Poetry On Odyssey: What If?

Poetry On Odyssey: What If?

God is faithful. He is good.

Sometimes I wonder just how easy it all would be.

If we could switch places and you could experience life as me.

Would you choose me just as I chose you?

Would you love me just as I loved you?

Would you overlook my flaws and count them as beautiful healed battle scars?

Would you change your world to accommodate a life with me?

Would you fight for that relationship although everyone said it is dead, let it be.

Would you give up so effortlessly? It was so easy for you to turn your back on me?

Would you count me as irrelevant? A casualty? A plaything? A tart?

Or would you fight in spite of everything that drove a wedge to tear us apart?

If you were me knowing all that I forgave would you forgive me?

It is easy to receive forgiveness, mercy, and grace.

Especially when you are not the offender in the first place.

Since I am human, I catch myself wanting to repay you back all the heart and pain.

Then I ask for forgiveness for what will I gain.

I can only be obedient and remember I was once lost and a product of a hardened heart.

But God! He kept me. He did not give me what I deserved.

Lesson learned and moral embraced:

I cannot expect forgiveness holding on to anger and allowing hatred to corrupt my heart aka the love space.

Actually, I would not change a thing for I am the winner.

God is faithful. He is good. He makes no mistakes. So I continue to seek his face.

Every day remembering, Jesus is "the author and finisher of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2 NKJV).

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Worthy of all Glory

giving God the praise He deserves

There has been a recurring theme in my spiritual life lately:

God's glory.

So many times, we call on God when we need something. Our prayers consist of "God please grant me X" or "Lord I really need Y".

Yes, God wants us to bring our needs to him, but He is so much more than the good gifts that He gives us. His gifts are just the surface of his goodness.

God deserves glory for who He is as a person.

As creator of the universe.

As the breath of life.

As giver of abundant, undeserving grace.

As just and holy

As all powerful and all knowing

There are so many attributes of God that deserve eternal praise.

In his model of prayer, Jesus asks that God's kingdom come to earth as it is in heaven. Imagine that. Everyone always praising God for who he is. Not always focusing on what God can give to us, but what we can praise Him for.

These glorious attributes can be seen all throughout our lives--

In the gift of music- His beauty and emotion are shown

In the essentials of food and water- His role as provider is made apparent

In the sunrise- His majesty and creativity are displayed

In the waves of the ocean- His infinite grace and mercy that continue to wash over us

In our next prayers, let's spend some time praising God and giving Him the glory he deserves.

Recognize Him for what he is worth rather than just a request granter.

"Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:10 ESV

"Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty" Psalm 104:1

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We Need To Stop Being So Scared To Talk About Faith

Ditch the fear and start talking.

From a young age, we are taught that there are certain things that you simply do not talk about: money, politics, and faith. In a time when tensions are high and patience is low, faith can be a tricky subject to address. The worry that someone will be offended is almost tangible, especially in a group setting. But is this societal norm really benefiting us? Is this hesitation truly serving us or is it preventing us from being able to understand something that 84% of the world's population holds close to them?

Stop backing away from conversations about other religions and start making a sincere effort to understand, you may be surprised at how much you learn.

Many people don't even question the fact that we are so often reminded not to bring up faith. But understanding why faith is such a taboo subject for our society is key to moving towards having an easy conversation about it. What are we so scared of? Contrary to popular belief, discussing faith does not equate to enforcing a religion onto someone.

There is often a preconceived notion (and a totally valid one) that simply bringing up the idea of religion is an effort to convert someone. But why does this make us so uncomfortable?

Perhaps because faith is so deeply personal, something that we cling to in times of fear, that it shouldn't dare to be shared out loud. The hesitation is understandable, but it is certainly not serving us. No one should feel obligated to preach their beliefs to each person they meet, but as a society, we should eradicate the idea that it is socially unacceptable to share these beliefs, especially with someone who doesn't share them.

This fear to offend someone with religious beliefs again comes from the idea that it is something confrontational. This negative connotation prevents us from seeing the world for what it really is. Learning as children that faith and religion are meant to be kept to ourselves doesn't prepare us for knowledgeable conversations later in life. Enforcing this view of faith is really another form of tunnel vision and sets us back rather than moving us forward.

Moving past this perception of faith is not easy, it takes time, patience, and a willingness to learn. Opening up to these conversations has the potential to bring an abundance of knowledge and understanding. Being unafraid to have differing views and simultaneously being willing to accept these views as someone else's personal perception allows us to have more meaningful and honest conversations. Speak to someone about their belief in Islam, read Buddhist text, and you will find that the best way to nurture spiritual knowledge is to expand it.

Note: Another interesting aspect of faith in America is the discussion about its presence in public schools. For further reading on this topic, go here.

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