I know this one is a stretch.
But go along with me for one more minute.
You get to decide where you spend eternity.
Each time you fall, you still have the choice to get up
Thank You God for second chances and the gift of your Son

Day 4: There


The worst feeling is to be made aware
that there exist beneath this level of despair,
another - tis a nightmare.
Each gasp for air seems like warfare
but hope is not lost, because no matter where you are
Jesus will meet you there.
 
 
Thank You Lord for sending Jesus to our rescue each and every time

Day 3: Stress

 
Mounting stress
gives way to distress
as the mind tries to suppress
the mess our hands can't address.
But blessed is the one who finds rest
and can confess that You alone are God.



Thank You Lord for the gift of the Sabbath, a day to tune out stress and rest in Your grace

Day 2: Struggling to breathe

Each death reminds me
that each breath is a gift
To lift high His name,
is the only reason why I exist
To make the Invisible One visible
to you 
 
Thank You Lord for the ability to breathe

Day 1: A Cold

 
I have a cold
but I've been told
that He who holds
 the universe will not withold
His healing but instead will enfold
me in His arms of love
 
 
Thank you Lord for enfolding me in your arms of love
 
 

Not for ONE moment

God will never leave you, nor forsake you.
Not for one moment are you alone.
Not for one moment are you out of his reach
Not for one moment

But you have to believe these words.
I don't always feel it.
At times it is hard to believe it,
Especially when the doubts, insecurities and fears take hold
but it is true.

Not for ONE moment.

Because nothing can seperate you from His love.
Nothing living or dead, in heaven or earth, nothing tangible or intangible, no demons or sickness and the list goes on.
The only thing that can seperate you from His love is your choice.

So choose Him and be rest assured, safe in Your Father's arms.

I woke up scared today, fearful that my best days are behind mii and then I remembered that what I feel is not necessarily the TRUTH.
 


We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Cor 10.5
 
Need I say more?
 
Turned on KLove and heard this song by Meredith Andrews
 
and every step every breath you are there
every tear every cry every prayer
in my heart at my worst
when my world falls down
not for a moment will You forsake me
even in the dark
even when it's hard
you will never leave me after all
 



Hope, Suffer, Pray


I stumbled across this verse last week and couldn't believe that after all those years in Rom. 12: 1 - 2, i never fell in love with verse 12.
So tonight I made this thingy which will be my desktop picture for the next month.

Almost halfway thru' the month.
How has it been so far.
Hopefully you are being the light in every single corner of the world you are in.
 
Stay blessed and at peace

Be the light

Are you sick of living in a world where sin is glorified and purity is decried
Are you tired of seeing the evil succeed and the honest recede into the shadows?
Does the shallow obsessive preoccupation with meaningless reality shows fill you with sorrow?
Do you mourn the loss of innoence evident in a child's taunting gaze and weigh the screenplays filled with violence with dismay?
Are you moved to tears by the images of starving children and filled with rage over warlords recruiting children to commit atrocities?
Do you bemoan the pervasiveness of sexual promscuity in our society and wish for a simpler time where being a virgin wasn't seen as a crime?

Do not curse the darkness, light a candle - Chinese proverb
As a Christian it is easy to complain and describe in great detail the degradation of our society. It is second nature to gravitate towards other Christians and spend your time in a bubble of spiritual ecstasy but a candle in a lit room is useless, so let's step out and be a light in the darkness.

I can't stop a person from getting sexually assualted every 2 minutes in the US, keep someone from dying from hunger on this planet ever 3.6 seconds or end the conflict in Syria but I can help speed up Christ's return. He only comes when everyone in this generation has heard the gospel.

I will try to do what these words say and help get the word out, will you join mii?

The year is almost over.
I want October to count for something.
I want to be a light and offer refuge to those who don't have hope.

Another September 11

My mind replays that morning every year on this day.
I woke up to the sound of the phone ringing minutes before 9 a.m.
I picked up and heard my sister shouting at mii "Kemi get your butt over here ooo we have been packing since 7 and you are still in bed".
You see my uncle was moving from Berrien Springs to Indianapolis that day and the previous night we had been up till around 2 a.m. packing boxes. So I got out of bed, brushed my teeth, and on my way to the front door, I turned on the TV to get the highlights from CNN as was my custom. My desensitized soul first thought it was a movie clip on CNN until I read the headlines at the bottom of the screen. 

I remember that day and every year I wonder if those who died would ask for a second chance at life. 
A few minutes ago I saw the video clip of Aimee Copeland (the young lady from Georgia who was infected with flesh eating bacteria earlier this year) and her appreciation for life leaves me speechless. Because everyday i complain. 


 

Every single day I find one reason to complain. 
She is missing all her fingers and toes, hands and feet, and yet she thanks God for life. 

