From this moment on, when the Spirit convicts and I feel moved to turn that entire span of time from this moment until some vague unspecified time in the future we label “My Life,” or “My Future,” over to God, I will stop. Yes, stop. Reread that first sentence a few times if you must. See I think we have become somewhat lazy here. We are convicted that something needs to change, that we need to give something over or something up to God. Instead of changing or surrendering that one aspect by surrendering it moment by moment, we say “Here’s my entire life,” or “Here’s my entire future.” What is our life and future but the sum of present moments, and the choices made in those moments strung together until it builds a future that is a life. C.S. Lewis said something to the effect that the present moment is when we are the closest to touching eternity. The idea being that we are no closer to God than in the present. So from this moment on I will not say, “God here is my life, here is my future. Take it and do whatever you want with it.” That seems so passive anyway. Instead I will ask a more active question with this change or conviction in mind: God what do you want me to do with this moment? or What do WE do with this moment? Quite a difference huh? Try it the next time you feel God prompting you to make a change. It will be more difficult, but eternally more rewarding. You wait and see.
It seems I have fallen off the earth! Well, not really. Winter has happened. This season does not agree well with me. I’m like Demeter that way, I suppose. My creative inspiration drifted away with the last warm breezes of late summer. All traces of imaginative inspiration laid buried under layers of frigid, colorless blankets of snow and ice. Hybernating with me have been Disciple’s concert photos from Ichthus. I was certain they had been posted. A new life was documented by my lens the first of December. I will share with you her beautiful newborn face. I also discovered most recently how difficult it is to take a self-portrait. I like a couple of them. So now that I’ve made some promises, the sun seems to be growing closer to my part of the world, birds are singing, and color is coming back into the world, I hope to log more of my world here.
Until next time…