Monday, February 18, 2008

Stop Complaining and Make Some Music!!!!

I caught Extreme Makeover Home Edition last night and it was very, VERY convicting...not something I get a lot of on network television. They built a house for the family of Patrick Henry Hughes, a blind and wheelchair bound college student in Louisville, KY. Patrick and his father are nothing short of amazing. Since I can't post a two-hour episode of EMHE, here is a condensed report on Patrick and his father from ESPN:

Paul, who had his tormenting thorn in the flesh; who learned that God's grace was sufficient to handle whatever life throws at us, wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:9,10: But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

And he also wrote in Philippians 4:8: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

So what are you boasting in, or complaining about, or thinking about? Patrick Hughes and his dad are boasting in their weaknesses gladly, thinking about the right things, and making beautiful music together for the world to hear. If only we could learn to play their kind of music; the kind that embraces life and grace and love and laughter and joy. What melody is your life playing for others to hear? May we all seek the clarity of vision Patrick Henry Hughes has, and may we know that the greatest joy we can experience is always in close, continuing relationship with our Father!

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