I don't know what September 11 means to you, but this video is an indictment for mii.

Air is a gift. 
The ability to breathe it freely is a lottery ticket worth celebrating.
Thank You Jesus for this day of life. 

Marriage Advice

One of my closest friends in the galaxy got married last week. 
The advice I gave her, I photoshoped  into this picture.
Enjoy


Olympians 13: Rack, Shack, Benny and ...

The Jamaicans have done it again.
It is one thing to run a race solo.
It is a different ball game to run as a team.
One weak link and the whole strategy falls apart.
One failed pass and the whole team gets disqualified.
The anchor can fulfill or destroy the dream with each stride taken.


Earlier in this series we looked at
Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Belteshazzar. 


Today we take a closer look.

Belteshazzar was missing in action (MIA) and the Bible is silent as to why. So when the king called together everyone to participate in his vanity affair, only Rack, Shack and Benny had to stand and explain themselves. In Daniel chapter 3, we see three men stand up for their beliefs regardless of the consequences. Their response is
 "...If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

Their response wasn't conditional on God's reaction. They were willing to die for what they believed in. They ran their leg of the race to the fullest. But 3 quarters does not make a whole.

After being thrown in the fire, King Nebu looks in and says

25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”


The three guys ran their part of the race but only Jesus could finish it. They put in all of their strength and energy but only God could complete it. Just like these three men, without Jesus our race is incomplete. Jesus is the only anchor that can finish our race. For some of us, the reason why Jesus is absent in our race is because we have barely run our own leg of the race, content to watch from the sidelines, for others we have allowed the evil one to prevent us from even lacing up. Running the race comes by practice. As long as we neglect to exercise, through reading His word and praying, we will never be fit enough to run our lap. So the next time you feel the urge to take a break or watch from the sidelines remember that .....

An Olympian is one who puts in their best and let's God do the rest

An Olympian is one who realizes that Jesus is the only Anchor that can complete the race

An Olympian is one who doesn't weigh their choices by God's presents but by His presence


Rack, Shack and Benny are Olympians


Olympian 12: Abraham

They gave it their best shot and lost. 
4 - 3 that was the score after 120+ grueling minutes on the soccer field against the US team. 

Playing the bronze medal match they found themselves in a familiar position, playing against a team that had previously beaten them at the World Cup in 2011. THE FRENCH. The score was 4 - 0  back then. OUCH.

For 90 minutes they played, neither side scoring a goal and then when it seemed like all hope was lost in the last minute, they scored. 
This is the first time that Canada has won an Olympic medal in soccer EVER. 


What is it about last minute miracles that thrills the soul. 

Abraham was 100 years old, his wife had put in 90 minutes, I mean years and yet, when God told them in Gen. 18, your wife will have a son by this time next year. Now this wasn't an immaculate conception, so Abraham had a part to play. He could have chosen to complain and reflect on the 50 years of barren sex, but he didn't,

and we all know the rest of the story. 

It is hard to get back in the game after a loss, don't let anyone convince otherwise. One of the most frustrating things in life is disappointment after given it your best shot. So the next time you find yourself, counting hours, or years remember that ...

An Olympian is one who accepts defeat and tries again
An Olympian is one who recognizes that as long as you have breathe, it ain't over. 

Abraham is an Olympian

right now I'm thinking of that song by M. Brown Clark, It Ain't Over until God's says it over


Olympian 11: Mary

One wrong decision and all his dreams went up in smoke
On Monday, Taoufik Makhloufi started the 800m race, dropped out and then was seen seconds later cheering the other runners along. I don't why he started the race in the first place, but it was a conscious choice on his part. This act got him kicked out of the Summer Games because the organizers believed he wasn't trying hard enough.

Second chance
His country protested and he was subsequently reinstated. On Tuesday, he showed the world that his effort was golden by winning the 1500m.




One wrong decision and all her dreams went up in smoke
I don't know how she ended up in that situation, caught red-handed with another woman's husband. But the fact remains that it was a conscious choice on her part. This act got her paraded in front of Jesus, barely clothed by the blood thirsty Pharisees.

Second chance
Jesus protested her treatment (not her sin) by pointing out to the Pharisees that nobody was in a position to judge. On Passover Sunday, she showed the world that her faith was true by being the first to run to the tomb to see if He had risen.


Sometimes we mess up and we have no one to blame but ourselves. The world acts as judge and jury and hands down a harsh sentence, but we have an Advocate who as long as we breathe offers us a second chance. I don't know what you have done in the past, but the next time someone tries to define your future by your poor past decisions remember that ...


