Greetings and Joy in Abundance!

Ever wonder why some people seem to be floating through life and others stumble?

I wonder this, and seek to find ways to float instead of stumble. Maybe you would like to join me in this search.

Seeking a closer relationship with God seems to allow my life to float along a little easier.

Phillipians 4:5-6 tells us to reveal our gentleness outwardly, that God is near and that we should not be anxious about anything, but through prayer and petition, we should thankfully approach the Lord with our concerns.

As a high energy person, my anxiety can run high. I am constantly seeking ways to leave my concerns at the foot of the cross.

Random? Probably not.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Where is home?

So today, I was reading a story about a group of people who had to leave their home in the midst of wartime.  The feelings that popped into my head were mostly of sadness for those who had to leave their homes, their jobs and some of their family members behind.  In the midst of war, there are no funerals, only unresolved grief.

Why today?  Why am I thinking about this today?  Well, I can't answer that question.  But, I can say this.  We are in the midst of war now.  A war in ourselves.  The fight and battle between our selfish self and our generous self.  Have you had those inner conversations over the right course of action?  Well, if you said no, you are probably trying to avoid looking at your true self.  We have all at one point or another wrestled with a decision. 

The question really becomes, "when all is said and done with this situation, will I be able to live with myself?"  Yes, home.  This is what it's all about.  When we lay our head down on the pillow at the end of the day, can we truly be at rest, or are we still at war with our choices? 

I know that in my youth, I heard many times that whether I chose this or that, the end result would be that it was my decision and I would have to live with the outcome.  Yes, as a young person, this was frightening to me.  The responsibility of the outcome of your choice.  We do need to remember that we ARE responsible for the consequences of decisions we make. 

So, have you considered the eternal outcome of your choices lately?  It may be time to pull out the inner mirror and take a good look at the source of your choices.  Each choice we make has consequences - good or bad.  These choices are recorded for all time, and in the end of our days, we will account for them.  Gratefully, Jesus stands as our mediator and savior, so the consequences of death are removed, but we still must account.  Do not think that we have a free pass because we are saved from eternal death.  No, we are redeemed and loved and saved but at the same time, we are accountable.

How does this work, you may ask?  Well, this is a mystery.  One of God's great mysteries.  I just know that God has told us that we are redeemed by the grace of Jesus - born anew through the resurrection of our Lord.  I also know that that same resurrected Jesus told us that we will account for our choices.  Yes, we will.  So, no free pass.  Just a free ticket.  Confused?  I understand.  Keep seeking God, and it will become clear as time goes by. 

Faith in God allows us to believe even though we do not fully understand.  Believing that we are headed for an eternity with the Lord and the price for our sins has been paid by the sacrifice of Jesus - this is what allows us to move forward in the midst of our confusion. 

May the peace of God that passes all understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus!

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