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Faces of Inspiration


I noticed recently that things that matter seem to get watered down because we speak a language of trends and broad sweeping terms in our society. We live in a day and time that has a short attention span and a cause of the day, and sometimes just a passion of the minute. We do this because it helps us articulate concepts and categorize our thoughts. Or we do it because we get distracted or bored with the cause, the work, or the endless need for energy and attention.

The irony for me is we talk and inspire in generalities but we all actually live our lives in specifics, with an eye toward personalized circumstances and close-up people. We can make so much more of a difference if we personalized our focus and energy more, and took action based on this instead of generalized information. We would make greater strides if we looked at our choices with faces associated. For example:

When I think about hope for a cure for cancer, I don’t think about faceless scientists or big name organizations. I think about my friend Jean, Anna the mother of my friend Anita, my colleague Tammy and so many more.

     

When I think about soldiers laying down their lives for our freedom, I don’t think about commercials for Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. I think of my brother Jimmy, my Grandpas Jim and Juel, my Dad Jim, my friends Milton, Suzanne, Tommy, and the loved ones of my friends and neighbors.

When I look to uphold the rights of humans, no matter their race, gender, religion, or sexual identity, I don’t envision slogans and commercials. I honor and respect Shelly, Mike, Andy, Miguel, Yonah, Rakesh, Rong, and Angel.

When I seek to connect to others who write and inspire, I don’t think of facecless authors or iconic motivators. I read and admire Maureen, Lynnette, AnnJay, and many more. They use words, humor, inspiration, quotes, photography, and encouragement. They reach across the abyss known as the internet and they touch others.

I wish I had pictures of everyone to share on here. But you’ve seen a few. I challenge us, as a people who want so much to create a better world, to live life in specifics. Choose causes with faces you care about and know. Support and encourage people and not just the cause of the day. Let us stand for those we love and make all the difference in the world. Let us bless and be blessed!

Life, Death, and Hope


These are troubling times and this week is proving to be especially troublesome for people I care dearly about. My aunt, who has many health issues had double bi-pass heart surgery yesterday. We are in the critical waiting hours to see if she will be alright. Today, my oldest and dearest friend is having a mastectomy in the first steps of her battle with breast cancer. These are just the latest 2 in a long string of people  I know who are standing on the brink of life and death. That’s such a scary place to be for them, as well as those who love them and never want to lose them. We are not alone in this situation, as it is the way that life works.

Today, as we remember the crucifixion of Jesus, I take solace in knowing that God loves us more deeply and unconditionally than we will ever truly comprehend. I know that his fears in facing life and death were just as real as my aunt’s and my dear friend’s. His friends and family suffered even more at his scourging and crucifixion because they saw no hope in the cruel and awful sequence of his death. Where my family and friends are seeing hope in the surgeon’s skilled hands and in the faith of our prayers. In contrast, there is no comparison.

And yet, I know that Jesus is with us as we go through these trying days. He does not want us to suffer as he did. He does not want us to have fear and no hope the way his mother and disciples did. He wants us to know love, foregiveness, and the possibility of hope. He wants us to know of his love and his sacrifice. He wants us to know the sweetness of his resurrection and what that truly means for us.

Today, I pray in repentence for all that Jesus died for in me. I pray gratefulness for his resurrection and salvation. And I pray, with a spirit of hope and expectation, for the full recovery and healing of my Jeans – Aunt Jean and Jeannie Bear, who are facing their own surrender in these days.

If you are a praying person too, I ask you to join me in these prayers. If not, I ask that you send positive and loving energy to my Jeans … and be blessed!

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said,

‘It is finished’

and he bowed his head, and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30