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Anxiety check for this Thankful Thursday

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Today I’m thankful for birds and bees, here’s why…

Have you looked at the birds today? Have you thought of who takes care of them? Who provides food for them? Who makes the bugs that they should eat?

Matthew 6:26 makes us turn our gaze towards the sky and look for the proof that will back up Jesus‘ statement. It raises the question of control. Who is really in control of life today, right this second? It’s not you for sure! You are not seeing that all the birds have enough water, or food or shelter, not even for yourself.

Even if we become anxious about all the birds in the sky, we cannot give them the next breath. That’s when we realize how powerless we really are! So why bother in being anxious? If we can’t even add a single hour to our lives?

Why add anxiety to our hours, if we can choose to add joy to our day!

This whole passage of Matthew 6 is a big reality check. The climax is when Jesus says we should not be anxious about our life. How does He convince us that it is not profitable or something we ought to do? Well, He makes us realize our littleness. We are but a vapor and He is in control of the whole world.

When we worry, the least thing we think about is BIRDS. Or FLOWERS, or the other millions of people in the world, we just focus on SELF. What we need, what we are missing, our troubles, our lack of “you-name-it”. So to get us to stop being self-centered Jesus just invites us to look up, look outside and look to Him.

We are not the only ones on earth, yet, God is still in control of everyone and us at the same time! He makes His point so clear that bringing up something so trivial like lilies of the field, something we do not worry about, but still need care, breaks any reasons we might have to defend our worry or anxiety.

I am not writing this as an expert on dealing with anxiety, I write this because I need to preach it to myself too! And I thought someone else might need to be reminded of this. So I hope you enjoy todays little reminders of Who really is in control of your life!

What makes you anxious the most? 
What else helps you exchange anxiety with joy?

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

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Living in the ‘now’ as we are living for ‘eternity’

“We must have the courage to live aware that the kingdom of God is close at hand.”

Jill Carattini

Breaking Time. [Link to Article on A Slice of Infinity at http://www.RZIM.org]

This incredible article invites us to view “time” differently.

Chronos as the measurable second-to-second, minute-to-minute in which we live in.

Kairos as the immeasurable importance of an event.

Naturally, God does not dwell in chronos, He is ever existent, but He has surprised us and interrupted our chronos with kairos as Jill Carattini mentions in the article.

So, along with Carattini, I would encourage you and myself to be courageous by letting ourselves be absorbed in the eternal kairos.

His everlasting Kingdom is all that matters, even as we live day to day.

His ongoing glory is all we should behold and be amazed at, even while we are still living second by second.

His never ending love is what gives us an opportunity to step into eternity with Him, when we step out of this earthly life.

“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

1 Thess 4:16-18 (emphasis added)

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A short survival to-do list: In case of winning the Lottery

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girl: “YES! You won!”

guy: (internal 10-sec-monologue) “who? me? but how? wow! this gotta be a dream! OH NO! Omgosh, terrifying flying papers, yep it’s real! I can’t believe it!!!”

Well, at least that’s how I would have reacted if I had won the lottery! How would you handle such a big surprise, specially in front of so many people? He did a pretty good job, don’t you think? But seriously, what do people do after having won something as life-changing as this? Personally, I think it is vital to know what to do after something wonderful like that happens, and here’s why…

Now, I realize winning the lottery is rare, it just doesn’t happen to everyone, and it certainly hasn’t happened to me (yet). Tragic, I know, but I still had to face a similar situation. The only difference is that I won something immensely better than a couple million dollars. LOVE.

To be honest, love is beyond compare, it makes you feel the richest man alive, even richer than Carlos Slim Helu,
because your fortune is not monetary, it doesn’t fade away. You don’t spend love, you just love, and love never ends. (1 Corinthians 13)

So, my true intentions come out at last. I have to admit, I never meant to write about life after winning the lottery. It’s just that there are very few experiences in life that make you feel surprised, terrified and fabulous all at the same time! Finding love is such a wonderful thing, worthy to be treasured. Just as if you had won a multimillion dollar prize because…

“Who being loved is poor!”

