As I’m hanging out with Heavenly Dad, I’m growing to understand Him just a bit more as I’m reading through His diary. What I used to call His “instruction book,” and still do at times, has become so much more.
I came upon the diary of a strong spiritual leader that had passed away. In it contained stories of their life, their stresses, and their dreams and aspirations for others. (Doesn’t that describe God‘s holy book to a “T”?) I knew this person very well, but by reading through their diary I grew to know them far more intimately. I wonder what our relationship would have been like had I known these intimate details while they were still alive?
I have that very opportunity with Heavenly Dad. Each day I read just a bit more about Him, the sacrifice He made for me, not because I was or am a horrible sinner, but because He loves me, values me, doesn’t just know my “potential” but SEEs me for what He created me to be: His beloved child created in His image(What do you know? I look like my Dad!)—woooow.
Looking like and being like are two different things. One is acting the other is authentic. The one takes a lot of effort and the mask slips when fatigue sets in. The other is effortless and full of peace.
AnyWho, devouring the diary like a chocolate sundae I can’t stop eating, I came across the passage that was clear but unclear all the same time—Diaries aren’t always the easiest to understand if they are a translated version. Eric, of course, in all his wisdom, said “Have you checked the other versions?“ I feel so stupid when that happens. It’s like being at work, having a computer problem and the tech guys ask, “Have you turned your computer off and back on?“ Duh.
In the simplest of terms, The Message took a translation, and put it in straightforward words. Again, my translation of choice is ESV but I adore NIV, NKJV, The Message, and The Passion. Since all I have to do is push a button at the top of my phone screen, I use those daily to read/hear what Heavenly Dad has to say as clearly as possible.
Do you want to be a fly on my wall? One day I had to laugh! I think I asked God the question, “So what do I do to become the best ‘me’ I can be?” Sometimes He just spells it out:
Romans 12 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Alrighty then! Let me end with His wisdom and not my own.
Until next time: Blessings!