- Lawrence "Chunk" Cohen
philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
paul's words here assure us that the peace of Christ transcends our own understanding. that even though we don't always "get it" we can still be at peace by trusting in Him.
this principle is also at play in others who see the peace of Christ in us as believers. the unbelieving often don't understand why those who are in Christ can be at peace about certain things.
additionally, peter charges the Church with the responsibility of being able to answer for our hope amidst persecution.
i was reminded of such things recently when i heard an interview with former nfl quarterback, kurt warner.
warner is a professing believer who has been adamant that he's retired and will stay retired from playing football. when asked if he misses the game he played for several years and was very successful at, he says, "no." he feels like it's time to invest in his family in ways he couldn't while still playing.
similarly, former nfl coach, tony dungy (also a professing believer) maintains that he is retired from coaching and will remain retired.
now these two could totally negate my entire post by coming out of retirement, BUT i think their trust in Christ and the fact that He is sufficient keeps them from grasping for fulfillment in the things of the world.
we've seen countless athletes waffle on walking away from their professions. we see people every day search aimlessly for significance, entertainment, worth and fulfillment in anything and everything EXCEPT Christ. i hope, believers, that when you are tempted to do so that you'll remember the following truths from scripture and that your faith walk in these truths will proclaim the Gospel of Christ... and that you would be able to answer for the hope you have in Him.
2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in [Christ]. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.
Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
i didn't plan on writing a like list but my recent trip to HEB demands one!
so here's my "why i love HEB" mini like list:
-they have see-through egg cartons so you don't have to open them to find out if any eggs are broken.
-blue bell's caramel sundae crunch is BAAAACK! it's been so long. (i realize this is not necessarily a reason to love HEB, but just go with it.)
-they have a coupon for a free box of HEB frosted flakes when you buy a box of kellogg's frosted flakes. hello? this deal is awesome, especially considering i was gonna buy a box of HEB frosted flakes straight up. suckers.
-it's from texas.
-no silly card to swipe. just lower prices. i think. i don't really compare!
inspired by a segment on the dan patrick show called "against the grain," i thought i'd share some of my sentiments that i THINK fly in the face of the general consensus.
-i don't like lemon in my water.
if i wanted flavor, i wouldn't be drinking WATER. not to mention the pulp and seeds dirtying things up.
-i don't like glee.
i recently affirmed a facebook post where the author said they didn't like glee because the songs are worse than the originals and the show is "totes inapprops" (totally inappropriate, mom.) i didn't expound on my distaste there, but i will here. i don't have a problem with someone not liking glee because it's "inappropriate," but i realize most shows on tv could be avoided and labeled as such. so, i don't cast the first stone on those grounds. my beef with glee is that it is inappropriate and markets to young audiences like a wolf in sheep's clothing. it pushes the tolerance of sin but masks it as love for people. it's like a machine of desensitization. i also REALLY have a problem with story lines that urge you to root against marriages, even "bad" ones. just really rub me the wrong way. we all have our soapboxes, that's one of mine.
-i prefer grey, overcast days to clear, sunny ones.
basically because they're more visually interesting/appealing. also because they're usually cooler, temperature wise!
-i'd rather walk to/from my car in the rain than run.
this stems from a fear that i'm more likely to eat it while running, so i'd rather get soaked than risk making a big fool of myself.
-i prefer old school, wooden pencils to mechanical ones.
not a lot of justification here... i don't like the clicking, the graphite breaking, the cheap plastic feel... all seems weak and too synthetic to me.
confession: i like words. i like phraseology. i've probably blogged on such things before, but if i've forgotten about it, chances are you all have, too!
i focus on words maybe too much sometimes. for instance, if a person is giving a really heartfelt speech or delivering an impassioned sermon or something and speaks incorrectly, i'll get hung up on the mistake. i often miss the impact that others experience because of my focus. that's how i roll. it can be a detriment, to be sure.
on the other hand, i can often appreciate things that others miss because of my word-centric determination. once when talking to a friend about movies and what we liked about them, she opined about the way they made her feel with general appreciation for the mood or something (can you tell this is a foreign concept to me) while i explained that i appreciate the writing that goes on a page before an actor even delivers it.
