truly completeĀ 

Something I’ve learned from the Bible is this: God is the essential to life and love; holding our smallest wants to our grandest purposes between his almighty palms. Evidently we are lost without God; his imprint on our hearts and lives is necessary to fill us completely, otherwise we turn to the world for this ‘fill’ instead.

 


 

Me Before You inspires a tender message of the power of compassion, the complexities of life, love, and also has two really good Ed Sheeran songs.

I was swept up one summer’s eve, when I saw the movie trailer about a physically disabled man and his caregiver falling in deep L-O-V-E, love. Aside from the appropriateness of this relationship, one is quickly clued in as to why this story will indeed, rip. your. heart. out.

The charming but disturbed leading man, Will Traynor, and the adorable but clueless, Louisa Clark, take us on a journey of what it’s about to ‘live bodly,’ while tackling the controversial ideas of choosing to die when the boldness of life seem impossible to attain.

Throughout the story, one naturally sympathizes with Will Traynor; a young man who once lived on the highest levels of success, adventure, and excitement — now after years of little improvement and compromised goals, he is left bitter, depressed, and tormented by the limitations of his life as a quadriplegic man; this which encourages his conclusions of ending his own life after the duration of six months.

Admirably Louisa is set on changing his mind, and takes it upon herself to think up fun/inspiring ideas to help Will realize the value to his life and her love for him despite his focus on his own disabilities. Her professional role as caregiver quickly turns to an urgent personal responsibility of fighting for life, love, and hope.

The final impression from this story was partly inspirational, incredibly sweet, and sad. It goes to show that I’ll always be a sucker for anything lovely-dovey, and anything A Walk to Remember-ish. I loved this book/film, but I’m left with that half-hearted feeling…like something didn’t quite settle properly.

Frankly, the love between two people fell short. All efforts failed. Sad, but true.

( *Hold the phone* )

How possible is it that the underlying innuendo of all this is that, everything falls short without God at the centre? When we depend solely on ourselves or each other, and do not look to God, the perfect author, maker, and teacher of completeness, we are headed for complete despair.

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6

God is the only avenue of true love and life. We can rely on ourselves but love from God is the only thing that can truly save us. He is a faithful lover of his creation, and He hopes for us to naturally seek him to find ultimate completeness in Him. He is the only way we can completely love, completely live, and completely change and transform our minds. He is eternal love and eternal life. We die without God, and everything else is an unreliable source.

Ultimately, I think the “tell me something good” message of Me Before You was meant to emphasize that life is meant to be lived, and not lived through. Everyone has the potential to be bold, and become their best self. But, life and love are gifts that don’t have to be accepted —- the choice is ours.

But God outlines a different option that unwraps our despair, and fills us with meaning, life, and love.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

 

 

 

 

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thatswhatevesaid : under the influence

One of my favorite things to do is learn new words. For example,  a few months ago I stumbled across the word eunoia.  I love how it uses up all the room in your mouth, and ends, falling right off your bottom lip!

It means “beautiful thinking” or of “well mind.”

UH. Double-whammy. A stunning word with a great meaning.  **settle oh restless heart, settle.

It’s like God. You get an impression at first;  then you discover the meaning, and before you know it…you understand!

One thing I know is that I want to serve, and be a delight in the eyes of God.

Being under the influence of Him is where my soul finds richness and
desire.  I feel steady in his hand, and awake in his spirit. I want to walk like he did, feel how he felt, and see what he saw. Be a being of undeniable care and humility.

I want to use my time to be selfless.

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thatswhatevesaid : about understanding God

I have no idea how to explain God.

I’ll use the sky as my descriptive analogy, and concure that it is:

immeasurable. 

God and the sky are immeasurable.
Best friends of the infinite; neighbour’s of the cosmic. The ‘go big or go home’ types if you want to be human about it.

God shouldn’t be fathomable, should he? Isn’t there something holistic about the inconceivable?  Everything viably human, can be measured within reason or limits, and cracked down to a nutshell.

According to Wikipedia,  the light that streams through the clouds giving off that ethereal godly effect is scientifically referred to as, Crepuscular Rays. A cloud formation that happens at the peak of dusk. This scene is known as twilight. 

So for those who seared your pupils gazing upon the eternal, you now know the truth!

Now. You’re not on your own; I’m going to participate too. How are you going to understand God. Even if it’s only for a moment, I dare you to be comfortable with the uncomfortable,  and fathome the infinite.

Are you ready?

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