Where is your sting?

I began this post almost a year ago and so I have decided to start it over yet with the same topic in mind.

Since October 4, 2006 I have lost 2 mothers to cancer.  My biological mother first on that fateful day followed by my step-mother less than 4 years later.  My mother-in-law has had at least 2 bouts with cancer and is currently undergoing treatments.  Like most who have experienced, or are still experiencing, cancer it is this terrible reality that was far off until it touched our lives.  I think in some ways it can honestly be likened to the wars and conflicts of recent years (Bosnia/Serbia, Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.).  We know these things exist, we know they are terrible, but without having some personal contact with the situation, we don’t truly feel the impact.  Things are different now.

Am I angry?  Yes.  Am I furious?  Sometimes, most definitely.  Do I desire justice?  All the time.  Do I long for rescue from it?  Almost more than anything.  Do I hold God responsible?  No.  I hold me responsible.

Yes that’s right, I’m the one responsible for the horrible things that have happened to my mothers.  I am responsible for what is happening to my mother-in-law.  I am part of the problem that has existed since almost the beginning.  I have sinned, and with that comes death, decay, and corruption.  It started back with Adam.  It has continued with every person since then, save One.  And thankfully, that One was the solution to the problem.  Jesus lived a perfect life, died an innocent man so that He could take on the sins of me and everyone else in history, rose again three days later victorious over sin and death, and offers me eternal life free of charge.  Eternal life free from pain, sickness, death, decay, and corruption.  Life free from cancer and all that emotional and physical damage it creates.

Death is defeated for those who believe in Jesus alone for eternal life.

When this corruptible is clothed with incorruptibility,
and this mortal is clothed with immortality,
then the saying that is written will take place:

Death has been swallowed up in victory.

Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?
Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sini is the law.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victoryk through our Lord Jesus Christ!

I have hope in Christ that can and will see me through these tough times and the ones that may come.  Why?  Because I have the victory!

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Motion

Motion. It’s something I like to see happening and by that I don’t necessarily mean physically. Motion in the sense of progress in all it’s forms. Not necessarily change, but movement in a direction. No, I’m not ADHD (thanks Becca for helping me square that one away), I’m simply tired of living a mundane life. I want more. I want to do something for the God who saved me and Who promises to keep me. So why motion? Well motion creates momentum and it is often easier to do things when you already have momentum.

That’s actually the name of this sites previous theme: Motion. I love motion in my life. Not because it can be an adrenaline rush, that’s just icing on the cake. I love it because it means I’m still being worked on, there’s still hope, I’m still running the race. I think about what promises I can hold on to, perfecting my faith, keeping me from falling, completing the good work, and I am so glad that there is motion towards that.

It also helps remind me that I have a direct effect on that motion. Am I using the motion for the right reasons/causes? Or am I using it to take a direction I know I shouldn’t? Both the sustaining of motion and the direction of the motion, for now, are in my hands. What am I doing to do about it?

Do you have motion in your life? If not, how will you create it? If you do, what are you going to do with it? Believe me, I firmly believe in the sovereignty of God. Question is though, “Are you going to steer with it or against it?”

Cheers.

Great Timing, Part 1

This is part one of an indefinite number of entries. I was to commemorate those moments when the timing was just perfect. Take today for instance. I came to the DMV and there was absolutely no line up. In fact there is only TWO other people sitting in chairs right now. I took a photo for posterity. Great timing moment #1, let the counting begin!

Waiting for a Jet Plane

So I’m sitting at Baltimore Marshall airport (BWI) waiting for my beloved’s and to get in and I’m pondering the concept of time spent. You see for those who don’t live in this area it takes 1 1/4 to 2 1/4 hours to get to this airport which is one of the reasons we don’t usually. So the good news is that it took the lower end of the spectrum but it made me wonder what I should do while I wait. The answer obviously included writing this but I’ve also done some studying (thank you Logos for iPhone!), Facebooking (gasp! I know!), and emailing. Pretty productive considering the circumstances. Then I thought about ride here, it left me apt of time to think and pray, both of which should be considered productive. My definition of productivity has been pretty much exclusive to physical accomplishment Thinking back to all of this it hit me: productivity isn’t something easily measured, at least not if you have an eternal perspective. There’s no way to measure the results of prayer or studying God’s Word. There’s also no way to fully measure what’s produced from a conversation with a person, especially if it’s of a personal nature.
I’m beginning to realize that my definition of productivity isn’t just skewed, it’s wrong. Reading a book is productive. Taking a walk is productive. Doing little things here and there is productive. Praying for a friends struggles or their salvation is productive. Video games are… well… ok I don’t think I can win that one but the truth is that if you are growing as a person and/or fulfilling God’s desire for your life you are being productive.
So the next time you feel like you’ve been unproductive and you happen to be a believer ask yourself this question, “Am I more like Jesus now than I was at the beginning of the day?”. If the answer is yes then it’s been a productive day indeed!

Gotta go, Whit just landed.