A powerful, thought-provoking insight....

Give me a well-trained tongue that has been borne out of silent listening in the sanctuary of my heart.

~ sevensacredpauses by Macrina Wiederkehr



Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Carrying Over

New math. What I grew up calling "carrying over" now they call "regrouping". Sorry, but I'm a firm believer in not "fixin' what aint broke". I didn't get it the first time (with my son) and I had a hard time remembering the lingo the second time (with my daughter), but we got through it.

Carrying over . . . happens in life, too. This past weekend I received so much, so many blessings, so many bricks in my foundation, that some will simply have to carry over. Some of what I received that will carry over, and that I most cherish, are feelings of peace and relaxation. Peace in the acceptance of my call, both by myself and others. Relaxation into the fact that without Christ, I am nothing. That is sometimes very hard for folks to hear, but it is true. That hard fact is what makes it possible to relax, because if I admit that without Christ I am nothing, then I know with Christ I am everything Christ desires me to be. Christ is the ultimate resource for strength, resilience, hope, perseverance -- and love.

By carrying over this relationship with Christ into my "everyday" life, I can see immense changes in the way I meet the challenges of everyday life. By knowing that I have the resources Christ provides to respond when I am frustrated or overwhelmed, when I am tossed some wild criticism, when I meet hate face to face, I can respond from a place Christ would have me respond -- from the strength of His love. That gives peace.

1 comment:

David Cowan said...

All you note is true. And, hopefully, we reach a point in our relationship with God that He is not a resource, but we are He, instead of ourselves.

We die that He might live within us. Wesley hinted that we might eventually reach perfection. That I disagree with, but I believe this path called sanctification can lead us closer than we ever thought possible if we allow it!