An Olympian is one who learns from their mistakes
An Olympian is one who uses second chances to change their story
An Olympian is one who finds favor and grace in Christ and races past their past

Mary Magdalene is an Olympian

Olympian 10: Ruth

Kirani James won the first Olympic medal for his country today. Not only was this the first medal for his country in the 28 years that they have been participating in the Olympics but it's the Gold medal. Not only did he win the Gold medal, he did it with class. Look for the video online and see this kid (he is still a teenager) shake the hand of every other athlete before taking his victory lap. Not only did he win a gold medal and do it with class, he also did it with grace and humility by recognizing the greatness of fellow athlete  Oscar Pistorius who had just lost the qualifying race the day before.


The inception of her nation was incest and drunkenness.
In order to satisfy their greed they sacrificed their children to the god Chemosh.
This is her ancestry, her people and yet with class she let's her mother-in-law know

Your people shall be my people,
And your God, my God.
 Where you die, I will die,
And there will I be buried.
The Lord do so to me, and more also,
If anything but death parts you and me.


She could have chosen to return with Orpah, she also could have stayed and told Naomi that " Look you need help, you are old and decrepit and need someone, so I'm here, be grateful. You owe me big time."
Consider it from a materialistic perspective Ruth was doing Naomi a favor and not the other way around. Even Boaz affirms this point when he first meets her. 

A couple of months (or years) later she seeks out Boaz at the threshing floor, and once again with humility and class she proposes to him and says“I am Ruth, your maidservant. Take your maidservant under your wing, for you are a close relative.” She could have found a young spry man but she didn't, she sought him out at the cover of night to provide him a perfect cover in case he wanted to refuse her. Boaz realizing his good fortune says "Are you sure you want an aged man like me"


and the rest is history. 

A classy faith is beautiful to behold because it bestows grace and favor on the unfortunate. Winning sometimes isn't everything, the manner in which you carry your victory also makes a powerful statement about your character. So the next time you succeed, remember that ....

An Olympian does not boast in oneself
An Olympian is one who treats others with dignity and grace

An Olympian is one whose victory is rooted in faith and tempered by grace. 


Ruth is an Olympian

Olympian 9: David

This is the second time (since the start of these 2012 games) that I have taken time out of my busy (lol) schedule to watch the Olympics.
4:50 in London Ontario, 9:50 in London England on the fifth day of August.
Words cannot describe it but seeing 6 of the fastest men in the world on the same stretch left me speechless.
Here's the weird thing, I'm not from the Netherlands, Trinidad, USA or Jamaica and yet with anticipation I sat at the edge of my seat, eyes glued to the screen, fixated on Usain.

At the beginning of the story, he started slow




At the midpoint, he struggled to catch up

At the end, he overcame


At the beginning of his story
David started out as a forgotten kid stuck with the animals. Even when Priest Samuel didn't anoint any of his brothers, his father, Jesse had to think twice before recalling that he indeed had one more son.

At the midpoint
His father-in-law tried to kill him, not once and definitely not twice.
15+ years after that, he messes up and gets busy with a lady taking a bath, named Bathsheba.
Raised messed up kids, synonymous with incest, murder,coup, rebellion,
and yet.....

At the end
He is called a man after God's own heart.


It isn't about how you start the race. It is about how you finish it. So run with endurance the race that is marked out for you. Stay in your lane, keeping your eyes fixed on the One who is the Author and Finisher of your Faith. The Alpha and Omega, has marked out your lane and it MUST be different from mine because our spiritual genetic code is as diverse as the physical ones. So wake up, where ever you are in your journey, get back in the race and remember that ....

An Olympian is not defined by how they start, but how they finish
An Olympian doesn't allow humble beginnings to define their destiny
An Olympian perseveres, day in, day out, until the ultimate goal is achieved. 

David is an Olympian





Olympian 8: Joseph

16 year old Ye Shiwen was naive enough to believe that her talent would be appreciated on the global stage.  Instead of applause she was met with ridicule and suspicion, urine tests and snide comments.
Winner of 2 gold medals in swimming she has been put on the defensive and has had to defend herself numerous times

"In other countries, other swimmers have won multiple golds and nobody has said anything," Ye Shiwen told a news conference after her 200m IM win.
"How come people criticise me just because I have won multiple golds?"
Asked directly if she had ever used performance enhancing substances, the 16-year-old said: "Absolutely not."
...
Rewind a couple of thousands of years and collide into Joseph. This 17 year old was favored son of his father, pampered by his mother, and gifted by God with dreams.

His brothers responded, "So you think you will be our king, do you? Do you actually think you will reign over us?" And they hated him all the more because of his dreams and the way he talked about them. Gen. 37:8 NLT

What is it about greatness that frightens the masses?

Marianne Williams once said that

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

There is a fine line between aspiring for greatness and being so full of pride you stink up the joint. The only way to remain grounded is to remember that all your have been given is a gift from God. It is not of your own making. So the next time, someone tries to make you feel small for reaching for the stars, the next time your dreams are ridiculed remember that ...

