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I’m in the middle of writing an article on loneliness as a means to drive us deeper into God’s heart and was just struck by the passage this nugget came from. The context is distress and anguish, feeling the grip of death’s crushing pull. Maybe you can relate. But the author of this psalm lifts his eyes above his circumstances and prays for deliverance. He meditates on the character of God; how He is gracious, righteous, and merciful. He remembers what God has done; how He preserves the simple and rescued him when he was flat on his back, hopeless and alone. Then comes verse seven. Circumstances haven’t changed for the author but, then again, God’s worthiness to be worshipped has never been contingent on ideal circumstances. No matter what our lives might look like right now, no matter how uncomfortable or excruciating our circumstances might be, if we have been redeemed by Jesus, we have every reason to “return to our rest;” for the the Lord INDEED has dealt bountifully with us. And He is worthy of our praise and confidence right here. •••• [Also, 1) this is not a staged photo and 2) you should go read all of Psalm 116 for yourself.]
Happy birthday to the best big sister! 🥳 You are as genuine and intentional as they get; you love deep and feel big, and I’m so thankful for your heart and life. 💜 Additionally, I’d like to know how much you were paid to hug me in this photo.
“Do not despair, dear heart, but come to the Lord with all your jagged wounds, black bruises, and running sores. He alone can heal, and He delights to do it. It is our Lord’s office to bind up the brokenhearted, and He is gloriously at home at it.” -Charles Spurgeon
“Theologians who limit the means of grace to overtly redemptive religious practices miss something about the God who speaks without words in the theater of His creation.” -David Powlison

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Waves of Nostalgia, Basketball Memories and Turning the Page

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Nostalgia can pounce on you sometimes.

Such a moment occurred a few days ago as I re-read some of the columns from when I served as sports editor for The Murray State News in college (some of my favorite years).

As I read one column, “Forever Young” (with a tipped hat to Jay-Z), the words resonated with my heart as much now as they did when I was writing about the basketball team losing in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

Maybe you need to read it too. Maybe you need permission to dream of better days and greater things. Permission to start a new chapter.

Let’s be brave enough to turn the page.

 


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The following is an excerpt of the aforementioned column.

We can’t start a new chapter if we keep re-reading the old one.

We can’t live off past victories and past “failures” will consume and define us only if we let them. We can’t help others and identify with them through pain if we don’t first experience some ourselves, just as we can’t move on to a new section of our wall if we keep looking at the section we just built.

So, I’m going to take Coach Prohm’s advice and stay on my wall with my eyes up (Nehemiah 6:1-3), eagerly anticipating the next chapter God will write in the story of my life. It’s a new day and a new journey that brings with it a new adventure waiting to be experienced.

Let’s not be so caught up in the last adventure that we miss the one right in front of us. May we always learn from the past and look to the future but live contently in the present.

2 comments on “Waves of Nostalgia, Basketball Memories and Turning the Page

  1. Steve Austin says:

    Such a great reminder. I LOVE that story from Nehemiah, too, by the way.

    1. Isn’t it so good?! Thanks for reading and your encouragement!

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