Fondling the Hell out of people Part 2

-continued*

We started out with a new teaching from my next book about compassion. Compassion is often impersonal but that’s not the compassion we see exhibited through Jesus. The compassion we see from Jesus is almost intimate. The Hebrew word for compassion, as found in the previous blog, means “to fondle.”

The idea here is to bring passion back to compassion; not including change with change. Make every moment of compassion an intimate encounter.

I’ve seen a lot of hell just in the past few months. I’ve talked with Africans, Tai sex slaves, homeless across the country and the broken paycheck-to-paycheck residers. The culmination is all the same… we are all experiencing hell.

If everyone is dealing with hell in their lives, why is it that Christians, people who are supposed to bring life, want to give people more hell.

So I want to challenge you to do two things:

1. Love people and remind others to stop giving people hell; hell as a destination and as a situation. You may do this by using the hash tag #stopgivinghell. Even tell people to stop giving others hell. Life is hell enough for most of us.

2. Since we are all dealing with hell, remember this teaching of mine and share it. But most importantly, fondle the hell out of every person you can. I mean it! Fondle people with a type of compassion they have never seen before. Begin a passion for compassion in your community.

I’d like to end this blog… but we can’t. It will be continued with you. Make it a good story!

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*If you Haven’t read the first blog, please do so this is the continuance.

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Resurrection

Resurrection at its core, confronts.

It confronts death and fear. Resurrection is about more than death, it’s about losing life, losing those things closest to you, losing dreams and then waking up from this sleep.

I had the pleasure of being blessed to know a young couple that had been in love with each other since kindergarten, if you were to ask them they’d say everything has been perfect for them.

Duties were oppositely divided; she was a prominent and active attorney. He however stayed home and tended to the needs of the house and family.

The wedding was three days away.

The husband received a phone call with very little details other than being notified that his wife is in the hospital, as you can imagine panic ensued quickly.

He arrives at the hospital, to find a former client had shot his wife. She had been temporarily paralyzed. Needless to say she wasn’t going to walk down the isle anytime soon.

While she’s awake they prayed for God to show up, to do a miracle, after all this is the God they have always     believed in. While she is sleep he makes the calls to family and businesses to cancel the wedding.

Well visit this story later, but right now I want to to focus on a very real part of life. Death.

Death

I fondly remember my visit to a Vacation Bible School classroom, the kids had so Many questions for me, you will be amazed sometimes if you just listen to the questions your kids have.

Somehow we got on the subject of divirsity and one kid yelled out, “Ricky! What do we all have in common?”

Without a chance to answer because I had to take a moment to ponder a Christian Correct answer and a kid friendly response, one of the kids yelled out, “we all die!”

What a dark yet insightful answer I thought and it still sticks with me to this day.

Death is powerful, death is unavoidable, and death doesn’t seclude anyone. Death is not like us, it doesn’t discriminate, and this is true for physical death and spiritual death.

Death is the one time we see Jesus angry in one situation and tearful in another.

He said to one of his disciples, “let the dead bury themselves.” (Matt 8:22) when a young follower needed to go to a family funeral, Jesus was angry because other business had to be taken care of at that moment.

In another incident Jesus was approached by two sisters with a history with Jesus, Mary and Martha, their brother Lazarus was laying dead in a tomb and they needed the help of Jesus. (John 11)

A pause follows, and then we read that Jesus wept, simply and shortly said, but powerfully visual (John 11:35) this thing called death even brought Jesus to tears.

When I hear that, “come forth” for Lazarus to rise out of that tomb, I here, come forth dead dreams, dead hopes, maybe Jesus wasn’t just limiting this “come forth” to the life in Lazarus, but maybe to my everyday, to your bad day at work, your rejected album submission letters, your book project.

I am defined by what I overcome, and this Jesus taught that we, yes you, and even me, we can overcome this death.

Because I’ve died, I’ve woken up and I’ve felt so dead some mornings and with some unexpected blessing Life comes out of nowhere.

I can go on all day about life because I’ve experienced death, death is no who I am, I have overcome death, and I am overcoming death everyday.

Death cannot stop you, depression cannot stop you. Life is promised to you.

Adapted from the upcoming book, An Emerging Spirituality by Ricky Maye and Alex Gamble

Baggage

Dual baggage.

