The Blessing of Being: Living Intentionally
3When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
4(What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
5Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty!
Psalm 8, NASB
Thanksgiving. A time to focus on both blessings, and most of all, God – Creator, Redeemer, Deliverer, Sustainer, our Abba Father who showers us with blessings each and every day. Think about the people who have blessed your life. Who comes to mind? What are some of the things you remember most about them? My guess is that most of their accomplishments were simple, ordinary things they chose to do very well. Maybe some of the people you remember achieved high honors, fame and fortune, but as for me, the people I remember most were average everyday-go-to-work-live-your-life-kinds of people. Chances are they encouraged you, were always there for you in both good times and bad, and in general, blessed you with an incredible sense of joy and love and belonging…
I have been thinking about this scripture from Psalms a great deal lately, for the longer I live, the more astonished I become as I realize with a deeper and deeper understanding just how much God loves us – and I haven’t even begun to scratch the proverbial tip of the iceberg! As I reflect on these statements, I realize more and more how extremely miniscule we are in the grand scheme of things, yet to God, we are the apple of His eye, He knows us by name, and even knows our thoughts before we think them and the number of hairs on our head!
In preparation for the Bible Study we are doing, I ran across this quote from one of the books I have been reading. It touched me so deeply that I want to share it with you.
“There is a reason you were born in this extraordinary moment in history. There is a high and holy purpose behind your existence. That you are drawing breath as you read this line is a fact saturated in divine meaning and method. And whether you know it or not, the stewardship you exercise over your brief journey on the earth carries eternal implications—for you and many others. You fulfill God-ordained purpose through a series of seemingly insignificant events. These events can and should result in a passionate pursuit of that for which God created you.” Rod Parsley, Culturally Incorrect
How different would our life be if we really, really understood just how intentional our lives are, that we are truly born for such a day as this, and, by the grace of God, can live to our fullest potential in Him? In Hebrew thought, every moment we live should be a sacred moment because each moment we live is a gift from God. All our meals should be sacramental as we bless God for His provision. Our journeys each day would hold so much more promise as we allow Him to truly lead us. Every encounter with others (even the most seemingly incidental), every task at work (even the most menial), every “happening “would hold its own opportunities for us to become more like Jesus.
Knowing all of this in the very innermost part of our being, how would this affect the way we treat others? The kinds of words we use? How we would view the typical interruptions of a typical day? What would be our attitude in general? How would we deal with the difficult people in our lives? How differently might we confront the problems that beset us?
I’m sending this your way today along with a prayer that each of us will be touched by the Holy Spirit with an unquenchable thirst to love God increasingly more than we already do. May we have that same unquenchable thirst for His Word. May we seek to have His Word sink so deeply into our own Spirits it will flow out of us naturally, in all we say and do, no matter what, no matter where.
When this happens, we will be able to see even more clearly that while who we are and the things we do seem quite insignificant to us, in God’s eyes, every moment we live can be a divine encounter with Him.
Now, how awesome is that!
From My Heart to Yours, Kay!