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Legacy

Posted: February 12, 2013 in Uncategorized
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The best legacy to pass along is a life filled with folks well loved.

1Timothy 1:15, 16
This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.

Thank you for your patience with me Lord, help me share it with others today.

Trinitarianism teaches us that connecting is as vital to the life of our soul as blood is to physical life. When it’s missing, we are ruled by the need to get it. Sometimes we settle for too little. Sometimes we conclude we’ll never find it and become hollow people, mere shells carrying on our lives in quiet despair. – Larry Crabb

I met a gentleman named Bob and a beautiful lady named Dot the other day. They were out on the porch of an assisted living facility I was visiting. Their joy and appreciation for life was infectious. They told me that the best things in life really are free. They said they couldn’t possibly have asked for a morning as beautiful as this and they marveled at how fresh everything was as a result of last night’s storm. They each took a genuine interest me and freely shared about themselves. They told me to cherish each moment and not to forsake the present for the future.  I want to be like Bob and Dot.

“I read somewhere in the Bible that there is a book of life. I don’t think this book of life is full of equations, and I don’t think that it’s just a book of names either. I think that this book of life is more like a book of lives, a book of stories. I bet it’s about people traveling in the direction of Jesus, trying to follow Him. People like me who made lots of mistakes and midcourse corrections. It’s about people who stayed within the large circle of His love and grace, staying the course on a long line pointing toward Him. And their names weren’t in the book because of what they did or didn’t do. They were there because of who God is and what He has done to draw a circle around them.” – Bob Goff, Love Does

2 Corinthians 3:17, 18

God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.

One way of approaching life is to assume that no one else is watching out for your best interest. Unless you take what you need you will do without. Another way of looking at things is that you have a God that loves and cares for you and promises to provide for all of your needs. We’re faced with these two views throughout each and every day and the one we choose in a given moment directly affects all involved. Are we going to live in doubt looking out for ourselves or are we going to trust and be part of providing for others?

“The state of being restored to life.”

Jesus’ death on the cross began a separation between He and the Father that lasted until He was restored to life. But His Resurrection not only returned Himself to the presence of the Father it also once and for all conquered death for us as well. We no longer need ever be separated from Him. The arms spread open on the cross are now always eager for a welcome embrace.

The world is not monochromatic. Seldom in life are the choices we’re confronted with so cut and dried or so easily identified. The good news for us is that ours is the God that places power in weakness, wisdom in simplicity and glory in humility. He is the God who overcomes death with life. With Him there is always more than meets the eye. When we choose to see things as either black or white we miss out on the reds, blues, greens, oranges and all the other colors He’s given us. As we learn to see through His eyes, there is beauty all around.

Through Me

Posted: December 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
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During a great conversation with my friend Daniel yesterday he said, “I don’t have to try to live like Jesus, I just need to let Him live through me.”