An Olympian is not swayed by the narrow-minded comments of the masses
An Olympian does not allow the schemes of the "haters" to shape their mindset
An Olympian is that unique individual unafraid to shine, regardless of the consequences. 

Joseph is an Olympian

Olympians 7: The Disciples

How does someone with no toes stand? For each toe is necessary for balance.
How does someone with no feet walk? For each bone and tendon plays a part.
How does someone with no legs run? I have absolutely no idea.
And yet, the story of Oscar, the 400m South African double amputee runner is proof that those seemingly without can achieve greatness.



How does someone with no schooling teach?
How does someone who grew up on the streets preach?
How do 11 untrained men driven by materialistic goals change the world?

Faith is confidence that what we hoped for will come to pass.

This isn't cookie-cutter faith that is assured by back up plans.
This is walk on water when you don't know how to swim kinda faith.

Do you have it?

Don't let anyone ever tell you that faith is easy, cuz it's not. The disciples followed Christ for 3 years and then preached like crazy after he left, but have you ever thought what that would look like in 2012. A bunch of men leaving their families and friends, selling their possessions and taking it to the streets. Talking to anyone and everyone about this guy who disappeared. Some would end up in detainment camps like Abu Gharib, while others were shot in the back. One was sentenced to die by electrocution but for some reason the volts weren't enough to zap him dry and then his pardon  from the Governor came through and so he got on a plane and went to spread the word. Blacklisted and ridiculed with only the clothes on their back, believing that what He spoke will come to pass, they pressed on. So the next time you are asked to serve and excuses cloud your mind remember ....

An Olympian believes that what they hoped for will come to pass
An Olympian dedicates mind, soul, body, to achieve their ultimate goal.
An Olympian does not cower behind their inadequacies, but focuses on their abilities
An Olympian is one who realizes that every mountain is just another stepping stoneto greatness

The disciples are Olympians 

Olympians 6: Samuel & Isaac

With tears in her eyes, Natalie Hawkins said "I've raised an Olympian".
Two questions
What possesses a daughter to ask her mom to allow her to go thousands of miles away at the age of 12 to train?
What convinces a mom, two years later to relent and put her baby girl on a plane?
The truth is that I haven't been watching the Olympics but today I sat down for 10 minutes and watched Gabby Douglas win gold in the all around competition. So small and yet so magnificent, so young and yet so determined. Last year, no one knew her name, this year she raises to fame as the first African-american to win the all-round. Watch the full interview here with her moms.

Gen 22: 9 - 10
...And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 


Two questions
What possesses a young virile boy to lie down and allow his old arthritis ridden father to tie him up?
What convinces a father to trust God with the life of his only son?

1 Samuel 1: 28; 2:18
Therefore I also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the Lord.”
But Samuel ministered before the Lord, even as a child, wearing a linen ephod.

Two questions
What possesses a young boy to serve God when surrounded by negative influence?
What convinces a mom to honor her vow and send away (at that time) her only son?


The easiest thing to do is to give an excuse, one of  the hardest thing is to sacrifice that which you would prefer to keep. The world we live in justifies the former and shuns the later. The bond between a parent and a child is profound and can elevate or eliminate a dream. A godly parent is hard to find and a trusting child even harder. From toddlers to high school kids, CEOs to head--of-states excuses abound, distrust reigns and destinies are altered. Be the godly parent, or be the trusting child and never forget that ...

An Olympian rises to the occasion and makes the big sacrifice
An Olympian cherishes the godly parent and shuns bad company
An Olympian is not one that makes excuses based on their upbringing
An Olympians trusts in God knowing that family is not limited to blood but bound in love


Samuel and Isaac are Olympians

Olympian 5: Samson

Not every Olympian exhibits wisdom.
Meet Polydamas of Skotoussa

  • He was a victor in the 93rd Olympiad in 408 BCE
  • His sport was Pankration (mixture of boxing and wrestling)
  • He once killed a lion with his bare hands on Mount Olympus
  • To prove that he could, one day he went among a herd of cattle and seized the biggest and fiercest bull and held on to its hoof, and because of his strong grip eventually the bull's hoof came off 
In the end however, his strength proved to be his downfall. One day Polydamas was relaxing with his friends and the roof of the cave they were in began to crumble. BELIEVING that his strength could prevent the cave-in, he held his hands up the roof, trying to support it. His friends fled the cave but he died there.


800 years or so earlier, a similar story is found in the book of Judges 14 - 16. 
Samson strength rivaled that of Polydamas, he killed a lion, used a jaw-bone of an ox to kill thousands of Philistines and the exploits go on. But just like Polydamas, he had one weakness. Most people like to assume that Samson's downfall was Delilah but I submit to you that Samson's Achilles heel was his belief in his own strength. 

