DayBreaks for 5/24/18 – Less or More?


DayBreaks for 5/24/18: Less or More?

From the DayBreaks archive, May 2008:

How are the old bones doing these days?  Are you creaking just a bit more than you did a couple of years ago?  How’s the muscle tone?  Still got those six-pack abs that you had when you were in college?  Does that old wedding dress or tuxedo still fit you perfectly?  Is the hair as thick as it once was?  How about the color of your hair these days?  Has the old “get up and go” gotten up and gone somewhere and left no forwarding address? 

If so, you’re being Biblical!!!!  The apostle Paul aptly described our physical condition in 2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV) when he wrote: Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

How are you doing with Paul’s statement, “we do not lose heart”?  Paul was describing his outward condition and the sufferings he’d been placed under for his stand for the faith.  It seems to me that many (including myself from time to time) lose heart as we see our bodies failing with higher frequency and greater severity.  My medicine cabinet has been pretty full of medications since my bypass surgery at 49 years of age.  I can only look forward to it getting even more congested as time passes and other things start to go bonkers on me.  It would be easy to lose heart – if my physical body is all that constitutes “me.” 

But Paul goes on to point out that though we are physically wasting away, inwardly we are not.  Inwardly we can be renewed day by day.  Eugene Peterson in Run With the Horses said it very well: “One of the supreme tasks of the faith community is to announce to us early and clearly the kind of life into which we can grow, to help us set our sights on what it means to be a human being complete.  Not one of us, at this moment, is complete.  In another hour, another day, we will have changed.  We are in process of becoming either less or more.  There are a million chemical and electrical interchanges going on in each of us this very moment.  There are intricate moral decisions and spiritual transactions taking place.  What are we becoming?  Less or more?”

In response to his own question, Peterson notes that 1 John 3:2 gives us the answer: Beloved, we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.  We are children; we will be adults.  We can see what we are now; we are children of God.  We don’t yet see the results of what we are becoming, but we know the goal, to be like Christ, or in Paul’s words, to arrive at mature manhood, to the measure of the statue of the fullness of Christ.  (Eph. 4:13)

“We do not deteriorate.  We do not disintegrate.  We become.” – Eugene Peterson

How’s your “becoming”?

PRAYER:  What wonderful news, Father, that we don’t deteriorate spiritually – but that we are becoming mature persons in Christ!  Shelter us safe as we grow and get strong in You, even as our bodies get weak and fail.  Help us to remember that we are not destined for deterioration, but for becoming!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 8/05/14 – Allowing Your Soul to Grow Up

DayBreaks for 8/05/14 – Allowing Your Soul to Grow Up

Galen is traveling through 8/5/14…new DayBreaks will resume after he returns. 

From the DayBreaks archive, 8/03/2004:

We are a go-fast generation.  Nothing is ever fast enough.  It wasn’t that long ago that we relied on “snail mail” (see how we’ve even attached the connotation of slowness to the postal service – which is now faster than ever) instead of email.  But even with email, haven’t you been frustrated when you know someone sent you a note and you are WAITING for it to come through?  It isn’t fast enough!!!!  We want our food fast.  We want our shopping experience to be fast.  Our retirement or vacation can’t come fast enough.  We rush, rush, rush and get behinder and behinder and behinder!  We’re so tired from rushing everywhere in an effort to just try to stay even with everything that demands our attention that we are too tired to get up in time and so we have to rush to make up for that extra wink of sleep each morning.  So begins another day on life’s treadmill.

We don’t like to wait.  Whether it is for a meal or for character change in ourselves or others.  Sue Monk Kidd (who describes herself as a “quickaholic”), spoke with a monk about her penchant to always be doing something, to never be waiting.  Here’s what the wise monk told her: “When you are waiting you are not doing nothing.  You’re doing something.  You’re allowing your soul to grow up.  If you can’t be still and wait, you can’t become what God created you to be.

There is perhaps nothing as trying to our patience as waiting upon God.  Sometimes it seems that we think we have to defend God’s honor.  Psalm 46:10 (NIV) seems to put an end to that concept: Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.  Rather than thinking that we have to defend God, He reminds us that our job is to be still and rest in that one fact: He WILL be exalted – with our without us.  He doesn’t need our puny muscles to bring glory to Himself.  He can just create more stars that sing His glory.  He will be exalted in the earth!

At other times, I think we may have trouble waiting because we’re afraid we’ll miss out on something – that the BBQ at the wedding feast will run out before we get to the table, or that if we don’t get what we want NOW, perhaps someone else will snatch it out from under our noses.  Psalm 37:7 (NLT) seems to me to lay waste to this last concern: Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.  Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.  We don’t need to be afraid of the evil that people may plan, or purpose, towards us.  It isn’t up to us to squelch their evil schemes.  David says we should be still in God’s Presence and wait for HIM to act.  For us to act is futile and useless.  For God to act is Divine!

Are you too busy?  Can’t wait another minute?  Let your soul grow up as you wait on Him.

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PRAYER: God, help us to be patience in our growing and our listening!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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