Life's Too Short To Think It's All About Us
In the grand scheme of things, you are a small chapter in the book of life.
When you think about the vast amount of space in the universe, do you see how small you are? Now imagine a time-span of 3000 years. Does a time frame of 60-80 years make a big dent in that time frame? When we put our lives as God’s creation into perspective, we see how small we really are. A speaker named Francis Chan once gave an illustration that always gets me thinking. He said "a young girl went around telling everyone she knew that there was a new movie coming out in theatres that was all about her. She was the main character and the most important character in the movie. When all of her friends and family went to see the movie they watched until a single scene with a boxer running up monument steps to a familiar theme song with a crowd of children cheering him on. The girl shouted to the moviegoers ‘look there’s me cheering’. Those watching quickly realized that the girl was not the main character in the film, it was the boxer, Rocky, who was the main character. This girl had made such a commotion about her being the star of the film and she wasn’t even a noticeable character. That is sometimes how we are as human beings. We make a whole scene about how life is all about us and we forget that we aren’t even noticeable characters. The story is all about God, but when we lose sight of that we often take away from his Glory. After all, life is not about us, it’s about Him.
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In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.
- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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