I’m one of those guys who thinks he has a natural radar. So it’s a little damaging to my ego to admit that I have a GPS app and use it often. I have to say the radar in my cranium has glitches sometimes. Since I started using the app, I haven’t gotten lost. The app gives the best route by avoiding traffic, and it will reroute me when I miss a turn. Admittedly, these are things my natural radar can’t do.
Getting lost can be frustrating. You make turn after turn, and your designation is still nowhere in sight. The whole purpose of having a GPS app is to get to where you want to be going without going in circles. I appreciate its accuracy, but that is also one of its shortfalls. Whenever I’ve gotten lost, I discovered new things. Twists and curves can be an adventure. Wandering is a way of seeing the unexpected and learning about those discoveries that expand our minds. Getting lost can be frustrating, but it can also be about new roads that lead to exciting surprises.
Life is about being both a nomad and a pilgrim. Nomads wander from place to place. When they find a place where there is food, they stay until that food source is used up and will move to the next place where there is another supply of food, but they don’t know where that place is. They will keep moving until they find another good place. They keep repeating this process without ever having a place where they settle down for too long.
Nomads wouldn’t have much use for a GPS app. They go where the wind takes them. Pilgrims, on the other hand, would be more likely to use a GPS app. They have a designation in mind, but the trip usually has unexpected things happen along the route. Even with a GPS app giving directions, it can’t stop rain from flooding a bridge out or a fallen tree from blocking the road ahead. A GPS app can’t stop accidents from happening along the way.
We are like nomads if you think about how many different places that you are in a day. We don’t just sit in one chair all day long or stay in one room, but we move about and go to many places. Once we fulfill our purpose in one place, we move on to the next place. We are also like pilgrims with a designation in mind. We have our goals and lists of to do things to achieve those goals. But we don’t have much control over what happens along the way. Life has those unexpected things that happen that can be frustrating or exciting.
We also need to have an understanding about the difference about being still and sitting stagnant. When we are being still, we can have deep thoughts contemplating our purpose and meaning, especially in our relationship with God. Just sitting still in prayer and getting to know God is a good thing and needs to be done often.
But staying stagnant can bring all kinds of problems. Stagnancy is when we have a thought or feeling stuck in us. Something has upset us, and we think of that circumstance over and over again. We stay stuck in our disappointment or frustration, and we don’t move on in life.
What we need to know is that God has made us to be forward moving people. In this life, we may feel that we are going around in circles. It seems at times that there are days that are meaningless and unproductive, but faith tells us a different story about what is happening. God is always taking us to new places.
When the Israelites were in the desert, they wandered for a long time, but God did lead them by clouds during the day and fire by night. God had a designation in mind for them that He called the Promised Land. Through a lot of struggles and learning about God through those tough times, they did make it. A GPS app would not have gotten them their sooner, for they had to go through things along the way to gain a fuller understanding of what faith in God really is.
Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem knowing that it was the place that he would give his life for the sins of the world. On the way, he met people-some who rejected him because he was not the political leader that they wanted. Others were not ready to fully commit to following him. They made excuses. It’s not that is wrong to want to bury your relative or to say good-bye to your family, but with these guys, they were delaying and making excuses to change their lives to become a full disciple of Jesus.
An old saying goes, “Everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to go today.” If you don’t make a full commit to Jesus today, what day will you make that commitment? What are you waiting to happen and think what you have to do before you fully follow Jesus?
To each of us, Jesus can say that something in our lives that has to go. We need to get on with our journey following Jesus. We may be like a nomad or a pilgrim, but we are not to be stagnant or looking back.
When Jesus walked this earth he knew was to go to Jerusalem to die. A cross was waiting for him. This cross was the only one that would be for the punishment for the sins of the world. Jesus did go and die for us. He rose for us and gives us his victory over sin.
Life had adventures of all kinds of sorts. I’m not sure where I am always going, but if I’m seeing Jesus a head of me, then I know I’m doing well.
