The sun is beautiful here today with a slight breeze! The trees behind my condo are waving in various shades of green. But I’m not on my deck enjoying it. I am on my sofa. The two large windows on either side of my fireplace were a deal maker when we bought the condo. I love the view! The sun makes my fibromyalgia much worse. So I enjoy the summer from afar.
When I was young, I soaked up the sun for hours at a time on the beach. Now we go to the beach in the off season and make sure we have a room with a view.
I am glad my bucket list was emptied when I was young. I have traveled on other continents and to a large number of countries in eastern and western Europe. My number one item on my list was to visit the Soviet Union when it was still behind the iron curtain. I did that in the 70’s on a bus. I flew into Warsaw where I got a bus into the Soviet Union. I spent three weeks before coming out in Helsinki where I caught a flight back to Spain.
My husband still has the Grand Canyon on his bucket list. I am OK with it but it isn’t on my list.
God has been so good to me knowing, of course, I would be more confined in my later years. His timing is perfect.
I’m sure you too have stories of God’s faithfulness to you. Not just stories of pleasure as I have mentioned above but in weightier matters. The gospel is God’s good news to us in the weightiest of all matters. Some of us have heard from childhood the account of Christ dying for our sins and our need for believing that through faith. There is no current physical evidence. Our faith is our evidence. (Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is the evidence of things not seen.)
I think sometimes we leave it in the past or at least on a back burner. However, it should always be forefront. Rehearsing every day the grace God has offered us keeps us in tune with God and never lets our memories of his sacrifice grow stale.
A valuable place to start if you would like to daily remind yourself of the good news is Ephesians 2 in the New Testament. This is Ephesians 2 from a version called The Message:
It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.
7-10 Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role.
Isn’t that the greatest news in the world? Shouldn’t we want to hear it every day? Nothing in this world is more worthy of our time.
A few years ago, I committed to read that Scripture every morning as a reminder of what Jesus has done for us. It has been at least a year since I did that. Starting back sounds like a good idea. It would be something of worth I could do from my sofa.