A few years back I was on a flight to Michigan and I saw a weird act of kindness. While checking in at the self check in (because it’s quicker!)

I laid eyes on a family who was over their carry on baggage limit by one, and they were arguing about which would have to be checked.

A stranger behind them said, “I’m on the same flight I’ll take it. My ticket allows one more. Bag”

So he took it, later when boarding the plane, his laptop and bag took up his lap space while all the overhead compartments were full. He was in a predicament.

Now he was posed with the same question, “what are you going to check?”

The families baggage quickly became this mans baggage.

This was such a spiritual inspiration to me as I was being taught by God about forgiveness and dealing with baggage.

Biblical forgiveness

When we hold something, it’s a type of baggage in our lives. We have good and bad baggage, even good baggage can get heavy, meaning even when your doing good things, life can still become unbearable; people begin asking for more, people begin expecting more.

When we hold hurt, unforgiveness and grudges, we taking the hurt and pain of someone else and carrying it ourselves. If we let this happen a few times we begin to carry these huge bags with us everywhere.

Some of you are sill dealing with past hurts and you can feel it physically drain you, this pain and hurt can even kill you spiritually.

For you, this baggage is more than real.

It can be a rape, it may be a divorce, or a break up, the list can go on, but this you don’t need any examples on, you know what your hurt is, you know what baggage your holding.

The Hebrew word for one dealing with common forgiveness is “nasa” and it means to lift; to hold up and put down.

When we hold unforgiveness we can cause ourselves to hold not only our own baggage but the baggage of others we will not forgive. My unforgiveness is making me carry her issues with her mother. My unforgiveness towards her is making me deal with her childhood abuse.

I don’t know about you but I have enough baggage to deal with than having to deal with her issues too, I don’t have enough room to fit his problems too.

My baggage is beginning to be become filled with her baggage when I just can’t let go.

Getting rid of it

When I forgive I am able to let this baggage down. Its not about moving on, you can’t lose it, anyone that tells a women to forget her attacker hasn’t been attacked, anyone who tells a child to forget his abuse hasn’t been abused. Forgiveness is about letting go, lightening the load, and checking a few bags.

This forgiveness journey isn’t about trying to be perfect in peoples eyes and saying I forgive and forget, because no matter how much you say it, it probably wont happen that quick, this journey is about getting rid of extra baggage.

Jesus echoed this by saying, “cast your care upon me.” Or “Let me take those bags”, my version.

A Clip from my new book coming at the end of the Summer entitled, An Emerging Spirituality

Time to Rethink Christianity

Ive been quoted as saying one of the greatest of injustces is the doors of church. The refugees left on the inside of those doors and all the unspoken pain and hurt they feel. Outside standing those who have been hurt by those inside, those who don’t “fit”, those who just havent reached the standard yet. The doors are closing many in, and shutting many more out.

It is the questions that cloud the mind on both sides of this door, inside questions of faith, history and self are deemed heresy and hipocracy.

Questions outside of life choices, human rights, freedom and examples are declared rebellion and dangerous.

A questions is such an unassuming place to begin, we like to think in our society that there is a definte and absolute answer to every questions asked.

The idea of Spirituality in our modern contemporary world is to see what this means to me, at this moment, in this point in my life. It all starts with you and how this word, these gods, these faiths relate to where you are.

Imagine a group of fiver runners, would it be easier for them all to jump on one guys back; that way they can make sure they all run the same path, the same way, and if they stumble they all stumble together. Yes its community orrianted, but so many flaws lay in this type of thinking.

How much more unvarying would it be to each run next to the other, saying, “hey watch out for that hole coming up on the right. If we fall, one can stop and pick that other one up. We don’t run weary because we only have to figure out the best way for us. The other runners are capible of deciding the best trail for them to take, Because I don’t know where that person is.

The bible speaks of this as working out your own salvation (Phil-2-12) the hebrew word for salvation is bedded in a holistic meaning, it is a contiuious living expericance, not a one time thing.  It is a process not a one time event, or destination. Maybe it’s time to rethink christianity.

