// The love that You have for Jesus. Put it inside of me. Burn it on my heart. //

Fully In Love: Jon Thurlow

What if what you speak today would become your future tomorrow?

Welcome, Chasers!!

New year, new wisdom, new revelation!! After praying, I’ve decided to continue with doing series with a post every Thursday. << Wait! But today is Wednesday?!? Well, if you remember I said: “stay tuned.” This month it was like the Lord was yelling at me. We need to do another foundational truth series. If you’ve been around or are just starting. We believe in the journey. The journey or the process to get from glory to glory really is worth it. Thus this series is appropriately titled:

Journey.

January 1st, I began the rabbit hole of YouTube. I found myself waiting for some of my favorite videos. Which are compiled of comical, short messages, songs, behind the songs, & short films from my childhood? While going down memory lane. I came upon a short called “You Are Special.” This short adaptation is based on the book with the same title by Max Lucado.

This isn’t found in the Bible as one of your Sunday school classics. It is however Biblically based on scripture. This is a mild paraphrasing from the film adaptation. *SPOILER ALERT* advised.

We start off with a little wooden man named Punchinello. He’s how we feel on our worst day. When everything seems to go wrong and nothing goes right, that’s Punchinello. In his town, they base their status off of two components, stars, and dots. It didn’t matter necessarily how you looked, it was truly about the stars more so than anything. Stars represent the approval of this community. What is deemed acceptable? Then the dots were the failures. The shame of the community.

Now that we got that set, we go back to Punchinello. He had no stars. He was truly the town reject. He was sweet and kind. He just didn’t have the best of coordination. Throughout the story no matter how hard he tries he just can’t get a star. Even the simplest of things. He finally pairs up with people who are also “dot covered” and still no star.

Lucia, sweet and gentle. We learn she has no stars either. However, there are no dots too. Punchinello longed to be like her. More so dotless than anything. He watched her one day as she strolled. She walked to the woodcarver house. The house of Eli. The town stirred, “Eli is a monster!” So the town warned all never to go there.

I want to pause and talk a minute about some points here. There truly are hundreds. But I’ll choose a few. We are like Punchinello. At least for this section of our story. We have been beaten down. Talked about. Mocked. One point in your life you’ve been the Punchinello. The outcast. The oddball. You may have grown out of that stage of life, or maybe that has defined your life? Either way, there is HOPE.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:21‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

We also all have a Lucia in our life. The ones that don’t let the little things bother them. The all-stars. The true stars. The people who serve without question and are seen above the rest. They have something we could never dream. There is a confidence and a light that shines. Sometimes we just can’t put our finger on it.

One of the false statements, you’ll ever hear is this. “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” You remember possibly taunting that at someone that was name calling you? Maybe, just me? Ok. The fact of the matter is. Words will hurt you! Do you also remember the only reason you sang that taunt, to begin with, was to make sure whoever said it, never knew those words stung? If we got real with ourself. Honestly, there are probably a lot of Punchinello moments in our life. Maybe short lived, but they stuck to us like these dots. Because you see you in yourself could not remove the dots or stars. It was based on other people. I’ll continue on before I give away the secret truth.

One day Punchinello had enough! He asked Lucia, why she went to Eli’s house. She simply stated that he was not what everyone believed and he should go there himself. She then left. Later that night Punchinello did just that. Scared and fearful, each step he took his feet were like lead. Until he was in. Now in the house, he opened his eyes, and his fear gripped him. All the terrible things about sharp teeth and strange noises became true. Though it was a wood carver shop and there were saws and creaking wood panels, Punchinello’s fear had him.

Running as fast as he could he stopped when a voice called out, “Punchinello!” Is was calm and warm. That night he began to speak to Eli. All about the people. His situation. The surrounding topics were endless. Then he brought up Lucia. Not to talk about her poorly, but to find out more. What was the secret? Eli began to give a simple line. Something along the line of because Punchinello believed in the dots, they stuck. He invites Punchinello to come back every day, and he was safe. Also that he was loved. That because of that he would soon begin to believe it.

As Punchinello begins to walk away he turns and says this remarkable statement along these lines, I truly believe he cares. At that moment without Punchinello even noticing a dot flies off. The next day the town is hosting the greatest star and dot party. When they come to announce Punchinello for biggest dot, he is nowhere to be found. He is seen walking towards Eli’s house. The end!

Like I said earlier there are just so many points! However, we’re going to jump in with Eli. As he spoke about letting the words other people say define us. That’s a reality. We do. But like Punchinello, we shouldn’t! Eli in this story represents God. He is our “wood carver” He formed us.

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

He knew you! For the very beginning. So these people that never have gotten to know you or know little about you… why do you give them so much power over you? In the next verse, we have to get this! It has to be our declaration.

“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

He is worthy to be praised. Our focus gets lost. Remember when Eli spoke about visiting Him every day? So should we! Relationship with God is a two-way street. We not only need to talk with Him. BUT. We need to listen to hear what He says in return. Daily! Let me repeat. In a relationship do you expect to do all the talking? Of course not! Relationship with God gives you understanding of who you are. Why do you think Eli would say this to Punchinello?

You see though Punchinello may begin to change and transform like Lucia. The community they lived in had not. They became set apart. Your choice to choose Him is daily. This is a point. If Punchinello stayed in the community without his new relationship to Eli or even accountability with Lucia, he would let the words the community he was once in defining him again. You have that same choice. New year new you right? That means you may need to cut some people out. Especially, if they aren’t lifting you up to the next level of your life. It doesn’t mean to be mean. However, shining bright isn’t for everyone.

You’re listening to a voice no ones heard to a destiny no ones ever were seen.

That was a quote from one of my dear mentors. As we close this week’s post, we will be offset next week as well! The big news is…

I’M GOING TO HAITI!!

That’s right, a promise fulfilled! God is so good! Years of praying, are finally coming true! That being said, I will not be in contact for the majority of this upcoming week. I’m ready for God to do great things. More so I can’t wait to share! So join us next week on our journey!

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