We have many goals here at I Am Them, in addition to feeding the hungry and healing the broken, we also want to encourage and support the dreams and God given talents of others. Today, we have invited our friend, Christian Stankovits, to share his thoughts and his heart on our blog. Keep going Christian!
"Deep breaths through a fabric mask. I’m carrying my flight bag up a flight of stairs in the Hawaii humidity, I’m running late. I can feel claustrophobia setting in as my heart pounds thanks to the cup of coffee I had drank on my way to work. The Lord knows I don’t need any help raising my blood pressure at a time like this, but the habit was comforting. I’m walking through the empty airport which, just a month ago was bustling with passengers on trips. My career and industry is suffocating before my eyes while my mask is trying to do the same thing to me. Does that feeling resonate with any of you? That was me just about a week ago. A sense of overwhelming dread brought on by events outside my control, problems I can’t fix, counterbalanced with a small dose of denial to keep me sane. That was also the moment I made a realization, but we will come back to that. Things have been good: I got a job, moved back to Hawaii, met a girl, and then Miss Rona (Covid-19) came strolling into town. I remember when the first hints of how bad it might be started to really hit home. It was the same week that we had a big weather system roll through the Islands. Heavy rains, lightning, and crazy winds sent a chill down my spine. Wasn’t it just a little too coincidental that right when the world was being crippled by Covid-19 and our economy was shuttering a bunch of bad weather showed up? When did the forces of nature have a meeting and coordinate their arrival? All of the events around the world have hit the brakes on life, literally. But hitting the brakes isn’t all bad. It’s given me a lot of time to reflect, digest ideas, read my Bible, and confront myself on the ways I think about things. All of that culminated last week while I was feeling the weight of reality, and I want to share what I’ve found, with a simple, but deceptive question; where is your house? No, I don’t mean the street or the country. What I MEAN is where do you look for hope? Where are your worries directed? Where do you find comfort? Matthew 6:21 says, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Your heart dictates where you live, where your true “house” is. And later in Matthew 7:24-27 Jesus says “Whoever hears these sayings and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, which builds his house upon a rock: and the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon the house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon the rock. But whoever hears these things and does not listen is a foolish man who builds his house upon the sands, and the rains and winds come and beat upon the house and it fell, and it was a great fall.” I discovered in that moment a week ago that my house has been built upon the sand. My hope, my worries, and my cares are all wrapped up in my job, the economy, the future that I can see. But what gives me peace and internal stability is building my house upon the rock, upon Jesus. While the rains and winds of life come and go and forcibly reshape the world around us as Christians we know that God is steady, God is faithful, and above all eternal salvation is assured. No thing on Earth will ever compare to the knowledge that God has died to redeem us. If you are feeling your world reeling, slipping away, the helplessness of being reminded of your mortality, then turn to Jesus. For those of us that believe it is still easy to forget, and it doesn’t mean life isn’t scary, but it does mean that we have a foundation that cannot be touched by what is happening in the world. Our focus and strength is drawn from a source that cannot be swept from beneath our feet. While the rains and winds of life beat upon your house, will it stand because it is founded on more than the world alone? Or will you find that things are swept away which you built your life on? There is a hope and peace beyond that which money, material, or entertainment can ever provide; faith in Christ."