Life is a box of chocolate so choose carefully

30th Sunday in ordinary time

We have all heard the line from the famous movie “forest gump” when Tom Hanks Character says “Life is life a box of chocolate, you never know what you are going to get”. But ever since I have studied coaching and researched what successful people do, I have found that successful people actually choose what they want. It might also be the choice that they can’t have but stubborn determination keep them going.

If your attitude to life is, I will have whatever comes, you could be served a lemon and think life is like a lemon, sour. Imagine going through life thinking that was your only option, lemon or nothing. Well some people do, and you might be one of the Most that do this? Thankfully a lot of people get to the point of “I’m so sick of lemons, there must be something else” then their journey of discovery begins.

We hear in the scripture this Sunday that Bartimaeus a blind man is calling out to Jesus: “son of David, Jesus, have pity on me”. Blind people in those days were considered to be doomed. Basically if you saw a blind person and you were a good faithful religious you would think to your self, ‘that poor man he must have sinned really bad, or his family,to be like that”. Then you would walk off thinking you were really blessed and God would be happy with you. Which is why the people around the blind men said be quiet. But bartimaeus was sick of lemons and he knew he deserved better, so he cried all the more. Luckily Jesus didn’t think the way of the typical religious of that time because he “heard the cry of the poor” (it is interesting that it says he hears the cry of the poor not just he hears the poor, perhaps it is the poor that think there is another choice to ask for and are determined for something different and so cry out). So Jesus comes along and says “what chocolate do you want?” And Bartimaeus says “the creamy one” and Jesus says okay there you go, your faith got you this. Not there you go I got you this, no your faith got you this. It was the faith of, I’m not going to take lemons even if people think I deserve lemons I deserve some amazing chocolates in my life because I am worth it.

I love this story because it is a story of triumph over judgment, freedom over oppression. The oppression is the attitude and belief that I deserve lemons in life both internally and externally from others, the freedom is in the attitude and belief that I deserve better, with also the spiritual aspect that Jesus can help because he is the son of God, of course.

So build your faith in getting what you want in life. Whether you are poor or rich you need to work on your faith. Try listing as many reasons as you can why you deserve what you want out of life? Do it and you will be building the muscle of faith, without it you get no where. Most importantly write down the reasons why you deserve Gods love, be bold.

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Mark 10:46-52

As Jesus left Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (that is, the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and to say, ‘Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me.’ And many of them scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him here.’ So they called the blind man. ‘Courage,’ they said ‘get up; he is calling you.’ So throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and went to Jesus. Then Jesus spoke, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Rabbuni,’ the blind man said to him ‘Master, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has saved you.’ And immediately his sight returned and he followed him along the road.

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