Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Want a peek at my diary?


(Thanks, Delmar Schroeder, for this glimpse of Colorado fall)
I cleaned off my desk yesterday––a much needed task––and ran across various notes I'd written during the last few sermons at church.

It was revealing.

Some of the notes I'd forgotten I'd even written. But gracious, did they ever resonate…


"Any system of "dos" or "don'ts" that earns us points or recognition is in opposition to God."

"I cannot do anything to make God love me more. I didn't do anything to draw his attention, so what makes me think I can do something to keep it?"

"You'll never miss a thing by being humble."

"Am I praying for strength to endure a storm in my life? Or am I asking God to remove it?"

"When I come into contact with a "difficult person," am I asking God what I'm supposed to learn by the encounter? Or am I asking him how I can serve?"

"I wonder how I would be changed if I knew the deepest hurt of everyone I came into contact with. Would it make me more patient? loving? grateful? considerate? forgiving? The fact is…we all carry "deepest hurts." Lord, I don't have to know everyone's hurt in order to love them well. You already know every hurt. Let that be enough for me."

It was good to review those scribblings, and to spend a few moments reflecting on what I'd written down then had promptly set aside in the busyness of life.

There are moments when I'm keenly––painfully––aware of how far I have to go to really look like Christ. I mean on the inside. Deep inside. But there are an equal, if not greater, collection of moments when I'm cognizant of wanting with everything in me to bear more of His likeness. To turn and glance at the reflection of my soul and catch a glimpse of my Lord's compassion, his insight, his perspective on this life, his love for others, his burning desire for truth. His ultimate desire to do his Father's will no matter what. This excites me and spurs me on. Because I'm confident that "he who began a good work within [me…and you!] will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns." (Philippians 1:6)

When you read those statements above from my notes did any of them resonate with you? If yes, then I want to read your diary! Hey, turnabout's fair play! ; )

Looking forward to hearing from you today, friends. And for those of you affected by the storms in the east, know that you have our love and prayers. Please let us know how you're doing.

Tammy

5 comments:

  1. Your notes are very thought provoking. I struggle with remembering I didn't do anything to deserve God's love and need to be reminded of this daily, even hourly-thanks you. I especially loved the note about knowing someones deepest hurts-I hope I remember to think about that as I greet people today and every day. If I think about the hurts that people carry around I know I would be kinder, gentler and more understanding and I would love to have that same consideration from others. I'm going to put this into practice starting NOW! Thank you for this reminder. May God bless you!

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  2. Are you sure that wasn't MY diary?! Wow - those are all ones that resonate with me. The first two and the last one particularly are ones that need to be tattooed on my heart and mind.

    Thanks for sharing these. I needed that this morning. Hugs.

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  3. Debbie K, appreciate you sharing. And amen to remembering. I'm right there with you.

    LOL, Linda. I THINK the diary said TA on the front, but who can be sure... God's good at tattooing, isn't he? Hugs back!

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  4. Sometimes I look back on some of my old journals and think...who wrote this?! I know God has used those times when I've just written things off the top of my head to speak to me, even speak to me in the future when I reread it. Pretty neat. I thought of that when I read yours. One thing that has spoken to me lately was something from Jennifer Rothschild's Bible study, "Missing Pieces". I haven't quite finished it, but it really targeted a lot of my fears as I was going through some stormy times this year. To answer your question, that statement of yours about asking God to take away the storm or help me through it...that resonated with me. I'm not sure what the answer is. I think I was just pleading for Him to give me peace like He did when He calmed the storm while he was with the disciples. Rothschild touches on this in her study and it is powerful! One thing she mentioned was not to dwell on our "fantasy future"...meaning the future we dream up of bad things that could happen to us. I do that a lot..especially with my kids. Sorry this is so long...your post just sparked a lot of thoughts! : ) Blessings to you, my sister in Christ! ~Stacey

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  5. Sooo love your thoughts, Stacey. I totally see what you're saying. Francine Rivers calls that "future tripping" (dream up of bad things that could happen to us). I think that's a great phrase for it.

    About Jesus calming the storm, I love the scriptures where it says (when Peter was walking on the water and started to sink) that Jesus IMMEDIATELY (the Word says) reached out to save him. Jesus didn't patronize him or ridicule him. He immediately reached out, just like he does with us (even though we may still be in the situation). Love him so much for that, and for so many other reasons.

    Love you, too, friend. Praying for you right this minute.

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