Stuff I Think Could Help You Learn
Meeting Bishop Tutu was more than meeting a world changer.
His service not only changed a nation, it has forever changed my family.
I hope in those brief moments in the elevator he was able to glimpse his legacy. I hope he saw a picture of what he fought to accomplish in our family. Here are two brothers. One black and one white. This was not possible under apartheid.
One would wonder how a quarterback with a playoff win, several miraculous comebacks, still a long career ahead of him, and a humble personality wouldn’t get picked up immediately. Well, several coaches have made it clear that it’s not Tebow that’s the problem. It’s us.
Teams are staying away from Tim Tebow because of the Christians he brings along as baggage.
God is NEVER going to stop sending you that kind of person until you learn the lesson He has for you. That’s not from scripture (to my knowledge, anyway), it’s just from life experience.
There must be something God wants to teach you from those difficult people, or else you wouldn’t keep finding yourself in these similar positions.
Until you submit to this, you will keep finding this person as your boss. She will show up in your church small group. Your sibling will marry someone just like that, and you’ll find yourself at the dinner table with them on every major holiday and sometimes on Sunday.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying there is no worth to motivational books or blogs or podcasts or posters that show where God carried you on a beach.
Those are all great.
But the key isn’t any of that. And it isn’t really a secret either.
The key ingredient is YOU. That’s wisdom I received from a wise person named Po (aka: “Kung Fu Panda”).
Are you following what I’m saying? I’m not overweight because I haven’t found the fad diet that works for me. It’s because I simply refuse to exercise daily and eat a little bit smarter. I’m stubborn, so I stay fat.
So here I sat on the toilet seat in a hotel room somewhere south of Kansas City, MO, and I was starving.
But not for double cheeseburger with fries.
My spirit sat inside me weak and panting, shivering from nutritional depletion and jittery with the worry of where to look for it next. I’d seen the franticness in myself increasing in the past couple of days: I got extra annoyed with my children’s missteps and became more concerned with my timeline than our time together; my mind began to obsess about exercising and food (always a red flag for me); and my self-talk had gotten downright cruel, constantly rehearsing everything at which I miserably failed.