I am, you are…

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I came across this on Facebook recently. It was one of those days when things weren’t going right, and I needed something to let me know it’s all going to be okay.

You know days like this? They start when you get out of bed and knock over the glass on your bedside table…spilling water and shattered glass everywhere. Then you find you are running late and no matter how hard you try to rush, you fall further and further behind. When you try to get a bit of grocery shopping, you discover you left the list at home and though you try to remember it all, you aren’t able to do so and you know you’ll have to find time to make another trip to the store. Someone makes a remark, and it’s the kind of thing that would normally slide right off your back, but this time it digs beneath your skin and you feel the sting of it hours, or even days, later. The dog bites, the bee stings, and you’re feeling sad.

Instead of thinking of brown paper packages tied up with strings on days like that…I want to remember whose I am. Because at the end of the day, when everything is a mess, if I belong to God – who is peace, joy, strength, comfort, creator, and all the other things that God is revealed to be in the Bible – then the forgotten groceries, the shattered glass, the cutting remark, the bee sting…they all lose their power over me. The power rests instead with the One who created it all, who sent His Son to lay down his life that I (and you!) would be able to be with him forever. I am His. And in that I find my true identity, my true rest, my true hope.

So whether you’ve had one of those days, or whether everything has been just fine – be encouraged my friends. You are HIS. Nothing can ever change that.

When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:14-19 NLT

Coming back…

As those of you who follow this blog know, I go quiet every once in a while. Often this is because I’ve hit a really busy patch in life with my congregation, or in life in general. In busy times it is tough to find the time to write a blog entry.

Sometimes it is because I just don’t have anything to say. It’s sometimes tough to come up with something to write about…and busy-ness plays into that as well.

Sometimes it’s just because for one reason or another I don’t want to share what I am going through. Maybe this is best defined as “still processing” – those times when I am still thinking through, still working out, still trying to understand or just plan slogging along to get to a better day.

This winter has been a tough one, and I haven’t wanted to share my bitter, grumbly, bad-mood-ed thoughts through my blog. Partially because after a while, that just gets boring. (I’ve said more than enough about it on Facebook!) And partially because I believe I am called to live differently than that. I am called – as all Christians are – to a life of hope and a life of love. And it’s hard to invest in hope and love when you are grumpy all the time.

But I’ve turned a corner. I am sure the Olympics have something to do with it – I am always happier when the Olympics are on. I love the stories and the spirit of the games. I know there are a lot of politics involved too, but at the heart of it, the games are about ordinary people trying to accomplish the extraordinary. And I like that.

So with a shift in my attitude has come a shift in my desire to blog. It’s like I’ve refocused. Over the past several days I’ve found myself thinking about blog posts I’d like to write. I’ve also been thinking of writing regularly as a Lenten discipline.

So, I am back. And glad to be here. Let’s see what the next several weeks have to offer!

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2 NKJV