You desire truth and authenticity, the freedom to be and do you; you want enough safety to become vulnerable; you want significance. I want that, too.
Like you, I learned to be cautious and mistrustful. I am anti-establishment and ever seeking new ways.
Do you remember wanting these things? I do.
What happened? Why did you give up on these and settle into the status quo?
I know so many of you – you still value authenticity, social justice, idealism and freedom. You have not lost the fire in your hearts that cause you to work for a better world.
Dear generations in between:
You want identity, prosperity and freedom.
Do these not add up to the same things that milennials and boomers seek?
We are in this world together, searching and working for the same things.
Let’s join hearts and hands and include each other:
Boomers need you, Xers, Mes and Milennials;
I hope you recognize that you need us as well.
There is such a lie that has been promoted – Anyone over 40 is done.
No! We’re still here; we’re alive and desirous of the same things.
Instead of opposing or excluding each other, let’s come together in the unity of our ideals and searches;
Then we’ll see what God makes from all of this.
There once was a lamp
That was very bright;
Made from gold and jewels,
It gave off beautiful light.
The family who owned it
Were filled with fear and doubt;
They hid the lovely lamp
Until it went out.
Another lamp stood
Serenely and tall
In front of a building
Where it lit the way for all.
There were many ideas
Of how the lamp should be
So it was remodeled
Till no one could see.
The Giver of Light
Came to town one day.
He noticed that both lamps
Were failing to light the way.
One was hidden and cold;
The other compromised;
Not able to be used;
Worthless and despised.
He worked with each lamp,
Restoring its flame;
Then he told the people
They must never be the same.
Freed from isolation,
Each lamp stood in its place,
Uncompromised and real,
Shining with God’s grace.
The words of this story
Come with a challenging voice:
Let God’s light within you
Shine brightly every day;
With Him as Source and Goal,
Walk in His true way.
It has been several years since I maintained a Lenten discipline. This year, however, it seems like a life giving thing for me to do.
Philippians 4:8-9 came to mind as the basis for my discipline – “Whatever is true, noble(honorable), right, pure…think on these things. Whatever you have learned, put into practice. (the lifehelps revised version)
The focus of my discipline is to reflect on what God is saying about who He is, who I am in Him and what He has or wants for me. This may seem rather basic, but I find that it is easy to get distracted.
The first word in Philippians 4:8 is “true.”
Here is an exerpt I copied from Bible Hub.com:
“what can’t be hidden”) stresses undeniable reality when something is fully tested, i.e. it will ultimately be shown to be fact (authentic).”
Hmm, what can’t be hidden. I am immediately reminded of a paradox:
There are several Bible verses that talk about mystery and how God hides things; then there are at least as many about revelation, hearing, seeing and knowing. I think the key to this is that we cannot know God apart from Him. We need Holy Spirit to reveal and quicken God’s word to us. We need His conviction, confirmation and direction. To “know” God is not about collecting factoids; it’s about personally experiencing and becoming acquainted in a relational sense. That is a life-long journey.
“stresses undeniable reality when something is fully tested.”
If there is one thing about God, all that He is, says and does that brings me great strength and comfort, it’s that He can be “fully tested” and He’ll come out true every time! A lot of things in life can seem very real; yet when they are really tested or challenged, they fail. Any lie is subject to such a fall. What God says is; we can depend on that.
“It will ultimately be shown to be fact (authentic.)”
That’s the kind of truth I want to hold on to: Real, authentic, reliable, eternal, indisputable!
Lord Jesus, lead us into truth; your Word is truth. Amen.
Truth instead of plattitudes;
Living faith instead of doctrine;
Joy in place of a “stiff uper lip;”
A God who’s worth believing in.
Hope instead of mere wishing;
Courage, not just a “spine of steel;”
Peace that comes from trusting in Jesus,
Almighty God, loving and real.
Surrender to His perfect will,
Fruit of His affection and grace;
Life in the power of Holy Spirit;
Ever in the light of His face.
We are called to live in Him
Who redeems us and makes us whole;
This is true Kingdom reality:
Jesus is Lover of our souls.