Couldn’t quite get my act together last night so here are my Sunday thoughts, a day late!
1. Thanks for your comments and messages in response to my last post about not knowing where I’m headed with my career. Not surprisingly, a lot of you aren’t sure either. I’m glad we could all take a little sigh of relief that we aren’t the only ones walking around without a master plan. Phew! Also, there’s always this:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
I’m holding onto that while life continues to unfold. I hope you will, too.
2. It was my birthday on Saturday and our original plans for the day had to change because Tyler had a last-minute work emergency. I decided to curl up with my coffee, the Jesus Culture Pandora station and my Bible to spend some time in the Word. Sometimes I like to flip randomly to a page in the Bible and see where it takes me. I ended up in the book of Romans and after a few verses, came to this, which I immediately scribbled down into my journal:
Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. Romans 5:2
Birthdays are a time of celebration and getting lots of attention, gifts, and treats. You could even say birthdays are about undeserved privilege because really, my birth was something orchestrated by God and delivered by my sweet Mom (yes Dad you did have something to do with it but let’s not go there haha).
I had nothing to do with my birth yet I get the benefits of being celebrated every year. A pretty good deal if you ask me.
And if you think about it, on a much bigger scale, this is what salvation is like.
Then, as stated in Romans, we are to share this glory with others. Not reluctantly share it but joyfully share it.
Tyler and I had already decided not to make a big deal out of our birthdays this year and thought it might be nice to spend the weekend doing some random acts of kindness. This reminder from Romans felt like a little encouragement from God. So we spent the weekend focusing on others and being a little extra generous. And then we got to celebrate a precious dinner together because some special people were extra generous to us.
It was a very happy birthday indeed.
3. My friend Laura, sister of my heart, shared this quote in her latest blog post, What’s Upset When You’re Upset:
“No matter the jarring, a jar of fresh water can’t spill filthy water. When you’re upset, you upset what’s really in you.”
I love that I read this on Laura’s blog because she continues to address the presence of sin with a courage and conviction that really pushes me to examine my own heart. She writes, “I can be friendly and delightful to people who do not annoy me, or make me feel unloved, or undervalue me. But anyone can be friendly and delightful in good circumstances. The Bible is clear about that, it is no great accomplishment to love those who love you.”
Amen! And leading back to #2, we aren’t even deserving of the grace we get, so why do we require others to earn ours? Thanks for those thoughts, sweet Laura!!
Hope you all have a wonderful week :)