What are you full of?
Some people are full of “it,” whatever it is. Lately, people have had enough of “it,” probably a political reflection. Sometimes, we can feel as if we can’t get enough of “it,” usually a reference to some form of goodness. In a world full of “it,” God reminds us not to fill on the bad but on the good, God’s goodness. Like a parent telling a child not to spoil their dinner, God’s desire is that we do not spoil our lives by getting full of the world’s “it.” Full of God’s goodness and guided by faith, we become new creatures and have a new perspective for life: Full Faith Ahead.
In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul wrote: The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.- 2Cor9:6. Since I have now – through my children – been introduced to Clemson University, Paul’s words remind me of the Coach Dabo phrase, “All In!”
We are a people of faith confident in our calling. God has claimed us, forgiven us, equipped and empowered us to be “All In” as we shine the light of Christ in the world. With a Christmas gift, an Easter victory, and a Pentecost power God has shown you and me how to think and live – fully faithful.
In the movie The Wizard Of Oz, there is a song – We’re Off To See The Wizard – that Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion, and Dorothy sing as they head off to see the Wizard. They are going “because of the wonderful things he does!” so he can give them what they seek: a heart, a brain, courage, a way home. The journey to Oz is long and arduous and full of challenge. However, in the end they discover that what they seek has been within them all along. They become empowered when they realize this new perspective.
Our perspective in life affects our response to life. When it comes to following God’s call – we too often look at it as something we have to do or should do. What if we looked at it as something we “get” to do? Something I choose to do? Paul wrote: Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.- 2 Cor 9:7
During the season of Lent, we are focusing on our faith. Please take time to experience God’s presence through worship as we gather mid-week, for Holy week, and each Sunday. We are people affected by the love of God shown through the cross. God’s love affects our view on ourselves, our relationships, our purpose in life, our witness in living … forever. Life becomes a matter of the heart. God has filled our hearts with good things … wonderful things. We respond to life’s opportunities because (because, because, because!) of the wonderful things he does. Blessings on YOUR journey. Full-Faith-Ahead!