Wednesday, December 7, 2011

learning from history

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that crippled much of our military.  It also marked the day, in my opinion, that American leaders said “enough”.  You can take your books of history along with the stories you and I have heard of World War II and beyond tracing their start to that horrible invasion in the beautiful Hawaiian Islands.

Are there other marks in our history that leave us tracing happenings in our own lives?  Those might be days of celebration such as marriage or the birth of a baby or even and rightfully so the day that we accepted Jesus as our Savior.  It could even be dark days such as the death of a loved one or the loss of a job. 

All along our path there are times, dates and events that mark our push forward or the walls that hold us back.  We have choices to make in life.  Do we allow things to hold us back?  Or do we press on, climb the walls, keep looking up and seek to stay strong and have light even when it seems to be getting dark?  I challenge you to make a life map, if you will, of where you have been.  Put on the graph the days or events that have shaped your life.  Both the good and the bad should be noted.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The points along our life map say much about us, but they do not define us.  Listen up.  God made you.  He is your creator and sustainer of your life.  He loves you no matter what.  You might be short or tall, fat or skinny, rich or poor but the same God made us and loves us all.

Let those points remind you that God is working on you.  He is remaking you.  He is ready to use you and me if we let Him.  How strong we will be if we learn from history and allow God to teach us and strengthen us so we can impact the future!

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

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