Thursday, January 31, 2013

Worthwhile...

One of the biggest things I struggle with is wondering if the way I'm living out my days is worthwhile.

It often seems like most of my time gets used up just getting through the day. Working to pay the bills. Doing mundane things like laundry and cooking. Trying and failing to keep the house clean. Running errands.

And while I know those things are necessary and even good if they're done with a servant's heart, in my heart of hearts I wonder... do those things REALLY count? No one is getting saved by them. Very few people - if anyone - are being drawn closer to God because I barely keep up with the laundry and cook healthy meals and get the house half clean.

And so I ask myself, what makes a day worthwhile in the eternal scheme of things? What about the days when I get up, take a shower, go to work, cook and eat meals, read my Bible but don't get anything out of it, and fall in bed at the end of the day? What about the days that are downright awful?

Solomon obviously had the same questions and struggles, for he said, "I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind." It makes me feel slightly better to know I'm in the company of the wisest man who ever lived. But I still want my question answered.

So I go to the One who has the answers. And He began whispering His promises again.

– "You are My vessel, and I am crafting you." Jer. 18
– "I am busy completing what I began in you." Phil. 1:6
– "A vessel is crafted in stages. It is not made perfect all at once." 2 Cor. 3:18
– "My plans for your future are good." Jer. 29:11
– "But sometimes the journey to get there requires walking through valleys and shadows and dry places." Ps. 23
– “I am the One who turns dry places into springs." Is. 41:18
– “The steps of the righteous are ordered by the Lord.” Ps. 37:23
– “But you must be steadfast and patient, and wait on My timing.” James 1:4
– "For I will make all things beautiful in My time." Ecc. 3:11

And then I remember the song He placed in my spirit as I woke up this morning:
"Just hold onto the promises. Hold onto the promises. Jesus is alive so hold tight, hold onto the promises."

If today, I hold onto His promises that He has a master plan, then I can trust that my boring un-spectacular days are part of an amazing plan. I can trust that He is doing something right now in me that is important.

And maybe, if I am willing to let Him open my eyes... maybe He will show me the glory of what He is doing through the drudgery and rush of this life I'm living right now.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sovereign...

For all of you who love worship like I do...
For anyone who is "going through it"...
For anyone who loves my Jesus...
For anyone who just wants to hear an awesome new song...



Here is "Sovereign" sung by Chris Tomlin. Click to listen. /// 
"Sovereign"
-Chris Tomlin
 /// 
Sovereign in the mountain air
Sovereign on the ocean floor 
With me in the calm 
With me in the storm 
 /// 
Sovereign in my greatest joy 
In my deepest cry 
With me in the dark 
With me at the dawn 
 /// 
          In your everlasting arms 
          All the pieces of my life 
          From beginning to the end 
          I can trust you 
          
          In your never failing love 
          You work everything for good 
          God whatever comes my way 
          I will trust you 

Sovereign in the mountain air
Sovereign on the ocean floor
With me in the calm
With me in the storm

Sovereign in my greatest joy
Sovereign in my deepest cry
With me in the dark
With me at the dawn

          In your everlasting arms
          All the pieces of my life
          From beginning to the end
          I can trust you

          In your never failing love          
          You work everything for good          
          God whatever comes my way          
          I will trust you          

          God whatever comes my way          
          I will trust you

                    All my hopes
                    All I need
                    Held in your hands

                    All my life
                    All of me
                    Held in your hands

                    All my fears
                    All my dreams
                    Held in your hands

                    All my hopes
                    All I need
                    Held in your hands

                    All my life
                    All of me
                    Held in your hands

                    All my fears
                    All my dreams
                    Held in your hands


          In your everlasting arms
          All the pieces of my life
          From beginning to the end
          I can trust you

          In your never failing love          
          You work everything for good          
          God whatever comes my way          
          I will trust you          

          God whatever comes my way          
          I will trust you


                    God whatever comes my way
                    I will trust you

Monday, January 14, 2013

Where hope begins...

We're two weeks into the year. And somehow, the middle of January often seems to bring a heavy dose of reality to me. Vacation's over, I'm not having fun getting back into the rhythm of work, bills arrive in the mail. You know... all that fun stuff.

And then there's all those resolutions that we are already failing at.   

I get reminded of just how human and weak I really am.  

But this is where the hope begins, isn't it? It's in realizing that something inside of us longs for more than we can ever be on our own. Something inside of us not only longs for it, but tells us that life isn't right without more.  

This is the hope of the gospel. We were made to live and move and have our being in the One who holds the power of the universe.  

My prayer this year is that both you and I may come to know even more “the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”


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