The Mark

The Mark

There are physical scars and wounds that can be a source of embarrassment, leading someone to feel judged or humiliated. We neglect our own humanity, ignore our imperfections and flaws, the very flaws that makes us a Mark. After facing my own personal battles over the last few years, the Mark of Christ has evolved to include those marked with the battle scars of life. My life after Traumatic Brain Injury, and its invisible scars, caused me to reconsider my own judgments and the marks we may not see, the invisible disabilities, the personal deficiencies that so many of us face every day. Giving each subject a voice and a platform, will serve to knock down the stereotypes, and reclaim those moments. The movement celebrates rocking your Mark, showing the world who you are and what can happen when we look past a few inches of flesh. It is the opportunity to see the whole picture, so we truly understand that having a mark is just the beginning, the true journey of life is about being a Mark. The stories in the Mark of Christ photo journal are directly from the individuals themselves. It takes each Mark and introduces them and their journeys, how they stared adversity in the face and learn to really live life again.

This is my story...well the first of many miraculous moments.

Our Lady of Medjugorje, Mary mother of God.

The Story of my Pilgrimage to Medjugorje Italy is marked on my body. It is the map and journey Of THE MOMENT IN TIME WHERE I SAW,FELT AND MET GOD. The first moment was when we were praying in the mountains of Assisi. We were in a small cave where St. Frances of Assisi would go pray for months at a time. This was before the Christian generation had praise and worship bands churches that turned into concert halls tattoos were not looked at spiritually acceptable. Along with that, there's about 20 of us in the small space when it came time for silence we held hands and prayed out loud, someone began to speak in tongues, one person Fane to the floor and everyone else was consumed by the spirit the Holy Spirit is it if a warm blanket or put around each of us and a beautiful winter storm. After 15 minutes or so I started to look around I wasn't crying, I was not talking in tongue's in fact I've never even seen it firsthand and I wanted to cry I wanted to feel and I began to get upset. As we came out of the cave I went up to one of the priest in our group and ask I don't understand, why am I not getting? Why can I cry why are these people feeling all of this. I was angry and I strayed away from the group and they got lost… Shocker !! I found myself walking this path down into these rocks that were in the center of this arena like cove.

I decided to open my journal and write hy prayer and simply tell god what was in my soul..little did I know...what followed changed my life forever. I opened the book and began to write. I wrote"I hear a cry and still ask, why NOT I. In this moment it was as if someone put ear phones on...the noise canceling ones. everything was still , no sound. A voice said to me, "You don't Have to cry because I have already done it for you". My eyes welled up but did not spill and it started to rain and in the trees I could here each drop as it became the most beautiful sound in the world. In that moment I though of every person I loved and wanted them to be with me in their moment with god. Little did I know God was just getting started, the rest of the 2 weeks, miracles happened that scientifically impossible. You will have to read the rest of the story in my up and coming book DRIVING NAKED with GOD. DrivingNakedwithGod.com . You will have to wait to hear about the butterfly you see tattooed on my side, flying through Vatican city and slowly taking its form and landing on my rose on my arm that came and sat on the binding of my book as I was on top of Apparition Hill.........

Share your story and your mark at MarkofChrist,com

Why Cry Over Spilled Juice? by Greg Costa ©

Why Cry Over Spilled Juice?

by Greg Costa

 

Today I headed to Walmart because I found out I could get a prescription there for four dollars which my insurance doesn't cover. On route I stopped at Nature's Food Patch, which is an organic grocery store, to pick up a juice. On my way out someone said something hysterical in the checkout lane. As I continued to walk outside I was still laughing, and then discovered, a few minutes later, that I was walking to the opposite end of the parking lot from where I had parked. Realizing that, I started to feel down, and said to myself, “gosh, it's happening again.” Well I found my car, and then someone said hello to me and asked me a question. With that distraction, I didn’t realize I had left my drink on the top of the car.

 

Which meant I watched my eight-dollar meal in a cup crash and splash all over the ground.

 

I went back inside and up to the manager’s counter. I said, “Hi, my name is Greg Costa, and I’m a traumatic brain injury survivor and sometimes we forget to do things. My mind was in a different place and I got lost in the parking lot and then I forgot to take my juice off the top of the car and it spilled everywhere.” He said, "No problem, I'll take care of it, and please come back and see me.”

 

I didn’t notice the scar on his face until later.

