Through a Glass Dimly

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

How I See God Matters

Gratitude has little to do with your current circumstance and more to do with your view of God in the midst of every circumstance.

Take a moment and slowly and intentionally breathe out, “Thank you Father. You are in control. You have ordered my steps and You are delighting in the details of my life.” (see Ps 37:23 NLT)

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Making Much of Little Things

Sometimes making much of Jesus is epic and spectacular in scope, but most of the time it’s in the little and almost imperceptible acts of kindness and grace. Grace well my friends. #GraceLooksLikeYou #MakeMuchOfJesus

Turning the Corner on Betrayal

After having my trust shattered through betrayal and deceit (several years ago), it was difficult to be open and vulnerable again… “…but God…”

Trust starts and ends with a personal ongoing relationship with Abba Father.

It has been worth the risk, worth the possibility of being crushed again. Worth the potential of pain.

Time does not always heal, but a loving Heavenly Father does.

For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand,
Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ Is 41:13

Kingdom First. Kingdom Now.

Our lives are to orbit around the things of the Kingdom. Whatever is in the center of our lives i.e. family, career, hobbies, church, friends, etc. will occupy both your brain and spirit space.

Jesus is Lord and as followers of Jesus, only He can occupy the throne of our lives and our primary occupation is to be that which is of the Kingdom. Anything less quickly becomes idolatrous in nature.

What/Who is your life orbiting around in this season? On this day? In this hour?

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33

No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 2 Timothy 2:4

Humility Wins Every Time

Humility wins the day. It may not look like it at the time. Like a slow moving river, it cuts through the rocky soil of the lives it touches and creates canyons of splendor and beauty.

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6

Be Yourself

As you engage this day, “Be Yourself.” This means be the person God created you to be and not what others expect you to be. When you accept and value yourself as much as God does, the result is not pride or arrogance, but humility, peace, confidence and freedom. Merton captures the spirit of this value perfectly.
“A tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be it is obeying God. It “consents” to God’s creative love.” – Thomas Merton

The Roar of Grace

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Mine is not the story of one who has it all figured out. Mine is the story of one who has needed and continues to need much grace.

“When grace finds you, you can’t keep it to yourself.” – Sheila Walsh

Grace is truly a gift, not a right. I’m only entitled insomuch as God says, “You are my son.”

Abba’s child. Mine is the story of a Heavenly Father who has relentlessly refused to give up the chase. No matter how hard I ran, I could never outrun His love, His mercy, His grace.

I am a Trophy of Grace. I’m not sure where I heard the term, but it stuck. Now, it has become a mainstay in my daily vocabulary.

Most trophies end up in a box in the attic or stored away in a closet as if it will someday be displayed again. But the truth is, it won’t. It will remain in the box until some future date, perhaps a move or a long overdue garage sale claims it. Gone. Forgotten.

Trophies are markers. They are rewards for a job well done. A reminder of a win. Trophies mark victories. Such is the nature of becoming a Trophy of Grace.
My win, however, is not about me at all. It’s about Jesus. It’s about the Father heart of God. Relentless. Patient. Loving beyond imagination.

As a trophy, I simply represent His win. His victory.

I would like to say that I’m polished and shined up, but I must confess that a closer look will reveals scars, cuts, chips and scratches. Reminders that the race, while ending in a full-on victory, is not quite finished.

It’s a paradox. The race will be won, but I’m still rounding a tight corner before the final straight and ultimately the tape. My role is to run to the finish line and complete the race.

I’m not alone in this race. The great cloud of witnesses echoes the roar of grace and I find new energy and regain my stride with focused intensity.

Of course I will finish and there will be a crown awarded, but I don’t want to lazily coast over the line, I want to finish well in spite of the setbacks, the scars, the failures, the false starts and the regret of poor choices.

I’m reminded of what Brennan Manning penned, “No evil can resist grace forever.”

And win I will, but it won’t be my victory alone, nor can it be. It will be the collective achievement of hundreds of grace-laced friends, family and even strangers who, along the way, have contributed to my race.

More importantly, it will be because a loving Father refused to give up on this rebel. The One who never stopped dishing out scoops of mercy and grace when it was anything but deserved. How I could I possibly resist His relentless and extravagant grace?

I have succumbed to the never ending barrage of love, mercy and hope . Surrendered? Yes! But even more, I have now embraced that same grace.

As a trophy of His grace on display, I can now say that I am truly a “Gracist.” Go ahead and advise me of the perils of the doctrine of grace, but I will simply love you anyway.

Once you have partaken of His pure unadulterated grace, anything less will be tainted and contaminated.

If grace is an ocean, I’m catching the wave.

Jesus, grace in an earth suit, is now not just a standard to be strived for, but a lens with which to view life through.

Grace wins for me every time.

Intentional Living

Every week as I get ready for church, I talk to God about my objective for the day. Some examples are a) add value to every person I encounter b) allow Jesus to love people through me c) see them through the lens of Christ d) value people as Christ values them, every person is soul for whom Jesus died. 
I call it “intentional living.” It’s one of my core values and it’s central to my daily rhythm. 

Today, as you prepare to gather with others to worship our Abba Father, focus on one thing you can do to build others up. Be specific, be intentional and then execute. What is your objective for today?

Joy in the Morning

Today is a new day. That’s right, we get a “Do-over.” A new beginning. A clean slate. No matter what transpired yesterday, this is a new day. Lean on and embrace the truth that “joy comes in the morning.”
Joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5

Every Day Grace

Grace has a name. As a follower of Jesus, you are a recipient, carrier and dispenser of grace. Look for opportunities to extend grace to others throughout the normal rhythm of your day.