It’s time to get up!
I had a long night last night.
Just struggling with some of the same old issues I’ve dealt with for years; missing my son and feeling sad about that, and covering a lot of ground in my mind over things I’d thought were settled. Does that surprise you?
Look, no matter how squared away you think someone else is, they’re not. We all struggle with negative thinking, regret, grief, and our social media culture is doing a bad thing by making it look like everyone but you has a perfect life. No one does.
And I think that’s one of the most important things I’ve learned from sharing my stories in books and podcasts: people need us to be open, vulnerable, and honest about our lives so they can see how they can make it through a little more clearly. But last night was rough. I had a lot of those old demons- Iraq, losing Mitch, regrets and mistakes swirling around like those crazy sandhill cranes in my mind.
But God is so kind. He reminded me of a story in the gospel of John, and that story basically is what I needed in a nutshell: Lee, you need to get up out of those negative thoughts and patterns of behavior and move on. It’s time.
So, my friend, we’re going to talk about a guy who had to get up, what we can learn from him, and how not to be idiots. Stay with me, okay? A little tough love for you this morning, because it’s time to get up, and we’re going to start today.
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Scriptures Mentioned In This Episode
John 5 (NLT)
5 Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda,[a] with five covered porches. 3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. 5 One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”
7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”
8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”
9 Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking!
Proverbs 26:11NLT As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.
Hebrews 6:4-6 (Voice) It is impossible to restore the changed heart of the one who has fallen from faith—who has already been enlightened, has tasted the gift of new life from God, has shared in the power of the Holy Spirit, and has known the goodness of God’s revelation and the powers of the coming age. If such a person falls away, it’s as though that one were crucifying the Son of God all over again and holding Him up to ridicule. 7 You see, God blesses the ground that drinks of the rain and then produces a bountiful crop for those who cultivate it.
Exodus 32: 19 When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain. 20 And he took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.
Luke 2:10 “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people”
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