Archive for March, 2011

Broken Pieces Made Whole Again.

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2011 by Eric Lapata

Do you remember growing up and reciting the popular nursery rhyme “Humpity Dumpity”? If your memory is failing you or your childhood was a long, long time ago, let me help you remember this famous nursery rhyme. It goes like this:

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses. And all the king’s men. Couldn’t put Humpty together again.”

This little nursery rhyme has  powerful truth tucked into a few sentences. The reason that I like Humpty Dumpty is not only because it brings me back to the days where I ate cookies and drank milk for a snack before my mid-afternoon nap. It’s because it’s a direct reflection of what our lives look like.

Humpty Dumpty fell off of a wall and was broken. However, some of the most powerful people in the world could not put him back together. Humpty Dumpty is left in hundreds of pieces without ever having hope to become whole again.

Isn’t it ironic that we have more in common with a nursery rhyme then we realized? Think about it: In the same way Humpty Dumpty is broken, we as humans are broken, too. Our lives are flooded with circumstances, people, death, and, most importantly, our own present condition, that reveals our incompleteness. Will we always have to live this way? Is this why we are created?

However (and this is where hope begins to filter in) our lives are not meant to be broken forever. We do not have to settle for always thinking that life  has to be this way. Unlike the king’s horses and the king’s men who couldn’t put Humpty back together again, we have a King, a Savior, and a Redeemer that CAN put us back together again. Jesus takes our broken pieces and “glues” them back together with His grace. Through Christ, He has done the work to restore our broken relationship with God to make us whole again- all we have to do is give Him the pieces.

As you look at your life and realize that it is not entirely whole, may you look to the One that promises to pick up your broken pieces. Speaking from the perspective of a broken person who has been restored, let me encourage you: He cares for you. He desires you.

Jesus wants YOU. Broken pieces and all… 

“The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God” Psalm 51:17

Consumed.

Posted in Uncategorized on March 15, 2011 by Eric Lapata

The word “consumed” has been constantly running though my mind lately. I think its because I have been realizing more and more that my life’s meaning is based on what consumes me. And unfortunately…it’s not a good thing as of late.

Think about it. Everyone reading this right now is consumed with something or someone that is their driving force of their life. This thing becomes what we live for and ends up being the meaning of our existence. Yet, as I’m finding out, the results of this can lead us to a path of disappointment, discouragement, and emptiness.

For me, one of the things that consumes me is what people think of me. For those keeping score, this is what you would call a “people pleaser.” Sure, on the outside I may seem tough and not care what others think of me. But, deep down in my soul, I am craving the approval of people to the point where I compromise who I am and what I believe. All so that people like me. (Side note: One of my favorite quotes on this subject is by Elenaor Roosevelt. She says, “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” Maybe I should take her advice more often…)

You may resonate with me and find yourself pleasing people on a daily basis and losing your identity in the process. Or, maybe you can relate with one of the following:

You become consumed with your appearance…yet, your never satisfied with the way you look.
Your become consumed with your job…but, you lack contentment and are always looking for “the next best thing.”
You become consumed with finding that “special someone”…and your life feels worthless until you meet that right person.
You become consumed with yourself…and you end up forgetting the true meaning of life.

I write this not to discourage you or I, but to give us hope. Hope that life DOES NOT have to be like this if you choose to be consumed by something else.

As I look at Jesus, He was consumed. Consumed with God the Father and only pleasing Him. Consumed with bringing God glory with His life. Consumed with love, mercy, truth, and grace. Consumed with a purpose to love God and love others more than He loved Himself.

The result of His life? Hope. Hope for you and I that we CAN live a consumed life. A life that means something. A life with purpose. A life that matters.

A life consumed with Jesus.

 

The Beginning.

Posted in Uncategorized on March 10, 2011 by Eric Lapata

This is my first blog post ever, so please let me explain who I am and the reason why I am writing this blog.

I am broken, messed up, and not perfect. I fall short, please people, and I am insecure. I am selfish, prideful, and arrogant.  However, IN CHRIST, I am new, unconditionally loved, made righteous, and forgiven. I am free, chosen, and hope-filled. I am Consumed by Grace (hence the title of this blog).

My desire for writing this blog is that anyone reading this would get a glimpse into the life of someone who has been radically changed by Jesus. My hope is that one can come to be challenged in their faith and feel loved in an unloving world. I pray that God will use this blog to encourage someone like you to take one step closer to freedom in Christ.

Please join me on this journey that we call life.

This is the beginning.