2017: Page 160

Page 160 ended up being focused almost entirely on writing.  I began the workday with a quick trip through the building to just look and listen for anything that may be out of place or needing attention.  With everything appearing as it should, I turned my attention to further work in the devotional book I am writing.  My plan was to spend a good part of the morning writing, take a break for lunch, and then do some cleaning and prep to get the building ready for Sunday.  It sounded like a good plan, but it didn’t exactly turn out that way.

There are times when I settle in with God and get into a writing zone such that it becomes difficult to even come up for air.  Today was one of those days.  It has been a while since I have maintained such a focus on writing, but I think the topic of living free also contributes to finding myself in that zone.  One of the daily topics I wrote about today was living free to live by the Spirit.  When we are baptized into Christ, God says that He forgives our sins and gives us the gift of His Spirit.  In that moment we are set free, but it is supposed to be a freedom to live by the Spirit whom God has placed within us and not a freedom to simply do whatever we want.  It is God’s Word, His perfect law, that gives us freedom as we live by the power of His Spirit.  We know it is God’s Spirit within us that we are living by because we can test that Spirit against the very Word of God as revealed to us through Scripture and the life of Jesus.  

By late afternoon, I did finally come up for air from my writing and decided to just do an initial cleaning and prep of the building and then come back to work early Sunday morning to finish it.  With a tired mind and a work day on the calendar for tomorrow, I decided I needed rest and since I wasn’t sure what all the work day will entail, it seemed wise to do the final cleaning after they are done.  It was well past lunch time and too close to dinner time, so I went home to relax and went through another day’s photos from our recent vacation.  After dinner I went outside to try to photograph the hummingbirds that stop by but they weren’t willing to stay put long enough for a decent photo.  Instead, I shot some photos of the flowers around the yard and today’s photo is of a trio of buds on one of the rose bushes.  It reminded me that we all start somewhere and are designed by God to grow from something small to something that produces much fruit and beauty.  Each to these buds contain the potential to have the full beauty of a rose blossom as it grows and reveals what God has already placed within it.  When we live by the Spirit, we too have the potential for the full beauty of maturity in Christ as we grow and reveal that which God has already placed within us.

As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:

  • Plans are great.  Flexibility and listening to reasons to either keep or change those plans can be even better.
  • Some things are difficult to begin but even harder to stop once you get going.
  • When I am in a mode of listening and writing, I find that I’m most productive if I just keep going.
  • “If the Son has set you free, then you shall be free indeed” is a great truth, but it has the greatest usefulness when we understand both what we’ve been set free from and what we’ve been set free to.
  • God’s Word tells us to test the spirits so that when we live by the spirit, it is His Spirit we are living by.
  • God’s Spirit within us fills us with great potential that is only released as we grow in Christ.
  • Our growth ought to be about revealing that which is within us, not about making our self known.

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