VIVE's Easter Message

We are designed to be so much more than who we pretend to be. We are not what we buy. We are not we what we own, project or post. We are not our lifestyles, political stances, religions or socioeconomic levels. We are not what we eat or how we work out. We are not our jobs, hobbies, addictions, successes or failures.

Beneath the posturing, peacocking, protesting, pretending and posting, we are so much less but infinitely so much more than anything we do, say or believe. Can we all stop for a minute, take a deep breath and remind ourselves that every single one of us are human beings. We are givers and receivers of life, love, and truth. We are creators, builders, growers, and dreamers. Inside of every one of us lives an infinite source of hope, joy, peace, goodness, patience, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control, courage,  kindness, truth and faith. And, when we dig a little further, we discover that we all share the very same human design and we are vulnerable, sensitive, fragile, needy, weak, transparent, desperate and dependent on love to become the people we are designed to be.

But, we are never going to become the people we are designed to be by submerging ourselves into other people’s photos, post, opinions, and lives. We are never going to find the love that we need and live the way we are designed through our phones. There’s no doubt the internet offers us endless opportunities to connect and we need to be known and accepted to grow and flourish but a connection is not the same as community.

We are designed to live, work, play, talk, listen and study in places that are full of real people that we can touch, smell, see and hear. We are designed to live in a community where we can practice receiving and giving honor and respect to our voices, hearts, minds, bodies, truths, gifts and time. We need more than a platform to share our laughter, tears, fears, hopes, and dreams, we need real places where we can give our whole-self to others. By living out of our human being design, we can rediscover the truth about what really is good, beautiful, excellent and true. We can remember that vulnerability is not posting a makeup-free selfie but being able to live a life that is full of mystery, risk, fear, hurts, and messiness. Vulnerability is courageously sharing the deepest parts of ourselves.

If we don’t know who we are and how we are designed, then we will continue to look for life and love in places where we are forced to disconnect our real person from our truth, talents, time and presence. We cannot possibly fit our whole-person in a tweet, post or pic; and without the ability to be present, we will be disconnected from the love that lives within us and is unleashed in real time and in real relationships. There is Power in Presence and we desperately need people who are willing to put their phones down and be vulnerable, sensitive, weak, needy, transparent, fragile, desperate and dependent on love that only flows through real living, breathing, messy, smelly, truthful and imperfect people.

In other words, we need you and you need me to become the people we are designed to be and to a experience and enjoy lives that are full of so much more and than our likes and dislikes. We are human beings and we have a human being design that naturally creates a place for  each other to find ourselves and lose ourselves, to be filled up and emptied out, to be forgiven and justified, to be sad and happy, to be right and wrong, and to be more of who we are and less of who we are not.

Happy Easter friends. I hope this Easter is a beautiful time of rest and restoration for us individually and collectively. ❤️