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A New Year

A New Year

I have some weird quirky habits; I tend to over analyze and over dramatize everything, I enjoy taking bath (not necessarily weird unless you’re a guy like me, people tend to think it’s weird.) One weird habit I do have and I blame my mother for it, is that I like my drinks cold, almost frozen. It only really gets annoying till you live with me. We all have things we have learned over our lives that have become a second natured part of our daily routines. We have less than a week and another year will have gone by. All of our firm stances on world relations, war, and politics mean nothing when the year is over; because all we learned from another year ending is that even time itself ends. We on the other hand are an optimistic people; the New Year means embarking on new challenges, a second chance at a failed attempt, or more time with a loved one. I want to share this little nugget of wisdom from the Hebrew language. The word used to describe something “new” is tariy which means to be fresh or moist. The word “new” was less of a second opportunity but a quenching of the hopes for the New Year. It is a promise of new experiences, new boundaries being pushed and new heights being exceeded. Be excited for this coming year, it holds great things for you and I. things you have worked for your entire life will be culminated this coming year. Limits will be broken, dreams will be birthed. The New Year is a New day for you and I. let’s embrace the “new” the Hebrew promises’ it to be an exciting year. So instead of  vigorously saying, ” it’s the New Year.” Let’s make it personal and say, “It’s my New Year!”

Tomorrow I will share a deeper meaning to the word year and see what wisdom we can find in it.

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A REminder who we are

I want to share a teaching  of mine that I’ve been blessed to share with more people than i can count , and see an awesome reaction every time. On one special occasion I shared at a church I have been to only once, nobody but the leadership new me, I started and said how Jesus began to teach to a group about the Kingdom of God, and I pull out a bag of Mustard seeds and place one seed in each person’s hand directly in the center. I wait and let them observe the size of it, then I tell them, “Jesus said this mustard seed is a visual way to understand the men and women in the kingdom of God, the Greek word he used to describe this mustard seed is sinapi which is defined as being hurt, this is Jesus understanding us and letting us know the Kingdom of God isn’t full of perfect people, that’s what heaven is for, he understands we hurt and go through real life issues. The mustard seed has a protective shell on it that helps strengthen it to sustain itself during wind, rain, and drought. That seed is me, that seed is you, it is all of us.”

After I shared this, a young man came up to me and began to tell me how he’d gone to that church only three weeks and this was the only thing he understood. He said he’s heard of God speaking to other but in those three weeks he had heard nothing, until he heard this teaching, he thanked me and as I was walking away he said to me, “Now I know that God cares.” Some people just need a visual, physical, tangible love.

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RE-Defining Christianity

As a preposition RE stays at the forefront of our conversations; but in our language RE takes on a new but misleading definition, “to take back, or go back.” RE takes on a persona of erasing something previously stated. However RE is defined to go deeper, and learn more about; with focus on the new but not forgetting but perhaps building on previous statements.

The stigma we experience in our culture is that when you tend to redefine, or reexamine something, it must be broken. Nonetheless this is not always the case. Sometimes its about stopping everything and saying we need to reexamine this and make sure this is right at this moment.

Growth

If growth is incurring change is expected. Let me give you a few examples. If a young couple buy a home when they get married, they are fairly young and just starting out in life, fast forward five years they both own their own business; he a contracting firm, and she a painting business out of the house. Growth is being experienced now the life around them needs to show that. They add on two additions to their home, two separate offices, why, was the house not good enough for them? No, they needed to expand to continue growing. Life was moving and they needed to catch up.

Life is moving and we would be ignorant to just stand still rather than move with it. Rebuilding on the concepts and teachings of Christianity is not a way of saying someone is wrong, rather it’s about those who need to hear this “good news” we need to gain back relevancy and understanding.

Time doesn’t stand still

The bible and every message conveyed from each author’s point of view reflected his culture, upbringing, and we take into consideration whom it was written about.

For some reason, I would call stubborn many of those who lead churches don’t want to say that some of the Old Testament laws and rituals were meant for a certain people in a certain place of time, because they can use some little point of text to enforce some of their beliefs. Oddly enough this is what many did to defend slavery not to many years ago.

Today we face the same dilemma; if we do not look at the bible in its historical and cultural context we will see a hundred thousand more denominations and divisions. We can stand today and look at the cultural similarities and find the absolutes and run with that. Hint, ninety nine percent of the time its love.