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When I was in Rwanda this time last year, I went on a gorilla trek. The guide told us that if we happen to find ourselves in a “compromised situation” with one of these fascinating creatures, we were to submit completely by sprawling out onto the ground to make ourselves lower than the aggressor. According to the guide, this RARELY happens.
You can imagine my surprise when I pivoted from a crouched position (while taking pictures of an adorable baby) to find myself face-to-face with a female gorilla (click here!). Instead of slowly lowering myself, I slowly grabbed my camera and snapped a shot that I’m convinced could win awards.
When I think about that day, I’m intrigued by how that moment is a perfect picture to what my relationship with God looks like on a daily basis. So many times, I know that the Lord wants me to be still, listen and humbly wait. Instead I take control, often complain and struggle with what little patience I have. That is why I adopted John 3:30 as my life verse for 2013:
“He must become greater. I must become less.”
For a control freak/people pleaser like me, that was a pretty lofty goal. In the midst of attending way too many live concerts, getting a stamp from Singapore in my passport, wisely upgrading to the iPhone 5 and FINALLY finding the perfect pair of brown boots, the Lord has slowly been working on my heart this year. As I sat down to write this Thanksgiving letter, I reflected on what I’ve learned. These are the truths I’ve discovered during my pursuit to becoming less:
- Pray. All the time.
- Trust Christ.
- Stay strong.
- Boldly come and then surrender completely.
- Do not worry about tomorrow. That is a command.
- Faith steps out confidently.
- If I feel low, it’s time to drop even lower to my knees.
- Learn from where you have been.
- We were made by God, for God. Until we understand this, life will probably never make any sense.
- There is nothing I can do to separate me from the love of Christ. Nothing.
Even when I turn from Him, He is there. He delights in me (Zephaniah 3:17) and He holds me in the palm of His hand. (Isaiah 49:16) No matter how badly I want to control or am confused or frustrated by the situation, HE’S GOT THIS. Therefore, I must go and spread this good news!
Next time I find myself face-to-face with a gorilla, I’ll remember that.
Adam Levine was named People’s sexiest man alive. I may have thought about supporting this choice had Blake Shelton been given a spot as a co-heir on the cover.
Yes Adam is cool. And funny. He’s in a band. He has great eyes and can work the facial scruff like nobody’s business. And has really interesting artwork all over his body, blah, blah, blah.
With that said, I will stand by my theory that the people of People continue to MAJORLY miss the boat when they overlook this guy every year:
In honor of my beloved Ryan Gosling’s birthday, I decided to pay tribute to him by providing a few links where I’ve mentioned him over the years here on IHGB. Hopefully, someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows him will forward this very page so he can read and begin to understand my deep affection for him and his alter ego, Noah Calhoun. It is then that he will have my permission go ahead and start falling in love with me.
I’ve always thought it’s important to have a goal.
HERE is a post from 2011 in which I scoff at the fine folks over at People Magazine for not naming Ryan “Sexiest Man Alive.”
HERE is where I threaten to start a letter writing campaign because THEY STILL DIDN’T GET IT RIGHT THE NEXT YEAR.
HERE is my most recent post, describing a brilliant book which features Mr. Gosling.
THIS is Hotter than Crap Ryan’s induction into my Hall of Fame.
CLICK HERE to see my open Letter to Emma Stone, in which I ask for specific details from the infamous Dirty Dancing lift in Crazy, Stupid Love.
THIS is when I confessed that I purchased a song from iTunes because of Ryan Gosling. I think of him every time I hear it. Sigh.
THIS is a story about how Ryan plays the role of my imaginary boyfriend every year at Christmas.
Happy Birthday dear Ryan. May all
my your wishes and dreams come true this year!
I would encourage you to take a moment today and remember all of our veterans. Each and every one has sacrificed more than we will ever know. We are blessed to live in a country that is rooted in freedom and bravery.
Happy Veteran’s Day Daddy. I’m so proud that you served our country in Vietnam. I love you!
(Please feel free to remember loved ones serving in the military by leaving an encouraging word in the comments section.)