Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Growth Between the Years

Imagine the breath of new life between the years. It’s just one split second, a deep breath inhaled, and then relief with the exhilarating exhale.

When I pause for a second to think about the radical grace that we all have available to us, to live a second life, or a third life, or a fourth life, that’s how I feel. It’s exhilarating.

I’m between the years, I can almost imagine Jesus saying to us. 

How humbling it is to surrender the hurts and dark days of the past and let them fall on His shoulders, while we bask in the sunlight of His redeeming grace.

Growth is painful, and it can be scary, and when we try to hurry through it, we can trip up. It is true, that if we blink we might miss an opportunity. It is also true, we can only give God or anyone else as much of ourselves as we understand we can at that moment. Growth, then, can also be filled with a joy unlike any we’ve experienced before and peaceful. 

At the dawn of a new year, I tread lightly at the thought of using the word “resolutions” or “resolve,” but there are a few things I’d like to highlight as important in the coming days and months. At least, they’re important to me. 

They’re the same reminders I have on my refrigerator and I look at them each day. It’s a start! I first put it up about six months ago and now, I’ll add to it the following, and still expect the list to grow:

Encourage someone else
Find a reason to say ‘Thank You’
Remember the ‘I Love You’s’
Say, Do, Give, Love Anyway

Romans 8:28-29 (NIV)
“And we know that in all things God works
for the good of those who love him, who
have been called according to his purpose.
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed
to the likeness of his Son.”

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)
“And we, with unveiled faces all reflect
the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his
likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes
from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

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