Wednesday Scribbles The HUMPDAY

RIP to the Humpty Dance Man. He passed a while back and he just popped into my head when I wrote the title.

My ADHD sparkles are nothin man. The sparkles that come from each breath God provides are beyond measure. You wanna know where he has shined brightest in my life? Through my mistakes.

This is a fresh real-life example of what I am talking about. Before I write each morning, I pray to help me with the words. Somedays I can’t type or write fast enough. I type in bursts, think and process, then barf the words onto the page. On other days it is the complete opposite. I get stuck. It could be a thought or an idea I want to articulate. Distractions and ‘urgencies’ usually have my attention. The struggle is real. We are not perfect, and never will be and we make mistakes too. 

My real-life example may seem small to you but it was huge to someone dear to me. 

Yesterday’s post included a quote I made up, so I cited myself and dated it. Hashtag nerd alert. 

Last night I received a message from a dear friend I hadn’t spoken to in quite some time. The funny thing is I think of him and his family often. His message was to reach out as he saw we had some loss around us. It was so kind. He went on to share, the reason he contacted me was because of the ‘Date’ in my quote. He read me the date and I thought to myself “That’s funny, I am not sure where I would have written that date.” His message continued, that was the day he lost his father and he is still grieving. I felt his pain. I can’t wait til we sit face to face so I can listen.

This is where God’s sparkles are what drive everything in my world, whether I am noticing it or not.

The date he referred to is a TYPO on my part. I made a mistake. The month was supposed to be 11, not 2.

How bout that?  Where my heart and head are, I am like whoa!  A simple, effective example of how God works things out and how He connects us.

Through my mistake, my friend was touched and now we are reconnected. Amen. That is God’s grace and mercy in real-time.

I sent him a little message because it struck me joyfully.  One, I messed up and he still used it. He is not hovering over us condemning us for our mistakes. He showed me, love, through my mistake, and more importantly, He showed my friend love and grace. I was around my friends’ father a few times. Man did he have a Bright Light shining in him. I said to my friend, “I think your pops had some influence in this. He said God can you please make BURKE (my friend and his family call me BURKE) mess up so my boy can see that I am better than OK. I am with him still, along with you and we are carrying you through this storm.”

That’s my story and I am sticking to it.

If you would like to enrich your soul, on your adventure to PEACE – don’t be shy. Read on friends.

Romans 7 15:20

What I am sharing here goes much deeper than a TYPO.

I think it’s a good story, because who canat wrilate to a typo?

Dave Burke

Bible Truths, Shared with Love with my friends as I continue to learn as a student of Jesus.

Like Paul says in Romans 

15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

The student in me breaks things down like this:

V 15. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 

Ex. I do what I am not supposed to do, in fact I do things that I hate. I can get ramped up on politics which turns me into the opposite of who I am. 

V16. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 

Ex. Since I am aware of this, I agree with the command “Love your neighbor as yourself.” I want to obey this but it is really, really hard

V17. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

Ex. This struggle of mine to want to lash out and only fuel the flames IS NOT ME.  Whatever struggle you have IS NOT YOU.  We tend to make our identity in the struggle, not by choice as it chooses us. 

Remember this when you are weary my friend. You are so much more than your struggle.

V18. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 

Ex. This is good storytelling in two sentences. Our hearts are messy. There is a constant battle between good and evil going on. We can try within all of our power to NOT give in to the struggle and we still fail. His power overcomes it. This is why we need him.

We only want to do right and be free from it, but we can’t.  I write these words often, to myself. I need the reminder knowing this is what NORMAL is. There’s no perfection in being a Christian. I use the term lightly because I struggle to identify with that cookie-cutter version that is smeared and rightly so. I love Jesus and He is God, and there is where I find peace. Peace fuels joy. Joy is long-lasting, and happiness is fleeting.

V19. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.

Ex. Paul purposely reiterates this. His words are just as true today as they were 2,000 years ago. I should tell you that Paul, St. Paul….. His name was Saul. His nickname was ‘THE BUTCHER’. He murdered many, many Christians. Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus. At that moment, he became Paul and began sharing the Gospel. God uses everybody. Every person He uses in the Bible has afflictions, and struggles (Sin is the Bible’s word for all of these). He uses us in the midst of the deepest struggles. Look up, Paul.

