The Guarantee

By: Woodrow Odom Lucas

In these 17 years of preaching the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, I have seen suffering that has tested the very limits of my consciousness.  And through these experiences, I am sure of just one thing.  We all will make it!!  It does not matter whether you believe in Jesus or not, although you will eventually believe in Jesus once you know who he really is.  It does not matter if you are a bad person or a good person.  It does not matter if you believe in the truth or in nonsense.  It does not matter if you have had an easy life or a hard life.  It does not matter how dark things become for you or how dark you make things for other people.  It does not matter if you have been exploited or if you have exploited others.  It does not matter if you have lost all hope.  It does not matter if you end your own life.  It does not matter if you believe in eternal damnation or that you believe the sky is red.  It does not matter if you are riddled with disease or if you are totally healthy.  There is a man who died for you, who has secured your destiny.

Yes, there are consequences for our actions and when you wrong others you will be held accountable to enough of an extent that you eventually repent of your wrongdoings and the attitude that led you to those wrongdoings.  But through all the mystery, fairness, and unfairness of this life, you have a guarantee from God that he gave you two thousand years ago when he sent his son to die for your welfare.  You have the guarantee that you will eventually make it.  You will make it!!! There is nothing that can keep you from this eventual blessing.  Yes, you may frustrate the process.  Yes, somebody else may make it seem like you will never be free or whole or happy.  But you will eventually make it.

You, no matter who you are and no matter where you are from, no matter what race you are, no matter what culture you claim as your own, no matter what your mom did, no matter what your dad did, no matter if you were given a silver spoon, no matter if you have experienced sufferings so unfair that you curse God and become a servant of satan.  YOU WILL MAKE IT!!! And the reason is simple.  It is not difficult to grasp.  The reason is that GOD LOVES YOU AND HE WILL MAKE SURE THAT YOU SPEND ETERNITY WITH HIM IN BLISS AND COMFORT.  You may endure many things before you get there, but you will make it to the promised land.

And this guarantee cannot be altered by anything that you do.  You have some free will.  You have some free choice.  But God loves you too much to leave your ultimate destiny up to you.  Someday you will know God.  Someday you will be free.  Someday you will understand the joys and sufferings of your life and you will be able to grasp the nature of your mistakes and the evil that you have done.  Someday you will celebrate your victories and the selfless acts of compassion that you rendered in this life, as angels celebrate right along with you.  This guarantee is what transforms what seems like a meaningless life of injustice and pain, into a learning experience of triumph.  This guarantee is what makes every bit of suffering that you have endured at the hands of people who did not understand worth it.  This guarantee is what ensures that the evil we see around us sometimes will soon be a distant memory.  I know that this guarantee sometimes seems too good to be true but it isn’t.  I know that this guarantee might seem unfair given all of the evil that some people do, but it isn’t.

And if you embrace Jesus as Lord and you embrace this guarantee while you are still living, before you pass on, then you will have the potential and opportunity to become something so powerful and so sublime that you can speak to tornados and cause them to cease.  And if you embrace Jesus as Lord and embrace this guarantee while you are still living and before you pass on, then you will have the potential and opportunity to be a force of love and goodness that truly brings people out of hell and into heaven, out of sickness and into health, out of anguish and into bliss, out of poverty and into abundance, and out of injustice and into equity.  But if you do not embrace Jesus and if you do not embrace this guarantee, then you will MAKE IT ANYWAY!!! Because that is the guarantee.  Because that is the Love of the one who created you.  And that is the reality that seems like a lie because too many lies abound.  Be blessed and when you get discouraged, just know that your bliss, your happiness, your wholeness, and your healing is a guarantee from God that can never be reversed.  And that is gospel truth!!!

The Bravery of Disability

By: Woodrow Odom Lucas

When practiced diligently, bravery becomes a habit that you scarcely notice.  And it indelibly changes something in your DNA.  For the last 4 years, while striving to work and parent and achieve self sufficiency and independence, I have faced the prospect of torment every day that I have decided to get out of bed and face the day anyway.

Today, I took my youngest daughter to her winter league basketball game and found torment.  To say the least the day was difficult, but as usual God found a way.  As the day wound down, I heard a voice say, “Great is your courage!” And I thought to myself “Really?!  I thought that I was just being a good parent?”

My story is not unique at all.  Most people with disability wage a silent war against fear.  They face calamity and the reality of their symptoms every day, and they suffer for the sake of their recovery and functionality constantly.  Sometimes living like criminals as they juggle reality and perception, and their aspirations of functionality with the reality of their current capacity.

As Trump endeavors to cut funding for those with mental disabilities or “disabilities of the brain” please do not see these people as deranged, or dangerous, or blights on society.  Rather see them as what they are, among the most courageous people that the world has ever seen.

Namaste and God Bless!! Woody Lucas

 

The Beauty of this Life

By:  Woodrow Odom Lucas

The beauty of this life is like the birth of two children.

One who dies and one who lives.

And the one who lives, lives in honor of the one she lost.

The beauty of this life is like a man who loses both legs in a hiking accident,

And meets a woman who falls in loves with him.

And makes his life worth living again.

The beauty of this life is like a God, who sorrowed for the plight of his progeny,

And he suffered great torment, to embody sacrifice.

And he saved his progeny,

Such that now, all who live, no matter how tragic their lives may be, are guaranteed a happy ending.

The beauty of this life, is like the smile my daughter gets when she hears me say that I love Jesus.

And the smile that I get, when I consider the gift that both my daughters are to me.

The beauty of this life, is that no matter what, there is always hope, there is always tomorrow, and there is always triumph.

God Bless You