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So have you ever been in traffic or driving down the road and uttered these words…”If I were a cop I would write that guy a ticket a mile long” or “Where are the cops when you need them.” So the other day I was on my way home when a guy pulled across the road right in front of me. As a result I had to slam on brakes and swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid slamming into the side of this driving impaired individual. As I was about to utter one of my two phrases from above I looked up and saw one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen…a pair of blue and red lights that turned on and a little sound of the siren for good measure. I looked in my rear view mirror to see the cop pull this guy over. I am pretty sure that I actually said out loud, “THERE are the cops when you need them.” To that I say…JUSTICE is served!!! What a good day.
Today as I sit and reflect and think I wonder what it truly means to sacrifice. I was reading in Leviticus four today and it was talking over the sacrifices to God. There are these intricate ways to offer your sacrifice and it has to be done just right. All of this so that it is pleasing to God. The question that I kept asking myself, is what do I sacrifice today for the sake of the Kingdom of God? I live in a great house, own two cars and a motorcycle. I have two beautiful and healthy kids. I have the most incredible woman on the planet as my wife and I get to minister at one of the most progressive churches I have ever been a part of. So at the end of the day what does it mean for me to sacrifice? Now understand that I don’t think there is anything wrong with any of these things. However, at the end of the day what have I really sacrificed? The other question at hand is, what is the severity of my own sin and how great was the sacrifice to cover it? I mean as a minister I talk about this issue all the time and even try to guide people, but do I even realize that my daily sins, no matter how big or how small are still keeping me from the Savior? Can it be that we have become so desensitized to our sin, that we do not even believe in the severity of it. Maybe that is why I do not sacrifice more than I do. Maybe that is why I am selfish and prideful. Maybe that is why I always want to be right and want everyone else to be wrong. Maybe, just maybe, it is time that I sacrifice to the point that it hurts. I am not even sure what that looks like, but I know that right now my sacrifice is not hurting nearly enough. More to come on this later.
I had just walked off stage from speaking on a Sunday morning. I noticed a lady that was making a bee line for me. Now usually when people look that determined to talk you they either want to thank you or shred you. This was the shredder type. At the end of the service I simply said…”Have a great day, you are dismissed.” As she approached me she said this, “I don’t need to be dismissed, I need to be blessed.” Now everything inside of me went off. I looked at her and asked if she was able to breathe, was she able to get out of bed, was she able to walk, was she able to see and hear. She looked at me and said “Well of course.” I said “then you are blessed.” Oh and since we are part of the greatest army ever assembled then I guess what I have to say is, YOU ARE DISMISSED!!!
Welcome to Fresh Air Poetry. Please sit back relax and breathe in the fresh air of this life with me. Allow the crisp air of others to fill you lungs to the point that they hurt. Allow yourself to breathe back out what you have so diligently tried to hold in. You have held in these thoughts for so long you feel as if your insides will explode. Know that this is a place where you can have open and honest conversation about life and how you see it. I long for your honesty and your respect towards others. This is a place of simple ramblings and pictures of how I see life. Thanks in advance for taking the journey with me. So to you all that have been invited, thanks for coming…for those of you who have stumbled in here not knowing what this is…simply…BREATHE IN!!!!
p.s. To Josh Longbrake thanks for the inspiration to do this.