Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pain is weakness leaving the body - Part 2

In January 2010 I wrote about this topic. Well, sorta.

Today, two years later, I find myself saying this phrase pretty often. This is because of the realization that has occurred surrounding this key concept in walking with Father.

If you look back over your life, and the lives of anyone to whom you consider yourself in a close relationship it doesn't take long to realize that when it comes to "life lessons" (more than this is how you open a pull tab on a can type stuff) we seldom, if ever, learn those without pain being involved.

I was watching a story on one of the local news stations the other day about a boy who had recently died of cancer. The story was showing some previous interviews with him and some interviews with others who's lives he had touched. I immediately noticed something about him. In fact I noticed it about him and a friend of his about the same age going through similar life and death battles. In fact, several of the other newscasters who had met both the young men noticed and commented about it as well. They had an incredible maturity about them.

Reflecting back, I believe this is something I've seen in every person walking difficult paths who I've encountered in person or through reading, hearing, or seeing their stories. They have an unusual strength about them.

Even in families who walk difficult paths with loved ones, this strength seems evident.

Perhaps this is what James had in mind when he began his letter with:
Consider it pure joy brothers when you face difficulties of all kinds.
James probably had seen it and understood. The pain we endure is not without purpose (or I should say purposes as Father is always at work not only in us, but all around us as well -- that's a future post I'm going to call "Intersections" I believe). As I reflect back over the years of my life, I can't say I've experienced the pain that others like these boys have experienced, but I can say that through every cycle of pain to strength, the only true casualty has been weakness (usually in the form of unbelief or lack of trust) in my own life.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

One Year, Lots of Drafts

Well, it's been a little over a year since I published a post and lots of water has gone under the bridge. And if you've been "here" before you'll notice a new name and new home for what used to be - We're now Wallless Journey, but you can still get here with the url (for now). I've registered so perhaps we'll transition to that.

After many hours chasing hackers I gave up hosting my own blog and decided to go with the solution hosted by Blogger/Google. So hopefully now we'll be moving forward with no hacks and more posts.

Reset your reader links to the new RSS. It's time to work on and release some drafts I've been sitting on for some time now.