We’ve entered week two of our “Words for 2020” series, and this week’s word is Steadfast. It’s such a great word when you learn what it truly means and just sit with that for a bit. It strengthens, it encourages, it brings peace and hope. Steadfast is an amazing word to root and ground oneself with.
This weeks blog is more of a guided journaling meditation. When we take the time to sit, listen and make room for God to speak we can discover the most amazing things. Schedule out some quiet time and find a spot that inspires you to be still and listen.
I surrender! What’s the first image that comes to mind when you hear those words? White flags being waved from behind a pile of rubble? Hands raised in the air, head held low? Perhaps you see it as coming to the end of yourself, like you have lost, given up or quit. In many contexts that can be exactly what it is happening. But remember we serve the God who has created the upside down kingdom! He tells us that in order to rise high we are going to have to get low. If we want to be the greatest we need to serve others.
It’s a new year which means a natural time to reflect. To look back on what happened throughout the past year and set your sights on the future as the new year unfolds. 2020 is not only a new year but in fact a whole new decade.
It is so important to be intentional in our lives, to purposely set our gaze and move towards what God has for us in this new season. Have you taken any time to reflect and project?
Two sayings come to mind as I begin to write these words; God doesn’t answer all prayers, but He does carefully consider each, and We often don’t get what we want, but we always get what we need. These make great fuel for interesting discussion. Let’s take a step back and briefly ponder each of these before seeing how they fit into the theme this week’s meditation.
Let’s eat, Grandma. vs. Let’s eat Grandma. I often think of this little example when I hear certain phrases, or even Bible verses cherry picked from here and there. In the case of Grandma, a simple comma is the only thing separating a wonderful meal with her from… you get the rest.
Here’s a familiar one for you. It is perhaps the most well known verse in the world; known by Christians and non-Christians alike; John 3:16.
Imagine for a moment, you receive a Christmas gift and use it everyday for 14 years. What a gift! Even if someone gave you a new car, after that many years you’d have likely gotten rid of it or found yourself in want of a newer one. Clothes, cars, computers, or cash… I’ll assume most would be a faint memory at best after 14 years. What kind of gift stands the test of time better than the aforementioned items? Well, in my humble opinion I have one sitting right here next to me.
There is a particular holiday treat at Starbucks this time of year, and it is a great way to get in 500 calories if that’s what you’re looking to do. The Pumpkin Scone provides nearly one-quarter of all your daily required calories in one fell swoop. Convenient, relatively cheap, and laden with sugary sweetness; not many would argue with that. One calorie isn’t the same as another however.
There is a famous poem by John Godfrey Saxe titled The Blind Men and the Elephant. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Six wise men, each blind, encounter an elephant. If not, give it a read, it’s really good. Each of the men experience a different part of the animal and end up disagreeing with one another as to what this creature actually looks like. None realize that each has experienced only a part of the entire picture.
I liken my own faith experience to this poem. When I became a Christian, I gravitated towards one particular “stream” of Christianity. The churches I attend, podcasts I listen to, and books I read, can tend to all speak the same language and describe things in similar fashion. While great, if I’m not careful I’m only experiencing a distinct aspect of the Body of Christ.
I am in awe of the current season of life. I wonder how long it will last. It seems a little bit like a dream, is this real life? Is this my life? Is this what I get to do. The funny thing about life is we can’t know what is around the corner, we don’t know when something may end or a new thing begin. And yet how much time do we waste worrying about what may or may not happen. What if instead we just embraced what is, and lived fully in it. No excuses. No apologies.
The blog this week is simple, short, with no excuses and no apologies. Just an exercise in living in what is!
There are times in life when someone reveals a new, unique perspective about a situation and you never look at it the same again. It’s as if there was a hidden layer just below the surface that you never knew about because you didn’t see it until someone showed it to you. It reminds me of how polarized glasses allow you to see things under the surface of water more clearly.