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Revisiting – A thousand years from now…

Revisit – It has been a busy week and sometimes flashbacks are good. I have no recollection as to what was going on in my life at this time, but I must have felt like I was taking on God head to head. I still want my life’s story to be a page turner. And I still want it to be a mystery, drama and, especially, a comedy. Life without comedy is just sad.

John 11:11-14 – “These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleeps, he shall do well. Howbeit, Jesus spake of his death: but they thought he had spoken of taking a rest in sleep. Then Jesus said unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.”

Do you ever read God’s Word and think, man, these guys were ignorant? It is so easy for us, a thousand and some odd years later, to read about these people’s thoughts, words and actions and pass judgement upon them. I mean, for land’s sake, they just finished arguing with Jesus about going somewhere dangerous! Duh, this is God you are dealing with!

But aren’t we just as guilty? We argue with Him still. We question His instructions. We ignore His urgings. We think we have it all figured out. And then in comes the monkey wrench and we look like idiots. Oh my, if I had a nickel for every time I felt like an idiot because I just didn’t listen.

As I was reading my devotional this morning about these very verses, it made me think how glad I am that someone isn’t writing down my life for others to read in a thousand years. But what if they were? What would my story look like? Would it be a drama, a mystery or a comedy? Truthfully, I want my story to be one that people read and are encouraged by it and can learn from it. I want it to be a bit of all three genres listed above with a heavy dose of learning experience.

I want others to see me walking with Jesus. I want them to see me trusting Him. I want them to see me content with my current situation but always searching that I am in the right place at the right time. My husband always says that a person works best when they are on the right seat on the bus. That’s where I want to be.

So today princess, I want to encourage you to live your life like someone is going to read your story a thousand years from now. Do you want them to read it and say, “man, she was an idiot”? Or do you want them to read it and say, “I want to be just like her”? Sprinkle your story with a bit of mystery, drama and, please don’t forget, comedy. Dance a little, cry a little and live life with gusto.

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Bright Light

John 1:6-9 – “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”

Yesterday was our final lesson in Sunday school on Bible heroes. I can’t believe that November is coming to an end and we will soon be starting another year. Man, time flies! But I digress…

We studied about John the Baptist yesterday. What a great study. The focus of the lesson was the fact that John was a reflection of Jesus. He wasn’t the the Light, rather he was a reflection of the Light.

Have you ever been outside when the moon is so bright that you could drive your car with no headlights? The moon, in and of itself, has no light, no brightness within itself that would make it illuminate. It reflects the sun. The sun will shine on it at just the right angle and the sun is what gives the dark moon an amazing light.

This is the same way we are supposed to be in our walk with Jesus. He never asked us to be Him exactly. He did not ask us to be a mirror of Him and reflect Him perfectly. He is, however, asking us to reflect His Light.

Just like John, He is asking us to spend time with Him, to learn from Him and to get to know Him in an intimate way. And then, along the way, He is asking us to shine His Light into the lives of those around us. We don’t need to hound them. We don’t need to badger them. We don’t need to intimidate or otherwise scold them. We need to reflect Him. We need to live in such a way that we shine His light and show His love.

Today is a new day. You have a choice to make today – are you going to be a bright shining light for Him or are you just going to be a glimmer of hope? Both are good but would you rather have a spotlight when it’s dark or a pin light to light your home? When it is dark, I want the biggest and brightest light I can find. Friends, the world is dark and getting darker. We need that big, bright Light.

Spring Cleaning

1 Corinthians 4:5 – “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

It is that time of year again – spring cleaning. I have been on my hands and knees these last two days cleaning baseboards. I’ve also been cleaning doors and tile and just about anything that will stand still long enough for me to get my cleaning rag around it. I try to do this once a year – give everything a good once over. And as I sit here this morning at my kitchen table and see gleaming white baseboards and sparkling tile behind my stove, I am content. I love a good clean house. Too bad my house rarely sees that time for any length of time. 

But you know something about spring cleaning? People rarely know that you have done it unless you say something to them. They just come in and see the house the way it always looks after you have cleaned. It’s a little frustrating, actually. You spend all those hours scrubbing and getting the yuck out and no one notices. But you do. You know. And God knows. 

He knows it all. You know that little corner of your heart that enjoys something it shouldn’t? He knows. You know that website that you have vistited that you think no one will know about because you erased it from the history? He knows. You know that little thought you think in your head when you see someone? He knows about that too. You can’t hide anything from Him. You may be able to hide your dirty baseboards with furniture, but you can’t hide your sin from God. 

It is time to have a spring cleaning of the heart. It is time to take some time this weekend and reflect. Look at your heart and your attitude. When Jesus comes back and all things are revealed, will you be embarrassed by what is revealed about you? Oh snap. That’s right. Everything will be laid open when we stand in judgment for our sins. Not going to be a pretty day. 

BUT there is hope. We don’t have to wallow in our sin. We can climb out of the mud with the help of the Father, and we can get cleaned off and set up straight. See, that is the beautiful thing about mercy and grace. He is right there to pick us up when we find ourselves in a mud hole. 

So this weekend, Princess, it is your responsibilty to take a long, hard look at the reasons behind what you do. I sincerely believe that our attitude is the key to what we do and how we act. It stems from what we believe. If you believe Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and rose on the third day victorious over death and sin, the sister you have the opportunity to have the attitude of Jesus. And when you have His attitude, most every thing else will fall into place. It is when we put off the attitude of Christ that we have problems. So, do a little spring cleaning of the soul, if you will, this weekend. Pray about your attitude and ask for direction in changing it or modifying it, if need be. No one else may see the cleaning of your soul, but the One that matters will certainly appreciate it.