Man, thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return! This year, more than ever, Ash Wednesday for me is a reminder of the impermanence of this life and a call to live – to live more abundantly. It could be because I spent my Mardi Gras with the flu or I’m constantly stressed about finishing readings, conducting research, and being actively involved in the myriad of extra-curricular activities , but today I feel so strongly this call to live – no, the call to thrive.
I’m sure you are reading this and thinking “Hold up, nigh! Lent is about repentance, it is about preparing oneself for the death and glorious resurrection of Christ. What is this man talking about thriving? Is he is crazy?” In short, yes, I am a little crazy and I thank God for it. You see as I approach 31 – I feel the need to live more, to live it up, to be free of limiting beliefs, to improve my health, to strengthen the relationships that matter, to enhance the lives of others around me.
This Lenten Season will be for me a time of intense renewal, a back to the basics training, and no holds bar, in-your-face, get out the way or get run over boldness to live I’ve always imagined. With courage, I will live this life will all the gusto I can muster, hearing ever so silently the Ash Wednesday forewarning: Man, thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return.
This year, I give up:
This year, I put on the garment of:
May God, in whom I live, breathe, and have my being create in me the man that I am meant to be, may God allow me to the do work that God sent me here to do. Dear God, I ask that you use me, please Lord, use me that I may know the joy of being used by you. I pray too that each day you will enter where you already abide, so that I might see in others a reflection of You and they of You in me.
All on Mardi Gras Day…I decided to treat myself. #KingofCarnival #BonTemps #DRMStyle
Anonymous asked: I believe in god but the god I believe in loves everyone and created everyone the way they are for a reason and I don't think you can choose what your attracted too, I believe in heaven and hell and that everyone has a chance to go to heaven ( if they are saved) but I don't agree that if your saved your "sexuality changes" because god created people how they are for a reason, what are your thoughts? God is love and we are all equal to him in my beliefs
I believe that God is the essence of acceptance and love, and that he would never change someone, because to him we’re all perfect. I think people constantly try to force upon someone else what their own idea of God is, when in fact God to each and every one of us is entirely different. We all believe in different things, but in the end we all strive for happiness and love, and wish to believe that when we die we’re rewarded for who we are, not punished for who we aren’t. I think that’s a God we can all believe in.
No matter what your beliefs are, find something that suits you and makes you happy. Don’t conform to someone else’s beliefs. We are all humans in search of a greater destiny. Whether you choose to have someone there to guide you along the way is entirely up to you. But no matter what, know you are loved and accepted regardless of what form you come in.