Good News

It really would be ridiculous for me to go another day without coming right out and saying something to you…

I have finally come to grips with last month’s earthquake (what?! It was super scary!), and while I don’t know that it had anything to do with the end of the world (as we know it) or was a result of Oklahoma’s influx of casinos (I jest) or was a warning to the lukewarm church of the Bible Belt (hmm, maybe), I DO know this…

It made me think.

Here I’ve been blogging for nigh unto a year. I’ve told you all about my interesting son and my bossy daughter and my angelic baby and my preacher husband and my awesome Mom and my hypochondriac (and awesome) Dad and my pregnancy woes and my trillion-and-one fears and my beloved minivan and my Christian struggles and my birthday rituals and my powdered donuts. In short, I’ve told you all about me and me and me and me and mine.

To be fair, I’ve told you a little bit about God and how He has brought me from there to here…

But have I truly taken advantage of this blogospheric platform by using it to tell you the best news ever? Have I redeemed the time I have been given by pointing the world around me to someone other than me? I sincerely doubt it. In fact, I know I haven’t. And today I shall remedy that…

Dear friend,

Do you know the God who created you?

He knit you together in your mother’s womb. By His hands, you were fearfully and wonderfully made, unique and in His image and for a purpose. The beauty of the earth around you proclaims His glory and craftsmanship. Look at the night sky, with its millions of stars glittering above you; the day sky with a new display every morning, and a fantastic sunset every evening. The trees, the flowers, the hills, the brooks, the mountains, the lush valleys, the soil, the produce, the animals, the birds…they all proclaim His name, a tangible reflection of His power and ingenuity.

And so do you. The intricacies of your mind and body are beyond complicated and scream of a “higher power”, one full of grace and kindness and massive intelligence.

Now look inside you. Deep down, I mean, beyond the excuses and the carelessness and the procrastination. Your heart knows the truth. You know that you sin and do not live a perfect life. You know that you will die someday. You know that the things you chase after – lust, money, power, possessions, fame – don’t fulfill you like you think they will. They are like ashes, leaving your mouth dry and longing for more and more and more and more.

And the Bible says that these two things – creation and your conscience – condemn you and leave you without excuse when the end really does come and you stand before the God of the universe. (Read Romans chapter 1).

So what can you do?! Condemnation from a holy God is not something any of us want to face, is it? What a shame it would be to suffer though this life chasing after a happiness and contentment that is impossible to capture only to die and find that the wrath of God is being poured out upon you for eternity.

What a shame it would be to realize that those things that you ignored – His creation and His fingerprint inside of you – were actually trying to point you to an answer that would not only save you from that eternal condemnation, but would fill you up and satisfy you today.

This very day.

Jesus Christ, the son of God, came into this world 2000 years ago to pay for your sin. He lived a perfect life, befriending sinners just like you and me. He walked among them, He healed them, He felt their pain and sadness and sorrow. He was tempted by every temptation that they faced, and yet He did not sin. And then He demonstrated the greatest love the world has ever known by dying on a cruel cross as a substitute for us wretches, receiving the full wrath of God in our stead. He was buried in a borrowed tomb and for three days His followers wept, confused and afraid. But just like He said He would, He overcame death by raising again, appearing to large groups of people at a time, proclaiming to the entire world that death and sin no longer had to hold dominion over us. The penalty had been paid. The enemy had been defeated…

And the Bible says that if you repent of your sin by turning away from it and put your faith and hope in Jesus, the blood that He shed on the cross will cover you. Forever. The emptiness inside of you will be filled. Forever. The life you live that seems meaningless and hopeless will  have purpose. Forever.

Christianity is not an easy road. The older I get, the more difficult the journey becomes. The battle against sin is a daily war, exhausting and all-consuming. But I am a witness…this “stuff” is REAL. And life on this road is not to be missed, I promise you.

And so I just ask you to give your life some thought. Are you living as if your Creator does not exist? Have you exchanged the truth that is imprinted inside of you for a lie that is easier to swallow? Have you even considered what is going to happen to you when you die?

If you have lived your life thus far with your back turned on the God who made you, my greatest prayer is that you will begin to search for Him today.

Run, don’t walk.

