If Only I Could Have…

Regret. Just saying it breaks my heart. The world of what could have been that can no longer be. Where saying sorry isn’t enough, for the damage is irreparable. Why can’t it be just like paying back a debt, you may ask? Because scars don’t heal, they fade. A constant reminder of what we did wrong that can never be right again. We, as people, can’t avoid making mistakes. It’s hard-coded into us. And sadly enough, it’s even harder to correct them. Why? As I’ve said before, we’re bound to make mistakes, so we can never fully repair something that’s broken. Also, we remember the faults of a person a lot better than we can with anything else.

Thankfully, God isn’t like that with us. He knows that we make mistakes and yet, He’s still there for us. He knows that we have flaws and yet, He never judges us. He knows we can’t pay back the debt for sinning, so He gave His only Son to save us. You see, God is faithful and wants only the best for us, despite all that we’ve done in return. So, back to regret. Why is it such an awful feeling? It’s because deep down, we hate disappointing Him. We hate that we could have done better, that if we did this or that, maybe things would have been different. What I say to that is just let it go already. It’s done and the only thing we can do right here and now is say sorry. Because under any circumstance, saying sorry is a million times better than saying nothing at all. Right, God?

“So, what if you are offering your gift at the altar and remember that someone has something against you? Leave your gift there and go make peace with that person. Then come and offer your gift.”

Matthew 5 : 23-24

Your boy,

Seth Martin

The Light In All Of Us

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:16

One day, I happened upon a rather interesting post on Facebook. It was a video about the story of young Einstein in school. It opens with a question from the teacher to his students on whether or not God is evil. The teacher then makes his case by stating that since He created everything, including man, who is evil, then God must be evil as well. By this point, most people would be thinking, “Well, that’s a valid point,” and it is. That’s Deductive Reasoning 101. Little did the teacher expect, however, that a small hand was raised in God’s Defense.

“Teacher, does the cold exist?” asked young Einstein. His teacher laughed and said, “What a silly question. Of course it does.” Einstein replied, “In fact sir, it does not exist. It is just the absence of heat.” This apparently left the teacher stunned, saying nothing in response. Einstein then continued making his point, “Teacher, does darkness exist?” His teacher quickly replied “Certainly, it does exist.” Einstein shook his head and said, “No, sir. It does not. Darkness is just the absence of light.” The teacher was left speechless yet again, allowing Einstein to ask one last question. “Teacher, does evil exist?” he asked. The teacher, a little annoyed, replied “Yes. As I have said, God created everything, therefore He created evil.”

What came next surprised me. “No, sir. You are wrong. It does not exist. Evil is just the absence of God. Like the cold and darkness, evil just another way of saying that God’s love is absent from the hearts of man,” he said, sitting back down. Now, whether or not Einstein actually did this in his lifetime, we will never know. Either way, that is exactly how we should shine the light God has bestowed upon us. As I’ve said before in a previous entry, do not let fear stop you from doing this. As the saying goes, “If God is with you, who can ever be against you.”

Your boy,

Seth Martin

Love Never Fails You…

If there’s a verse about love (1 Corinthians 13:4-8), most definitely there will be a song patterned after it. It’s what I’ve noticed after listening to quite a few worship songs. They always sounded so familiar, like I’ve heard of them before. So, I dug around on the Internet and found a song that almost entirely hits the mark. It’s a song entitled “Love Never Fails” by Brandon Heath. The song goes like this:

Love Never Fails

Love is not proud
Love does not boast
Love after all
Matters the most

Love does not run
Love does not hide
Love does not keep
Locked inside

Love is the river that flows through
Love never fails you

Love will sustain
Love will provide
Love will not cease
At the end of time

Love will protect
Love always hopes
Love still believes
When you don’t

Love is the arms that are holding you
Love never fails you

When my heart won’t make a sound
When I can’t turn back around
When the sky is falling down
Nothing is greater than this
Greater than this

Love is right here
Love is alive
Love is the way
The truth the life

Love is the river that flows through
Love is the arms that are holding you
Love is the place you will fly to
Love never fails you

If you want to listen to the song, I put the link to the official video above. As for my thoughts on it, well, it has a special place in my heart.

Your boy,

Seth Martin

For Thou Art With Me Always

I consider being afraid not as a sign of weakness, but an indicator that you’re  still human and have not turned into some robot. In case you were wondering by the way, I do have my fair share of fears. Talking about them, though, is a bit of a sensitive topic, so I’m warning you right now that you won’t get much from me on this matter. However, for the sake of this post, I guess I’ll let you in on a little secret of mine. The truth is that… I’m afraid of banana peels. Believe me when I say this, okay, but you won’t be seeing me eat a banana with the skin still attached. I just don’t like them, how they feel on my hand. Disgusting.

Anyway, why am I talking about fear? Well I came across the verse Psalm 23:1, which I’m sure anyone who has been watching movies would have at least heard it by now. The famous “The Lord is my shepherd, and I shall not want.” quote is a classic go-to line because it relays a powerful message about overcoming fear. When I came across this verse myself for the very first time, I actually felt relieved, like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. But, then again, doesn’t God always do that for us?

The verse actually brings back memories of a poem I read once. If you haven’t read “Footprints in the Sand”, you’re in luck. Below is the best description of God’s love for us that I’ve read so far. I’ll end the entry here, since the poem itself summarizes my take on why you shouldn’t be afraid.

Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

Your boy,

Seth Martin