Today I don’t feel super spiritual, which is kind of a disappointment. I thought once I started this 40-day journey to Easter with Jesus I’d be face to face with revelations and epiphanies to share with you, but today was just a regular day. It was a good day, just kind of ordinary. I guess there’s nothing wrong with that. Prepare yourself for randomness…if you’re game, read on.
Jon Acuff, founder of the popular blog, “Stuff Christians Like” and now author of a book by the same title, posted this fantastic, soul-baring post yesterday. I was moved by his vulnerability and openness and reminded that in openness we are healed, we find freedom. We don’t have to pretend, we don’t have to hide anything or lie and that is definitely a good thing. Read this:
I’m always encouraged to remember that we are all fallen and there are no Christian super heroes. Every single person struggles with sin and temptation. I’m positive that everyone at one time or another feels like the apostle Paul when he exclaimed, “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate….Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 7:15-25)
One lesson I hope to learn through this 40-day journey to the cross is how to be less self-absorbed and more focused on others. Truly! Following Jesus as he walks this path I’m sure I will see Him compelled by love and sacrifice, by purpose and obedience, by prayer and loyalty to God…not by self.
Now for something completely unrelated…
I also saw this today, something very non-conventional:
I don’t think I’ll go out and buy it, but it certainly is unique, made my family and I laugh, and I think for the most part, God would get a chuckle out of it, too. Take, for instance, this version of Romans 8:28, “U no, teh Ceiling Cat, he always doin stuff for ur own gud, if yu luvs him.”
Last night we watched Lindsay Vonn win a gold medal, overcoming a shin injury and a great deal of pain, skiing to victory! When asked how she felt, she remarked how she had given up everything for this and it made the win so sweet, so amazing. She really has dedicated her life to this moment in time and to succeed must have been the most beautiful reward.
I think I should go downstairs and sit with John for a while, watching some more amazing athletes do their thing.
Who knows what tomorrow may bring? Maybe a spiritual mountaintop? Maybe an ordinary day. I just want to walk with Jesus and be there in case He has something special to tell me. If we end up just walking and hanging out together, that’s fine, too.