obviously, delivery and music have a lot to do with the power of a quote in the context of a song or show or movie. so, props to those who frame the words so effectively.
and undoubtedly, the most memorable lines from our favorite movies, shows and songs are the blending of great writing and great delivery. guess i just don't want anyone to overlook the brain that thought them up in the first place. it's just like running backs get all the glory while their opportunities come from a thankless offensive line. tracking with me?
to craft statements that actually evoke response, whether it's laughter, inspiration, encouragement, contemplation or simply instruction, is a really great thing, i think.
consider the power that God has associated with words. He spoke creation into being. He didn't have to. but He did. His two greatest and fullest revelations to humanity are Jesus (called the Word) and the Bible (the written Word). faith unto salvation comes from hearing the word of Christ (romans 10:17)!
i'm not trying to condone my grammar-nazism as biblical ; ) just trying to put some insight into the value of words! i also understand we're not all created to be wordsmiths and that there is definitely value in emotion/feeling apart from syntax (as alien as it may be to me!). and, yes, i realize that my lack of capitalization is contradictory to my entire post. i was an art minor, for goodness sake, allow me SOME creative license!
AND, don't get me wrong. i'm no scrabble champ... but i DID win the 3rd grade spelling bee...
so here's to words! go do a crossword puzzle or something.
better yet, leave some of your favorite quotes, lines, lyrics, etc. in the comments section!
"borrowing" the idea, again, from my sis-in-law...
things i like:
(in no particular order)
1. my klean kanteen insulated water bottle (really came through at camp this past summer)
2. pandora's jim croce station
3. raw tortillas that you cook at home (i'll never go back to cooked if i can help it.)
4. danny's song by kenny loggins (call me what you will, i still dig it.)
5. chorizo and eggs (may have appeared on previous lists. will probably appear on future lists. deal with it.)
6. late night with jimmy fallon (i don't catch it every night, but i hope his show has great longevity. funny stuff.)
7. goonies memorabilia (i might be turning into a novice collector...)
8. getting to hang out with and minister to/with the CYS (college and young singles) of my church
9. meeting MIKE SEAVER (kirk cameron) and telling him that, even though he assumed his biggest fan in the room would be female, he was wrong. (kirk also delivered a great testimony/word on evangelism.)
10. fall weather! i've missed you.
i've found myself using 2 corinthians 4 a lot lately in counseling others. it's not a newfound passage of encouragement for most believers but for the less biblically literate (and everyone else), it speaks of an eternal perspective on which we can anchor our hope.
paul went through a LOT of serious hardship and yet his focus on eternal things had him referring to his hardships as light and momentary.
in philippians 1 he discusses the benefit of remaining on earth rather than being in heaven. as long as he remains on earth, he's tasked with the great duty of fruitful labor for the Lord. if God hasn't taken you from this world, He hasn't fulfilled His purpose in/through you in this world. seems like a legit reason to buck up and press on. not that we're super amazingly awesome and can walk around like we're the stuff. paul realizes that we're weak, ordinary vessels. but when God shows off by using something ordinary, He gets greater glory. another legit reason to buck up: submission to God's work in our lives leads to gospel proclamation.
God promises us that He has plans for us (jeremiah 29:11) and that we've been saved to His service (ephesians 2:10). so be encouraged, beloved!
the circumstances of this world, real though they are, are not the basis for our faith. and they are definitely smaller than our God (john 16:33), not to mention already overcome...
so praise God for the testimony that is being written with your life. to Him be the glory!
kinda brings to mind this semi-related song:
There You Go
by Caedmon's Call
Is this the strange feeling
Of you working all to good
'Cause I am so confused
I don't even ask for what I should
When I asked for and deserved a stone
You broke and gave your body as bread
And even the stone that dropped down and rolled away
Spoke of the one who bled
There you go working good from my bad
There you go making robes from my rags
There you go melting crowns from my calves
There you go working good of all I have
Till all I have's not that bad
When I asked for and deserved a serpent
You gave a net full of fish
And even the serpent that told the lie
When lifted high foretold the gift
For you so loved the unlovable
That you gave the ineffable
That who so believes the unbelievable
Will gain the unattainable