Making friends with an old enemy

October 24th, 2013

Hi everybody. Welcome to another amazing episode of The Thursday Blog. Today’s episode is called:

Making friends with an old enemy

When I was younger I loved “Kids Praise Kids” with none other than Psalty the Singing SongBook. It was basically a bunch of praise songs for kids with a loose-fitting storyline between the songs. My parents had borrowed the tapes from our school and made copies so I never saw the albums sleeves and never really got what the character of Psalty was about. I remember getting to a certain age, maybe 8 where I thought “he is a book????”.

Book or not the character was awesome and it really helped give me a strong foundation of at least praising God. And whenever I was bored I could just think “Happy thoughts about Jesus” and the songs would play (after I hit the button, I didn’t have a magic song book). Well one album, kids praise 7, Psalty invented a ‘“Magnificent Multiphasic Take Your Time Machine” – an amazing device that allowed you to basically stop time so you can take as much time as you wanted to do certain things. Unfortunately it turned out to be a regular run of the mill, cheaper by the dozen time machine, and they went back into history and visited historic heroes of songwriting. But I remember thinking at a small age, I would love that machine, not the time machine itself; but the idea of the “take your time” machine.

My life would be fixed. This is a bold statement coming from a 10 year old. I would think about all the things I could do where time wasn’t an issue. The funny thing is now 20 years later I still have to fight against the same feeling “wouldn’t it be great to have more time”.

Time and I have never been close. Growing up it was impossible to catch in the morning, very hard to hold at night; yet during the day especially during geography it would sit around and look at me and say “What’s up”?

Yet I had a conversation with a very close friend today about some of the struggles he has been having with a lull in his life, and depression is knocking on the door. I remember back to a time 7 years ago where my whole life hit rock bottom. I couldn’t sleep, I would eat junk food constantly, and I put on 14kgs (30 pounds) in a month. I was skinny all my life and boom, I was overweight in a matter of weeks. I even had stretch marks…. terrible.

I went to share with my friend what helped me get out of such a dark place. However it is hard to put my finger on exactly what helped. It was a mixture of friends and family, faith and prayer, serving and volunteering at church, and my beautiful girlfriend who ended up a year later married to some amazing stud…… ME. In saying that I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly helped except for one thing….. time.

You see one of the things that got me to my lowest point was my fight against time. I wanted to be the youngest Youth Pastor at my church and I worked against the clock to try and make that happen. This came crumbling down as I got older and opportunity wasn’t happening and yet that inconsiderate time still decided to tick. But when I hit rock bottom and God very graciously closed the “becoming a pastor” door in my face, time was no longer an issue. I was allowed to simply be, I was allowed to rest, I was allowed to heal. Looking back I don’t know when my healing happened, it was so gradual that I didn’t even notice and it left no scars.

Ecclesiastes 3 1-8 NIV

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace

Learn to enjoy the time you are in, regardless of what it looks like. Time is simply doing what it is created to do and it wants to be your friend.

Have Fun

Dan.

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at 11:31 pm and is filed under The Main Event!!!. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Leave a Reply