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“Keep Ya’ Head Up”

“Keep Ya’ Head Up”

Mar 2
2016
Greetings Beloved People of the Resurrection!
Happily, we are approaching the arrival of another spring season which can mean different things to different people. Fundamentally, spring reminds many of the impending warm weather and the prospects for outdoor activities commonly denied during frequently blustery winter seasons. On the other hand, spring brings with it the opportunity to experience Godly restarts in us as embodied in the “Resurrection of Jesus the Christ” each Easter Sunday – a kind of Resurrection Knowledge, if you will. And the best thing about all of this is the “promise or gift of hope” particularly for those who believe that they have failed either in their own eyes; or in the eyes of others; and sometimes even feeling like they’ve failed God. Nonetheless, Resurrection Knowledge says, “Keep Ya’ Head UP.”
Almost everyone fails from time to time and almost anyone can name at least a few failures because not one of us is perfect. And so, we can either remember to acceptthat “there is no failure in God” or we can hold onto the self-perception of failure. Thoughts of failure give rise to a poor sense of self and ultimately produce feelings of shame and guilt. Shame is personal, “I am bad” while guilt is public, “I did something bad”. When feeling guilt and shame we often turn away, look down, or divert our eyes, become depressed and beset by a spirit of hopelessness. But because we are “People of the Resurrection,” we have Easter assurance that even in the midst of hopelessness, God’s spirit can and does breathe new life into us. Again, Resurrection Knowledge says, “Keep Ya’ Head UP.”
Encouragement for “People of the Resurrection “is offered in the words of modern day prophet, Tupac Shakur:
   “Keep ya head up… Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that.
   So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, and keep ya head up…
   Success doesn’t come from giving up and quitting, it comes from dreaming and
   believing that you can get through anything if you set your mind to it…Always
   keep ya head up – especially when you’re down – so you can amaze everyone
   by how strong you are even if you’re truly falling apart inside… Keep ya head
   up…”
In other words, instead of staying bound to spirit depleting thoughts and habits, let us not dwell on thoughts of failure or repeat the same behaviors. Acknowledge our shortcomings, work to better ourselves, and recognize that we have to experience a sort of death from the thoughts and feelings that separates us from what gives us life, God. This death is necessary because it is the means by which we discard what becomes an insufficient life. Even more, on the other side of this death is the glory of a Resurrection because “…God said to me,
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”
(2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV).
And so it is that Resurrection Knowledge insists, “Keep Ya’ Head UP.”
Lastly, my prayer is that we come to understand that Easter and the Resurrection isn’t only about what happens after we die.  It is also about what happens when we feel … abandoned … depressed… despairing… or just plain unhappy and feeling empty. Easter and the Resurrection represent death’s transforming power of birth out of death of the old. It is the rebirth of new hope and new life and new visions. Easter and the Resurrection enhance the meaning of the words of Psalm 40:2-3 (CEV) “and pulled me from a lonely pit full of mud and mire.  God let me stand on a rock with my feet firm, and God gave me a new song, a song of praise to God. Many will see this, and they will honor and trust … God.”
This is why Resurrection Knowledge demands, “Keep Ya’ Head UP.”
Yours in love….Reverend Gale Jones, Pastor

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