Friday, December 4, 2015

I Don't Watch the News

(Thanks to my friend, HR, for giving me the kick in the rear I needed to come back and show this little blog some love!)

Right or wrong, I purposefully ignore the news.  

The stories are terribly heartbreaking.  Full of hate.  Evil.  Entitlement.  People with no moral compass.  People who are out to steal, kill, and destroy.  

And for WHAT?

I was playing on the floor with Davis back when he was just a little squirt (before he could even roll over) and the local news was on in the background.  And this particular night, there were three back-to-back stories involving child cruelty.  My stomach literally rolled, and I couldn't ingest another word of it.  I got up, turned off the TV, and I've watched little news since.  


Davis is no longer a little squirt.  Somehow he went from being 3 to 16 in this pic.  How does that happen!?!

Kevin tries to encourage me to at least have some sense of what's happening in the world!  He was making a point awhile back, so he asked me who Putin was.  I indifferently said, "He's that Italian guy..."  HAHaaaaaa!  I'll NEVER live that one down!

But I've learned something.  I've been studying Colossians over the last several weeks, and the Lord has gently smiled as He's reminded me to not forget WHO HE IS.  

(On a side note, Colossians is such a tremendously rich book.  I call it a mini-Bible because  we get to see who Jesus is from creation to the resurrection in just four little chapters!  Your heart would be so blessed to read it!)


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Paul gives a precious description of who Jesus Christ is.  As I read these verses, "all" kept jumping off the page at me:

Colossians 1:15-20New American Standard Bible (NASB)

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for allthe fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I saywhether things on earth or things in heaven.

Christ IS all, and He is IN all.  And I forget that sometimes.  How often am I guilty of treating the Lord as my genie in a bottle instead of worshiping Him for who He is-- God in the flesh, as Creator, as Head of the Church, as Reconciler, Redeemer, as the King of kings and LORD of lords?  

In Christ, I serve an "ALL" kind of God.  A God who created ALL things and holds ALL things together and reconciles ALL things to Himself.  

Paul prays the "ALL-ness" of Christ for this thriving little church in Colossae, and it's super powerful!


Colossians 1:9-12New American Standard Bible (NASB)

For this reason also, since the day we heard of itwe have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in allrespects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of allsteadfastness and patience; joyously 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.


It's THE MOST powerful prayer I've ever witnessed.  It's worth knowing that Colossae was once a thriving, wealthy place.  But at the time of Paul's letter, Colossae more resembled a ghost town.  So how does a thriving church exist in a ghost town?  Why would these people travel to a dying town to attend church in a time when travel wasn't easy?  Maybe, just maybe, it's because of Paul's unceasing prayer for the hearts of these people--that God would fill them with ALL spiritual wisdom and understanding so they would please Him in ALL respects...that they would bear fruit in EVERY good work...be strengthened with ALL power to attain ALL steadfastness and patience while joyously giving thanks to the Father.

That's POWERFUL.  Don't miss this!  Paul is asking God to fill these believers with His "ALL-ness!"   And, honestly, when I thought about turning these verses into a prayer, I stopped.  It's more than a little terrifying to ask God for his "ALL-ness," right?  I'm not spiritually mature enough for that!  Can little ol' me pray a prayer as big and bold as that one?  I'm telling you what...you start praying scripture and you better hold on because God is going to rock your world!!  He's reminding me that He is ALL in ALL.  ALL of Him dwells in me through his Holy Spirt, and this prayer gives him permission to unleash ALL of Him in ALL of me.  

(This post has turned out to be way longer than I intended.  But, like I said, Colossians is soooooo rich!)


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So, I'm now praying Paul's most powerful prayer (in my opinion) for myself, for Kevin as he walks out the door to go to work--Kevin, I pray for God to fill you with ALL spiritual wisdom and understanding so you please Him in ALL respects.  I pray that Olivia and Davis will soon look to Him for ALL truth and guidance and they will find their FULL identities in Him.  The really cool thing is that I haven't yet found a situation/circumstance where Paul's prayer isn't applicable.  

I've prayed this prayer for you, HR!  For you, KG!  For you, JS!  For the too many people I know that have suffered the loss of a loved one this year, I've prayed this prayer for you.  For our pastor.  For our church.  For the people I serve with.  And I've prayed this prayer for those people on the news--yes, for the victims, but also for the hearts of those acting out the evil that I can't bear to watch.  

Only God can turn a mess into a miracle.  I've seen Him do it.

Sincerely,

Leigh


PS

Olivia's solo in her school performance last night!

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