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Chris Fabry
Married to Andrea since 1982. We have 9 children together and none apart. Our dog's name is Tebow.
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After finding and remediating mold twice in our Colorado home, we abandoned ship in October 2008. Because of the high levels of exposure, our entire family was affected. After months of seeing different specialists for all of the problems, we came to Arizona to begin comprehensive treatment to rid our bodies of the toxic buildup. In August 2009 we moved into a larger home, four bedrooms, south of Tucson, north of Mexico. I am doing my daily radio program/ writing from that location. Thanks for praying for us. We really feel it.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
We live in a “What Happened Next Was Amazing” kind of world. This is the headline they put on videos to get us to ask, “I wonder what amazing thing happened to that journalist who laid down beside a sea otter?” Did the otter bite the man’s head off? Did it act like a dog and beg for a treat?

This happens every day. If I see one more “Amazing” thing, I’m not going to get anything done. What happened next, after this little boy stood on the railing beside the man-eating lion’s den, well, you’re just not going to believe how amazing this was!

We fall for the “amazing” because we want our lives to be “amazing.” We click because inside our hearts is a place that pulls us toward something we want for ourselves. We were just walking down the same road one day and POOF, something amazing happened that changed our lives and no one will believe.

But amazing usually doesn’t happen to us. We live from day to day without amazing. With the regular grind of life. And we then start to redefine amazing. “That was an amazing cup of coffee. That was an amazing boiled egg. Your dog is amazing, he chases his tail.”

I’m unwilling to redefine amazing to lift the mundane to extraordinary. But I’m also unwilling to chase after amazing as if it will fulfill my every hope and dream. Because what is really amazing is that we’re alive. We’re breathing on a planet filled with possibility and hurts and dreams and pain. And we have the ability to make a difference in someone’s life today. To speak truth and live love. And to let someone else do the same for us.

Stop watching someone else’s amazing. Click on your own.

6 comments:

Kim said...

This reminds me of a pastor we had who preached against the overuse of the word "awesome" in the 90's which led our fiery redheaded youngster to correct everyone she heard use the word with "only GOD is awesome!" She's an adult now and will use the word awesome for something only God can do....the miraculous and providential is all around us if we look for it.

Lynner Kyle said...

So true! As I walk with the Lord each day is a bonus. How the Lord shows me His love every day in surprising ways. If I will just be looking for it. HE is amazing!

Maureen said...

Wow! Amazingly thought provoking, Chris!
Thanks

Louis Zezza said...

In the end of the day, at the end of our mortal lives, the only Amazing is God's Grace. Until we die, His AMAZING Grace is always available! Amazing, His Son died for me, a boy from the Bronx!

Sweetly Broken Girl said...

This is totally where I am in life right now. A stay-ay-home, homeschooling mom of four struggling to really live in and be content with the mundane. Struggling to 'bloom where I am planted' and to glorify God in the little things, and in the ache of feeling like I am sitting on the sidelines, overlooked by others, invisible to the world. It can be tough emotionally, but it really does help to remember that we need to live for eternity and not for temporary fulfillment. We need to live for God's glory and kingdom and for those words, 'well done, good and faithful servant.' And it really does not matter if we have a big or little role, just that we do our best for Him. Thank you for your enjoyable and encouraging ministry.

Diana Derringer said...

Wouldn't life be amazing if we all did that?