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To the rebels…

The rebels…those who buck the system, ruffle feathers and cause ripples.  They get things stirred up.  They go forward when some stay back.  They stand up when most stay seated.  Rebels aren’t just soldiers like most think when we say the word “rebel”, they are thinkers and people who MOVE.   They get up and go get ’em!  They accomplish.  They win.

The Steven Jobs quote puts it best:

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Today, a pack of Rebels are graduating from the high school I work.  I’m so excited for them!   I remember way back when, I graduated from this same school and was so excited, confused, sad to see my dad cry, unsure about the future and scared about the fact that I would have to be a “real” adult soon.  I know a lot of them have these same emotions.  They want to be sooo happy, but have these insecurities and “what ifs”  holding them back.  All of this comes with things that are new…when one door closes, waiting for the other door to open is just downright worrisome!

I pray for their PEACE.  I pray for their calm.  I ask God to bestow on them His ultimate grace and guidance.  I hope they all open their eyes much sooner than later that He is the only one who will NEVER EVER change in their lives and THE ONE who they should always cling to in all circumstances.

Graduation is a great celebration and one that makes a 17 or 18 year old child believe they are invincible.  I pray God allows them to remember that they CAN do anything…through Christ who strengthens them!

CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES 2014…Rebels or not!

 

 

Don’t hold back!

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  –Ephesians 5

I’m not going to talk about alcoholics today.  Ha!  I read this chapter of Ephesians and these verses popped out to me and not because it talked about being drunk; although, I have been effected by alcoholism in many different ways in my past.  It’s something I dealt with in my family from about the age 11.  It’s something I have to be conscious of now.

Anyway!  I’m not talking about that today (not to say it won’t come up sometime) …

I see this verse as a wake up to what WE NEED TO DO… It’s more of a DO than a DO NOT message to me.

Look at the part where it says “INSTEAD.”

We are to be HIGH ON THE SPIRIT!  Once we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we can then be free to do what we are really here to do.  We are meant to sing and speak praises.   Don’t let anything of this world hold you back.  Look toward the good–praise God for all he provides.  Don’t be oppressed by things around you which are not of God.   SING AND MAKE MUSIC FROM YOUR HEART TO THE LORD!  (my favorite part)

If you read the verses before the ones I’ve posted, in Chapter 5, it talks about other things we shouldn’t do, but also about how we should always be THANKFUL just as the end of these verses.  I love the way Paul tells us what we shouldn’t do to emphasize what we SHOULD DO.

So be thankful in all you do because you have the SPIRIT in you and don’t forget to…

open that mouth up and …

Animal-gottalent! SING…pic_1343731079_3 SING….twi_sing_by_really_unimportant-d66k1gtSING!!!

 

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