To really know a person, we might try as literally as possible to walk in another person’s shoes. Understanding what another person is going through as if it we are going through it ourselves leads us to have compassion for that person. This is empathy and breaks the gap between us and brings peace.
Compassion is willing to take the time to look at the big picture starting from the little things that are happening, and then it takes all of the parts and puts them all together to find the best help for a situation. The solutions that come from compassion are very specific and much attention is given to make sure the need is met. For instance, a teacher after seeing math scores and finding some low spots will go back and help each student strengthen their weaknesses.
When the nation of Israel was held captive in Egypt, God felt their affliction and saved them. He freed them from Pharaoh’s harsh hand and led them to the Promised Land. God was empathetic to their needs. With compassion, he discerned what they were enduring, and he gave them a new land of their own.
But in human frailty, the nation of Israel rejected God’s compassion as they went to the Promised Land. Often, they complained and rejected God’s care for them. He gave them all that they needed, but for them, it was never enough. They lost faith in God and his compassion, and they went after other gods. This idolatry was their pattern, even after they got to the Promised Land.
God is compassionate, but he also just. In his justice, he would let Israel’s enemies attack them and let them suffer under their enemies. But these justice acts where, too, out of his care for his people. He was trying to correct their arrogant ways and lead them to repentance. When they did repent, God blessed them with prosperity.
Like Israel, we, at times, have a tendency to go our own ways although God is giving us exactly what we need. In our sinful egos, we think we know what is better for us than God’s will. So we resist God’s compassion. And again like with Israel, God in his justice will discipline us to bring us back to him. God’s desire is always for us to come back to him.
God promised Israel that he would send a Savior. He kept that promise when Jesus slipped into our shoes when he came to earth to be born like us and to live like us. This manifestation of the divine in flesh was God’s way of letting us know that he knows what we go through from our sorrowful emotions to our physical pains.
Jesus’ compassion went further to care for our spiritual needs, for out of his love for the world, Jesus went to the cross taking the punishment for our sins, the ultimate act of empathy, so all may have forgiveness, and with renewed lives, we have deep concern to walk in another’s shoes.
Jesus in his infinite power can give compassion to each of us. He can come to our lives and each of our situations, so we can live confidently that our needs are always being met.
Every day we can know that we are in Jesus’ care. If we have worries and stress from feeling our needs our not being met, we can go to Jesus and empty all our cares to him. This emptying is a matter of trust that Jesus knows all that we need and that he is compassionate. God’s history with Israel that he always cared for them, even in their disobedience, and God’s care for us in all of the times of our lives should tell us that we are cared for. Looking back at the toughest season of our lives and seeing that we had made it through should tell us that Jesus’ compassion is here with us now.
The big things of life like peace and comfort come from each of doing acts of compassion for each other. Real love connects with all at all https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/viagra-pas-cher/ times. We have our feeling, thoughts, and dreams and in love, we share these things with each other. It is easy to share with those whom we have much in common with and love. But we need to work on sharing with those whom are different from ourselves. Empathy looks at the deepest needs of others, no matter where they are coming from.
As Jesus has met us where we are at in our failings, we meet others at their failings and at the things we don’t like about them as much as the things we do like about them. This coming together cialis crampes jambes can happen when we know that when we were in sin and not so lovable, Jesus still cared for us.
We are each made for God’s purposes, and God has a will for us. Everyone wants to be understood and believed in. It is a matter of getting to appreciate what we are each in the world to do and celebrate all of our gifts that we bring. Because of what each person contributes, the world is working as a whole and is a better place.
A flat tire, crawling through a traffic jam, and sipping my coffee and finding that it does not have the sugar I ordered after several blocks from the drive thru has got me feeling grumpy. So getting to work I snap at Sally, a fellow worker. Instead of her snapping back, she asks, “What’s wrong?” People like Sally who has a huge empathetic heart make the world a better place.
By faith our true comfort and peace comes to us by knowing that Jesus has and continues to walk in our shoes. He has come to be like us in every way and meets us where we are at because Jesus is God in our shoes.