 

I went back to see him and he said, “Don't worry, it's all good. I'm a traumatic brain injury survivor myself.” He turned his head and showed me the entire line from the tip of his forehead to the back of his ear, where his skull had been opened up. 

 

It's amazing, empowering and healing when we, as survivors, just put it out there and create awareness by accepting our challenges, being honest, completely transparent and Naked, allowing humility and making the best of the situation at hand. 

 

He went on to say, “You know the manager of this store actually had an aneurysm and also suffered a brain injury.” How cool! I thought. God really knows when you don't have something, or you’re missing something, or you’re in need of something or someone on your journey, or in my case, lacking the support and understanding from my own blood family.

 

It’s just like God to send me down or up a path, or put people in my life exactly where and when I need them.

 

It’s just like God to open a door, welcome me in and remind me that I’m NOT ALONE.

 

I was so excited after this encounter that I had to tell my dad, and I never made it to Walmart. Oh well, another day, another adventure. Today I was glad to forget and be ok with that, instead of beating myself up for it.

Driving Naked with god™- A Little Reminder :)

Rise and Shine! TIS a Blessed day. 
Give someone a true hug and not one of those pats on the back. Tell someone they look great or they are awesome. You must practice gratitude everyday, it's how we are reminded of our purpose and what that means to us individually as well as a whole. Handle with LoVe™ my friends. As Survivors and Warriors, sharing LoVe in itself can be gods greatest gift to each other. "No scar is Great than the other" - GregCosta

Driving naked with God™

 

 

Good Morning, 

“This is God.  Today I will be handling all of your

problems.  Please remember that I do not need your

help.  If life happens to deliver a situation to you

that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it.

Kindly put it in the SFGTD (Something For God To Do)

box.  It will be addressed in My time, not yours.

Once the matter is placed into the box, do not remove

it.  Holding on or removal will delay the resolution

of your problem.  If it is a situation that you think

you are capable of handling, please consult me in

prayer to be sure that it is the proper resolution.

Because I do not sleep nor do I slumber, there is no

need for you to loose any sleep.  Rest my child.  If

you need to contact me, I am only a prayer away”.

 

- G.O.D FANTASTICALY ABSOLUTE

Sorry, I have been MIA.

Im back making time to write again.I know I misspell words and have tons of grammatical errors but when inspired you just got to go with it. so todays thought.... Im noticing the less editing you do will turn out to be the best version of you. The philosophy, book and my blog is centered on what it means to "Drive Naked". Its a way of life being unedited and real with yourself and others and is not always pretty. You don't slam your thumb in a door and say, hmm i think that was a bad idea. No you say "fuck", that hurt. Just be real. SO many people get lost in faith bc of what ideals this world brings. Im just saying is allot of bs and faith should never be hard, painful, make you feel un loved or desired. God like many Parents is unconditional loVe.

 

So this inspired todays blog

 

There are many things we must unlearn in life, let go, heal, liberate and set free, allowing our greatest potential to grow. Spirtually, emotionally and physically. You knowing your self worth is more then what others think of you. Look in the mirror , inhale gratitude exhale gratitude with expectance.

You are No less then everything in the eyes of God. We will be forever learning, children, student of our faith. Thats called spiritual growth and just because you have a strong faith doesn't mean your just at the finish line, no its a constant relationship ,constant reflection the most intermit one of all. thats baring your should to the universe in which god created, transparent , authentic, and perfectly flawed. Thats Driving Naked with God "DrivingNakedwithGod.com".

 

By growing and freeing yourselves from the things and people that bring you anything but love laughter or peace in CRITICAL to your health. Trust me this life is short and when you loose yourself, often times you find your self. I saw this image and thought; "you know the book "forgive to forget came to mind. when when you completely give yourself to God and hold yourself accountable you should feel safe that there should never be anything you can't take to God. Share those things you feel taped bc your not pressing the grief, loss, failure etc. But that is life and the only way healing takes place...remeber healing is not just a bloody cut healing is much more. we all need it from time to time.

I say this all the time. Be expectant of the holy spirit to move, heal and have a good day a work, even though its work. Try waking up and just smile for know reason. little good sparks turn on in the brain and even for a second makes you want to thank you for waking up and lets have a good day. COUNT how much less your days are that your depressed or mad at something or some for not going your way.what do you have to lose, try it God wants you to say,"listen I need....We are not meant to do this Life alone. So don't worry about carying the weight of something you can never share, free yourself . and true freedom is living without permission. So don't carry the extra baggage, keep it to a cary on and not a cargo plane . GC ©