Check this out.
20 And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” So he awoke from his sleep, and said, I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him.

Samson had told Delilah the secret to his strength and yet he still BELIEVED that he could escape. He had convinced himself that his strength was not as a result of divine blessing but training and skill. Why else would he tell her the secret behind his strength and still expect to escape his bonds. 

The beauty of Samson's story is that before his death he realized that his strength came from God and not man.
28 Then Samson called to the Lord, saying, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!”

The problem with being gifted is pride. It creeps in when you least expect it and settles deep within your being that you start to believe and ultimately convince yourself that your talent and skill is a result of your determination. One aspect of Christ's beauty is evident in His mercy. So the next time pride knocks on the door of your mind remember that ...

An Olympian is one who recognizes that their strength comes from the Lord
An Olympian is one who turns to God when confronted by their mistakes
An Olympian is one who realizes that physical prowess is temporal

Samson is an Olympian

Olympians 4: Relay Team: Rack, Shack, Benny and Shazz

17 year old high school student from Aurora, Colorado wins big with a heavy heart. Missy Franklin won her first gold medal today and set a new American record.

"Right now, all of my races are dedicated back home to Colorado,"
12 people dead, 58 people injured.
The shooting shocked a desensitized nation bent on pleasure and struck chords of terror in the heart of many parents.
"No matter how well I do, I'm going to give my best in every single race, and every single race, I'm going to have that Colorado incident on my mind."
She got on a plane, knowing that her life is a gift that must honor those whose story has ended and even with the pain still fresh, she did just that.
...........
As blood ran down the streets, Shadrach paused to get one last look at the burning stump which represented all that was left of the tree he climbed countless times as a boy.
Meshach mumbles a prayer for sanity, and thanks God that his mother's death came before his younger sister's repeated violation by the Babylonian troops.
Hands tied behind their back, with their feet shackled, united in misery and in bondage. their minds forever seared with the images they left behind, they wonder what the future would hold.
By the river of Babylon, Abednego bends to slake his thirst and silently washes his tear stained face as he remembers Mount Zion and his father's butchered corpse at its foothills.
Belteshazzar looks ahead, scared that if he glances his faith would fail and his body would crumble beneath the burning heat. He recalls the ranshacked temples walls, the bodies in the street and asks, "Father why am I still standing"

Stripped of their names, dignity and pride, wealth and position, family and culture, ridiculed and possibly castrated.
Medal 1: But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies. Daniel 1:8

SERIOUSLY.

Familial problems have a way of making us docile. They strike at our core and so we retreat to lick our wounds and pray for delieverance, sometimes abandoning the call Christ has placed in our hearts for lost souls. I've tried in the past to fix my family, but I'm beginning to realize that I can't solve all their problems. I've resented God at times because He has allowed things to happen, and point blank told him "When you fix my family, I will go preach to the needy." So if you are like me, the next time you feel overwhelmed by the dangers close to home, pray and remember that ...

An olympian is one who uses each breath to make a difference
An olympian is one who doesn't use their family situation as a crutch
An olympian is one who despite the setbacks and degradation, still presses on
An olympian is one who trusts God to take care of their families when all else fails
Rack, Shack, Benny and Shazz are Olympians

Medal 2: .... will be discussed when the track relays start (Jamaica!!!)

Olympian 3: Nameless Boy

Majorie Gestring was 13 years old and 268 days when she won the Olympic gold medal in competitive springboard diving.  This event happened in 1936. The new age limit for Olympic atheletes is 14 so this record will never be broken again. During the final competition she went head to head with 21 year old Dorothy Poynton-Hill and 18 year old Katherine Louise Rawls and won. Despite this being her first international competition she steped onto the diving board and lept off with all her might and won.






Rewind a couple thousand years. Sitting on a portruding rock, tired from walking all morning to hear the Rabbi speak, he cranes his neck to the left to catch a glimpse of the great man and the rumble in his belly reminds him of the sack his mother had packed the night before. It was supposed to be his breakfast but he was in such a hurry to get here that he still hadn't eaten it. As he opens his breakfast-turned-dinner he hears others around him grumble about being hungry and says a silent prayer. He opens his mouth to take a bite of the fried fish when he feels a tap on his shoulder. It's Andrew, one of the Rabbi's disciples and initially he is scared, wondering if he is sitting on a special rock but then Andrew says "We need your food" and he just stares. Andrew realizing the boy doesn't understand says to him gently this time "The master wants your food". As he remembered the walk up to the mountain, and the words he had heard, he knew deep in his heart that even if he had to go to bed hungry, he would do whatever he could to help the Master. And so he lifts his bag to Andrew and says "Take it and use it"


Okay so maybe I'm stretching John 6:9 a lil' bit.
But here is my question.
Was the nameless kid the ONLY person out of 5000 who had brought a packed lunch?