V20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

Ex. For the third time, it is not US doing the wrong, it is the SIN within us. That is not who we are. Jesus came to set us free FROM that sin. It’s gone, man. Every single one from this day forward and everyone behind you. This does not mean easy sailing. Consequences are a part of it. Trusting in Him, we are to have no fear as He is with us. 

Friends – I have faced consequences for bad decisions. I am just as susceptible to making the same or worse decision today. We are all on the edge of disaster, as the next decision’s consequences could be catastrophic. I constantly pray to help me and those whom I have hurt through words and actions. I can’t stay in guilt or I could never help anyone else. I did that lifelong self-abuse. He has freed me from this. I know that is not me, it is the sin within me. It is not a cop-out. It is straight out of the Bible. I will keep following God asking for his guidance, wisdom, patience, and most of all endurance. My road has been long and weary and joyful. I have been able to pay it forward and will never tire of this. Lord keep me true to these words. I never want to tire of doing good, in Your Name. Amen.

Long and weary my road has been.

Chris Cornell, Audioslave: I am the Highway

Peace, Love, Empathy, Prayers

Dave

New Day – Persevere

Hello, my friends. After a week of walking through multiple storms, it’s appropriate for a heart pouring.

First I want to thank you all who have reached out to us, our family and friends as everyone is putting out their own fires. It speaks volumes when you run to help your friends (whom you may not know) and help them put out their fire too. Your rewards will be many.

Persevere and keep the faith. I am always trying to keep the faith, as I press on. Notice that word, Trying. Just like my youngest is always trying to reach something he shouldn’t. Constant pursuit.

I stress this because there are times when I am so far away from my faith, I fear I will lose it. Failure after failure, God remains the same and is always smiling when I turn back to Him. It’s a day-by-day pursuit, sometimes minute-to-minute, keeping His love and truth at the forefront. I rest in this.
If this is your heart – you’re crushing it!! If you desire to follow God and the words Jesus gave to us – you are going to make it. That little seed in your heart will continue to grow as you water it. Sometimes it gets dried up, but never perishes.

The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you!

Luke 17:6

That tiny seed is alive and growing as you are following Him, trusting and applying the goodness of his words and commands. A small amount of authentic faith in God is all you need. It will take root and grow. It starts on the inside and will begin showing its presence externally. How we carry ourselves, how we treat others, etc. The more you water it, the more roots take place and it will grow into a righteous tree. When you get discouraged and ignore this tree, the roots, trunk, and branches will remain and be ready to produce more vegetation and fruits. Or is it more mustard? 🙂

That tiny seed, in all its glory as the next storm approaches her.

There she is! Look at her. She is upright, strong, and perfectly IMPERFECT. Perfectly imperfect in her appearance, her structure, shape, number of branches, leaves, stems, bark patterns, ailments, and solitude. She is unique and PERFECT because God grew her this way. God does the same thing with us. It starts in the heart and as every storm comes, He uses the pelting of the hail to strengthen our faith. The storm passes and we are still standing. Growth in the struggle. Stronger for the next one.

In the storms, we lose heart, faith, and hope. Losing hope is the scariest thing, in my heart, for someone else to experience. Those feelings, ‘feel’ real. Feelings are the biggest deceiver within us.

You don’t have to believe anything I am sharing with you, but I know you can relate to this scenario:

All of us: “This is so sweet! OMG, I am having so much fun, I want this to last forever…” Then we woke up the next day. Instant regret sets in and once again, we are stuck in the identity of our failings.

Feelings Lie Period.

This is Grace: we have our seed. The seed will never leave. There will be no denying if you have the seed. I have, with all of my weak-ass power, tried to dry that little thing out so many times. I wanted to cut it out and stomp on it. I turned my back on God, unplugged from my fellow bros and sis’ in Him, and stopped reading the Word. The funny thing was I never stopped praying because I couldn’t. I would catch myself even saying this is BS and I am speaking to the wind. This is my heart man… It can be brutal in there. I want to do the right thing, but I fall short. WE ALL DO.

Check out these words of wisdom from our friend Paul, once again:

22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

Romans 3:22-24 *Romans is my favorite book after Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

I will attempt to simplify but will probably use more words. I’m a simp and a wanna-be-better-story-teller-kind-of-guy, what can I say?
We as humans are sinners from birth. It sounds harsh but we need to get over it. It’s true. We don’t know Jack, and we still don’t. I see this in my little boy and have in all of my children. They are devious haha! It’s amazing and incredible. We are hovering and protecting and loving unconditionally. This is exactly How He Loves Us. Read the words – He loves us. He doesn’t condemn us, He loves us.

