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Tuesday Thoughts 5-8-18

It has been so therapeutic to be outside, three days running, with a rake, pitchfork, and wheelbarrow (My dad would be amazed that yardwork could be so appealing to me)!  After the extended winter and that last blast of feet of snow, I couldn’t help but stop many times to gaze into the deep blue, breathe in the sweet smell of spring and be grateful.  But there has also been a nagging thought growing inside my head.  What is it that has to happen before I feel that sense of gratefulness and its accompanying peace?  I am more than a little disturbed by the situational well-being dynamic that is present in me.  Please join me in being disturbed.  It takes only a casual strolling through my Facebook feed to see that we all are practicing it.  Despite being top-heavy with Christ-followers, a majority of posts reveal a longing for something more than this moment offers.  I see wistful words about getting the boat in the water, sitting down at the next gourmet meal, or hitting the next dollar margarita night.  We can hardly wait, and finally all will be well, when we get to set up at our next campsite, go to the next family reunion or attend the next concert or Marvel movie.  Please don’t take this wrong.  We are not called to wear burlap, eat dirt and speak only the name of Jesus.          Our inheritance in Christ is rich!  But that richness is only a symptom that flows from the Holy Spirit as we are filled, through surrender to Jesus!  As I experience discontent over my discontent, I am reminded of what Paul, the New Testament writer, and suffering follower of the Savior wrote, “…I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11–13 (NLT).  I want to need nothing more than Jesus.  That will only be true of me when I make it all about Him.  As I pray and surrender, I invite you to do the same.  Identify your longings and surrender their power over you.  Confess your need for only Jesus and be filled with the Spirit!  Perhaps the words of Twentieth Century pastor, author and writer A.W. Tozer will help: “Most Christians are not joyful persons because they are not holy persons, and they are not holy persons because they are not filled with the Holy Spirit, and they are not filled with the Holy Spirit because they are not separated persons. The Spirit cannot fill whom He cannot separate, and who He cannot fill, He cannot make holy, and whom He cannot make holy, He cannot make happy!”

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