Life Revered

LIFE REVERED | James Stokes Photography, LLC

Today I am moved by just how awesome God is. I know we hear that word often, sometimes to describe pizza or the latest lipstick but the truth is NOTHING compares to the wonders of our creator. The more time I spend away from the things that distract me from His word the more at peace I feel.

I am a person who almost always feels like they are being pulled in a million different directions, pleasing, serving, perfecting. Much of this has robbed me of joy due to a lack of prioritizing God first. I still and always need His Grace in this, but he has been so patient with me, always reminding me of how much he loves me through the stories and promises he is weaving into my life. As I approach 30, I can see God’s plan, discipline, trials, and blessings in my life much more clearly.

He moves when we are still and works when are  patiently waiting on him. This is the Christian walk; trusting in the Lord. For some, it is years, decades, but always he is faithful and just. I find myself complaining when the smallest of things don’t go the way I had planned and I am reminded of Joseph and his time in prison. My molehills are put rightly into perspective in this moment when I take time to ponder on what is eternal, what is most important!

As I begin to prepare for my brother’s wedding 1 year from today, I think about what I will say to a captive audience as I deliver the message. What words will be remembered years from now? How can I make Christ the center? That is always the goal; making less of ourselves and much of Christ. There is so much freedom in this.

The comparison game ends at the feet of Jesus. None of us are worthy or can claim our own greatness. We are clay, made of earth and poured into by the Holy Spirit.

But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 2 Corinthians 4:7

While we may be easily broken, God has entrusted the Good News to us as a vessel reminding me again that I am not my own. The gospel is not merely a message of truth that confronts our hearts, but an explosive power that turns a person’s life upside down. How has your life been turned upside down by Jesus?

Maybe you’re in the midst of planning your wedding or simply a person looking for inspiration. I challenge you to make a choice to live a life in total reverence to your creator and Heavenly Father. The whole world comes into focus through the lens of God at the center and  as the author and artist of our life. Through trial and blessing, he remains steadfast, drawing us closer to him.

Look for ways to be a vessel; ask to be molded in the likeness of his son Jesus and search for beauty beyond the screens that permeate our daily routines. God broke the mold with you, with all of us. We’re fearfully and wonderfully made for his purpose. How will you live a LIFE REVERED?



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