How Beautiful

A few weeks ago we talked in worship about identity.  Moses was the Biblical life we looked at and we considered how his identity in relationship with God shaped how he was able to do God’s Kingdom work.  That teaching time ended with a quote from Macrina Wiederkehr,

“O God, Help me to believe the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is!”

Do we think we are beautiful, beloved children of God?  Do we believe that our relationship with God allows us to change the world?  Are our lives transformed because we believe the truth about ourselves?  Do we believe that we matter?

We’re heading into that time of year when it can get really difficult to remember the truth.  We are being assaulted with messages of materialism, greed, perfectionism and even idolatry when it comes to the holidays.  We hear: buy this, dress like this, give this, decorate like this, be hospitable like this, do this and on and on.  These messages have little to do with our relationship with God.  In trying to live up to society’s norms, we save precious little time or energy for remembering who we are.

Maybe this year will be different.  Maybe we will remember that we matter and what we do is important.  God can do anything you know!  When we choose to focus on our relationship with God and those around us, God can change the way we think.  When we are looking up at God, we’ll miss the junk trying to get our attention.  We can hear the truth.

We are beautiful.

God help us to believe.

Tomorrow, Sunday, Nov 24, we are blessed to hear this message from Dan Hettinger, author of “Welcome to the Big Leagues – Every Man’s Journey to Significance.”  Dan’s work, especially with men, will be meaningful to all of us as we try to combat the “holidays”.  We’ll be looking for you at 9 or 10:30 am.

As Dan says: Your life matters,

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