With this down economy, have you heard that retailers are really slashing prices this Christmas season? Huge discounts are coming our way. This year we should expect to see advertisements all over that will try to get us into the stores to buy until we wear out our debit cards. To be downright honest, even with 50 percent marked off the original price tag, I am still not all that excited about shopping.
It’s not that I don’t want to buy all my loved presents. Really, it’s just the opposite; I want to get them the perfect gift. Maybe I put too much pressure on the idea of the perfect gift, but when they open the present, I want their face to say, “This is what I always wanted.”
The problem is that I never know what that gift is. Through the mall and down aisle after aisle, I go searching like a gold miner looking for a gold vein. I am hoping for a light to shine on something on some shelf like the star that led the Wise Men to the manger on that first Christmas night.
Okay, I know what I am doing. I am way over thinking all this about gift buying. What I need to do is to think about the idea of presents in a whole different way. Going back a couple thousand of years, there really is only one perfect gift. That gift is God’s son, Jesus, who is the promised Messiah. He is the special one who has come to save the world from its sin.
Now I am not trying to get out of shopping this Christmas with what I am about to say. I still plan on getting all those I love a present. There will be presents under our tree come Christmas morning, but the best present that I think I can give everyone is to give myself to them. Not just me as I am, but to give them as God has made me to be.
God has poured all of the goodness of Christ into me. When I give myself to others, I am able to give the love of Christ that is in me. With this love, I am giving peace and joy, which is what Christ had come into this world to give.
I know it may seem like a strange thing to do, but when it comes to making out your list of what to buy your loved ones this Christmas, put yourself-a beloved gift of God-on top of the list.
I have to love Buzz Lightyear. When my son was growing up, we wore out a few videos of “Toy Story.” Maybe having it on all the time does not say a lot about my parenting skills, but I liked it, too. The saying about, “If I had a dollar for every time…happened, I would be rich-if I had actually got a dollar every time and invested it when I heard Buzz say, “To infinity and beyond,” I could retire now.
Poor Buzz didn’t know that his saying, “To infinity and beyond” didn’t make sense. He didn’t catch that infinity is endless and nothing is beyond what is never ending. We do have to admire Buzz’s ambition. When Buzz looked into the dark sky and saw the stars, he wanted to rocket off to one star, and then when he landed on that one, he wanted to go to the next-for Buzz, there was no end to space adventure-he wanted to keep going. Buzz saw no limits.
We, as Christians, like the idea of infinity and beyond because in a sense somewhere out there beyond the stars is heaven. I agree with Buzz that the sky never ends. viagra mode emploi If we were to star jump, our exploration would never end, and for all of that exploring if we could do it, we wouldn’t find heaven.
Getting our minds wrapped around the idea of eternity is difficult. We want to get a grasp on eternity, but in our finite world, we are bound by minutes, hours, and days. As much as I would like to go to the stars, and as much as shows like Star Trek and movies like Star Wars show us going there, we will never get that far into space (probably not even out of our own little galaxy, which is like the backyard of infinite space) and definitely not into heaven.
So to get a hold on heaven, we have to look at what we believe about eternity and heaven. Our brains in our heads have limits, but our faiths in our hearts know all that we need to know about all that is eternal.
Our faiths tell us viagra sans ordonnance that God the Father created earth and heaven. When we see the smallest bug to the highest mountain, and when we look into telescopes and see other planets, we see how God made them all in all of their mystery and wonder. Just how awesome all of creation is beyond our imaginations. Realizing how small and limited we are as humans helps us to see the glories of heaven. Faith and only faith helps us to see the big picture of heaven.
And then our faiths tell us the story of salvation. Jesus left the glories of heaven and came to live like us on earth. He came down a birth canal and took on everything human to be like us in every way, except he did not sin although he was tempted. Jesus had joys where he laughed and sorrows where he cried while he walked this earth. As both God and human, he became the perfect final sacrifice. No more is there a need for lambs for the sacrifice to atone for sins. Jesus as the last lamb gave his life for us taking the punishment for our sins on the cross. Now, we have forgiveness of every sin and the gift of eternal life.
