Bottom of the Barrel

21st of May, 2019

What’s the Point of Faith?

18th of May, 2019

We’ve all been duped. Every last one of us. We’re believing a lie. That life is supposed to be easy.

Life is hard. It’s supposed to be hard. This earth is not our home. It was never meant to be. It’s a temporary dwelling place full of imperfect people. It’s practice. Here’s what I mean by that— Anyone who has ever tried anything knows that before you perform, before you compete, you practice. Practice before the real thing. Heaven is the real thing. Heaven is for real. It’s a promised time of joy, peace, happiness and hope for those who believe in God. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The God who created Heaven and earth, the God who made light. Earth is just practice, and practice is supposed to be hard.

In my sport, we practice for hours, simulating the most difficult situations to see if we will be ready for the real thing. We study on earth, we prepare, we train, we practice. We practice so much that the game becomes easy. The game is peaceful. Practice is never easy. But we’ve believed the lie that its supposed to be.

Life is hard. Nobody knows what the future holds, although we’d like to… and that’s ok. That’s how it’s supposed to be. I sometimes get asked to sign autographs. In every one of my autographs I write the verse Hebrews 11:1. The funny thing is this—that verse is all about faith. But faith consists of hoping for something that you currently don’t have. It consists of believing in something even if you can’t see it. But what’s the point of faith if everything is going right? What’s the point of faith if you have everything you could have ever wanted? What’s the point of faith if everything is always supposed to be ok? If life was easy, there would be no point in having faith. If earth was perfect, there would be no point in Heaven. But faith is like gold, and heaven is for real. It’s something so precious that can never be taken away from us. Faith is believing that God can still do what he said he was going to do, even when it looks impossible. Even when it has always looked impossible. Take courage! God is building your faith. He’s working on it. Trust me. Trust Him. I am with you. I will never leave you. I will never turn my back on you. I have never turned my back on you. In this earth you will have troubles but take heart! I have overcome the world. My hope resides in the fact that God has already done it. He gave me a new team, He gave me a new house, He already gave me everything I could have ever needed and more. Trust me. I know what I’m doing. I am with you. I am WITH you. And I am for you. I am on your side. I am still on the throne. I am still the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, the Creator of the Universe. I have a big, big plan. A master plan. And I want you to be a part of it. But before you can join me, I need you to believe me. Before you can join me, I need you to trust me. THAT’S WHY you’re going through what you’re going through. THAT’S WHY your life seems so uncertain. It was never meant to be. Just look around. Look at all the things I’ve given you to enjoy. I’ve given you life. True life. I’ve given you joy. Pure, undefiled joy. Just look around! Open your eyes. Wake up. I am ALWAYS WITH YOU. I have not fallen of My Throne. I am with you. And I love you. Oh, how I love you. Oh, how I love you.

Freedom

14th of May, 2019

Love

6th of May, 2019

Take a Stand

27th of February, 2014

In 2005, Thomas Friedman wrote a book called The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. This best-selling book opened our eyes to the increased globalization going on in our world today. No longer in existence are the looming national barriers that kept us from communicating, trading, and doing business in other countries. Friedman made some astute observations, and we would do well to take them into consideration. After all, concerning ourselves with international issues should be a part of our everyday lives.

That may be a strong recommendation, so here’s how I back it up. Over the last few weeks we have (or should have) heard about all that is going on in Venezuela. These riots don’t just affect Venezuelans; they affect all of us. We live in a world of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram, allowing information to be spread in milliseconds. Indeed, we are bombarded with information—information about our friends’ lives, information about celebrity breakups, and even information about new high scores on games like Candy Crush. Information in itself isn’t the problem. What’s important is what we do with it.

Over the last few years you may have heard about the End It Movement, an advocacy campaign to end sex slavery, a global multi-billion dollar industry. But you see, sex slavery isn’t just happening in other countries—it’s here in the US as well. That’s why we should care. Just because we may not see it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Many times we’ll hear about events like the protests in Venezuela or even the End It Movement, and our response is to simply “like” the post, or if we’re bold enough, we might retweet or share it. But what if there is more we could do? What if there was a better way to care for our brothers and sisters abroad? I believe there is a better way.

This better way is different for everyone. For some people it’s as simple as spreading awareness—in the case of Venezuela this is necessary because the government is actively censoring media outlets. In other cases it’s as simple as taking a picture with a red ‘X’ on your hand, signifying that you’re “in it to end it.” This awareness is important in the sex slavery industry because the men, women, and children who are victims need a voice.

For others, the better way means getting involved socially, physically, or even emotionally. It means getting off of your couch and going to these cities, these homes, these street corners, and standing up for what you believe in.

I recently met some people who are doing this very thing. My friend Jason has two jobs. The first is selling life insurance. The second is traveling to West Africa, undercover, to find and save sex slaves. Another man I met is named Ben. He has a few vocations as well—one being making movies in Hollywood. The second is helping create safe houses for the men, women, and children he has helped free from sex slavery.

Ben and Jason are “in it to end it.” I am too. So whatever cause it is that you’re fighting for, make sure you’re fighting for something. That’s what life is all about.

#LetsFreakinGo