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The lesson the six million dollar man taught us about faith

Steve Austin, Astronaut. A man barely alive. We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better, stronger, faster.

I may be dating myself but those were the opening lines of the 1970’s television show the Six Million Dollar Man. Austin’s rebuild body with its machine parts enabled him to have superhuman strength and speed, as well as other powers. With these powers, Steve goes to work for the Office of Scientific Information, battling evil for the good of mankind.  Looking back it was pretty cheesy, as most of 70s television was. But there is nothing cheesy about the show’s message when applied to our faith. 

No matter how faithful we believe ourselves to be in times of darkness many of us lose much of that faith and begin to question why the Lord would abandon us. Question if the Lord even exists.  In times of darkness the reality is for many of us our faith is barely alive.

Thankfully the Lord has the power to rebuild our faith.  Make it better, stronger, more spiritual and for far less than six million dollars.

It written in Isaiah 40:29-31 that:

29  He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31  But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew [1] their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

It is never to late to praise the Lord. To ask Him for forgiveness for doubting Him. To pray for Him to rain down upon us the strength to renew our faith. To make it better than before. We only need to remember we are His children and he loves us unconditionally.

Isaiah 54:10:

10  For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

Remember with the Lord on our side there is no reason to fear anything. There is no reason to abandon our faith. But if we do He has promised us He will help us to renew it.

Isaiah 41:10:

10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

When the Lord strengthen us and provides us with a renewed faith it is our responsibility to pay it forward, to use our renewed faith and go out and praise His name to others. To go to work in his ministry battling evil for the good of mankind.

A Christian, bitter and lost, their faith barely alive. He can rebuild him. Make his faith better than it was before. Better, more spiritual, stronger than it was before.

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Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ

So today my horoscope said:

Dealing with the people you care for turns out to be a heavy burden. Spread the word far and wide, for it is time to set yourself free. After all, this kind of dependence ends up taking a serious toll. It’s not your job to carry someone else’s cross.

What a horrible concept. As Christians we believe that the Lord blesses us with His love and the strength to get through the storms that we face.  He made the ultimate sacrifice when he  gave unto us his son to relieve us our sin. As is written of Jesus in 1 Peter 2:24:

He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

Knowing this how could we not pay His blessings forward to our fellow man.  When the burden they are facing becomes too much for them to carry alone should we not lift them up?  Would we not want someone to help steady us when we are staining under the weight of our earthly troubles?  Should we not we not help each other strengthen our faith when it waivers so we are reminded the Lord is working to relieve us of their angst?  Have we forgotten that we are all children of the Lord and He never gives us more than we can bear and maybe it is through the compassion we show each other in difficult times that He is lessening our load? Do we not believe that He will look down upon us favorably and bless us ten fold for showing compassion to others? Remember it is not only the righteous thing to do but we are commanded to do it in Galatians 6:2:

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ

Remember as humans none of us is immune to troubles. Psalms 34:18 tells us:

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all

How weak and selfish are we if we are to expect the Lord to carry our burdens and believe it is not our responsibility to provide comfort and aid to others. That we look at our assistance to others as a burden to ourselves and allow them to continue to struggle, crushed under the weight of their troubles.

May the Lord give us the strength to help those in need and the foresight to never turn outback on others.
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Given a next life I realize faith is my strongest ally

Oracle: But you already know what I’m going to tell you.
Neo: I’m not The One…..
Oracle: Sorry, kid. You got the gift, but it looks like you’re waiting for something…
Neo: What?
Oracle: Your next life maybe, who knows?

About a month and a half ago my heart stopped for what I was told was 30 minutes. Doctors told my family it doesn’t look good, that if I did survive brain damage was likely. Yet I was told the team continued to work to bring me back long past the time they would normally work on someone, thankfully I had that AR always resuscitate order LOL. Less than a week later after being heavily sedated I was awake and alert with no brain damage.  Some hospital workers and the hospital chaplain started calling me miracle man. Since that time I have been in the hospital recovering unable to walk or sit up as my core/trunk muscles had atrophied. Having to rely on others to clean you after going to the bathroom on a bedpan is a humbling experience. Depression began to set in. Then with the help of family and friends I began to realize their was no need to be depressed rather I should celebrate this “next life” that I had been granted.  That I had the gift and was given this new chance to realize my destiny.

“I am a Jedi. I’m one with the Force, and the Force will guide me.”

“For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is.”

“Close your eyes. Feel it. The light…it’s always been there. It will guide you.”

“Now I know there is something strong than fear — far stronger. The Force.”

Having come to the realization that I was given this second chance to realize my destiny I needed to understand how I could actually begin to accomplish it. First I needed to heal myself physically I needed to get stronger.  Thoughts of pumping my body full of pills and simply doing the exercises the therapists were showing me would accomplish this were flawed as my progress was minimal. But then what night I had a breakthrough in my thinking I came to understand that to heal physically and mentally I needed to tap into my belief in myself and my faith in the Lord. As with the fictional Force I understood that the Lord is a powerful ally and has always been there I simply needed to close my eyes, listen closely, feel his healing power and allow him to guide me in my recovery. Once I became one with the Lord I knew nothing would be impossible.

I have subsequently been transferred to a rehabilitation center and each day I close my eyes and call on the Lord to give me the strength to move forward in my rehab to get stronger each day. I visualize that he is wrapping me in a bright white light and that his healing hand is touching my soul, giving me the belief that I have it within me to overcome the physical issues before me that I am able sit up, stand up and walk. As each day goes by I have seen myself gaining strength. I am able to pull myself up, I am able stand I am able to walk.

I am still searching for what my ultimate purpose is. What my “gift” is. Why have I been given this next life. Who knows maybe it as simple as sharing my story of faith and belief to help others find theirs. Whatever it may be I do believe now that in this next life I have been blessed with the Lord is guiding me and with the Lord by my side nothing is impossible.

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