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Adventures in Finding God

Stand Back and Go, WOW!

the-thinker“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be.”
-Abraham Maslow

What I love about this quote not the conviction for me as a musician, artist or poet, but what the words mean for me as a child of God.

1 John 3:10 is a bit to vague for me – “This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.”

As I continued to read the same chapter, verse 18 helped, “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

Shoot. What about Jesus telling the teachers of the law on what is the most important commandment – “‘The most important one,’ answered Jesus, ‘is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.'”

Again, helpful, but what does that look to me, this morning, today? How about these words from Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (I replaced “it” in the text with the word “Love” to help me):

“Love is patient, love is kind.
Love does not envy, love does not boast, love is not proud.
Love does not dishonor others, love is not self-seeking,
Love is not easily angered, love keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.”

Of course I’m sure I could find more Scripture, but I can look at those words of Paul and know ways in which I can “do what I must do”. Just as a poet or artist or painter doesn’t have to really think when in “the zone”, neither should you or I have to think about how to “be” children of God. As His Spirit dwells within us, it will live through us, and “they will know we are [Children of God] by our love.”

Now that I’ve put some meat around what I “must do”, it is readily apparent there have been, and will be times when I fail miserably. Yes, there have been and will be times, when like a writer or artist, the canvas is blank and there is no outward indication of my passion, my driving force, my motivation. There have been and will be days when I rebel or deny being writer, an artist, or a Child of God. Days when those labels feel like just that, a limitation, a course, something against which to rage. Days of sin.

YET, there have been and will be times when I stand back and go, WOW!

God has uniquely created me and you to be signs of wonder. Signs and instruments of His glory. Let us allow His Spirit to live through us and the things we “must do” will flow through us like music from a musician, art through an artist, words from a poet, and fruit from God.

Galatians 5:22-23
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”


Choose Joy

change-the-world“Joy is the echo of God’s life within us.”
–Joseph Marmion

Awesome words to greet me this morning, especially since yesterday’s message from the pulpit was also about JOY.

The reason I titled today’s post as I did is because I need to always remind myself that being joyful is a decision I can choose. No one can take it from me, nor can anyone force it upon me. Joy is a decision. But how do I live my life such that choosing joy becomes my default? Live in His Word. Live in prayer.

“Prayer gives us the privilege of leveraging God’s resources with our own. Prayer is putting our hand into God’s hand, so that when we confront what appears to be overwhelming waves (challenges), we won’t sink.”
–John Ankerberg

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
–1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Today, as you go about your adventures, may you choose joy, no matter the circumstance. If you and I operate from a place of joy, may that joy be contagious. May we be instruments that change the world, which needs more joy.


I Would Pick More Daisies

Daisies“If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.”
–Nadine Stair

I could try to tell you I am content with what I have, where I am, what I am doing. But that would be a lie. I could tell you that it is bad to want more. That would be a lie also. Why? Because I am a child of God and He wants more for me!

God didn’t stop after creating the heavens and earth. He wanted more. He created light…and more.

God didn’t stop after He got His people out of Egypt. He wanted more for them.

After David killed Goliath…more.

After Jesus turned water to wine (His “first” miracle)…there were more.

Even after Jesus died for my sins…that wasn’t enough.

God is always at work doing more.

So, when I read Stair’s words this morning I first thought there is so much more for me to do, and I don’t want to be on death’s bed crushed by the weight of things I could have done but did not. However, no matter how much I get done, there will always be…more. More I could have done, should have done, wanted to do.

As I sit here this morning, I must find peace in realizing there will always be more. There is no way around that. God will always want more for me, and of me, and that is okay. That is good for me and for you.

My prayer this morning would be that I am not paralyzed by the would’ve, could’ve, and should’ves, but that I am empowered by the I AM who walks with me. Our God is not I WAS or I WILL BE (though He was and He will be). May God bless me with an unquenchable hunger to do more, and may His Spirit help me to discern what the “more” is for today. And I pray the same for you.


Having The Right Perspective

“God has not called me to be successful.
He called me to be faithful.”
–Teresa of Calcutta

This puts so many things in perspective I don’t know where to start. Whether it is in my marriage or any other relationship. Whether it is in my vocation, or my hobby. Whether it is in my walk with God or my walk toward God. In all things God has called me to  be faithful.

In so many things I tend to want to reach a destination, something by which I can measure whether I have succeeded or not. After all, God does not say “go and TRY to make disciples” right (Matthew 28:19-20)? Interesting thing that sticks out to me this morning about those two verses is the use of “ing”. Baptizing. Teaching. So “go” is probably better ready as “going” and “make” as “making”. Uh oh! Now instead of being all about the destination the commission is about being faithful, a faithfulness made easier by verse 20 – “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

It’s good to have goals in all, for they can set us in the right direction (hopefully). But as I read and re-read Scripture, so often the life lived is about the journey, not measuring one’s success. Being faithful.

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!'”
–Matthew 25:23

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