Through a Glass Dimly

Not All is Clearly Defined Therefore We See Through a Glass Dimly

Month: September, 2013

Being You

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Much of life is made up of striving to be someone you were never meant to be. Finding grace to be content and joyful with the person God created you to be is a milestone to be celebrated.

About five years ago, I struggled with a strange sense of the doldrums. I don’t know if I was depressed, although I did present most of the markers of depression. I just know I was unmotivated, lethargic, frustrated and sad for a little over a year.

I’m told by those who know much more about these things than I, that it might have been a transition to mid-life i.e. a mid-life crisis. I’m actually saving that event in the hopes I’ll come out of it with a Harley or a convertible. Whatever it was, it passed and life moved on.

One of the results of that odd season of despondency was I came out of it more comfortable in my own skin. I am at peace with both my gifts and my flaws. It doesn’t mean I am not trying to improve or grow, quite the contrary. It’s just that I am at peace when I see my reflection instead of feeling angst or disgust.

I no longer feel compelled to prove myself. I have died to my own “Messiah Complex.” Joy, gratitude and contentment are constant companions. The fruit of the Spirit are more noticeable than before. I am less reactive and more respondent. I am amused and in wonder of sunsets, starry nights and thunder storms.

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.” – Jesus (Matt 5:5 MSG)

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Words

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“Lazarus, come out!” “Peace, be still!” “Be removed and be cast into the sea!” There is a pattern here. Nothing of significance moves in the Kingdom apart from a declaration. God initiated his creative order with declarations and decrees. As those created in the image of God, our words carry creative and regenerative potential and thus, we must be wise in our word choices. I am speaking to mountains today… what are you speaking to?

For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Mark 11:23

I’m Not Comfortable with That

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I love this story. Jesus is walking on the water to get to the other side of the lake, no big deal. Instead of stopping for a chit chat with his boys, Jesus just keeps on walking, after all, walking on water might take a tad bit more concentration than walking on a road, I suppose.

How do the disciples respond to this amazing display of the supernatural? They freak. It’s the typical response of most people, even today, when Jesus shows up in a way we don’t expect. If we’re not comfortable with it, then it must not be Jesus. Really?

Jesus seems to take delight in blowing my personal preconceptions out of the water by showing up in ways I’m not comfortable with, or by speaking through people that “freak me out” a little… or a lot. Moral of the story?

Jesus may bring you what you need in a package you don’t necessarily want. In your disdain, you may just miss what you’ve been asking for.

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He (Jesus) saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified. Matt 6:48

A Hundred Choices

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Humility and grace are the “Energizer Bunnies” of the Kingdom. They’re not flashy or spectacular, but they just keep going and going and going… Pride, arrogance and selfish ambition are the “Kryptonite” of the Kingdom, sucking the life out of everything they touch.

Everyday we are confronted with a hundred little choices that reveal whether we are walking in pride and arrogance or humility and grace. What choices will Jesus find you making today?

And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. Matt 23:12

And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all. ”Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, “Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.” Mark 9:35-36

Bloom. Here. Now.

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One of the most profound quotes I ever read was a statement uttered by missionary and martyr, Jim Elliot, “Wherever you are, be all there.” Another way to say it is, “Bloom where you’re planted.”

I noticed this simple little graphic early this morning and it was as if the Lord was speaking to me. It was not thunderous, epic or spectacular. But it was clear, simple and even childlike. Perhaps it will speak to you as well.

It’s funny how I tend to look for God to speak in some ‘over-the-top’ way, when my history with God has been for Him to speak through the simplest and most obscure means. I’m here now and it’s time to bloom. Where do you find yourself today… and are you blooming?

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Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:11-12