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A Beautiful Letdown
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Life can definitely take its twists and turns. That much I know is true.

I was thinking about that as I sat at a Christian concert this past weekend. The main group had taken a break for intermission and while we were waiting, they brought out another artist to perform. It was a surprise to many of those in the audience to see who stepped onto the stage. It was none other than Mr. Michael English, a Christian male vocalist. In 1994 Michael was at the top of Christian music, winning awards, getting the number one hits, selling out concerts. He was at the top of his game.

As I sat at my seat, remembering the man he used to be while watching the man he had become—an older, tired, but wiser and freer man—he started sharing the story many of us already knew. Michael had gone through a messy situation in the heyday of his career which made many Christians uncomfortable. As I listened I couldn’t help but think, “Wow, did we really turn our backs on one of our own? Did we really abandon him in his greatest time of need?” We had set him high on that pedestal and when he fell, we were no where to be found. This reality saddened me because I felt like I had failed him.

Restored Him

The good news is that God is good. And His love never fails. God brought him out of all the mess and restored him.  I listened to Michael sing “In Christ Alone,” the song that had catapulted him into stardom so many years ago and  I could see a man that truly believed each word that he sang. I was watching that song come to life.

That night I realized that I have so much to learn from Michael English. Some might disagree, but what I saw was a beautiful manifestation of God’s power. God is about bringing people back. Bringing His children back to a life full of life.

My desire is that we extend the same forgiveness that Jesus does to those who fall around us. We are so quick to judge—so quick to point the finger. We jump at the chance to bring people down, somehow hoping that it’ll make us feel better. The truth is—it doesn’t. What should bring us joy, what should thrill us, is people making it back home.

That evening helped me see things in a different light. I left that place vowing to be the kind of person who lifted others, who would welcome the unwelcome and nurture those who needed just one person to have a little faith in them. It’s not much, but it’s enough to make all the “beautiful letdowns” know that there is a loving God. And His love is as alive in them as it is in me.

"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7).

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