Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
In my lifetime I’ve broken three bones: my middle finger, my wedding ring finger, and my right foot. Each broken bone had an interesting story behind it and potentially permanent damage.
My Middle Finger
Ten days before I graduated from middle school, I was riding home from school with a friend. As I was pulling my backpack out of the backseat of the mini-van, my buddy kicked the sliding door shut, and it slammed shut on my middle finger. Following my dad’s advice, we didn’t go to the doctor. Ten days later my finger was still swollen, the nail was snapped in half, and it was turning green. Fearing my finger might fall off, my mom finally took me to the doctor. Before running any x-rays or performing a through exam, the doctor called to schedule surgery to fix my finger. They essentially rushed me to into surgery. My finger was smashed so badly they had to put a pin in my finger. To be specific, they put a pin in my finger which stuck out the end and hooked around to a point. It was a middle school boys dream come true…besides the pain and the part where I couldn’t use my left hand for three months.
My Ring Finger
Six weeks before my wedding I was playing flag football at youth group. While reaching for someone’s flag, my finger got caught in the persons shirt and it snapped. Within minutes it was wildly swollen and crooked. After a series of attempts to fix my finger, I was unable to fix it. I bought my first wedding ring while my finger was still swollen from the break. This led to a few hilarious incidents while teaching where I accidentally threw my ring at my students. They usually stayed awake in class.
Within two months my finger was fine besides being crooked.
Do you ever get frustrated by God paradoxes? If you grew up in church, your philosophical friend probably brought them up. Or perhaps someone struggling with their faith has brought them up as a reason that they struggle with faith.
You’ve seen the question before:
Can God make a rock so big He can’t lift it?
- If God is omnipotent, He can create anything.
- If God is omnipotent, He can do anything.
- The question puts God’s power to create against God’s power to do; Which one wins?
This apparent contradiction or paradox has been answered many times before. Gotquestions.org answers the questions very efficiently:
This question is based on a popular misunderstanding about the definitions of words like “almighty” or “omnipotent.” These terms do not mean that God can do anything. Rather, they describe the amount of God’s power. Power is the ability to effect change – to make something happen. God (being unlimited) has unlimited power, and the Bible affirms this (Job 11:7-11, 37:23; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Revelation 4:8; etc.). Therefore, God can do whatever is possible to be done. God cannot, however, do that which is actually impossible.
This past week, the newly crowned Miss Teen USA found herself in trouble after several tweets from 2013 & 2014 were discovered where she used the “N-word.” In the days where she should be celebrating her victory, she’s instead making the talk show rounds, apologizing for her past tweets. Some are even calling for her crown to be removed.
By not parenting their child in regards to her social media, they set her up to be embarrassed on a national level.
It highlights an extremely important point for 21st century parents:
You must teach your kids how to use social media appropriately!
A World of Tolerance
The last six weeks have been full of many unexpected surprises, and this week’s surprise was that I a radio station interviewed me about my struggle with alcohol and how the church should respond. The radio station read my article from Relevant Magazine, and they reached out to me about hearing more of my story.
You can hear the interview HERE.
The interview gives a very summarized version of my struggle with alcohol, some thoughts on secrets and freedom, and what I would say to someone struggling with secret addictions.
As a slight point of clarification (the full interview was about 20 minutes and they cut it down to around five), when asked when my struggle with alcohol began, I reference incidents from 9 to 12 years ago. These were isolated incidents which set patterns in my life for how I would deal with stress. This was not when my addiction took control.
Please give it a listen!