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I’m sorry there is a dog in the freezer! (That’s not what a freezer is for)

By October 21, 2017 Leadership, Personal Development, Uncategorized

Have you ever had one of those “WHAT IN THE WORLD” kind of days? I sure have! In fact, I just had one! I couldn’t believe it! It started with helping a friend of mine move a freezer. That’s not a bad deal… I like this guy and enjoy hanging out with him. He has helped me and it was a joy to help him… plus he makes me laugh!

Dog in the Freezer:

So we went to his neighbor’s house to help move a freezer. The neighbor was polite but not overly nice.  (I’m going to fast forward a little). As I approached the open freezer the neighbor said, “um, well, I have a dog in the freezer.” So… I quickly decided to respond in a way that might be equally as shocking. I said, “M’am, I don’t care what you eat! I won’t judge you!” Apparently, it did the trick. Seeing her face turn white was well worth the comment. She immediately shared that she had not found time to bury her dog and assured me that is why it was in the freezer. She became much nicer after my comment and even joked around with us a bit. But here is what immediately stood out to me… that freezer was not intended to hold an animal for burial.

What were we made for: 

A person can use a freezer to hold an animal for burial but that is not why the freezer was created! It was made for us to keep our food until we are ready to thaw it out and eat it! It is intended to give us life, not to preserve death. That also got me thinking… We were intended to give life and not preserve (or wait around for) death!

We can live sub-par lives and wonder into all types of useless endeavors but we weren’t made for that!!! Even at a cursory reading of the creation account found in Genesis 1 & 2 (and John 1) there are some things that stand out:

We are created for community:

God exists in three persons –  We notice that immediately He is in community, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We were not intended to be alone. In fact, we are told that “it is not good” for us to be alone! We are meant for community… how are you doing with that? We could live (for a short time) without it… but we weren’t made for that!

We are created for creativity:

The first thing we know about God is from Genesis and we learn that He is creative! “In the beginning, God created…” From nothing, something! He’s awesome! Not to ruin the punch line BUT because we were created in His image then a big part of who we are is being creative (click here for how we see ourselves)! We can choose to be boring… but we weren’t made for that!

We are created for good… very good:

We were created on purpose and for purpose (click here to learn about being created on purpose and for purpose) Genesis 1:27 states, “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Then we read that “…God blessed them…” At the end of the day God looks over His creation and says that it is good, “very good”! That’s how the Creator of the universe sees us, His creation – VERY GOOD! We could do evil… but we weren’t made for that! 

We are created in His image:

The highest of all compliments has already been alluded to… WE HAVE BEEN CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD! Wow! No other creature gets that honor! This is not said of anything, not even the angels! This unique and high honor is reserved for humans! God must have something special in mind for humans that He created them in His image! That’s so cool! We can choose to act like we are not special, we could wonder aimlessly around and pretend that our lives don’t matter… but we weren’t made for that!

Conclusion:

Getting back to living in such a way that we reflect the purpose of why we were created makes us reconsider our lives (click here to learn about your next steps). I wonder if angels look at human beings in shock when we live less than we could! I wonder if they gasp when when the unique creation called, humans, wonder around functioning in a way that we were not created for. Don’t be like the freezer that I moved, used to preserve death! LIVE LIFE… we were made for that!

AS ALWAYS… BECOME GREATER BY POINTING UP AND MOVING FORWARD!

– Kenny White

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When Superman Dies (Grieving My Dad’s Loss)

By October 3, 2017 Mentorship, Personal Development, Uncategorized

I remember hearing the words… “Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! It’s a bird! It’s a plane… It’s Superman!” Superman was indestructible. Every week when watching Superman there was a threat! Yet Superman was always willing to sacrifice his well being for the well being of others. However, in each episode Superman won! He could not lose. I think that is why it was such a shocker when seeing the ending scene of Batman V. Superman. Superman was not just defeated he was dead… and buried!  I remember walking out of the theater dejected! Hurt! I can’t really explain why… until the last day of Summer this year… my dad died.

Superman was not supposed to die… and neither should my dad! As a boy, I remember seeing dad as a super man. Perhaps one reason was that he said Superman was his brother and they were separated at birth (I think I believed that until I was 12 years old… don’t judge me he was a REALLY good storyteller)! Perhaps it was because my dad is who I saw everyday being… well… a man. I watched how he interacted with my mother, with me, with my brother, how he worked at the house, how he laughed and wove a story. I marveled at who he was and held on to every word, every tickle, every moment. To me dad was Superman! Not saving the world (or even Lois Lane) but rather he was the picture of how a man should be and he seemed super! He was the pinnacle of who I could be. So when my dad died… I didn’t know what to do!

If I’m telling the truth (and I am), I have to say that I still don’t know what to do with the loss of my dad but I am learning to point up and move forward. As I process my dad’s death here is what I am reminded of…

Everyone has influence

My dad worked in shipping and receiving over 30 years. He thought he did not have much influence but his life lessons and stories have influenced me and many others. His “life celebration” service was full (we thought it was lame to call it a “memorial service”! We thought about saying “Funeral” but decided against it even though dad thought we should put the “fun” back in “funeral” [I’m telling you he just looked at stuff a little different than most people])! He would often say things like “I’m satisfied with not leading.” But that is the paradox of life we can’t not lead. John Maxwell says that influence is leadership and everyone influences. So dad was very influential in his own way! I am reminded that everyone has influence.

Everyone dies

I hate this one! I catch myself reflecting on Genesis 1-3 and think… “what if Adam and Eve wouldn’t have messed it all up for all of us?!?!”We would have lived together… FOREVER! However, sin has infected all of us! Hebrews 9:27 – says “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment…” Lest we think we are immortal on this side of eternity we need to live in the reality that one day even the super-est of men and women will die.  

We will meet again

I hate that we die but I am thankful that we don’t just go back to the earth. We have been given great hope in 2 Cor 5:6-8… “So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” For those who have surrendered to Christ (who is even better than Superman), they have been given eternal life and we will spend it together! Though my heart grieves I can say with gratitude that “it is not goodbye, just, I will see you later!” So… Dad, I’ll see you later! 

Christ is the ultimate example

As I alluded to earlier, Christ is our ultimate example. My dad was great but he had his flaws (just like every person before him and every person after him). Therefore, Paul’s words are especially meaningful as I consider my dad, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ.” So as I consider the life of my dad and remember his legacy I will imitate those things that reflect Christ (less I unwittingly worship him which sometimes happens after someone passes).

Closing thoughts:

“Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! It’s a bird! It’s a plane… It’s Superman!” Superman was indestructible… I thought. However, even Superman dies. Like Superman, but in different ways, my dad made sacrifices but the ultimate sacrifice was made by Christ on the cross. On the last day of Summer this year! … my dad died. I will miss him, hurt for him and I will also celebrate his life and the lessons he taught me! Dad was a super man!

These are the things I am learning. Perhaps you have had a similar experience. Please post your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Remembering my dad, Kenneth Lee White – My Superman

March 8, 1954 – September 21, 2017

 

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