This boy reminds us that God will use the little we have as long as we surrender it to him so the next time you feel too young or inexperienced remember that ...

An Olympian is one who doesn't let their age restrain them
An Olympian is one who realizes that little is much when God is in it
 
Nameless kid with lunch sack is an olympian

Olympian 2: Noah


Ian Millar, aka Captain Canada, will set a new record in London, by competing in his 10th Olympic Games. He has competed in every game since 1972, except for the 1980 games in Russia which was boycotted by Canada.

10 OLYMPIC GAMES.

Over 70 % of this year Olympic hopefuls were not even an embroyo when he started competing.
So one would wonder, that with that many games behind him, he should have plethora of medals, right?
WRONG.
The only medal Ian has, he obtained at the Beijing Games in 2008, which means that he kept on going, kept on competing, kept on losing and still stayed in the game.

God was disgusted with humanity and realized that in order to save them, he needed to clean the earth of their evil stench, down to the birds and bees.

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Gen 6:8

Noah found grace and spent the next 120 years preaching and building an ark.

Question, does that really sound like grace?

It is easy in hindsight to look at the people in the ark as the blessed ones but for the 120 years leading up to the flood, they were despised. Noah was ridiculed, boycotted, because he kept on going, kept on building, even though it appeared he was wasting his time.

Do you ever feel like the time you have spent is wasted.
God called you and gave you a mission, and some days it might feel like you are stuck in neutral while other speed on by, accumulating medals and results, degrees and houses, cars and positions an Don't give up 'cuz ...


An olympian is not one that gives up because life gets hard.
An olympian is not one that allows loss to change their course.
An olympian is not one that allows ridicule to dampen their spirit.
An olympian does not reach for the certain but aspires for that which is uncertain.

Noah is an olympian.

Olympians of the Faith Series



I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 
2 Tim 4:7

Are you in a fight?
Are you running the race?
Will you be found faithful?


16 days of the London Olympics
so let's look at 16 Biblical Olympians who have come before us.


Day 2: ... find out tomorrow.

Happy Olympics y'all!

Olympian I: Caleb

Oscar Swahn, was 72 years and 280 days old when he won his sixth Olympic medal at Antwerp Games in 1920.
72 years old.
I don't about you, but the closer I get to 30 the less excited I get about physical activity. I exercise because I HAVE to not because I have this yearning to climb a mountain or compete in a physically tasking sport. Hiroshi is a Japanese equestrian rider who earlier this year at the age of 70 qualified for the 2012 London Games. What would possess a man that old to embark on such an ardous task?


85 years old.
And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. Joshua 14:10

Caleb was 85 years old when the Isrealites reached the promised land. He wandered in the wilderness not because of his lack of faith but because of those around him. On reaching the promise land he approached an unconquered mountain inhabited by giants and told Joshua



GIVE ME THIS MOUNTAIN.

I don't get this. On reaching the promise land, Caleb doesn't ask for the lush valley that has recently been conquered. He reminds Joshua of that day 45 years ago and says I want a chance to claim what God promised mii.
The story gets better because a little later he says "it may be that the Lord will be with me"
IT MAY BE.
There was no dream or vision that he would conquer the inhabitants of the mountain.

No guarantee. But still, he wanted THE CHANCE to ATTEMPT at that which made others quake in their boots.



An olympian is not one that gives up on a dream.
An olympian is not one that cowers in front of an obstacle. 
An olympian is not one that allows the passage of time to dictate their abilities.
An olympian does not reach for the certain but aspires for that which is uncertain.
Caleb is an olympian. 

The older you get, the more you will hear people tell you to give up or let go of a dream. The rationale is always that you are too old but remember, with God ALL things are possible.

Check out my 2010 post on Caleb's name, mission and destiny.

Unaware

I've been tweeting snippets of grace more than I've been writing (blogging and recording spoken Word bites) but I want to change that in this next month.

Why?
Because the best time to start a new year's resolution is not at the beginning of the year but half way through because you have the failure of the past to spur you on to ulitize the present to change the future.

At least that is what I am telling myself.
I'm not a huge fan of the Olympics mainly because I believe the whole country-counting-medals exercise beautifies the effect that colonization, slavery, imperlism, forced immigration and capitalism has had on this planet.
Butttt
I love the personal stories of people who have defied statistics and personal tragedies to reach this stage.

And sooooo
I was on Jaycee's blog yesterday and a thought occured to mii after reading her post on David. I need to do a series on Biblical Olympians. People in the Bible who ran their race and laid it all on the line. People who came from nothing and yet with God on their side inspire us to strive to succeed.
The London Olympics starts in 27 days and so starting tomorrow with Olympian Caleb I will tryand highlight a few of most worthy but least unsung Olympians.

