It is a new day, a new year.
I enjoy writing, journaling and describing my life, our world, my family, friends, inspirations and faith. And I do some of that here on this blog. But honestly I have days that I wonder why. Have you ever stared at your blank Facebook status update box and felt inept…nothing witty, engaging or thrilling was coming to mind. You write nothing – fail. You write something little- boring. You make it up – brilliant. But it is not you. It is not honest. I guess writing a blog can be a similar process. I have days when I wonder what to post, I rarely plan ahead. I wonder who reads it, after all there is little dialogue, comment and feedback. And yet I yearn to know you read it, that it matters, that you like it. For many writers the process is solitary, the criticism is public and the outcomes unknown.
So today when I heard someone had read my blog and learnt more about me I was excited. But not in the way you might think. I was excited because the reader was pointed to my faith. My faith in Jesus. I hope that in all of my reflections, excitement and discussions here I can glorify Him. God is a creator and he loves beauty, design, he delights in good family life, loving marriages, bountiful banquets, healing hands and communities that love and support each other. He loves us in the pain, the hardship and even in our failures, our sin.
John Piper says:
IAnd I am hoping that the things that I take pleasure in and celebrate here will point to him. Honestly.
This should be obvious…..you would hope. But for many it is not. Christ is the reason for Christmas. We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. If you are not sure who He is and why you need to know you may find this list helpful. John Piper says there are 12 reasons for Christ ….for Christmas:
There is a lot of talk in the blogshpere about Thanksgiving. I know this is due to our American friends celebrating a Thanksgiving holiday, something we don’t do as such here in the land of Oz. In reading about Paul’s letter to the Colossians today I was reminded that thanksgiving should be our remedy to every whisper of discontent that comes our way.
Colossians 2:6–7. “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
John Knight reflects on this idea further. Thanksgiving is essential to the Christian life because it’s an expression, whether in thought, word, or deed, of our satisfaction in who God is and what he has done for us in Jesus (Colossians 2:9–10; Ephesians 5:1–2). It’s essential because it flows from the understanding that the ’s steadfast love endures forever and that his faithfulness is to all generations (Psalm 100:5).
I am thankful today for so many many things. But most of all that He has dealt with me, my sin and I know His love that endures. Do you?