To keep us on the track to heaven, the Holy Spirit guides us in our lives to godly things with always having heaven in mind as our final goal. The actual road to heaven is not seen by our eyes but by our hearts of faith. By the power of the Holy Spirit, our faiths can be strong and help us persevere all the way to heaven’s door.
Although I do have to admit at times that it does not seem that I am on the way to heaven but am stuck in a place that is not going anywhere, especially to heaven. Sometimes I feel like I am wandering in the wilderness like the Israelites. For forty years they walked around in circles looking for the Promised Land, but the funny thing is that it was not that far away.
They wandered because they were not living yet in God’s good will for them. They had some lessons to learn about faith, so God had them wander until they learned to trust in Him. I am thinking if I am feeling lost, it must be because I have some lessons to learn, so my prayer is, “God, let me know what I need to learn to get back on track to heaven.” Especially now at my age, I don’t have forty years to be wandering around.
I know if I’m feeling I’ve veered off the road to heaven, it is because of a sin that is troubling me that is knocking me off the road or a heavy circumstance that is weighing me down. Heaven now seems so far away, but we always have to know that heaven is close to us.
Although heaven is somewhere upward and beyond and is out in the endless universe, it is also in our hearts of faith. All of the glory of heaven is here with us in everything on earth. God the Father is creating in us new lives every day. Jesus’ death and resurrection is here giving us the power of forgiveness, and the Holy Spirit is taking us on the road to heaven, even when it seems we are not going anywhere.
Buzz does have a point that there is something out there beyond anything we know-it’s called heaven. When we look up into the sky, we can know that heaven is up there somewhere. When we look into our hearts of faith, we know that heaven is there, too. All of the glory is waiting for us and is here now-this is our comfort and joy.
Cell phone time is very accurate, but I find that I am always digging in my pocket to check the time. For me, I like my wrist watch. I can flip my wrist, and the time is right there. Checking the time frequently is a habit with me, maybe a bad habit. When it comes to scheduling and getting things done, I’m about as OCD as a person can get.
Getting through a day is all about timing. A productive day is about having the to-do-list and the clock match-up. It’s like a major league hitter who only has a fraction of a second to react to the ball when it leaves the pitcher’s hand to when it soars to the plate. If a hitter is off in his timing, he will get in a slump, and he’s back to the minors.
For years I tried to get everything in place, but the more I worked to get it all done, it seemed that I was fighting it all. On my to-do-list, there were plenty of check marks that things were getting done on schedule. Yet, I was not feeling as whole as I thought I would be feeling with my accomplishments.
Life was working well, but I still thought that I was not right. And I found that it all had to do with my timing.
I was working and pushing to get things done. When something did not go as planned, I became frustrated, and I also took it very personally-like I failed in some way.
Being helpless in a situation was not a very comfortable feeling. If something went wrong with a project, I took it as that I was not prepared. My philosophy was, “Those who are prepared can anticipate the things that can go wrong.” All can go perfect if I am organized, so I blamed myself if anything went wrong.
When the timing was all off, I got into these moments of self-pity. “But I work so hard!” I can throw the best pity parties where I think that I am the only one in the world with troubles. I figure that I work so hard that I did not deserve anything bad to happen to me.
We might ask, “Why did this happen to me.” But I know that life has its difficult times. We can expect trials to test us to see if we are genuine people of perseverance. Okay, things can go wrong, but things need to go wrong on time. When some wrong
was untimely, I found that I was asking, “Why did this have to happen, NOW?” I have so much to do and so little time to begin with.
Feeling sorry for oneself is a very vulnerable spot. The place of misery where one feels defeated because life is not going the way that he would like is a very weak spot and is open to all kinds of problems. When we are felling unhappy about ourselves and our situations, we might just do about anything to start feeling in control again. This way of getting back in control can lead to addictive behavior and can be very destructive.
