I say no to letting my precious gift of a life slip by while I drown in an electronic, anti-social, busy world.
I say no to not making decisions, or letting others make them for me, thus making the worst decision of all.
I say no to ignoring the friends who are near and needing me.
I say no to fearing freedom and clinging to slavery like a coward.
I say no to complaining and bickering about the dirt I tread on, when God has given me gems enough to light the world.
I say no to listening to Satan’s lies, which keep me from spreading God’s love more fully.
I say no to being offended for my own sake, because in the end that’s only selfishness anyway.
I say no to the laziness and indecision that keep me from coming fully alive and awake, as I was meant to be.
I say no to the mentality that big moments are what we live for, when the small ones are the rich fabric my life has been made of thus far.
I say no to seeing only with my eyes, when God has given my heart the ability to see His Kingdom all around me every day.
I say no to waiting for someone to show love and attention to me before I give it in return.
I say no to demanding fairness for myself in relationships and in life.
I say no to walking timidly and with fear, when God has given me the wonderful, beautiful heart of a lion.
And I say yes … yes to God alone, and the joy and the life and the purpose He has for me.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)
Well, today is an exciting day!
My short story, The Cost, was published in the Timeless Tales Magazine edition which released today! It is based on the Greek mythological story of Pandora’s Box (I just love mythology, don’t you?!). If you’re not familiar with the story, you might want to visit here first to read the original version before reading my story 🙂
Also, there is an audio version of my story, which is so exciting! I’ll be receiving the audio copy sometime today or tomorrow, and I’m so anxious to hear what it sounds like!
I’m also a guest over at New Authors Fellowship today. If you’d like to read my article, titled The Thing That Writing Untaught Me, head over there! I talk about how writing is meant to be messy … and what accepting that fact taught me (or untaught me!) about life. Be sure to check out all the other great posts on NAF while you’re there – it’s such a great site!
Also … just nine more days until The Word Changers releases! The eBook is out already, but for those of you who prefer paperback (as I do!), June 23 is the date for you to look for it if you’d like to hold a copy in your hands! I’ll be posting some fun things here on my blog during release week, including a fun giveaway. And in case you’re unaware of it, there’s another giveaway going on right now over at Goodreads – you could win one of five copies I’m giving away after the book releases 🙂
Hope you have a fabulous weekend, dear readers!
Harry Potter is struck down by his archenemy, visits the in-between, and makes the choice to return and finish what needs to be done – that is, conquer evil in the form of Lord Voldemort, thus saving not only the wizarding world, but the world entire.
Death, for Harry, meant life.
Gandalf the Grey is taken down into darkness by the Balrog, only to later return a much greater and stronger wizard: Gandalf the White.
Death of the Grey meant birth of the White.
Persephone is taken by the god of death, Hades, every autumn and made to live with him in his kingdom of darkness beneath the earth. Yet each year she returns to the world above, bringing spring and new life in her wake.
Death, for Persephone, meant the promise of life.
The mythical creature, the phoenix, is famous for its ability to rise from the ashes of its own fiery death.
Death means life.
Neo moves between the Matrix and the real world, doing and understanding things no one else can. He is The One. After death has claimed him, Trinity kisses him, commands him to get up. And he does.
So his death meant life.
Aslan the Lion dies to save one boy, Edmund, whose life was forfeit because of the wrong he had done. In saving this one child, Aslan saves all of Narnia from the clutches of the White Witch. But it wasn’t his dying that saved Narnia – it was his use of the Deeper Magic to turn death backwards, and rise again.
Thus, death means life.
There isn’t one of these stories or characters that fails to affect me deeply. Their stories are ones I love to read and watch and ponder time and again. In fact, a few of them hold places in my heart as the best stories I’ve ever read.
The best, save one.
For there could be no life after death without Jesus, could there? There could not even be the thought of it – the very idea of it – without Jesus. We humans could not even begin to imagine such a vast concept.
Stories are about hope, more times than not. We love them because they give us a promise that our lives, no matter how dark, can one day stumble into the light.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
A phoenix rising can give us the confidence of new beginnings. The Matrix can remind us there is a truer world than the one we live in – one that eyes cannot see. Aslan goes a step further still, and gives us a direct idea of what Jesus did for us. For you are the Edmund Aslan died for. I am the Edmund he died for.
Yet still, nothing compares to the true story, the one that happened in our very own world more than 2,000 years ago.
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
Had you guessed that you are living out a fairy tale? Can you fathom that your life has the capability of being more thrilling than any fantasy? Did you know the hope you have is greater than anything found in a novel?
Because this is the True Fairy Tale. The one that started the rest. The one that turned death backwards and conquered the darkness.
I’m thankful for books – so thankful for them. And the Bible is closer to my heart than any other. But these other stories are God’s work as well – the stories that bring us back to the Bible, to a better understanding of Jesus, His death, and what his resurrection means to us: life eternal.