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The Undertaker and The Overtaker

I don’t do drama well and for that reason I try hard to stay away Facebook but recently it’s become abundantly clear to me just how diverse the eclectic band of folk I choose to call friend has become.

We’re different politically, ethnically, socially, culturally, spiritually, morally, even ethically, but there’s one common theme in most of my friends – a passion for writing. Different stories, different messages, different viewpoints, different disposable income, different levels of what many would define as “success”, but we all have a goal to share what’s burning deep down on the inside of us with anyone who’ll listen long enough.

Getting back to the drama thing, I’ve not seen this nation so divided in all the years I’ve spent here (which is almost 3 decades!) I’ve decided I’m not fighting anyone anymore on anything they feel the need to share. I only ask the same in return. I’m just going to state my case and then bow out gracefully as I look to see what they do with what I say. I’m half-done with my years and I’ve reached a time in my life when I’m more excited about the overtaker than the undertaker. (If you don’t understand, read Deuteronomy 28, verse 2 – trust me, you’ll understand.)

God told us again and again in His Word not to get caught up in petty disputes but to keep our eyes on eternal things. I really don’t care if the president ate one scoop of ice-cream or two: what I care deeply about is that hell is growing bigger and that precious souls are going there daily. Souls made in the image of the Father of all creation. His heart is breaking and I want to be a part of the solution, not the problem. Words are so powerful, and mankind uses them so indiscriminately. I’d rather heal than wound, every time. That’s why I write. To touch a soul. And perhaps change a heart. Maybe even make my Daddy smile, and plant eternal seeds in a hungry heart. That’s a goal worth pursuing, doncha think?

ps. This is a song that seems to pop into my brain at the most inopportune times…

He’s an on time God, yes He is! 🎶

My favorite part? (note of sarcasm there) “May not come when ya want Him…” Ain’t that the truth!

Kari, the excited-about-the-overtaker-girl

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Tribble Trouble

I don’t normally do this but I have to give a shout-out to a brand new friend.

I’m reading – well, re-reading – a rather compelling book by a guy who’s touching a very unreached segment of society (namely comi-con geeks). That struck me as so out of the box thinking, I couldn’t help but admire his approach. He has wisdom to share from the most unusual places, or, to quote his bud Vincent Stephens from the books’ foreword, “… I believe Hector’s true gift is seeing the gospel in everything.” And he does mean everything. From Daleks to Wonder Woman, Star Trek to Star Wars, Thor to Popeye, I experienced the nuggets Hector has found and freely shares on every page.

Wise beyond his years, I met Hector Miray at the local authors showcase and his passion for Jesus immediately caught my attention. Reading Faith & Fandom Five has deepened that respect. I even learned a thing or two along the way. For instance:

1 Corinthians 9.22 says that Paul had decided to be “all things to all men” in order to win them to Jesus. That’s just what Hector does. Here’s what I’ve learned:

When Superman had a meltdown Wonder Woman simply asked, “tell me who you are.” When we forget who and Whose we are, we’re liable to have a meltdown too.

Tribbles may be cute and furry, but when they ate indiscriminately it cost them their life. We have the same problem. It’s called sin, and when we consume it, it’s lethal.

We all, Like Luke Skywalker, have the choice every day to hide in the darkness or lead others to the light.

Just like Dr. Who, we as humans are liable to run when things get tough. The question becomes are we running from, or to?

Batman told Flash, “every battle defines you.” Now that’ll preach. We may cause more harm than actual help. When we fight the wrong battle or use the wrong weapon, as Hector quite rightly points out, we become the enemy. In his own haunting words, “Choose your battles well. Fight your battles well.” That’s how we shine our light in dark places. By choosing well and fighting well we honor God and show the world integrity and authenticity.

Those are just a few of the takeaways I gleaned. How simple can the gospel be? I encourage you to read and find out.

Kari, the so-not-a-tribble-girl

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Be One!

For some reason the powers that be at a certain national magazine have decided to send me a subscription, unpaid and unrequested. The editor of said magazine wrote an article about creating mentors rather than manipulating folk into an unwanted role in their already busy schedule.

Here are a few take-always I was reminded of that may be useful to others on the Jesus walk with me:

  • Rather than clamoring for and boldly demanding one, cultivate relationships.
  • Have casual but mutual times of investment in each other’s success, such as 6 monthly coffee dates/Q&A sessions. It may lead to one or it may turn into many, depending on the areas of life you seek wisdom in.
  • Most of all, it’s often unofficial and the giver doesn’t even know they’re doing it. No pressure – just friendship.

I know the value of this approach. I watch from afar but my pastor’s wife has taught me more about human relationships in the last 25 years than she realizes, not to mention being an example of humble but passionate pursuit of Christ. She’s my hero and I’ve told her many times. I’m 50-something but when I grow up I want to be a lot like her.

So now it’s a new day and I have a new priority. To stop in the moment and share any wisdom or knowledge I may possess with any who ask. Who knows? It may sow a seed that can totally revolutionize a life, both now and for eternity.

Kari, the coffee-drinking, relationship-sharing gal

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