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I have trod upon the flowers

While chasing fireworks

I have crushed the tender shoots

In pursuit of momentary thunder

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I would not bend to behold them

But fixed my eyes on what could not be reached

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I have trod upon the flowers

While chasing fireworks

I have forfeited a beautiful fragrance

For the smell of burning powder

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I would not reach to touch them

But gave my heart to a shower of evaporating sparks

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I have trod upon the flowers

While chasing fireworks

I have traded a living thing

For a fleeting burst of smoke

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There is a place where it all comes together

your experience

your intuition

your gut level instincts

A place where your passion, and intellect sing with one voice

In that moment you just know

and it seems inevitable

It is the triumph of the human spirit

And in the end

it leads to death (Prov. 14:12)

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Eyes to See

You have given us eyes to see:

Beauty in midst of ashes

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Value in those who’ve been discarded

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Folly within our own hearts

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You have given us eyes to discern:

The foolishness in what men call wisdom

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The evaporating worth of temporal things

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The emptiness of a life immersed in self

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You have given us eyes to find:

Peace within the storm

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Transformation through times of brokenness

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Hope in seasons of tragedy

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You have given us eyes to recognize:

The fear in the eyes of our oppressors

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The inherent deceptiveness of human nature

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Your fingerprints all around us

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Let those who have eyes to see

See!

(Ezekiel 12:2)

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We speak against hate, yet slander and mock anyone who disagrees with us

We advocate for the idea of unity, but unfriend anyone who doesn’t share our worldview

We petulantly rationalize our own acts of rebellion, while incredulously condemning the anarchy incited by others

We bemoan that no one has walked in our shoes, but then presume to know what other people think

We invest trust in people who don’t really care about us, while distrusting the neighbor, who’s never betrayed us

We convince ourselves that the problem is “Them”But this is “Us”

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Never really felt like I fit in

until I climbed into Your arms

Never really feel like myself

except when I’m with You

 

There are so many loves that I have known

but only One that can sustain me

There are so many seats that I could sit in

but only one reserved by You

There are so many songs that I could sing

but only one that makes You smile

There are so many things that I could be

but only one that fits Your hand

 

I know I could make them cheer

but it’s Your heart I want to touch

Not looking for the road less traveled

I want to go where no one’s ever been

 

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Now that I am on the other side

And the relentless pain is gone
Now that I am free of that broken body
And my tormented thoughts have been stilled
Now that my hope has become my reality
And I can view it from above
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I can see the times it was difficult
And you responded with patience
I can see the times you were exhausted
And you found another bit of strength
I can see the times it was hurting you
And you refused to leave my side
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In a season when my world got small
You chose to be a part of it
On the days I couldn’t remember who you were
You simply served in anonymity
During the most difficult miles of my journey
You decided to carry my pack

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There are no words to do it justice
But there is a special gift waiting here for you

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Denial refuses to acknowledge that there is a problem

Wisdom endeavors to see a problem for what it is

Fear magnifies and exaggerates a problem

 

Denial rationalizes inaction

Wisdom pursues prudent action

Fear produces over-reaction

 

Denial breeds apathy

Wisdom breeds contemplation

Fear breeds panic

 

Denial fights to maintain the status quo

Wisdom seeks a measured response

Fear makes a bad situation worse

 

Denial is emboldened by a stubborn will

Wisdom is empowered by a peaceful mind

Fear is fueled by a fruitful imagination

 

Denial results in complacency

Wisdom looks toward hope

Fear leads to desperation

 

God grant us the strength & wisdom to grab ahold

of the things you’ve placed in our hands

And grant us the faith & hope to trust You

for the things that are beyond our reach

And Lord, please give us the discernment to

recognize the difference between the two

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Beware of those who come with complicated, layered theologies, which require all kinds of specialized skills and knowledge in order to gain access to the things of the kingdom.  This is a predictable tact that men take to elevate themselves in the eyes of others.  Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”  He then added, “whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”  Hear your Father bid to you, “come up here”.  

 

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It is a blindness to the beauty, with a clarity on the flaws 

It is the impulse to manipulate for what’s already been freely given

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It is the urge to compete with those who are dearest to us

It is the voice that taunts us from behind the mirror

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It is the compulsion to tear people down to what we unconsciously perceive to be our level

It is the willingness to trade our values for the approval of others

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It is the frequency that muffles every compliment, while amplifying the slightest criticism

It is the apprehension to speak for fear of sounding stupid

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It is the drive to control what was never ours to govern

It is the tendency to exaggerate our accomplishments, while denying our weaknesses

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It is the fear that if they really knew us, they wouldn’t love us

It is the unspoken sense that it would be better if we were someone else

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It is ultimately an identity thief

and

Its name is insecurity

 

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In the deepest part of our hearts – we all yearn to be loved, and each of us comes with the capacity to give love in return. We instinctually draw together in relationship with each other, and gather ourselves into communities.

 

And yet somehow we struggle to believe that we come from a God who embodies love, and who yearns to be in relationship with us.

 

In the deepest part of our hearts – we all yearn for justice, and each of us comes with an inherent sense of when that justice has been violated. Even as small children, no one has to teach us to cry out, “It’s not fair!”

 

And yet somehow we struggle to believe that we come from a God who embodies justice, and who would demand a price for sin.

 

In the deepest part of our hearts – we all yearn for shelter from the storm, and comfort in times of trouble. Something within us inherently knows to run for cover, and to seek a place of refuge.

 

And yet somehow we struggle to partake of God’s Spirit, who stands ready to manifest Himself as the “Comforter”, and who offers a peace that surpasses our understanding.

 

In the deepest part of our hearts – we all yearn for a sense of significance, and of belonging. It is within our very nature to fight wars, to fly banners, and to adorn ourselves in accolades, in order to establish our place in this world.

 

And yet somehow we struggle to believe that we were created in the image of God, and that we were meant to be the heirs of His Kingdom.

 

In the deepest part of our hearts – we all yearn to believe in something that is bigger than ourselves, and that is beyond what we can understand. From the beginning we are drawn to fairy tales, magic, legends, the depths of the ocean, heroes, outer space, Sci-Fi… or anything else that might carry us beyond the boundaries of what we have known.

 

And yet somehow we struggle to accept a God whose ways are much higher than ours and who can do abundantly more than we could ever ask for, or imagine.

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