Hey y’all! I found these journal entry meditations I wrote earlier this year, and I would like to share them with y’all tonight because I think many of them are relatable and hopefully y’all will be able to take away something personal and meaningful from them.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
You only have a certain amount of time on this earth. So, get up off your bum and do something worth remembering. Stop wasting time. Stop dawdling. Make memories that will last for generations from the moments you see, even now, fading swiftly before your very eyes.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
To be or not to be? A famous quote, but it ought to be followed up with the word “obedient”. To be or not to be “obedient”. Oh, it’s easy enough to say, and sometimes even easy to do – wen I have to take out the trash, unload the dishwasher, make dinner. But not when my dreams are on the line. Not when what I planned for my life to look like is suddenly topsy-turvy, and God tells me He’s got something else up His sleeve. How do I respond to my Creator and Sculptor telling me He wants me to be a vase, not a spoon? I thought a spoon was a wonderful idea for my life. Perfect, in fact. But a vase? That can’t be right. In fact, I know for a fact it’s wrong. God must have gotten something wrong. I want to be what I’ve always wanted to be. How can He, just like that, tell me that He’s got more planned? AND claim that it’s better than my plan? I mean, that would mean I’d have to be more patient, and we all know that’s not my strong suit – You, Mind, feel the chaos when I don’t know something; You, Heart, feel the anxiety when I’m uncertain and lost; but You, Spirit, always seem to be just fine in chaos. Peaceful, even. As though you knew. As though I should just let go. Let go? Oh, how much easier said than done! Sure, I can let go when I KNOW that I will be okay, that I will be successful and happy. But to let go and not know? What if I fail? What if I’m not happy? What if I’m not successful? What if…well, I suppose the list could go on to infinity. But honestly, I’ve been a blatherskite for the past couple minutes…ranting even. Now look, Job didn’t exactly have a “crystal stairway” for a life. And I must admit, with Him directing me, it’s been “so far so good”. So, my Lord says He has something better planned, and I think I will let go now.
Monday, May 15, 2017
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). You would think that, if anything, the one thing the apostle Paul would not have to command me to do would be to rejoice. I mean, everyone wants to be happy and joyful – it’s one of the primary goals people set in their lives – to be happy. Yet here I am. And I’m not rejoicing. So, perhaps it’s true that I need to be reminded and commanded to rejoice at times. Perhaps, Paul wasn’t commanding me simply to rejoice, so much as to rejoice in the Lord always. In sickness and in health, in war and in peace, in pain and in pleasure, in chaos and in calm, in fear and in certainty. I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Yet, I will not only believe that Help will come, that God will help, I will rejoice at the faith with which I have been blessed, and I will rejoice in the storm while my Help is on the way.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Life. A little word, such a painful barb. Oh, that I could be with my Savior now! But I know that He has other plans for me to accomplish now, in this life, to His glory. So, apparently, I will have to embrace this barb for a little longer. Prayerfully, not too long. The Lord promises long life to those who would honor their parents, but honestly, anyone in their right mind would rather live a normal-length (or even shorter) life. I mean, it’s not the sickness or wars that bother me. Those come and go, and people come and go with them, and hopefully they go happier than they come. But rather, it’s the lost people in the jungles of Africa, in the deserts of Arabia, in the slums of South America that really get to me. How can there be so many lost and so few willing to take the gospel to them? I mean, it might cost you your life. But is that such a steep price when your Savior already paid it, and all He asks is your steadfast and unwavering love and obedience? Jim Elliot once stated, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” And Elisabeth Elliot said, “There is nothing worth living for that is not worth dying for.” And again, “You can never lose what you have offered to Christ.” So if I offer my life, I will not lose it. If I die young, it will only mean I will have that much more time to spend in heaven – if eternity were measured in earthly terms. I cannot keep my life, so I will offer it freely and completely and as literally as possible to my Savior.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
One of my teachers once said that any character you can find in a book, you can find in real life. And it’s so true. Some are Gandalfs – they are leaders. Others are Sam Gamgees – they love the comforts of home above all else, but they are faithful no matter what. I have yet to find my story book character, but perhaps the only one I’ve ever really been connected to was Frodo – brave, kind, faithful; he loves the comforts of home, but loves stories of adventure and inadvertently ends up in one. Perhaps I will, one day, as well. Until then, I will listen to the stories and wish for an adventure. Because you never know, it just might happen. One day you just might step outside of your front door and fall right into an adventure.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.” ~ William W. Purkey
And so I will…
Friday, May 19, 2017
Every ending is a beginning. The end of school is the beginning of summer, the end of one day is the beginning of a new one, the end of life is the beginning of an eternal life. It was once said that “parting is such sweet sorrow”, but in truth, parting should be sweet joy because it is not the end. It is only the beginning of something more extraordinary – if you have the courage to embrace it.