Empty is OK!

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By Marc Lopez

Magnificent Mondays

Monday, April 21, 2014

IT’S a Tuesday morning in Nevada. Teacher Jen is in school. She hears the most eerie sound coming from the cafeteria of an American high school. A gun shot.

Counter intuitively, she does not scamper for safety. She goes into the cafeteria and sees everyone on the floor except for a 14-year-old boy with a revolver aimed at his schoolmates. He fires another shot, and then another. A bullet grazes the arm of one student, another ricochets to hit a second one on her knee.

Instead of going down on the floor, Teacher Jen lovingly looks him in the eye and persuades the shooter to put the gun down. Miraculously he does. She then embraces him and tells him, “I am not going to leave you.”


The violence stops. No one dies. Everyone lives.

Twenty decades ago, two students leave home before dawn to visit their teacher. A teacher who had changed their lives. When they reached their destination they were extremely disappointed. The place was empty. He was nowhere to be found. They feared the worst. He was gone. Forever.

A few moments later, their sadness turns into rejoicing! He is alive! Forever! He tells them: Do not be afraid. I am not going to leave you. I will always be with you.

Today is the most magnificent Monday! The Monday after Easter. When the two Marys visited Jesus’ tomb that Sunday morning, they thought His dead body was stolen. It meant they could no longer pay Him their final respects or honor Him with a decent burial, but nothing could be more full than that empty tomb. The empty tomb meant life had conquered death! Love rose victorious over fear! Jesus was not dead. He was alive!

Because of Easter morning, empty is okay. Welcome emptiness. When you experience it, it means you are about to be filled.

Is your bank account empty? Are you living in an “empty nest”? Are you running on empty? Are you surrounded by luxury, but empty inside? Embrace the emptiness before you. Accept it. It’s a gift!

Do not run away from it or try to forcibly fill it up with more money, with more parties, with more escapades, with more Facebook friends. If you do, you might miss out on what you’re looking for or who you’re looking for. Instead wait patiently.

Empty is okay. Let Him fill it up. Let Him fill you up. Don’t try buying His love. Don’t try earning it. Allow Him to fill up the emptiness. Hear Him speak: “Do not be afraid. I am here. I am not going to leave you. I will always be with you.”

When He fills you up, an empty page means a new chapter awaits you. You can write something new. An empty canvas means you can paint a new masterpiece. An empty Monday can become a glorious one. In Him, empty is ok.

Choose to have a most magnificent Monday. Happy Easter Monday!

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 21, 2014.


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