We’ve all heard the expression “Life’s a Beach,” but let’s be honest, it isn’t… not unless you believe and work to make it as such.
When I turn on the News at night, I’m left with nightmares, photographic memory haunts me at night as I try to conceive things my mind just will not. Life seems to be a desert, thirsty for hope but being fed disappointment. How can we stand in amphitheaters full of people, and still be all alone? Have you placed a seed? Have you watered it, so that it does not dwindle and die like all the other sultry plants around it? Have you loved it, as you might wish that your planter loved you?
I challenge you to be better than what the world has to offer, I challenge you to make a difference. Speak to your neighbors. Wait for a response when you ask “how are you”… LISTEN! Have FAITH that things can be different, and work toward it. “There is no greater destruction to the world than the (wo)man who does nothing to build it, but spectates as it is destroyed” (Southall, 2014).
Bring water to the desert and pour life into the mouths of the mute.
“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans” – Kahlil Gibran
A desert is a place without expectation, it is a beach without water.
John 15: 1-17 (NIV)
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.