My brain is clogged with all this computer science junk so please feel free to let me know which Bible Olympians I should cover. (Except David, Jaycee already covered that one beautifully)

I don't know about you, but somedays I'm so consumed with the rat race of this life that I am blissfully unaware of the many afflictions that are eclipsed by God's glory. David Crowder's words of being unaware of the spiritual warfare around us prompted me to create this Kafoduction.




Surrender

I like to plan.
Before I go and buy ice-cream, I do a google search of the company and the popular flavors. I also find out information about the caloric intake and a review of previous customers. I also search for any coupons and print them out if need be. At this point I then schedule a  specific time, and find out the 3 buses that can get mii to the location for the specified time.
I don't leave anything to chance. On arriving at the store I taste at least 3 different flavors before buying and ask if there are any additional promotions that will reduce the price. I then sit down and eat my ice-cream.

So maybe that is why surrendering to God is excrutiatingly difficult. I like plans and schedules. I like to know the outcome before I embark on the journey but God doesn't work that way.

A couple of days ago, I saw this picture on Jaycee's blog and then somehow the words in Isaiah 45:9  came to mii. “What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator.
Does a clay pot argue with its maker?
Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying,‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’
Does the pot exclaim, ‘How clumsy can you be?’".


The Message translation of the next verse,
"Would a sperm say to a father,
   'Who gave you permission to use me to make a baby?'
Or a fetus to a mother,
   'Why have you cooped me up in this belly?'"


clinches it for mii.

I gotta surrender and stop questioning.

Wish mii luck
Better yet, pray for mii oooooo.



I guess I could turn it around, and be all up in YOUR business and ask what is preventing you from surrendering to your Creator, but I live in Canada now and Canadians are not intrusive, so I'll respect your space and let the image say what I won't. (wink wink) 



Enjoy the latest photoshop fusion Kafoduction.

525,600 minutes later

Have you ever been so close to a dream that you could taste it.
Breathing in the fragrance of fulfillment while you gaze on its lush curves
Drowning in its beauty you reach out to touch, and then discover, it's only a dream not reality.

So I'm there and back again.

Today is (was) my birthday and ...
whew
Today was hard.

I can't seem to find the words and so when words fail, I borrow them. Enjoy this quote written by Andrew Murray to himself as he lay incapacitated on a sick bed. Moments after completing it, a women came seeking encouragement and so he gave it to nourish her soul. I found the picture while going through earthquake images from Haiti (2010) and fusing the two together was my birthday present to myself.


God is so good
God is so good
God is so good
He's so good to mii.

Data -> Wisdom

It all starts with data
Data  is represented by matter and energy
Information is the pattern of organization of matter and energy
Knowledge is information given meaning
Wisdom is knowledge applied to a situation.


 Snapping synapses
A dozen genies in a bottle
How is knowledge created?

0.5 seconds in iconic memory
Unless it’s rehearsed, it gets 30 seconds max in working memory
and then it’s replaced or encoded and stored
How does information get saved in your long term memory.

Dates and faces, times and places
How-to-do’s and the color of your favorites shoes
What clues would you need to remember the exact location of each stored information?

To recall is to remember
To forget ....
To forget is the decay or displacement of unrehearsed or displaced information
Misfiled and made inaccessible by faulty retrieval cues.
Failure to retrieve leads to sticky situations
Each station you reach is a gift not a right.
Each fact you recall is part of a bigger process.

I have run out of things to say, can't seem to string it together and so I'll let E.G.W words take over.



I'm not an artist, but I'm beginning to appreciate fusing one person's pictures with another person's thoughts. This is the third one in the series hope you like it, it is dedicated to all those going thru' exams right now.

Sustained



I stumbled upon this verse by accident two days ago.
No. God divinely intercepted my path with this verse.
And as I photoshoped it with this beautiful picture, I was reminded of His love that winks at my childish dreams, eclispes afflictions with His glory, and orders my steps.
Quantifying the depths of His love would take eternity
and so I practice now for my eternal worship service above.

An Interview with Christian Smith on “The Bible Made Impossible”

It has been a month since I last posted, and it's not because I have nothing to say.
I'm almost never speechless.
No, my silence has been fueled by epistemic conflict.
What happens when you realize that what you thought was fact and truth was based in lies and pagan culture?
I'm beginning to question Christianity or should I say Churchianity mainly because of the Church as defined by Christians.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a born, bred, buttered Christian who follows all the ritualistic trimmings passed down by the apostles watered down by Constantine. Seriously. Not going to church is scary because I don't know what to do with that 4 hour block of time and so I sit and watch sermons online.

