One of my favorite books of all time is “The Outsiders”.
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If I were to ever write a novel, my dream would be to craft a story which does for others what this book did for me.
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“The Outsiders” is most known for this quote: “Stay gold Ponyboy!”
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To “stay gold” is to “never become unsullied by the harsh realities of life”.
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As we get older, we tend to lose that “gold” quality.
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With age, comes the unfiltered truth of our evil fallen world.
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This knowledge makes us bitter, cynical, numb or a nasty cocktail of the three.
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The path we take to this point is built by steps made of our personal painful experiences.
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Now I’m sure some of you have dealt with more trauma than me.
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However let’s be real, if you have the ability to read this post, you’re better off than a solid percentage of society.
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For me, my gold has been tainted by my brother’s disabilities, the death of my father, and the stories I hear about other people’s hurt.
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If the path from innocence to indignation is built by pain, then the road is paved by the story we tell ourselves.
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That story is this: life is suffering. It’s only going to worse and we just have to deal with it until we die.
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But it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, it shouldn’t be this way at all.
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The reality of God’s Kingdom is not just something far off in the future.
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We can experience the presence of God’s spirit now.
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And with his spirit comes love, joy, peace, and so much more.
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I say all this not from a place of someone who’s already dismantled his brick road to bitterness.
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If I’m honest, the past two weeks have revealed what really lies in my heart.
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The experience of reliving my pain through celebrating another Birthday and Father’s Day without my Dad, then watching children pursue our Heavenly Father during Kids Camp showed me what truly lies inside.
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Over the years, I’ve lost that childhood innocence and faith.
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That “gold” quality.
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And the cynicism and bitterness which replaced it has been anything but life giving.
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Have you lost that gold quality too?
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Can I encourage you to join me in going after it again?
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Because this dark world needs the light only gold people can bring.