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“E” is for every day

Posted by Leigh on April 5, 2012 in A to Z Challenge |

Every day but not everyday.

Do you commute to work?  Drive the same road, take the same exit and most of the year that route is mundane and sometimes tedious due to traffic, but you have to do it. It becomes everyday, common, a hassle.

The Department of Transportation has worked to improve this issue for motorist.  In the spring I can be cruising along at 70 mph (+/-5) and come around a curve and wow!

My eyes light up at the bright colors and beautiful displays.  It feels like a visual rest stop.  And it turns the everyday hassle into a treat and I smile.

The same can be said for hiking in the mountains, going up steep inclines where there are only rocks and dirt but then to walk into a clearing and see on display before you a calliope of color and fragrance that brings an arduous journey into a new realm of discovery.

Rediscovering my faith and understanding more about what it meant to live the life God wanted for me, was like walking along a path and discovering a glade of wildflowers.  A surprise and a gift but one I had to seek out.

There are wildflowers on my journey as well, but just like the hiker or commuter, I have to look for them, and yes, sometimes they will sneak up on me.  I have to keep my head up, and my eyes open so that I can catch the glimpses of God moving in my life and in the lives of those around me.

And I have to do this every day so that my life does not become everyday.

30-33“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.  Matthew 6:30-33 (MSG)

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D is for Disciple

Posted by Leigh on April 4, 2012 in A to Z Challenge, Jesus |

Yesterdays post on C-Christian naturally segues into D for Disciple. 

That’s what the followers of Jesus were called, no, not just the top 12, but all of the followers.  The top 12 were the apostles (hey I didn’t know the difference either until I got me some learning). By definition a disciple is

a. One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another.

 
Andy Stanely points out something very interesting.  The word Christian is not defined in scripture, therefore it leads to a wide and varied definition.  Disciple is clearly defined and no where does it say anything about judging those who do not believe.   We (church people) get it wrong over and over and over.  And it breaks my heart because I was a “judged person” before I was a “church person”.
 
I have made some major mistakes.  Big.  HUGE.  And for a long time, because of what I thought about faith and Christians, I believed I could never be accepted by God.  It was what I belived.  Did you know you can form a belief with very little knowledge?
 
Fortunately in the last 5 years people came into my life and all they did was love me and explain the hard things, dispel the misinformation, and answer the multitude of questions I had.  Just like Jesus did throughout the Bible.  They were disciples.  Never once did I feel judged or made to feel less than. The part of me that I tried to fill with various things, that always emptied faster than I could fill it, it just happened to be a God-shaped hole that only He could fill. 
 
And that’s what I want to do. Not brow beat someone, or judge someone, or persecute, or hate on.  The world has gotten the message of Jesus so messed up and warped. 
 
The enemy is not and has never been other people. 
 
And all I will do is tell anyone what God has done in my life, if they want to know.  And let my life and my actions speak louder than my words. 
11 They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony;  they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.   Revelation 12:11 (NIV)
 
 

 

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Do I want to be called a Christian?

Posted by Leigh on April 3, 2012 in A to Z Challenge, Matthew 4:23 |

I am diving back into blogging. One of the ways I am going to be doing this is the A to Z challenge for April.  Today is the letter C.

I am very active in my local church but there are also several pastors I listen to on-line as well.  One is Andy Stanley from North Point.  I consider him an expert on speaking and leadership.  He is also an amazing pastor.

The topic he has been teaching on for the past few weeks is called “Christian”  and he tells the history of the word Christian.  His grasp of a topic and ability to put it in consumable form just blows me away.

He made a statement in his first teaching that some who believe in Jesus Christ will call themselves Christians, but then they feel like they have to follow it up with a qualifier.  Yep, me too.  I do believe in Jesus, but I’m not one of “those people”.   I will not throw my Bible at you and I won’t yell and scream and tell you you are going to hell.  I do believe that Jesus is the Truth and the Light and the Way but all I can proclaim is what he has done for me…I can’t tell your story. We can still have a discussion and I will be honest.  But I won’t hate you or judge you if you don’t believe.  I love you.  Thats what we are called as followers of Christ to do. 

Do I want to call myself a Christian? How about being known by  my actions as just someone who loves Jesus.  

 23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.  Matthew 4:23 (NIV)

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