The Eclipse. Your Life. My Life. His Masterpiece.

My son is an artist.  Every other day he has a new creation to show me and they keep getting more and more elaborate. He’s creating worlds, adventures, and characters all inspired by real-life.  Each work of art represents wisdom acquired through much practice, or something new he’s learned or someone new he’s met. 

I was thinking about this over the weekend because I know that today – August 21st is a big day. From what I understand, it’s the first total solar eclipse since June 8, 1918 which crossed the United States from Washington State to Florida.

My Uncle’s Godmother she said she remembers being a little girl in rural Alabama.  No telephones, no tv and the neighbors yelling from porch to porch that it was the end of the world.  But it wasn’t. And these days we can watch the eclipse peacefully because we know what’s happening so there’s no need to panic.  Right?

Even though the eclipse is  big news today, after the event depending on where you live or where you traveled to see it, most of us will go on about our day as if nothing happened even though what’s happening in the heavens is nothing short of a miraculous work of art. 

Life is just like this.  A miraculous masterpiece moment in one person’s life is only a passing moment of little to no consequence in someone else’s.  Unless you happen to be hosting a Morning Radio program with thousands of listeners every day looking forward to sharing the journey. That’s my story right now, much like the eclipse, this chapter of my life is passing much faster than many hoped. 

For the past 15 years that I’ve served with Moody Radio – full time, part time, volunteer and contract, it’s been nothing but a blessing for me to learn and grow with so many wonderful Christ following people. I appreciate our listeners very much. You’ve helped me to love God better than I ever knew I could. 

One of my favorite scriptures says, “You are God’s Masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).  I'm thankful to know that many are wondering what’s next for me, so I will tell you what I know right now:    

I will continue to build my Behavior Design Tech consulting company while working with a brilliant Built-in-Chicago start-up, Aop.  I will complete my manuscripts for two new books, ‘The Gift of Sorrow’ and ‘Why We Share.’  I will continue to invite others at every opportunity to join me in the adventure of a lifetime; leaving a legacy of intimate faith. Fueled by Jesus’ eternal strength.

God is an Artist.  The eclipse, your life, my life - His Masterpiece.  They are all the same to me.  And when we are truly committed to a life that brings Him glory, we move as Jesus says mysteriously like the wind (John 3).  Peacefully and joyfully with no need to panic and no need to fear.




The Path that Leads to Grace

Yesterday, I watched a video of Jim Carrey, speaking at a ministry to former inmates in LA.* 

He said, “I believe suffering leads to salvation, in fact, it’s the only way.  We have to somehow accept, not deny and feel our suffering and feel our losses.  And then we make one of two decisions…walk through the gate of vengeance, which leads to resentment, which leads to self-harm, which leads to harm to others.  Or we go through the gate of forgiveness which leads to grace."

After watching Jim share his heart, I realized for the 1st time in the 19 years that I’ve been following Jesus and seeking God that there is a path to grace just like there is a path to destruction.  In the first chapter of James, the scripture says, “Desire when it has conceived, brings forth sin, and sin when it is fully grown, brings forth death.”  (James 1)

I believe what Jim Carrey said is true, if we take the example of Jesus…and we are willing to receive his power to look at the people who caused our suffering (even if we’re looking in the mirror),with compassion and forgiveness, it leads to grace and opens the gates of heaven for all of us.