Part of my vision for a faith community is that it is filled with authentic and transparent people who share their life -- joy, sorrows, let downs, and celebrations. In being a part of that vision I share this with you all.
I have been struggling lately with failure. I won't go into the details but I've felt very hopeless. Tonight I quite by accident watched a movie on Netflix called Hoovey. It spoke a message to me that was needed in this moment of my life. It is the story of Erick "Hoovey" Elliot. A teenage basketball player who develops a brain tumor. After surgery he is told that he shouldn't play sports anymore because the surgery left a part of his skull out which protects his brain and that one good blow to the head could kill him. Hoovey struggles with having his dreams taken away and his family struggles with the insurmountable hospital bills. Yet, through it all Hoovey and his family keep their faith. One scene the father is talking to Hoovey and tells a story about a tight-rope walker (Jean-François Gravelet) who before he walked across the wire asked the crowd that had gathered, " Who believes I can walk across this wire pushing a wheelbarrow?" The crowd cheered, " We do." He then asks, "Who will get in the wheelbarrow as I push it across?" The crowd goes silent. Belief is easy, Faith is hard.
Faith is, even when the Devil has taken everything away from you, still praising God and putting one foot in front of the other trusting that everything will work out. That's hard to do when you feel crushed but it's what we must do if we truly proclaim Jesus as Lord.
May the God of Hope fill you with all the joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13)