Wednesday, July 12, 2006

WORKS FOR ME WEDNESDAY

Waking with the sound of my cell phone alarm at 7:22 a.m., I pull myself from the supine position and ready my mind for another Wednesday's with Beth. Wiping the sleep from my eyes and taking a deep cleansing breath; I am ready to be refreshed, encouraged, and fired up!
Psalm 139:16-18 (NLT)
16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
17 How precious are your thoughts about me,[
a] O God! They are innumerable!
18 I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, you are still with me!
As I stumble out of my slumber--God is waiting for me! He is waiting to walk with me through another appointed day; filled with a very specific plan to fulfill a divine purpose. Is that enough to make your heart jump! Are you awake yet!
Beth's first point this morning is this: God has a highly personal and very specific plan and purpose for your life. Take a look at Acts 13:36 and Acts 17: 26. It is clear from these verses, you have a very specific placement in your generation, at this very time and this very place. You have been called to serve God's purpose in your generation; it is Beth's second point--perfectly timed!
You have been created with your unique personality and gifted with your very special gifting, for this set time, in this place, in your generation. Not your Grandmother's generation, not your parent's generation....but yours. You have purpose: exactly at this time frame at this exact place and hour. Is that significant enough to make you sit up in your chair (or bed as is my case!)
What significance! What relevance! Beth proclaims, we are meant to be relevant. "God intends for you to bring something that is relevant to this generation." To be a relevant Christian means we are in touch enough with the world without the world getting all over us. Hmmmm! Told you we were going to have to be fully awake for Beth!
She says, "If Christianity is a narrow way, relevant Christianity is like walking a tight rope. A tight rope between carnality and hyperspirituality." This is tough stuff so early on a Wednesday morning. What is hyperspirituality? John 5: 36-40 explains. While we may diligently study the Word of God, if we do not have a single Word of it in us--if we do not live them out with love--we do not testify to His Love. To walk this tight rope of relevance, we must live on purpose. This is hard work. Beth's challenge today is worthy: Make Hard Matter!
So get your running shoes on with me as we make this day count. If you have ever thought to yourself, "I am just a stay-at-home mom, I am just a speck in this world," redefine yourself this day. You have divine purpose, God has a plan just for you! And He doesn't just drop you in it and leave; his thoughts for you are "innumerable!" Does this energize your day as it has mine? I can't wait to see the plan unfold! A divine purpose works for me! Mundane, you say? Chaotic, you quip? Boring, you sigh? No, my life, your life, has a purpose! Whatever our day entails, whatever happens moment by moment, let's make it matter! Walk within the divine plan God has purposed for your....for this very time! There is glory in His plan--it's inescapable...for where God is--there is Glory! As you walk the tight rope of relevance, stay focused on that glorious purpose; avoid the pitfalls of the enemies scheme (Ephesians 6: 10-12). God's plan is better any day!

4 comments:

Brenda said...

I've got to check my listings to see if Wednesdays with Beth is available to me. I so appreciate your sharing this with us. I like her definition of relevant Christian. Gotta remember that.

Thank you for your comment on my post and for your continued prayers. You're such a blessing!

Dawn said...

we just got back after 1807 miles with the kiddoes and their mom. What a blessing, though chaotic! The time with my family was priceless - watching the kids bond with their second cousins, first cousins once removed, or whatever they are. They had a blast all day every day. We're tired! But glad to be home. It wasn't truly relaxing for the adults, but fun to watch the little ones (and talk late at night when they were all tucked in after such long days of "hard work.")

Jade said...

WOW! What a wonderful message to hear first thing in the morning! I know God has a plan for my life but it always makes me smile when I see a reminder somewhere. :-)

your friend from cyberspace,

Jade

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