Monday, October 22, 2012

A Truth

Hello Beautiful

There is a fundamental truth necessary to our survival as humans that we all seem to forget.  Each day we plunge through life fighting for our common needs—food, shelter, clothing.  Yet we ignore our basic struggle that motivates our lives.

You are Loved.

It is a simple fact.  Yet we often show moments of weakness in this area.  We seem to understand that God loves us, even if on a rudimentary level instilled from childhood songs.  But what about others.  Are we loved by our family, friends, and neighbors.  Do we matter to the other humans with whom we share this planet?  Should we bother to walk alongside them or shall we ignore them, hate them, or even leave this life?

You are Loved.

It amazes me how many people wrestle with this statement.  We seek validation by earning the love of others.  And when we receive it, we are often so blinded by the struggle we cannot accept this gift. 

There is someone on this planet that loves you.  No matter what you have done in your life, where you have been, and what trajectory your life is headed, someone loves you.  Not a blinded, blank check love of some random person you do not know.  There is someone tangible in your world that cares about you.  A person that misses you when your gone for a few weeks.  That desires your company and presence.  Someone that wants good for your life and is willing to go to great lengths to see that through.  People that God has placed in your way to tangibly exemplify how He feels about you.

You do not need to withdraw or be alone.  If you are surrounded by people that hurt you, bully you, or bring you down, remove them from your life.  It is your life and you determine who plays a role in it.  This may be as simple as unfriending someone on Facebook or as difficult as moving to another town and starting over.  Either way the work is worth the payoff.  Surround yourself with people that know and appreciate your worth.  Envelope yourself in their love.  Fill your life with people that know you are beautiful.

 

If you or someone you know is contemplating life-threating thoughts because of this or any other reason, we encourage you to seek professional assistance and counseling.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Character to Connect

Hello Beautiful

It is fall.  As I leave work the cool air stands the hairs on my neck.  I listen to cars splash through the road as the street lamps glisten over the asphalt.  The sun sets earlier, the sleeves get longer, and homes become cozier.  Each morning I have a long debate with myself if it would be easier to hop into a warm shower or just stay in bed and forget that I have work that day.

Each morning I continually choose work.  I enjoy what I do for a living, but lets face it, most of us rather sleep and relax.  There is nothing overly exciting about what I do daily or the people with whom I work.  Just a regular office with good and interesting people.  My choice to go into work each day is not predetermined by people, tasks, or even money.

I go to work each day because its my character.  A part of us longs to be united with something greater; a marriage, a cause, a movement.  However we seldom feel we are given this opportunity.  How many of us get to join the peace corps?  Become rock stars? Or accompany the elite upper class?  Yet each day we miss the opportunity to create something special in our own lives. 

I design buildings for a living.  It sounds really exciting, but if you came to the office for a week you would learn that what I do is often tedious and mind-numbing.  But I will happily stare at a window sill detail for five days straight because I know it is part of something greater.  When I drove up on my first completed project and saw how my little, insignificant task helped create something that will last long after I have passed away.  I felt connected not only to co-workers and the building, but to the future families that would interact in this place.

Everyday we have an opportunity to maximize our character.  Our cooperation with our fellow man and love for our neighbor is a desire God has for our lives.  Its so important He commanded it second only to loving Him.  We are asked to be a hand, foot, or neck of a larger interdependent network of people.  Connect with others to create something great.  Do not hide from the world what you have to offer.  It shows in your character when you are beautiful.