Tuesday, September 15, 2020

We've Only Just Begun week 38




REFLECTION
" Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. 
Do you believe this?” (John 11:225-26, ESV).

A DEEPER LOOK

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IMAGINE THIS
“It's perfect, mom.  I knew you’d like it,”  my daughter said as she handed me an acorn. 

I looked down at the treasure in my hand; she was right: it was perfect. So was her timing on finding it. As I studied it, I nudged her husband saying it was just like him – a nut.  But unlike him (and his mother-in-law) it seemed perfect.  Us…not so much. 

After a chuckle, we talked about how this ‘perfect’ acorn, just like the hundreds of imperfect ones, had buried potential to become a timeless oak. 
Strong. 
Resourceful. 
Flexible. 
Resilient. 

 

Although we have no way of knowing if oaks come from only the perfect acorn, while the others become squirrel food, thankfully, when it comes to us, we know the answer. God is still Lord of the imperfect: imperfect days, imperfect attitudes, imperfect souls.  By giving us one imperfect day at a time, He is transforming us into His image...and He has only just begun.
It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day life. Someone makes us mad and our day is ruined. Something cuts into our plans and our day is ruined. Somehow we make a mistake…and you got it: our day is ruined. One ruined day after another soon adds up to ruined life…right? Not according to the Bible. 

According to the Bible, God takes those not-so-good life seasons and transposes them into something good…if we let Him. Things we go through, if not for our own benefit, then for that of others, are just life lessons. Nothing more - and certainly nothing less.  It doesn’t matter if our time on earth can be measured in hours or decades, He uses it, because when compared to eternity...we’ve just started this journey.  As long as we are breathing, He can and will use our life as a witness. Just as the acorn dies in order to sprout new life, so must we die to our fleshly nature and adapt His spiritual nature. This journey isn't easy at times, but truly we've only just begun. 

MY THOUGHTS

Dying to self is a scary concept.  The ability to give up control. Wisdom on how to bend to God's will, and the fortitude to bounce back after a setback - these are just a few attributes of a more Christlike life.  This week, consider things you need to hand up to God.  When we seek Him in our everyday lives, release will be easier than we may have thought. Not easy...but easier.

​In Christ with love and compassion, Coach Kelly
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Published:
2018-09-18
2017-09-18

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We've Only Just Begun week 38

REFLECTION " Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,...