Love or hate the Yankees, this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in baseball. I love this game.
It’s All Sacred
I wrote a blog post the other day, and I used a phrase that bothered me, a phrase I’ve been kicking around in my head ever since.
I was talking about how the idea of “calling” is especially prevalent in the…well, the “Christian sphere.” And I think you know what I mean by that.
But it’s been bugging me, this phrase.
My whole sphere is a Christian sphere. Or at least it better be.
I’ve heard stories about folks who will listen to James Taylor in their car or at their house, but if the band at their church played “You’ve Got a Friend,” well, that would be a serious problem.
I don’t want there to be this divide in my life between the “sacred” and the “secular.” I want to find God in James Taylor’s music just like I do in Matt Redman’s or Bill Gaither’s.
(Go ahead and laugh.)
More importantly, I don’t think God wants that divide between the sacred and secular in our lives. I think what He desires is a consistency in us, a willingness for us to be the same person all the time. This is called “integrity.”
May my whole sphere today and every day be God’s sphere.
(Recommended further reading on this topic: Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God, which you can pick up for FREE on Kindle at that link.)
I’ve been thinking about ‘calling’ lately.
What are you called to? Whom are you called to? We hear people talk a lot about their calling, especially in the Christian sphere.
“I’m called to the ministry.”
“I’m called to this area of town.”
“I’m called to bear this cross.”
And this isn’t bad or wrong. At all. But sometimes in the midst of talking about our calling, I wonder if we lose sight of something more universal.
If you are married, you are called to be a godly spouse, offering unconditional love and grace to your husband or wife.
If you are a parent, you are called to be full of patience and compassion, full of mercy and tenderness, bearing the great responsibility of showing God’s love to your children.
You are called, regardless of what phase of life you are in, to be a loving and gracious neighbor, considering others better than yourself.
It’s not that you may or may not be called to these things. You are called.
So today be encouraged…If you’ve ever thought, “My calling doesn’t matter,” or “I don’t even have a calling,” this is just not the case. You have the highest and most important calling in the universe: To know God and make him known.
And be challenged…Your calling is bigger than your job, bigger than the neighborhood you live in, bigger than your burdens. What are you doing with it?
(Two parenthetical postscripts:
1. Just as I was finishing this post, my youngest son came out on the deck and crawled up in my lap. And I was reminded of a big part of my calling once again.
2. If you are interested in this topic, there are two resources I would recommend to you. First is a little book by Os Guinness, The Call. Second, our pastor has written and talks often about the idea of “Pastoring First Church,” or caring first for your family. You can read more about this at his website.)
Please watch this video about perception and true beauty. It means even more to us now considering the physical damage that has been done to Braden’s face.
Even in realizing that you are more physically beautiful than you realize, remember this: “God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.”