It took years to figure this out, and I am still working on it. In talking with my friend, Sam, we hit upon something that has got me thinking every day. Sam told me about a phrase that he heard in a bible study about God being “An Untimed God.” He said the discussion was around the topic about how our plans do not always turn out how we would like. God seems to have His timing that lets unexpected things to drop down on us.
Like a flat tire in pouring rain or getting the flu just when we have a lot to get done. Or in a marriage where two people do try to get together, but the timing never seems right. One person is tired and the other person wants to talk.
Sam told me that the group talked about how God as eternally divine does not see time as we do. They imagined what eternity must be like. Seconds and years are all alike to God. For His plans, He can do whatever He thinks is best with not much of a time schedule. If God thinks it will take forty years to wander in the wilderness for a trip that need only to take weeks, then He is okay with that.
But God’s timing was just right when He sent his Son in the world to save us from sin. At the right time He sent Jesus to be born for us, to live and die for us. Then on the third day he rose for us, so we have life now and forever.
God’s timing is about love. Life is levitra buy uk bayer not about getting the most accomplishments, but it is about love. Love connects us to all things. Although life can seem chaotic and crazy, no matter what happens and when it happens, we can still always move forward in love.
I’m still a clock watcher, but I try not to get trapped in my schedule. All that I need to get done can seem overwhelming at times, but all that needs to be done and when it gets done is all done in God’s time. So when I am tested with untimely surprises, I do my best to live by faith and the grace of God.
And I’m free when I trust that God is working out all the timing for me. Things happen in His time, and since He is eternal, there is always plenty of time, and there is always enough grace at every moment to live a life where all gets in place in God’s time.
Cruising down the frozen food aisle with my shopping cart that was already halfway loaded with several cereal boxes and a couple gallons of milk, I saw a guy opening and closing the freezer doors. In between opening and closing the doors, he took out boxes of frozen dinners and tossed them in his cart with a monotonous motion without looking at what was in the boxes. I didn’t mean to stare at him, but I could not help wondering if I looked this uninspired as I shopped the frozen food aisle.
At the check-out line, I dumped out the cereal boxes and frozen dinners and looked at the magazines and saw a cooking magazine with an article that spoke right to me and my microwave. I skimmed through the first page. It talked about getting out of the frozen food section and discovering the satisfying taste of crock pot wonders. I bought the magazine and read it that week.
The next time that I went to the store I had a grocery list and went to the fresh vegetable section and enjoyed the smells and colors. It was like being out on a farm. The next morning, I got up a little earlier than usual and followed the easy directions for Chicken Fresca with Chardonnay. In a few minutes of slicing vegetables and dashing some spices, I was done.
Coming home that night it was probably what it would be like entering Martha Stewarts’ home at dinner time. My apartment never smelled that good. A neighbor took a whiff and asked what restaurant I ordered out from.
The meal was delicious, and it was a wonder as promised. I thought cooking was for other people, but anyone can cook and have good food. A good meal does not need to be complicated. That evening I started thinking about what other things in my busy life that needed to change. Life can be simple and good. What other things were I missing out on because I was over-crowding myself with things I thought I needed but really didn’t need at all?
We tend to make life complicated. I have apps on my phone that I do not even know what they are for. I have buttons on my microwave that I never use. On my car’s console there is a small computer that has more programs that anyone should use, especially while driving. Don’t get me wrong I love my laptop, but I found I had to get up earlier every day to check all my emails and messages on the all of the social media that is out there. I found that all I was doing was staring at screens all day.
We have convinced ourselves that we must be multi-taskers. In our attempts to do many things, we have lost our focus to do one thing well. I found myself adding so much to life to try to make it full and meaningful that I lost its true purpose to enjoy simple pleasures, like making a good meal.
This problem is just not a modern day thing. Back in Jesus’ times, the Pharisees said there was always more to be done. They kept adding to rules and customs from how to wash one’s hands to cleaning pots to worship. And it got to the point that they missed out on some of the more important things in life like helping someone who needed help on the Sabbath, which to them in their interpretation of the Sabbath, it was a day of total rest, so a person could not be healed on that day.
