Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Only the Best and Beautiful

“He learned by experience that one
train of thought left him sad, the other joyful--   
his first reasoning on spiritual matters.” 

Oh, the power of our thoughts.
We are told to fill our minds and
meditate on the best, not the worst; 
the beautiful, not the ugly.
"Do that, and God will work you into
His most excellent harmonies."

Meditating on the best and the beautiful...
My natural tendency is to play everything
out to its worst and ugliest conclusion.
You know, just so I'm not caught off guard.

But every thought comes with
an emotion attached. And worrisome
thoughts come with the worst: fear.
Fear puts our bodies into fight or flight--
stress—wreaking havoc on our bodies. 

I am convinced Philippians 4 offers us
one of God's most loving commands.
We can focus on the bad, the things
we don’t want, or things we're afraid of.
And suffer all the consequences of that.
Or we can find something good to
think about. And allow God "to work
us into His excellent harmonies."

I don't want physical pain, emotional 
pain from the past, or fears concerning
the future to shape this day.
This day will be shaped by what I 
decide is excellent and beautiful.
His news is always good news.
Once again, I decide that His thoughts
are better than mine. Always better.
"Your beauty and love chase after me
    every day of my life.” Ps 23:6
A beautiful, true, and excellent thought--
the one I'm going with today.

Friday, September 2, 2016

When a Season Becomes a Time

So, heres the thing about a season:
it lasts three months.
When the dark days of winter come,
I remind myself that it's not forever.

But this past "season of broken” 
has been hanging on longer than that. 
Sometimes we go through something that
 doesn’t have a natural counterpart.
It’s not so much a season; it’s a time.
Two things I know about this “time."
The first is that I am not in control of it.
And the second is that I need His radical
grace and His love more than ever.
His love is changing my eyes, the way I see.
Love never gives up, never loses faith,
is always hopeful, and endures through
every circumstance.

The more I walk this broken road, 
the more I am convinced that love must be
the foundation of all we do, think, and are.
Because it is the foundation of the universe.

I don’t want to love more so that I’m better,
more moral, or more acceptable to God.
I want to love because God is love.
"Therefore love. Without distinction, without
calculation, without procrastination..." 
Henry Drummond

As we allow His love to heal our broken,
and His radical grace to fill our souls,
perhaps the only thing we have to give  
to the walking wounded all around us 
is the same love and grace that we receive. 

"Even before He made the world,
God loved us…"
This is a “time” to be still and know
the love of God for the world He made.