“Everything was created through him;
nothing—not one thing!—
came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
the darkness couldn’t put it out.”
John 1:4-5 The Message
These words of God, from The Holy Bible, find their way into my life often. When life is difficult, I am reminded that EVERYTHING came into existence because of God! That also means you and me!!!! God is about LIFE. God is about LIGHT. Both light and life are filled with possibilities. When life begins, the possibilities are endless. When light shines upon the darkest of places darkness…oh the possibilities!
So, the next time you find fear creeping in, when things appear a bit darker than you are comfortable with or when you wonder what your purpose is in this thing, we call life, remember the loving, forgiving, abundantly grace-filled God created you and filled you with light! You may not find all the answers you desire, but it’s a great place to begin.
“The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.”
May these words fill your heart and mind today. God is your strength. God helps us. Because of this…we can be joyful, thankful and ready to meet the day ahead.
Knowing that God goes with us is a great reason to celebrate!
‘The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”’
I often hear people make the statement that they too wish they had more faith. In fact, we’re not unlike the apostles, wishing to have more faith and expecting God to provide. The tricky part is this…yes God could miraculously and instantaneously increase our faith, but is that the answer?
I liken faith to a muscle. You know the saying “if you don’t use it you lose it?” We must nurture our faith by reading God’s Word, being in conversation with other believers and communicating in prayer. These practices exercise our “faith” muscle. It helps us to be open to the working of God in our life and to see God in places we might not otherwise notice. Faith takes hard work. The hard work of; listening, dreaming, understanding, acting, studying, serving, loving and giving as we grow into who God desires.
So the next time you too wish you had more faith, ask yourself what are you willing to do to get there? Don’t be afraid of hard work. After all, Jesus is the best faith trainer you could ask for!
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.”
I remember, long ago, when I memorized this piece of scripture. The words are pretty pointed and direct. It is a reminder to me that as God’s Children, we have a purpose. We have a job to do. God expects something from us. These words remind me that God has indeed shown me what is good and right, but too often I make it complicated. God has made it clear what the answer is to just about every situation. Act with justice. Passionately show mercy. Remain connected to God but do so with a humble heart.
At the end of each day, ask yourself; how did I show justice? How did I passionately strive for mercy? How did I humbly walk with God? This will keep you focused on God purpose. God’s desire. God’s direction.