Jesus knew what to do in every circumstance because he kept things simple. He brought everything together under one thought. Our Lord was not a rule-breaker because he healed on the Sabbath. Jesus got this way of doing things from his Father in heaven. His Father was only about love. Even in his law, God the Father gave it for the benefit for people to live simple and peaceful lives. On the other hand, the Pharisees had laws that weighed people down with unnecessary rules and customs.
God the Father sent Jesus to free people from burdens and the only way to get this freedom is from love. Jesus is love, and when a sick person came before him, he could only heal him, even if it was on the Sabbath when the custom was to do nothing. When hungry people were before him, he could only feed them. When Jesus was on the cross dying, even though he was innocent and people taunted him, out of love, he could only ask for his Father to forgive them.
As God’s beloved children, the only way to start a day is not ask what all do I need to accomplish today, but to ask what can I do that shows love. Again, don’t get me wrong, I can’t do a day without a to-do list, but they can get life complicated as we over do things to keep up with a world that has its goal to do many things to get as much stuff as possible. Showing love helps things to fall in place better. Love always is the right thing to do and never fails.
Simple ways can lead to a lot of good things, and when done with love and care, it does turn out to be a wonder. Good food, simple joys, and a love that comes from Christ are for everyone.
Doing my annual cleaning of a hall closet that stuff just seems to wander in, I pulled out everything. I am usually an organized person, but throughout a year things play hide and seek in the closet.
Under a suitcase I found some old jogging shoes that are now dry and brittle from being soiled and caked with mud from many runs through a nature center by my house. Some good golf balls must have fallen out of my bag and were loitering behind a small achat viagra ou generique box marked with a big marker, STUFF FROM OLD APARTMENT. I can’t remember what that stuff is. I’ll wait until Christmas to open it for a surprise for myself, but I’m glad I found the golf balls.
I was thinking I didn’t want to go too far back in the closet, for I might meet a skeleton coming out to shake my hand and ask, “Remember me?” Closets, attics, and basements have a way of accumulating all kinds of things. Some are lost treasures, and some things bring back memories that we would like to forget like the old picture when we had put on a few pounds. But we have come a long ways since the good and bad times of our lives, and if a skeleton meets us, we can think we have gone past that time to better things.
As humans, we have kept some of the bad we have done and had done to us. If we think we can bury them, we may think they have gone away. But like an ugly monster that likes to suddenly pop up, they show themselves, especially levitra private prescription in times when we are anxious and stressed. A burst of anger may come, and we wonder where it came from. It probably came from some unattended problem of the past that we have tucked away.
Moving on to better things is what life is all about. I think we need to have a strong belief that God has made us to be forward moving people, and here’s why:
Staying stuck in bad things just builds up more bad things
Looking back at mistakes and hurt can make us bitter
But forward moving people can:
Have hope that events will always be changing
These events give us new choices that can make life better
It takes some skill to move forward in life. Down deep in the pits of our beings are buried some secret sins that need to get wiped away clean forever in order to fully move us forward. Skills are needed to go in and take care of stuff that is buried and rotting in us.
What we need is the ability to turn from the past. Maybe being able to turn does not sound like a skill, but it is something that needs to be developed. To begin, turning takes trust and courage. Trust is needed that all will be okay after this problem is dealt with, and it takes courage as facing the horrible things of the past can be frightening.
Then, we need to be open and direct with the problem and decide what to do with it. With an honest look at the problem for what it is, we can see that is something that humans do and what we have done has happened before, and people have overcome this kind of problem.
And most importantly, we need to let faith kick in. Whenever we dodge the opportunity to let God by His grace step into our lives, we lose all of the real help for us, especially in those dark places where the bad stuff likes to hide. Holding on to secrets can hurt us like an old habitual sin that keeps bringing us down, but letting all be exposed in God’s light is the best we can do for ourselves.
Turning from the hidden past of our lives whether problems happened long ago or just the other day helps us to move forward and puts us in a new place. This place is very out in the open in the light where nothing can be hidden. To be out in this open place takes a fish bowl kind of faith.
