It is interesting what we do, because we think we are making amends with other people.  Like we are doing this them great favor of forgiving them.  Offering forgiveness is critical for us to have healthy relationships and with God.  The idea is if you have something against your brother, leave the alter and then come back.

T D Jakes said that when we do not forgive, it is like we are drinking poison waiting for the other person to die.  Isn’t that the truth.  We are the ones that are absorbing the damage and we need to find a healthy vent and let it go.  This is forgiveness.  The vent maybe crying out to the Lord from a broken place so that he can help change your heart as well as the heart of the one that had offended you.  But once God has done his part, we need to do our part and actually forgive.  That is what makes us the salt and light. that is how we stand apart from the world.  For greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.

We have access to the eternal for wisdom, humility and strength.  We need only go to our father with openness and it is His delight to provide for you more than you could have hope and liver in abundance even amid the trials.  God’s grace is beyond our comprehension.

For me, it seems like we treat God like it is the Nuclear option.  We will only tap into our Lord when traditional warfare as not recorded any advances.  We have to be at the tip of the deceivers arrows before we call on the Creator of all things.  The funny thing is that the imagery of that nuclear bomb being loaded into a long range bomber and getting right above the target.  Your adversary looks up as the Bomber approaches him.  Your adversary drops to their knees and prays and the bomb drops.  But it detonates at 5,000 feet and nothing but the most vibrant and beautiful flowers cascaded down upon them.  Grace is our answer and Grace is our weapon if we want to be able to forgive and live again in abundance.

Time to Detox

I have decided to commit to the Daniel Plan with my wife and daughter.  The Daniel Plan is a Biblical approach to living in abundance.  That is done in several different ways. Fist we recognize that our bodies are temples for the in dwelling Holy Spirit.  Our bodies are not our own and they are paid for at a price.  That was the price of Jesus’s death on the cross to pay for our sins.  As Jesus arose from the grave we to come out of death into life.

The Bible tells us that many things are permissible, it does not mean they are beneficial to us.  That cues me into why I am taking this plunge.  I have certain health issues that seem to be either food or medicine enduced brain fog.  It is scary how seldom I have real clarity of thought.  That is when I realized that I cannot live in abundance or have the rich experiences or relationships without getting my health under control.  The correlation between physical health and spiritual health are real.

When we think of food as medicine, then we can understand how to begin to eat with purpose.  Right now our tastes and cravings have been hijacked by companies that manufacture your food in a plant.  The first step in eating right is to eat things that were not manufactured.  Go from field to fork when ever possible.  Eat one quarter of the plate with proteins, half the plate with vegetables and a quarter of the plate with carbs, but no bread.

The Daniel Plan shows where you can reset your taste and cravings in forty eight hours.  I know the last time I did a detox, everything tasted bad compared to foods that are not good for you. However, within a couple of days of eating correctly, you start to appreciate with grand pleasure what pink salt or a fresh garlic can to for delighting the palette.

I am in week one, but I like the process of having everything I do glorify God.

Move near the water

I have an unfinished basement and I have thought on a couple of occasions to refinish the basement.  I have been reminded many times that I cannot predict when the sump pump will fail and do not want to risk water damage to new flooring, drywall and furniture.  The basement ended up being the catch all room.  That room when you have no idea where to store certain things, so they usually end up in our basement.

We had what I considered junk in boxes and tubs alike.  My wife would call the junk memories and she had a hard time letting go.  Then I first episode with the sump pump failure occurred. When we looked in the basement, the entire basement was six inches under water.  Tough decision in terms of what to do right then.  To leave the house means no one is finding a quick way to start to get the water out of the basement.  We borrowed a back up sump pump that took a smaller volume and used a regular hose to carry the water up the stairs and out the back yard.  That was slow and tedious, but at least we were not we were not adding to the damage. My wife bought a replacement and we started the process of volume based water extraction.

Once that crisis element was over, we had to deal with the fact that a lot of our memories drowned.  All our books that were in boxes, papers from work or school, kids projects, and even clothing were effected.  Then we had to get the basement as dry as possible.  The removing the junk was not that easy, because there were memories in there as well.  The scary part is that my wife’s wedding dress was also in the basement, but was on the top of the pile.

So there should be a life lesson in there to pro-actively look at your stuff and see what you keep and see what you junk.  When a flood comes, it does not make a distinction of what is a memory.  By getting rid of the junk, the likelihood of putting your memories in a proper storage container clearly marked will ensure this does not happen again.

I looked at my basement the other day after a big snow melt and was relieved to see that the ground was still frozen so the melting had not impacted the runoff into the house.  But I also looked at the basement and noticed that it was every bit as bad as the first crisis in terms of memories everywhere and no real system of packaging and labeling.  I think I am going to buy a spare sump pump this week and start the removal of debris from my own basement.

Wisdom is being able to learn from others mistakes.  What is it when you do not learn from your own mistakes.  Yikes.