Beautiful Mess

25 10 2009

I’m convinced God gives us kids for at least two reasons. First, so we can feel the unconditional agape love He has for all of us…and second, so we can really practice following Him, applying His instructions at home before we take it to the streets.

Here’s my picture of that lesson I learned yesterday…one I would like to call “Beautiful Mess.”

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Now, it didn’t start so beautiful…I must confess. It was early morning…the first cup of coffee had not been enjoyed…and my little helper was not listening to the instructions…coffee was all over the counter…he was getting frustrated…i was getting frustrated…did I mention I didn’t have any coffee yet :-0 So, here is a picture of where it could have turned the wrong way:

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This is where the application part of the life lesson comes into play. Ethan was not happy that he couldn’t get the 8 scoops of coffee in the filter without the beautiful mess. I wasn’t happy that my coffee was going to take another 15 minutes if I chose to have a teachable moment for both of us. But I took the time to hug my lil’ buddy, encourage him, help him clean up the beautiful mess, and walk him through the 8 scoops a couple more times. In the end, he felt a father’s love in a tangible way….and we both celebrated with smile and some coffee brewing:

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I don’t share this to give myself some big pat on the back. Believe me, I get it wrong more times than right…especially if I haven’t had any coffee 🙂 I share this because in the end it painted a picture of the love from our Father who created us. Our Father who loves us in the beautiful mess. Our Father who wants to come alongside us in the trials, the stress, the failures, to gently help us clean it up and try again. He comes to comfort, not condemn. He comes to encourage, not discourage. He comes to lift up, not put down. He comes to instruct, not destruct. He comes to experience life with us, not bring death. He comes to help us persevere so there can be celebration with every accomplishment.

Such a simple lesson, yet when you see it unfold before your eyes it becomes one I know I could do better outside the four walls of my home. I believe every mess has a beautiful side to it. I believe we are called to see that beautiful side so we can have the right perspective. So we can see beyond and rise to help people live beyond. To the place where all things “work to the good of those who believe and are called…”

Eugene Peterson captures it best in the Message translation of Romans 8:26-28:

“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris

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Daily Scripture — Faith

27 09 2009

I don’t know what trial or test your dealing with today, but I do know that our Creator & God is bigger than all of them put together. Our faith in Him is what will well up Hope within and carry us to the promises He has made for us. Don’t let your faith falter. Give glory to God and believe!

Romans 4:18-22

Against all odds, Abraham’s hope grew into full-fledged faith that he would turn out to be the father of many nations, just as God had promised when He said, “That’s how many your descendants will be.” His faith did not fail, although he was well aware that his impotent body, after nearly 100 years, was as good as dead and that Sarah’s womb, too, was dead.
In spite of all this, his faith in God’s promise did not falter. In fact, his faith grew as he gave glory to God because he was supremely confident that God could deliver on His promise. This is why , you see, God saw his faith and counted him as righteous; this is how he became right with God.

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Quote for the Day:

“There’s a power in hope that goes beyond explanation. It lifts us out of the rubble of our failures, our pain, and our fear to rise above what at one point seemed insurmountable. Our ability to endure, to persevere, to overcome is fueled by this in seemingly innocuous ingredient called HOPE.” — Erwin McManus from the book “Soul Cravings”