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The purpose of this blog is to encourage your personal, daily walk with Jesus Christ, by seeing Him through the eyes of Mark Rodriguez. Updates will be made regularly so please subscribe. Most posts are taken from Mark's private journals or written by his mother unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Are you mostly dead?

Broken Butterfly: Hope in Flight

We are all used to the idea of an MVP, right? Most Valuable Player.  The one we always want/wanted to be.  But recently I learned of a newer use of the abbreviation "MVP" and it stands for "Minimally Viable Product."  This is concept used when someone wants to launch a new product into the market with the lowest risk to the company and yet make a profit. The product succeeds, just enough, and the goal is that it "live" at least long enough to make a little money.

This new MVP concept stuck in my head.  And I thought, that is me.  I am a "minimally viable person", a "mvp"  most days. A barely living human being.   Just good enough to go out there and do the day, but not the MVP.   I don't have it in me anymore to even care about being the MVP.  Life has beaten me up a bit.  You? 

This "mvp" thought rolled around my mind and amused me.  I thought of the movie "The Princess Bride" (Mostly Dead Scene) and laughed to myself.  I have a dark sense of humor these days.  Yep, that is me, mostly dead, and yet mostly dead means I am still alive. 

And the beauty of the Gospel is that it brings the dead to life.  What happens when you bring your minimally viable self to the IVP (Infinitely Viable Person of Christ)?   That person that struggled to even get out of bed gets infused with the life breath of God and then the possibilities are endless.  

Whatever feels hopeless to you, well, you are right.  If left to you and I to fix these broken heart places I imagine things won't change a whole lot and despair will set in.  But we can walk that brokenness to the throne room where Life itself sits, and lay that impossible thing at the feet of God.  That relationship, that shattered dream, that health concern or heartache can be placed right there. 

And then mvp+IVP=Infinite Possibilities.

Do we dare hope? 

Ephesians 3:20 "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine..."


  1. Always remember that on Christ's team you are his MVP "Most Valuable Player."

  2. Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me."

  3. :) yes. Prompted by Mark's book, I've been reading scripture at night and last night read some more in Matthew and came across this one that really resonated with me:
    23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

    25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”

    26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”