My friend, may I ask you a question? How’s you attention to details? Some of us are generalists and others detail persons. When it comes to our faith, however, which is best?
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 does her needlework. Each little push-and-pull is but a tiny line of colored thread. It’s remarkable how she spends hours upon hours as she pushes-and- pulls literally hundreds of these little strokes of color. Each one, by itself, isn’t much to look at. But, when they’re taken as a whole, as a part of an entire needlework piece, they become a thing of beauty. The color threads integrate into one unified, strongly knit piece of artwork; tiny delicate strokes in and of themselves not much–taken as a whole, a work of art.
When you step back to look at your life, the fabric of life that makes you unique, is it a work of art in the making or is it not quite coming together?
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. 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.” 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 ought to 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. Are you, today in your walk with Jesus Christ being all He intended you to be? How is the fabric of your Christian life coming together? 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.
We pray. Dear Father, It can be tempting to turn our backs on You when it feels like we have the weight of the world pressing down on us. But we know there is no need to panic when facing unexpected demands on our lives. Your Word says that You won’t ever leave us and You won’t tempt us more than we can stand. You have fully equipped us to handle any of the difficulties that come into our lives. Help us to never run away from You, especially in times of weakness. By moving forward, we may see Your strength come into its own in our weakness. Even when we can’t see Your strength within our weakness, help us to endure. All we have to do is ask for Your strength. Amen. In Jesus Name! Amen.
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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