Finding the beginning at the end.

“Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” This used to be a punch line delivered by The Dread Pirate Roberts in The Princess Bride. But after living and falling, time and again…after scratching and digging, and clawing…after struggling and fighting…well, at times it rings a bit too true for laughter. Sometimes the fall from grace was completely my fault. Sometimes I made it worse. Sometimes it was just one of those things that left you scratching your head wondering what was next. I’ve been, in the words of Dr. Seuss, “inside, outside, upside down.” I’m sure you have too.

When a friend sent me the link to Rob Bell’s latest work I didn’t get it. Resurrection? “Aw, c’mon Rob. You missed the Easter deadline for a title like that, buddy. ” Then I watched it. And read it. Watched it again. Listened to it. And read it. Genius. Truth. Salvation. Resurrection.

Don’t skip the experience, but it’s the last section…the punch line…that’s what gets me. Experience it yourself…

and when you find yourself assuming that it’s over

when it’s lost, gone, broken and it could never be put back together again

when it’s been destroyed and you swear it could never be rebuilt

hold on a minute

because in that moment

things will in fact have just begun

This doesn’t have to be the end. It can be the beginning.

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