In our everyday lives we face ups and downs and we are forced to react to the situations around us. Over the last two years I have myself frozen with fear of failure. As I reacted and grew in the midst of these situations, I began to realize that there is a series of reactions that I believe every person faces during these times of uncertainty.
1. Get Depressed: We, as humans, are planners. We map out our "next step" and we expect them to go perfectly. When storms starts jolting us out of our comfort zone we often get upset and that then leads to depression. Before we know it that seed of depression grows into a Weeping Willow of self-doubt and destructive behavior.
2. Learn from the situation: When we go through stages of depression, we are often confused about our purpose or our personal expectation of ourselves. When we take time to dig deep into ourselves we will discover more about who we are and what we want to contribute to this life as well as what we want to gain from this life.
3. Take your opportunity: As we walk the path of self-discovery we must also re-discover who God is. Through this journey, we will re-construct our relationship with God and begin to understand and even discover our purpose that is hand-given by God.
4. Allow yourself to struggle: Too often we believe that if we are struggling through life or through our jobs or our relationships that we have lost God's blessing in our lives. NOT TRUE! the Apostle Paul speaks on this clearly when he wrote, " Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope." Romans 5:3-4.
THERE IS A PURPOSE TO OUR STRUGGLING!
5. God is with us: I know that have conditioned ourselves to believe that in times of our brokenness, or in difficult times, that God abandons us. That is also not true. God loves us too much to leave us with no hope. Our hope only shows up when we have persevered through the difficult time.
Early in the first chapter, King recalled a memory from his childhood. Growing up he was friends with a white boy, whom he became very close with. When the two eventually went to different school, the boy told him that his dad did not want his son playing with black kids. This seemed to confuse King.
“As my parents discussed some of the tragedies that had resulted from this problem and some of the insults they themselves had confronted on account of it, I was greatly shocked, and from that moment on I was determined to hate every white person. As I grew older and older this feeling continued to grow.” (Pg. 7)
This was very eye opening for me. As you study and learn about MLK you are under the impression that these were feelings he had not felt in his life. You are under the impression that any feeling of hate he would feel would be dealt with immediately. One would not imagine MLK making a choice to fill his heart with hatred.
“It has been my conviction ever since reading Rauschenbusch that any religion that professes concern for the souls of men and is not equally concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them, and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritual moribund religion only waiting for the day to be buried.” (Pg 18)
While I am not familiar with the writings of Rauschenbusch I agree with this quote. I believe that it is impossible for a church to focus on the spiritual health of the people and not be concerned with the physical as well as the society that engulfs our hearts. I believe James 1:27 is a perfect biblical illustration of what MLK is saying.
“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and the widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted fron the world”
“I am convinced now, as I was then, that man is an end because he is a child of God. Man is not made for the state; the state is made for man. To deprive man of freedom is to regulate him to the status of a thing, rather than elevate him to the status of a person. Man must never be treated as a means to the end of the state, but always as an end within himself.” (Pg. 20)
Why do we always say it's a tragedy when someone dies,
when we won't say it's majesty when they're alive?
We won't acknowledge their greatness in the present.
We only see them as a gift when they're not present.
Why do we always say it's a loss when the price is paid,
when we don't see the cost until they're in the grave?
Their body may be gone, but their legacy remains;
with every memory we hold dear in our hearts and brains.
So, what can I say with these thoughts as they echo,
I can never let go, I need to know you through the best shows.
So, Lord be with us as we function through the struggle,
A fight through the rubble. A light through the tunnel.
We need to keep moving when obstacles cause setbacks,
We can't just sit back waiting until the wrecks lack.
We prefer to wear blinders so that we don't see the remanence.
We are only able to remain whole when we assume we hold eminence.
We know the past creates the present, the present forms the future.
The future reminds us of our past as time ticks through a true stir.
We course through life's courses, We scorch through life's scorches,
Not counting how many times we've been burnt by life's torches.
We're all looking for that majesty at the end of our kingdom reign,
not realizing the void of absence causes our loved one pain.
I guess we don't understand the impact of our breath,
So, how can we understand the impact of our death?
We breathe each breath without understanding the absence.
We think each thought without understanding our mad sense.
Our days are limited and counting down by the second,
Our age increases with all of the time that we've neglected.
Yet, we live these moments, knowing that death brings life.
Life leads to death and the in between is lead by our sight.
Our vision for our days is the impact that we leave behind.
When we look back into your life, what will we be likely to find?
Death is not a tragedy. It's a beautiful reminder of our limits.
It's the love that we felt, shown in memory snippets.
Death reminds us to live and to always try with our best efforts.
We are shown the authority of God and reminded to rely on His expert.
So, let's celebrate the life of the deceased and count our blessings.
We go to know them, see them, love them as they lived
Anthony K. Giesick
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