The New Year is finally here, so let’s party like it is 2009.
As I write this, today, still feels like another Thursday in a long line of Thursdays, followed by a Friday and preceded by a Wednesday – So ordinary. Which makes me wonder if anything will be different in 2009. Will something amazing happen, something life changing? One thing is certain, life is what you make of it. My prayer for you in this New Year is that you would experience life in such a way that you can sit back every day and say to yourself, “Life is good!” I pray that you would have a deeper experience of faith and that you might even get a glimpse of the presence of God.
In the Bible mountain tops were considered the places where people met God. Over time the phrase, “mountain top experience” has been used to describe the experience one has when they are encountered by God. With this understanding in mind, David asks, “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place?” David then answers his own question. “Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, who do not put their trust in an idol or swear by a false God.”
Where have you placed your trust? Do you trust God? Do you trust Jesus? Do you trust the Holy Spirit? These questions are much more difficult to answer than they appear. Trusting means letting go of past letdowns, broken promises, painful experiences and as difficult as that is to do, letting go is the only way to really live. I pray that you would give God a chance this year. Let go of things, and grasp onto God.
Below I have posted a short excerpt from a poem I came across while reading, “Let Your Life Speak”. It is powerful on it’s own. There is no need for commentary or explanation and I am certain it will speak to each of you in different ways.
“No I become myself. It’s take time, many years and places. I have been dissolved and shaken. Worn other people’s faces…”
(The poem was written by May Sarton and is titled “Now I Become Myself”)
“The three divine persons delight in one another and therefore give to each other. But delight isn’t only the reason why gifts circulate within the Godhead. It’s also the reason why God’s gifts flow to the creatures. God delights in us, and therefore God gives. Divine delight in creatures is a bit like our delight in our own children – we delight in their feats, their triumphs, or their good looks, but even more basically, we delight in the sheer “that-ness” of their existence. That they are delights us. That we are delights God. So the divine giver gives – and delights in our delight as well as in our being.” (Pg. 73)
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I have a question for you.
When was the last time you left your cell phone at home?
I had not realized how much a part of my life my cellphone had become. I never left the house without it. Yesterday morning I discovered that my cell phone was not charged. My cell phone charger was broken. I went to the wireless provider and they said that I needed a new phone, but that I wouldn’t receive my replacement phone for two days. That meant two days without my cellphone. However, I did manage to convince the workers at the phone store to allow me to charge my battery on another one of their phones. Which meant that I was without my cellphone for several hours, both yesterday and today. I cannot tell you how amazing it felt to not have a phone. At first it felt weird, almost a feeling of nakedness. But after the first several minutes it was a freeing experience…maybe it was because no one could get a hold of me (because I am that important). This whole day made me wonder,
“What did we do when cell phones didn’t exist?” Do you even remember what that was like? Maybe it was called the stone age.
This whole experience gave birth to the idea, “Say NO to cellphone Day” where we would all leave our cellphones at home and try to experience life without them. What if there was one day a week when the phone was off all day, and our whole job was to just enjoy life with those closest to us. There might even be a name for that day.