Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Same Message, Different Day

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I'm baaa-aaack. Back to remind myself how blessed I am. I need constant reminders. It is not my nature to be content with what I have. I seem to always want more.

What's up with that? (No, it's not a "syndrome" or a "gland problem", it's probably just plain greed.)

I figure if I am open and honest with that simple truth, I'm more likely to make a meaningful change. Time will tell. I want you to hold me to it. Please. In the meantime, I'm going to try to get it though my thick skull.

The bed in the photo above belongs to a little boy...a resident of the City of Refuge Children's Home. He is one of seventy children that live at the orphanage. His bed frame is made of lumber. His Superman bed sheet is nice, but you can bet it's been handed down umpteen times by the time it's gotten to him. And every single possession he owns is in the suitcase you see tucked under his bed.

The remarkable part of this true story is that this little boy feels richly blessed. In fact, he knows he is richly blessed. He has a bed to sleep in, food to eat, brothers and sisters who love him and a house mother that adores him. And he knows Jesus...his Heavenly Father.

Now THAT, my friends, is being blessed.

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12 comments:

Ron said...

Simply powerful. I love the Superman bedsheets. Wow!
Cant wait to be there.

Dan Denardo said...

You're gonna be there, man. I can feel it.

EjG said...

Great post...but, is it bad to want more? The answer is both yes and no, in my book.

It's what you want more of that makes the difference between good and bad.

To want more love, compassion, understanding, equity, and balance in the world is a very good thing...to want more gold to satiate personal greed and false happiness, not so good...to want more gold to help others, very good.

I admire your balance and thoughtfulness...please keep wanting more...

Dan Denardo said...

Point well taken, Eric.

Hindsfeet said...

Beautiful...and yes yes yes...Knowing Him...it is so easy to allow our lives (and, sadly, our church services) to become riddled and littered with the superfluous, obscuring and diluting the Essential, the "One Thing that is needed" (Luke 10:39, 42), to sit at His feet, to listen, to Know Him. He didn't say in this verse that it was "one of" the most important things, He said it was the "One Thing" that was needed.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh once astutely wrote, "We who have the enviable luxury of choosing simplicity so often and ironically choose complexity" which clouds and clutters the life of the spirit.

Jesus seemed so unfeeling, so unfair when he charged the rich young ruler to "sell all you have, give to the poor, and follow me". This was not an unreasonable demand as it appears to be at first glance, but a lavish offer. He was not holding him at arms length, but rather holding Out To him salvation into a life trademarked by TRUE riches "which neither moth nor rust can destroy". He was trading a Promised Land for this man's "leeks and onions" which he treasured so dearly...and so short-sightedly.

Thanks again so much for sharing...Your work gets to the heart of things and portrays simple, powerful truth. The absence of fluff in this photograph in particular is a breath of fresh air. The essential undiluted by the superfluous. There are plenty of photographers out there who will wrap truth up with a bow on top so as to make his viewer more comfortable (again, sadly, the same is done in some of our church services as the picture of Jesus is presented...These days He has become the great dress-up-doll in the sky, it would seem...) thanks for not being one of them.

Hindsfeet said...

p.s. I published a post tonight inspired by this photograph and referenced it (and your site) in said post...thanks again for such a meaningful message... : )

Dan Denardo said...

WoW! Wonderful words, Hindsfeet. Thank YOU for sharing your wonderful perspective.

Dan

Anonymous said...

Incredible!

A delight to read.

I copied your quote too... :-) Inspiring and so true.

Bliss! Thanks.

I found your page by way of Hindsfeet. I am Sasha Sage.

Dan Denardo said...

Great to hear from you, SS! Thanks for stopping by. I'm delighted that this post resonated with you. I need to re-read it from time to time to keep myself focused. I take my "eye off the ball" too often....it's a journey for me, but I'm trying. I appreciate your encouragement.

Dan

Joy said...

Great post, Dan. Loved Hindsfeet's comments also... we have the privilege of choosing simplicity. I've thought about this recently of how the World/advertising tries to convince (and is quite successful)us that we need this or that and then we need to work our butts off to buy it/maintain it/insure it/dust it. We actually need so little in this world to live quite comfortably. I look around my house, and the 'stuff' wearies me. (I do try not to add to the stuff and I do give away.)

Dan Denardo said...

Great to hear from you, Joy. I love how you said that stuff "wearies" you. What a great observation. I guess it wearies me, too. Thanks for your thoughtful comments.

Hindsfeet said...

Hey D......

Happened to look at your sidebar tonight and noticed your "religion" category.....Decided to pop over and see the sights....

I've spent about a half an hour perusing all these posts....really something, D....and a cool window into your heart for God...

...i remembered this post in particular...re-read the comments here...such a good reminder all over again.....

...you mentioned the other day that you longed for more simplicity...God if you only knew how deeply I can relate...but that's for another email......

Anyway....really enjoyed spending some time in your "room" here, D...it's been a nice little hiatus....