Living in a glass house like a goldfish may sound very revealing. But when we have moved forward, we are different because we are free from the burden of the past and have no shame. Now we are not like the little bugs that live under a rock and scurry away to find other dark places when the rock is lifted up. We are very comfortable in the light and are willing to let others see us as we are. For now we are everything about God’s good will for our lives and doing that will in the world.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, there is a billboard advertising an eye doctor. Fitzgerald wrote the novel as he saw the overindulgence of a prosperous America. The sign shows a pair of eyes with glasses. These eyes are looking out on the world and can be interpreted as the eyes of God looking at the sins of the novel’s characters.
The fact is that God as omniscient and omnipresent sees all. Nothing is hidden from God. As His children, He sees us at all times; not to judge us but to give us His love and care. And we are to fix our eyes on Him. When we see God, we see His Son who is our faith, for He is our salvation and life now and forever.
We who live by grace with sins forgiven and have God’s love and care want to be in His complete view. Then, as we are all about God’s love, we invite all to look at our goldfish bowl of faith, so others may see and also can have God’s grace and love for themselves.
While I was channel surfing, I landed on a show that has become one of my favorites. It is about these two men who travel around the country picking through other people’s stuff. They ask collectors for permission to hunt for second hand treasures that might be tucked away in their basements, garages, and yards.
When they find something that they think they could fix up and resell, they make an offer. Most of the time people have a difficult time letting go of their dear possessions, and these guys have to make a hard deal. They need to figure out what they have to pay to get the stuff and what it will cost to fix it up, so they can turn some kind of profit.
A lot of times these things are used for other than their original purposes. An old gas station sign will be touched up and be used in a home’s recreation room to give it a kind of nostalgic feel. Or maybe an old toy like a little car made of iron could become a paper weight in an executive’s office as a conversational piece. The show calls this repurposing.
I’ve read where aluminum can be recycled over and over again and a can made out of aluminum can be recycled and then be used as part of an airplane or machinery. Aluminum can be recycled and repurposed for many other uses over and over again.
I got to thinking that if old broken stuff can be repurposed and aluminum can be crushed, melted, and made into something with a new purpose, so maybe I, at the age of fifty-three with the beginning signs of arthritis and having many mistakes made in the past, can find new purpose and meaning.
In any life, it is never impossible to start over again, but I have found that purposing is a process. It takes time to find a new purpose again. After the death of a loved one, a job loss, or a divorce, it will take time to find new meaning in life, but a new purpose can develop.
Jesus stepped onto a beach one day and talked to a few men who were fishing, and he called them to become his disciples. Their lives would constantly be changing as they became students of a master teacher and learned about the kingdom of God to then became witnesses of the greatest event on earth, Jesus’ death and resurrection, and finally, they were the ones to get out into the world and start the early church proclaiming that the forgiveness of sins and eternal life is for all who believe.
I can just see many people in the Bible scratching their heads when God told them to begin a new purpose in their lives. Noah was to build an ark in the middle of dry land; Moses was to lead the nation of Israel out of slavery to a promised land with a hard headed Pharaoh, a sea, and a wilderness between them and that land. David, only a young man was to slay a giant and to go from being a shepherd to a king, and God had Paul go from being a persecutor of Christians to become a great apostle. It all shows we never know what new purposes God will have for a life.
Jesus came to repurpose everyone and everything, even love. One day, he sits with his disciples and gives them a new commandment. This new commandment is really an old commandment made new again. It is, too, repurposed. In Jesus telling his disciples to love, he is saying what God told to Moses in his commandments on Mount Sinai, but to his disciples the commandment to love is new again as Jesus knows what he will do on the cross by taking the punishment for the sins of the world.
Every day we are forgiven of our sins and in that forgiveness we have new life to love again. If we did not have that forgiveness and new life, our love would be coming from guilt and shame and bitterness and viagra sans ordonnance old bad habits and hurts and that love would be a sour love. Jesus has come to remove all of what gets in the way of real love and gives us chance to live again in a new way.