The Story of Your Scars

We all carry scars…

There is a story with each one. Maybe it is a clumsy accident, or possibly something more serious.

Scars can be new, or they can be old, lasting a lifetime.

The deepest wounds and scars are often ones that go unseen, that aren’t physical. They show up in our hearts and minds, impacting emotions and relationships.

I’ve listened to this song for the better part of a week now and I am struck by a truth I feel unworthy to admit – That despite the wounds and scars in my life, God is there to write a story more beautiful than I could ever imagine.

I’m thankful for the scars
‘Cause without them I wouldn’t know Your heart
And I know they’ll always tell of who You are
So forever I am thankful for the scars

Psalm 34:18 tells us that “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

Emotional pain is an extraordinary motivating factor.  It can cause us to do things we ordinarily wouldn’t do.  It can drive us to react in ways that aren’t healthy.  Pain can force us to change who we are, to avoid the truth, to try and quiet the longing in our heart.

So what is the story of your scars?

Maybe your wounds are fresh.
Maybe they are buried so deep in the past you hardly want to recognize them.  Maybe you’ve been hurt.
Maybe you’ve hurt someone else.

I pray you’ll bring your brokenness to Him.

He is willing and able to walk with you, every step of the way.

Healing and mending the parts of you that only He can.

Bringing you through to the other side, stronger than ever before.

And then you’ll be able to cling to the message of this song.

Your wounds are a story He’ll use…

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A Snowflake’s Guide to Not Being Offended

Has society slapped you in the face?

Do you find yourself lost in a world of protest hashtags?

Did your candidate flunk out of the Electoral College?

Are you bothered that a Muslim can be elected President in this day and age?

Can you believe what Madonna said?!

Then this article is for you!!

It’s easy to constantly be offended in today’s world. Recent studies have shown that being offended increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, and hypocritical intolerance.

These 12 steps are designed to help you prevent being offended.  Follow them closely and see the difference they can make in your life today!

  1. Stop taking yourself so serious. No one else really does.
  2. If you weren’t offended or even aware of the problem before you saw it trending on Twitter, then get over it! Can I get a #Kony2017
  3. Recognize that celebrities (although over-paid disproportionally by gender, apparently) also have a right to free speech. It’s just more annoying when they complain about stuff.
  4. Keep things in perspective. I survived 8 years of Obama, you will make it through Trump.
  5. For Christians: There is a reason we have a special term. So don’t act surprised when the world, acts like “the world”.
  6. Repeat after me – “There is a difference between being offended and simply disagreeing with someone.” Rinse and repeat as needed.
  7. Train your brain to ignore any breaking news alerts that include the hashtag #SCOTUS.
  8. Back away from the keyboard or keep scrolling.  Either one is a necessary response when you read a post that makes your “Oh no he didn’t!” flare up.  Reality is, no one is going to change their voter registration, or become un-gay because of your Facebook response.
  9. Accept the fact that “Privilege” is a real thing, and it comes in ALL the colors of the rainbow.
  10. Use the “Family Restroom” at Target.  It is usually cleaner, more spacious, and it’s a one-seater.  Problem solved.
  11. Unless you’re one of the 300k+ homeless veterans in this country, don’t get too worked up over the refugee “crisis”.
  12. Let go of your hostility toward the inanimate objects that hold our society hostage with their hate and violence. I.e. Flags, Guns, Chicken Mini’s, etc.

Work these 12 easy steps to take your life back. You deserve it!

*Results may vary

We Are Better Than This

A friend put into words the real truth about this election.  Thank you Jeremy Harrell for sharing!

Over the past several weeks, I’ve watched as good people on every side of the presidential race abandon or outright destroy longtime friendships with good people they’ve known for decades but who happen to see the election differently. I’ve seen the same thing happen among family members. 

Good people are calling other good people racists, hate mongers, traitors, anti-American, anti-Christian, RINO, crazy, lunatic, stupid, baby killer, evil or worse because they disagree over which of two people – neither of whom they have ever met – they should or shouldn’t vote for. 

Good people have decided it is ok to abandon our common courtesy and be rude to other good people. None of this is one-sided, and I’m both guilty and a victim myself. 

Presidential candidates should call us to something greater than ourselves, but this election is bringing out the worst in us. 

Over the next four weeks we’ll each have to justify for ourselves why we will or won’t vote for one of two deeply flawed people to lead our country. For some of us the decision will be easy, and for some the decision will be extraordinarily difficult. Regardless of the decision (for either candidate or just to not vote) most all of us will have to abandon some personal principle or standard in order to make it. If we say we aren’t we’re fooling ourselves.

I pray for our country, and for those who seek to lead it. I hope that when this is over we can bind up the wounds and divisions that have been created by this race. I hope we’ll all remember who our friends are, and regret the terrible things we said to and about one another, and find our better selves. I hope that those of us who claim the name of Jesus Christ will remember who we are, remember where we find our identity, and recommit ourselves to reflecting His character and nature. And I hope we’ll look back on this last year with profound sadness for what we became and commit to one another that we will never again let this happen. 

I hope.

Happy Thanksgiving

Sitting here this morning on Thanksgiving Day I’m mindful of the many blessings in my life. Even on my worst day I am more fortunate than many people in this world. I thank God for that.

It’s easy to get caught up in what others have, and what I want. But it takes a little more maturity to step back and just be grateful for what I already have.

A beautiful wife, two healthy and wonderful children, a loving family, a steady well paying job, a roof over my head, food in my belly and the unconditional love of a Savior.

Can’t beat that!

I pray this holiday season that you find gratitude for the blessings in your life, and are able to enjoy them to the fullest!

Gratitude turns what you have into enough…

Happy Thanksgiving from the Lewis family to yours!


Today my wife and I celebrate 4 years of marriage. A whole Presidential term!

I’m so lucky to have met Courtney and be able to call her my wife. She is a wonderful mother to our two beautiful children, and a constant companion to me.

I am fortunate to have her in my life and love her with all my heart. I plan on enjoying many more anniversaries with her by my side.

Here’s to the rest of our lives!

Put “Statesmen” on the Endangered Species List

I’ve given much thought the last few weeks to what it means to be a “Statesman”.  We hear that term often, and many aspire to be one.  I don’t know that we see very many these days.

I heard it said once that a politician looks to the next election, while a statesman looks to the next generation.  That’s real leadership.

Compromise has become a dirty word.  It didn’t start out that way.  Whether it was Washington, the State Capital or right here at home, men and women met each other at the table of compromise to hammer out the decisions facing them…..together.

Today, there are those in elected office who wouldn’t dare walk down the wrong side of the hallway for fear of contact with “enemy”.  Unfortunately I don’t see the strength and character needed to stand up to the pressures of the day.

Ronald Reagan once said, “There is no limit to what a person can accomplish if they’re willing to NOT take credit for it.”  What an indictment on our political culture today.

My prayer is that we begin to see mighty men and women of God rise up to face the challenges of face today.  I pray that they follow their convictions, and stand on principle.  My hope is that, while compromise is necessary for some solutions,  actual truth still wins the day.  Truth is not subjective, and should never be compromised.  “Politically Correct” is rarely ever correct.

I know a great many elected officials.

I know too few Statesmen.