7 01 2011

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

Einstein hit it right on the head. What is your point-of-view? Do you see the miraculous in the everyday? Can you see the hand of God touching your minutes, shaping your hours, opening doors so that you can experience His presence?

So many times I go through my days with blinders on. I see the piles of laundry, the dishes in the sink, the work piled on my desk, and the traffic slowing me down, but fail to see the miracles that are all around me.

We are surrounded by wonder. The way the sunlight sparkles through the glass illuminates the presence of God. Flowers proclaim His infinite beauty and creativity. God still moves in this world – answering prayers, opening doors, and calling us to His heart. He plants His presence, love, glory, and power in the small crevices of my day. He longs for me to see Him, to find His fingerprints, to rejoice in the moments when I understand that everything is a miracle that points to Him.

Breathe in and out and marvel at the wonderfully complex way you are made. Look at a picture of your family and stand in awe at the miracle of love. Open your Bible, hear the voice of God speaking directly to your heart, and bow down in worship. Every moment is miraculous when we understand how completely everything in our lives is touched by the hand of God.

My Jesus Resolution today is to see the miracles all around me. I want new eyes to see the amazing things God has planted all through my day. I want to look at my world with freshness and wonder, not missing a blessing that He has given me. I want my heart to stay tender, my soul to stand in awe, my mind to by humbled by the way He is moving all around me. Today is a miracle. What are you going to see?


5 01 2011

Star Wars is a favorite at our house. We love the classic story of light and dark, choices and redemption, the triumph of love and goodness over the evil motives of greed and corruption. We play with light sabers, dress up in Jedi robes, and proudly display our action figures. We all have our favorite characters. Mine is Yoda.

Yoda is the Master Jedi. He is the focal point of goodness in the movies. His wisdom provides instruction as well as balance in a world that seems to be falling apart. His small size spotlights his big heart. His longevity (900 years old he is) offers perspective to those who struggle with the idea of waiting and being patient.

I have learned a lot from Yoda. There is one Yoda-ism that has touched a deep cord with me. In teaching young Luke Skywalker about the ways of the Force, Yoda tells the discouraged young Jedi, “Do or do not. There is no try.”

While a willingness to try is essential, sometimes the words “I’ll try” come with a built-in escape. It can become a half-hearted commitment to giving something a lukewarm effort. Yoda’s wisdom flows from recognizing the need to be deliberate, to commit fully, and to dive in to the deep end with the determination to swim.

As we walk in the transformation to which God call us, we need to give ourselves to more than trying. Do or do not. There is light or there is darkness. There is the world or there is the kingdom of God. There is no room from half-hearted, lukewarm hearts in the presence of the King. He wants all of us. He wants us to choose “do.” That doesn’t mean we will be perfect. It does mean that we commit to walking in His steps, holding His hand, and continuing the journey.

My Jesus Resolution today is to listen to Yoda. I am going to set down “trying” and set my heart on “doing.” I resolve with every part of my being to look like Jesus. I understand the journey is long. I know that the transformation is going to require deep surrender. I realize that I am going to fall short many times. I also know my God. He is a “doing” Savior. He didn’t try hanging on the cross. He did it.

The Jesus Resolution

3 01 2011

“For I have resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” – Paul, I Corinthians 2:2

Did you make a resolution this year? A new year holds out the possibility for fresh starts and new beginnings. The slate is clean, the paper is new, and we have a whole year to imagine that we can be different.

God specializes in new beginnings, fresh starts, and achieving impossible dreams. He loves u-turns, hearts that long for another chance, eyes that search for a different perspective, and souls that yearn for something bigger than themselves. He invites you into His heart and offers to make you new.

The transformation that God has in mind for us is nothing less than Jesus Himself. He wants us to walk like Jesus, serve like Jesus, speak like Jesus, love like Jesus, obey like Jesus, rejoice like Jesus, pray like Jesus – to look like Jesus in each and every way. He is willing to work in the very heart of who we are so that the image of Jesus might blossom in our lives, our attitudes, our actions, and our words.

The cross points to the lengths God is willing to go to transform us. The empty tomb proclaims that He has the power to take our darkest, guiltiest, filthiest pieces and make them into something that resonates with beauty and victory.

My Jesus Resolution today is to resolve to look like Jesus. I want to immerse myself in Jesus. I want Him to soak into every part of who I am. I want to spend this year learning and surrendering to what it means to walk as Jesus did. I commit today to living more fully in the transformation God wants to work within me. There will be rough patches, “aha” moments, reasons to rejoice, and times to catch our breath in wonder along the way. Will you make the Jesus Resolution with me?