Friday Update February 20, 2015
How in the world did we get to Friday already? It was just Sunday a minute ago when I wrote concerning the coming new week. Already the week is nearly over! It hasn’t been exactly an exciting week, pretty much just normal. Of course that means way too much happened and I don’t know how to catalogue it, but I will share with you some of the stuff that made up this week for me.
It actually begins with a conversation, one addressing the relevancy of Grace in Process to those in the 21-45 age group. I had asked a relative in the afore mentioned age segment of society to read the posts and tell me what they thought.
Opening up myself to any kind of criticism is hard and scary for me. As I posted earlier, my Love Language is Words of Affirmation, meaning I live or die by the words directed at me. However, in the ensuing conversation I realized asking a relative wasn’t the best idea. It was hard for them to describe how they thought I was missing the mark in their age group. So came plan B, asking those I know in that age, who are not related to me, to read the blog and respond as to how relevant it is to their lives.
Yesterday I sent out two e-messages to young people I know asking them to invite their friends to read and comment on the blog. Scary Stuff! It is scary for me anyway, yet I need the feedback. And if no one reads it, then I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. In the mean time, encourage those you know who may be willing to become readers and to comment on what they are reading.
Now for something else from this week. My friend Sondra sent this to me in a message, although she was concerned about it being a quote pertaining to a Greek god. Hang with me because it is a great quote with a powerful insight. Sondra wrote these words, “It’s not how I make myself worthy, it’s how I make myself big enough for him to fit into.” Then she offered with this explanation, “I think the only thing specific that has come to mind is to not ‘stay small’ or ‘narrow minded’ or ‘narrow hearted’. There is something bigger and it is part of my purpose and destiny.”
I really appreciate what Sondra had to share. That’s rather a profound insight that fits in with an understanding of God and His Grace! The beauty of God’s Grace is He makes us large enough for His presence.
Jesus told us His Father, the Holy Spirit, and He would all take up residence within any who so desired them as tenants! This is the difference between all other religious teachings and Christianity. In Christianity God gives Himself for His people; God enters our lives transforming and recreating all who will accept Jesus as their Savior. Not only can we not make ourselves worthy of God’s presence, neither can we become large enough. The wonderful message of the Gospel is both of those are fulfilled by God Himself!
I think the issues of becoming large hearted, the willingness to become large, and receiving the mind of Christ can only be fulfilled by God’s Comforter/Counselor, the Holy Spirit. As I continue my own ponderings of the quote Sondra shared, I pray it is with an open heart and mind, filled with God Himself! If we all aspired to be big rather than remaining small, what a difference there would be in how Christianity is perceived.
Personally, I’m rather tired of being small, petty about life and what it has to offer. A better way of acknowledging this reality is a desire to be and to accept all the big God desires to give. It is so easy to get caught up in that which means nothing in contrast to an eternity with our Creator!
Not only today, but every day provides opportunities for experiencing God’s reconciling, Grace transforming power in our lives. All anyone has to do is ask God and He will give pushed-down, over flowing, knock-your-socks-off passion and intimacy! If you haven’t asked God to give you all He has for you why not do it now? There is every thing to gain by asking and everything to lose by not asking!
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7,8 New International Version
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