My friend, may I ask you a question? When you step back to look at your life, is it a work of art in the making or is it not quite coming together? Perhaps there are too many strings of your life that haven’t been pulled tightly or pushed as far as they could be?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Delicate strokes. I guess that’s how I would describe the way my mother-in-law did her needlework. Each little push-and-pull was but a tiny line of colored thread. For hours she would sit and push-and-pull literally hundreds of these little strokes of color. Each one, by itself, isn’t much to look at. But, when they were taken as a whole, as a part of an entire needlework piece, they became a thing of beauty. The color threads integrated into one unified, strongly knit piece of artwork; tiny delicate strokes in and of themselves not much–taken as a whole, they were works of art.
When you step back to look at your life, is it a work of art in the making or is it not quite coming together? Perhaps there are too many strings of your life that haven’t been pulled tightly or pushed as far as they could be?
Here’s a story. A spider weaves a beautifully intricate, yet practical web. On the one hand it a gentle thing. It seems fragile and unassuming as it gentle waves in the breeze. Although beautiful and delicate in design, a spider’s web is intended for one use: to capture the spider’s food while enduring the elements – rain, wind, or snow. In that respect a spider’s web must be deceptively strong and enduring. Often, a spider’s web is best seen glistening proudly in the sun after a rainstorm. It looks like a thousand delicate jewels reflecting the sun’s light. But, it is also testimony to its enduring strength. It endures the harshest of elements, only to remain intact and ready to be used as God intended. (Donna Marie)
Have you thought of your faith this way? God created you and I to have faith like that spider’s web. He’s equipped us with the ability to weave beautifully intricate and delicate examples of his love and grace. the Apostle Paul writes in Colossians 3:12. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Those are many and varied colorful strands of a life lived. Woven together, pulled and pushed to their ultimate, they paint a holy portrait of how God wants us to appear as disciples of Christ. He has also equipped us with faith that will ultimately be used for one purpose: to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. As God intended, we can stand firm in our faith, proudly displaying the beauty of his grace, while allowing the world to see the strong and practical side of faith as well. Are you today, in your walk with Jesus Christ, being all he intended you to be? Is your faith weathering the elements of life’s storms? Perhaps today would be the day to start weaving that web of faith so that others might see your gentleness shining forth through his strength. The moment is the thread, the life is a portrait of a whole lot of push and pull.
We pray. Heavenly Father, teach us how to enjoy being … May we be more fully aware of what we see, taste, touch, hear, and smell. May this awareness of our senses sharpen our perception of our everyday treasures and lead us to greater joy and gratitude … Help us to let go of being overly concerned about what others think of us or of how successful we are … Draw us to your playground of creation, God of life, so that we will live more fully. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (https://beckyeldredge.com/a-prayer-to-live-more-fully//–adapted)
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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