But still, we don't add up and we can't blame it on sin.
By WE: I mean the religion of Christianity

Anyway, it's late on a friday night and I see this blog post about interpretive pluralism

Which basically is Christians trying to interpret the Bible and ending up with different doctrines and agreeing that we are all right even though we don't agree.And it got me thinking back to my epistemic conflict

Do we not question because we are scared of the answers

How do you defend Baptism to your Hindu friend when Christians have 17 different forms, from immersion to sprinkling?
Okay so maybe, you don't get into religious conversations with your Buddist office mate, but doesn't it disturb you the fact that we can't agree on anything.
Instead we say
Oh we agree that Jesus loves us and died and that is all that matters,

Even though there are over 30000 verses in the Bible. If all He wanted was for us to agree on the fact of His Death, Resurrection and Redemptive Plan why did He give us the book of Revelation and Haggai?

To read the complete article that delves into this murky topic:
Read the complete interview with Christian Smith on “The Bible Made Impossible.”

An Extra Day With God

Imagine living in the year 46 B.C., it lasted 445 days. What would you do with extra 80 days?
Think about it, New Years would end up being sometime in March but it would still be January 1st.
School would resume, but students would still be in last term of 0045?
Women who gave birth to children would still have to claim the previous year, i'm not even sure what month they would use.
So for 80 days babies would be dateless but born in year 0045
Credit cards and bank machines would of course FAIL us.
This would cause mass histeria.
The more I think about it, the more thankful I am that I live in the 21st century.

So why the elongated year?
I'm glad you asked.  (LOL)
In 45 B.C., Julius Ceasar's astrologers discovered that earth orbits arounds the sun 365.242 days and so in an effort to get us back on track they lengthened one year by 80 days. And every four years after that added a day to the month of Febuary and hence began the leap year.


Why is a year 365 days?
    Because it takes the earth 365.242 days to rotate around the sun
Why is a month 29, 30 or 31 days?
    Because it takes the moon that many days to rotate around the earth
Why is a week 7 days?
    Because ...


There is no astronomical reason for a 7 day week, none.

Jesus spoke light into existence on Day 1, and the 4 days that followed He filled the earth.
On Day 6, He could have chosen to speak man into existence, but He didn't
He got down on His knees and got His hands dirty with dirt,  formed Adam and breathed life into him

And then.... on Day 7, He was soo tired, He rested.
WHY DOESN'T THIS MAKE SENSE?
  1. All He did was speak for 5 days, that's not hard, I can speak for hours and not need to rest?
  2. On Day 6, he molded man and gave Him only ONE breath, He had countless breaths, it's like blowing one puff of air into a ballon, that's easy, right?
  3. Okay so even if what He did wasn't easy (IT WASN'T),  He is God, tired isn't in the vocabulary of the pre-incarnate Christ, He isn't bound by time or space, sweat didn't exist to the Trinity, metabolism is a joke, tissue regeneration isn't even a concept, talk less of an act that requires rest.  Mercy, it's GOD, regneration isn't even a word.

So why did He rest?
Why did He add another day to the creation story?
Why did He elongate our week by 1 day?

   
WHAT DO YOU THINK

On days when it hurts ...

On days when it hurts
Take it all to Him
Each grim detail that makes life look so dim
Take it all to Him



Photoshop and I have this new affair so the picture above is offspring

Pre-flight Speech

Thank you for flying Turkish Airlines, in the seat pocket in front of you is a card describing the safety features of the aircraft, please take it out and follow along. To fasten your seatbelt insert the flat metal fitting into the buckle, pull on strap to tighten, and lift the upper portion to release. We'd like to draw your attention to the 8 emergency exit locations. 4 emergency window exits mid cabin, 2 emergency door exits in front and 2 door exits in rear …..
When was the last time you paid full attention to the flight attendant’s pre-flight speech?
If you are like me, the first time you flew on a plane you listened to every word.

But with each successive flight I listened less.
 It’s gotten to the point when I almost have their speech memorized so why do I have to listen when I have  important things to do (playing Angry Birds, Sudoku, Tetris on my iPod).


“…You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes. ….”


Matthew 13: 14b – 15a NIV

Jesus loves you.

Heard it so many times and now it’s just another a pre-flight speech,
Preachers teach and try and reach our souls but we view them as spiritual flight attendants
           Our preference are the short feel good ones that lack substance
           Our reverance now a science - we mastered the essence of being godly

Oddly enough the rules fail to fill our souls, sin drillin' holes has taken it's toll and we can't be whole 'cuz  we are empty.

Gently? No,  I'll put it bluntly.
                           Churchtians hear but never understand.
                           Churchtians see but never percieve.
 

                         Jesus loves you.
                         Jesus is coming soon.  

is not another pre-flight speech