I think He has been beating me over the head with this idea of How He Loves Us, through the use of children. I mean my children span the ages of 21 months to 27 years.

“I get it now God, if you could please chill on the fathering department, that would be great! I love you either way though!”

Dave Burke 2/22/2022

When your child makes a mistake, do you stop loving and caring for them? I hope not. Do you scold them over and over, thinking that is going to change them? It won’t. When they are hurting themselves are you enabling it? Check yo self. Your heart is thyself. I just made that up, but you get the point.

We love and want to cultivate change within our children. We want them to have clean hearts, so they can be loving toward themselves and others. That’s what we do. It’s the hardest and most rewarding work I have done.

There is nothing that could separate me from the love I have for my children. There is nothing they could do, which would cause me to stop loving them. Not a chance in Hell. I think of the phrase ‘Get Behind Me Satan’ which is the title of a White Stripes record. The title, penned by Jack White, is a reference to Matthew 16:23.

23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

Matthew 16:23

I love that I get to tie Jack White, the White Stripes and the Words of Jesus in a few sentences.

DB ADHD sparkle:

I don’t know Jack personally, but I have watched him and enjoyed his talents for 20 years. He seems to me, to have a serving heart. He’s bold and makes no bones about it. He’s a warrior. Watch his story sometime hiss early years to today. No one works like Jack. He’s on a mission and he is equipped. The way he has helped the music industry and helped bring so much talent to the forefront. Now he’s married to another gifted artist, Olivia Jean. Check them out! They both inspire me beyond words.

Back to it – “But wait, didn’t he just go off on Instagram yesterday about Elon Musk and Donald Trump?” Yes he did. His heart is hurting. He sees hurting people just like you and me. He has the right to let it rip! and so do we. His heart looks to protect people. It’s a gray area, this world. Our leaders of this country are deceiving and dividing us. Let’s forgive Jack whether we agree or disagree. Let’s forgive all because we all are being lied to. It’s a freight train of attacks, to detract from horrible things they do not want us to see or know.

DB ADHD sparkle:
Where is the outrage for not sharing Jeffery Epstein’s black book and the trial of his madam? The many red flags going on about child trafficking. I think this is a better focus. Help the children being trafficked, helping the kids shooting each other. It’s a heart issue.

I am reeling this back in. Our hearts when intended for good, growing from that seed of faith in Jesus Christ, KNOW that you are promised eternity. We all fall short of friends. While we were still sinners, He died for us. When we believe in Him God looks down at us and SEES Jesus. He is not focusing on our faults and condemning us. He is focused on our hearts. He knows what is good for us and He loves when we are doing His work.

That’s Romans 3:22-24 in the words of Dave Burke. Been praying the whole time, so He provided them. I’d still be talking about Jack White and getting angry about the lies we are being fed.

Love to you all. Love someone today.

Dave

Episode 0102 – Suffering

Good Morning! Welcome to Episode 02 of the Forgetting David Podcast.

I am continuing this new adventure of seeking truth, relating, and sharing as I go. I am a student and always will be. Having a microphone is not something I take lightly. If I want to start conversations I have to reveal who I am, to anyone willing to listen. In our culture of canceling people we disagree with, the norm seems to Jump on the Shame Train and tear others down. Do what everyone else does, right?!

That life isn’t for me. I have fallen into it before and it feels like crap to me. Life is hard enough my friends. We all suffer and see suffering, if we look.

This past week, my family and others within our circle, were struck with suffering. Three unexpected deaths in a week. Ages 29, 54, 75. No warnings, no signs. Taken from here and loved ones left with their hands up.

Suffering can swoop in and take you off of your perch. It’s not fun, but it is part of our life here. Jesus says, we will experience suffering while we are here. He gives his followers, the Holy Spirit to help them through these times. Even though I know this, I haven’t tapped into it throughout my sufferings. I am now and I can assure you it is different. There is still pain and suffering, but a peace that comes with it, when you lean into His love and promises.

Suffering doesn’t just show up as an unexpected death. I think most of us have an internal suffering, that is constant. Nothing really seems to take the pain away.

In this episode I share about the suffering around us as well the suffering from within. I hope you join me on this journey of searching for truth, applying the learning and sharing with others.

I love you all!

Dave