Oscar Wilde

If you do, say, feel, accomplish something, whatever it is, you only care for what the other person thinks, or if they like it too…Problems seem less important, you have their trust, their love, their attention and nothing else matters. This kind of love is great too, but it’s not what I’m talking about either. The love that makes me feel like I’ve won the lottery every single day is the kind Jesus gives. I know it sounds ridiculous, who could possibly win the lottery every day? Crazy, right? Well, His love is the same, it’s just ridiculous how much He loves, no one can measure the width, depth, height or length of His love. It surpasses all knowledge.

So with confidence I can say I’m rich, Jesus’ love makes me rich!

If I have nothing else, but His love, I have everything I need, everything I could ever want. Sadly, as a flawed human being, this excitement fades away if I don’t keep reminding myself of what a great gift I’ve been given. Just as when your favorite soccer team wins, or when you win a car from your local department store’s raffle. At first you are very excited out-of-your-mind, but then as a better more important game comes up, or a new model of the car you won is out, the one you have looses your interest. I am well aware that no one will expect you to live as the richest most lucky person in the world if you only win a soccer tournament, right? The happiness you get from something you won is directly proportional to the object itself. That’s why I feel silly by daring to compare God’s love to winning a car or even the lottery, but it happens, we forget how infinite God’s love is and I’m guilty of that. I suffer from amnesia. This is why it is important to know how to live according to what we have been given, because it is life changing. God’s love is never ending, our joy should be the same way. God’s love is not selfish, our lives should be selfless. God’s love is patient and kind…so on and so forth.

In short, here is a simple survival list to appreciate God’s love daily and live accordingly in case you suffer from amnesia like I do: (or in case you win the lottery, whichever comes first 🙂 )

  1. Freak out!  – it’s totally understandable.
  2. Be thankful. Always.
  3. Remind yourself daily, so you would never ever forget what you won.
  4. Consider you are still not immune to bad things happening in your life.
  5. Don’t be shy about it, tell everyone who asks and share accordingly!
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ALL THINGS NEW..

My 2013 starts in March

2013

It seems a little late to be celebrating the new year in March huh? But it’s never too late to start over.

Have you ever been given a second chance to do something, maybe a second chance to take an exam, to rebuild something that didn’t work out, or to love life..

For me the greatest second chance I have been given was many years ago when I met myself at the Cross.

Let me explain: Have you ever gotten a terrible job at a manicure that you tried to do yourself? (if you are a guy, I’m sure you have heard girls complain about it haha)

What happens when you are trying to do this perfect manicure to yourself, but still have things to do and you don’t want to be late for that special night out…well…your nail polish is likely to get ruined, you might get nail polish outside your nail where it doesn’t belong, or it gets nasty looking clumps, wrinkles etc. There are many ways a bad job on a manicure can turn into. And you look at the clock, it’s still ticking, you still have to put on those fancy heels, get the car keys out of your purse –with nail-polish hazardous materials inside– and finally get to that lovely place. But the only way to get your nails looking as nice as you thought they would when you first bought that new shade of nail polish is by… taking it off… and starting over. If you try to recover the bad job you had initially done it’s just going to get messier, or it will look lame. Yes, plain lame.

So you take heart. Take it all off. Start over and ask your dear friend beside you to help you because you have done this one too many times to know better. You need someone else to do it for you. Then you can both finally adventure into that special evening with ready hands for whatever the night might bring.

Just like that.

So when I realized for the first time of the mess I had inside my heart, all the ugly sin and how offensive it is to God, I tried to cover it up until the clumps were so great I could not undo them. I tried to cover it up with social work from a young age, being an obedient child, good friend etc. No matter how much I tried there was something inside that could not be washed away by ‘doing’ good things. God needed to bring me to the cross, shatter my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh. He covered me with Jesus’ blood, because someone had to pay for the sin I had inside. So instead of trying to ‘do’ anything I just let God give me a clean slate!

Starting over can be very exciting and terrifying at the same time because you have no idea what you may encounter, and you have no control over it. Since God has a hold of my heart it brings comfort and joy, because He is good, just, merciful, loving, Holy, all-powerful etc. What then shall I fear?

I’m just thankful. Thankful beyond measure that He is willing to take a mess and make it beautiful. That’s why I go to Him for second chances everyday! I still mess up, I still get impatient and try to do it on my own. But He is patient enough to offer new and bright beginnings every morning! This 2013 you and I still have many new beginnings left, many new joys, all of this through the same love that never ends and is accessible to all through the cross!

Lamentations 3:22-23

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
    they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

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