“And yet this was a SMALL thing…”

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord God. You have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord God! And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord God! Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it. Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.”

2 Samuel 7:18-22 ESV

This morning, I woke up completely overwhelmed by God’s relentless, reckless love for me. As I read this passage in 2 Samuel 7, and thought about who God is and all that He has done in my own life, I began to weep.

Like David, I asked who am I, so flawed, and insignificant, and undeserving that the Great God of Heaven would take all of my days, both good and bad, and make something so beautiful from them. And if the sum total of all that I have seen God do is merely “a small thing” for Him, then no matter the kind of moment I sit in right now, I can remain confident that the best is STILL yet to come!

This morning, be encouraged to pause for a moment, and look back over your own life. Identify the moments of deep sorrow, disappointment and heartache – it’s there we most clearly see God’s righteous right hand upholding us. Think back to the moments of unspeakable joy and unbridled celebration – there it is easy to see the Presence of the King who rejoices over us, where we see that His joy is our strength.

If you are struggling to find energy and focus for worship this morning, think of a Savior who was willing to sacrifice everything just. for. you. Who went down into the depths so that you could be raised to life again! The same Jesus who now sits at the right hand of His Father interceding continually on your behalf.

And like David, I’m sure you will come to the conclusion: “Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears” (2 Samuel 7:22).

Living Free

In the days following the completion of my   40 Days Lighter journey, I have realized that it often takes more commitment to sustain change than to initiate it. 

I can be a serial project lover at times, making it wonderful to have new ideas. I feel great starting new projects, but as time goes by, my enthusiasm and general sense of purpose tends to wane. 

In light of this knowledge about myself, I spent time in intentional contemplation about what measures I could put in place to prevent the undesirable slowdown. I connected with accountability partners, shared my story publicly, and found scripture to journal and post in my personal space to encourage me along the way.

Yet, over the last week or so, I have found the single most effective way to make the changes I have embraced stick – is to do the work, and keep on doing the work.

With each new day God gives me, I must choose to continue the steps I’ve started towards losing the weight, removing the clutter from my home, clearing my mental space, and keeping my lines of communication with God open. I realize that this journey is not a sprint, but a marathon – because a healthy life means making healthy choices for the long haul.

As we move further into the second quarter of the year, some of us have lost sight of our big picture – a life that reflects our values, worth, and understanding of who God created us to be. Yes, I had that dessert at Sunday dinner. Yes we’ve had some late night cheat meals (don’t judge me). And yes, I have missed some writing days, choosing to enjoy the company of my family instead. There is good news – that doesn’t mean it’s all over. We all have the chance to get back on track.  

If you are in need of a gentle nudge to get going again, THIS IS IT!!!

Pick up that project you dropped when the excitement of the New Year faded. Lose those pounds you’ve already started to regain after all you “gave up” during Lent. Start working on your blog or your book that has been a long time coming.

Don’t miss this moment, this new day, this next opportunity to make it happen. Do the work!

Today, I can truly say, that I’m ready to run. I’m ready to work. I’m ready to LIVE free!

40 Days Lighter – Day 36: Push Through It

Have you ever watched a toddler who really wants something, maybe a toy, or better yet, something they shouldn’t have, like a pen? If you have, then you’ll notice that they are unbelievably persistent, especially when they think no one is watching.

My 1.75 year old will stop at absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing, to reach my books and pens when he sees that there is any possibility that they might be within reach. He has been known to go and find the seat for his toy keyboard, some cushions to make a fluffy tower, or even a pile of stuffed animals – anything he can use to get a boost and reach his target.

And as you can see from the image above, once he has that pen in his hand, there is no question what he should be doing with it. As far as he is concerned, any light colored wall in this house is a blank canvas, and fair game for his artwork.

Terrible two’s or not, there is a lesson to be learned from the tenacity of toddlers – they don’t know when something is “too hard”, and they don’t know what it means to hold back. They fully love, hug and snuggle, or fully throw a tantrum. They love a certain food today, and demonstrate their absolute disdain for the same food tomorrow. Toddlers are ALL IN when it comes to life.

As I contemplated our son’s “artwork”, I was encouraged to push through the moments when my goal feels too far away, when I feel like there is too much weight left to lose, or too much work undone. I was inspired to approach challenges with a “make it happen attitude”, even if it took a million “stuffed animals” to get enough leverage to reach my goal. I was reminded that sometimes the difference between failure and success is laser-like focus – being unconcerned about what others “in the room” are doing, fixing my gaze on the prize and not the distractions.

As I tried to decide how to take this latest masterpiece off of the wall, I was emboldened to write my story, without reservation, when I finally achieved my goal – because there is someone who needs to hear it.