Christian Living

Turning Points

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We ended up going on vacation this past week, which was AMAZING. This photo is of where I was sitting doing my Bible study one morning. I got to do my Bible study on the beach twice šŸ˜€ It’s been years since I’ve been to the beach and I can’t tell you how much I missed the ocean! It’s been a little rough coming back though. On the one hand, I’m excited to get back to routine, to work on the things I’m passionate about. On the other, routine is so mundane and slow. Change takes so much work before results show up.

With the election in the USA this week, I’ve been thinking about how huge shifts can happen so suddenly. Regardless of which candidate you were rooting for, I’m not sure anyone expected the presidential race to be quite so close. It’s been interesting watching the varied responses from all partiesĀ involved.

Anyway! Thinking about how cranky I am to be thrown back into my daily grind coupled with thoughts of turning points has made me consider how important the daily grind actually is. See, turning points don’t actually happen all at once–regardless of whether we see them coming. In a lot of ways they carry the kinetic energy of thousands of tiny shifts, thousands of tiny decisions, tiny actions, tiny moments of being. It’s like how standing on shifting sand can throw you off balance despite the minuscule size of a grain of sand. The little decisions change where our turning points are and how they turn out.

Maybe some days the daily grind feels a little pointless–after all, the dishes will just need washed again tomorrow, etc., etc., etc.–but it’s actually how we move forward and make sure that ourĀ turning points turn out well.

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An Eternal Glory

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been feeling so wretched for the past few months or what, but I’ve had a few conversations with people about what sorts of things I run back to Scripturally when I feel poorly. And the number one thing I get excited about lately is the temporary nature of this life. As Paul puts it, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.Ā For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.Ā So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Cor 4:16-18 NIV)

Isn’t it amazing that the amount of glory we get in the end is so incredibly much that it makes all the brokenness and misery of living here look like “light and momentary troubles”? I love that idea! I really don’t know what I would do if I thought I’d spend eternity with a broken body and broken relationships and all the stress of living in a broken world, or if I thought this life is all there is.

While we were on vacation, I had a couple meltdowns because I couldn’t do things I love and miss. Being broken is hard! And sometimes it looms so large that it seems to be the only real thing in my life. But that’s not reality. The reality is that God is working something beautiful in my brokenness, something that is so wonderful that when I see it, I’ll think all this day to day junk was just light and momentary troubles.Ā The reality is that day by day, we’re getting closer to being with Jesus, to having perfect bodies, to living sin-free.