Your crucifixion story

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It’s difficult for us in the western world to be able to relate to the crucifixion story in a direct way. I don’t know about your town, but they stopped publicly executing people a few years ago here in Chicago.

That being said, the felt experience of crucifixion is a deeply human one, even in our first-world life. Because here’s the truth…

Mixing it up with life will eventually result in some form of felt crucifixion.

Maybe your entire team at work has turned on you, made up lies, spread them around town, and is now ousting you…

Crucified...

Maybe your perfect spouse — the one who was your rock and the mother of your children, after all those years, has just broken the news about her hidden life with someone on the other side of town.

Crucified…

Maybe your addiction has finally reached a boiling point and as you look around, you see that those who mattered most to you are nowhere to be found…

Crucified...

Maybe you quit your job a year ago to give the Four-Hour Workweek thing a shot and have blown through your savings and now face working in the same industry you left only at a lower position because you’re now starting over from scratch.

Damn that Tim Ferriss...

I could drum up example after example of how crucifixion is experienced in our modern, western world. The Jesus story, just like any story, transcends time and culture.

Please know something…

Your crucifixion isn’t the end of your story.

In fact, crucifixion is a vital part of the human experience. I’d even go so far as saying that life would be incomplete without it.

Here’s the good news (which isn’t the same thing as the happiest of news)...

Due to the fact that humans are unbearably stubborn and shortsighted, we’re typically not open to grace unless our ego’s attempts have been rendered useless and we’re on the ground, tears streaming down our cheeks with arms towards the sky before we…

Surrender.

Surrender is different than giving up. Surrender is a conscious act where we shrug the weight off of our shoulders so life can carry us into something new. Our old stories are no longer working. Our goals aren’t good any more. So we say something along the lines of the four words that make up one of the most powerful prayers out there…

Here, God… You take it.

I won’t go any further than this today. We have to keep it focused as we step our way through the weekend. If you’re in a place of crucifixion or are healing from one, please know you aren’t alone. As happy as everyone seems to be on social media, experiencing deep pain in life is the one thing that can bring us together if we allow it to.

We all have felt the pangs of crucifixion in one way or another. Rest in that truth and feel the soothing relief of solidarity with all of humanity.

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