16 thoughts on “Good News

  1. I also followed the links from Magic Mike. You are amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your message, His Message, with the world. 🙂

  2. VERY WELL SAID! I love your honesty and vulnerability. Would love to be in a Bible Study class of yours. I’m sure I’d learn a LOT! Thanks for your words. I pray someone will begin a relationship with Christ because of them. Blessings, Pat (new blog follower)

  3. This is such a refreshing explanation on the gospel. I need to remind myself of these truths more! Can’t wait to share this. Thank you for all you do for the Kingdom!!

  4. This was simply beautiful. I am a Christian as well, grew up in Kansas. We share basic beliefs, and I appreciate your ability to write such poetic and truthful posts, and your willingness to do so. My church teaches that we should all be actively engaged in being a missionary and sharing the Gospel, but sometimes I find it so difficult to share something so precious and sacred with others who may not appreciate it as I do. Thank you for courage to share these things with the world. You do a great job.

  5. What a wonderful way to use your new notoriety! I hope that you are blessed with many followers, and many are touched by your sweet, godly heart. God bless you! I’m so glad that I found out about your blog through the “Magic Mike” post. Keep up the good work!

  6. A precious young lady named Amber posted a link to this page July 12th. My daughter, who was her friend, showed me that It was her last post. Amber was a cheeer leader who had just graduated from High School and had a bright future with many plans including college. She passed away in her sleep from a seizure Sunday morning…Her passing was most unexpected. Many young people will be reading her last post which is this awesome explaination of the Gospel. I hope our Pastor has it read at her Celebration. Thank you for sharing the Good News. You never know how God will use us.

      • I have read the comments under the magic mike post and I am certain it is the same Amber. Thank you for writing this. It helps my heart to know that she was feeling closer to God in her final days.

  7. My best friend posted this on July 12, 2012. I read it and was very touched my whay you’ve written. This was the last post she posted on her facebook. She died July 15, 2012. This touched her heart so deeply and moves her to become closer to God just before her time was up. She was 18 years old. She had just graduated high school, and was struggling in some personal areas of her life. This just might have brought her that extra step closer to God that she needed. And since she posted it, it means that much more to me. I thank you with all of my heart for writing this. It helped a young girl at the end of her time here on earth, and it’s helped me.

  8. On July 15th, I lost my most precious, beautiful daughter, Amber Shea Lindley. she was 18, getting ready to ‘spread her wings’ and go off to college. Everything about her was pure loveliness. She was setimes teased that even the way she walked made her seem to almost float.

    Why am I replying to you with this? On July 12th, she reposted your blog, and said “I hope it speaks to you the way it did me”. It was her last post; but it keeps touching so many! Thank you for that blog about our savior, Jesus Christ! I know my baby is with Him now. Her Dad was given a vision of her in heaven, kneeling beside Him, hugging His waist, and said “it’s ok Daddy'”.

    • Oh, Connie.
      It is an honor to have you here and to read the words you shared. Several of Amber’s friends have reached out to me to share this devastating news, and I can’t tell you how many times I have thought about you, in particular, and wondered how you are doing, wishing I could send you my condolences, praying for you…
      And so it was with great joy that I sat down to find your comment today.
      I continue to be left speechless by Amber’s story and our brief correspondence during her last days. I had received hundreds and hundreds of comments to a different post I had written, so many that I had stopped publishing them and was pretty much skimming through them. But Amber’s stood out like it had a spotlight on it, and I felt compelled to respond to her right away. It was then that I shared the gospel post with her that she went on to share on her facebook wall. All that to say, I distinctly remember sitting there that night, praying for her, and feeling so blessed that she had reached out to me.
      When I heard the news, a week later, that she had unexpectedly passed away, I just sat here at my desk and cried, for her, for you, and for God’s grace in using me and Amber to share the gospel story with her friends and family at a time when they desperately needed to hear it.
      The details of our “meeting” make it so clear to me that God intended for us to play a role in each other’s lives in His perfect timing and wisdom, and I continue to be so humbled that I was allowed to invest in her beautiful life. I wish I could have known her better.
      Once more, let me tell you how deeply my heart hurts for you – I am so sorry for your loss and praying earnestly that God will continue to bring you peace and comfort and joy…and faith. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your heart with me – I am so grateful.

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