Kevin and I were reading on our front porch last night when we realized it must be getting late; it was almost dark. Thinking we were heading to bed, we came in, pulled the curtains shut and discovered it was only 8 pm, not bedtime!
With summer-time evenings shrinking and the calendar flipping to September, we are off and running into fall. This time of year can feel like the horse races. With a shot, we’re running like pent-up horses at the track.
It’s not that we want to race our way through life, jostling to make it to the finish line. Fall is the kick-off time of year; school, projects, clubs, events; even churches get busier in the fall. And, if we are not careful we too can get caught up in a race that feels unwinnable; a race that feels more like death than life.
During the kick-off part of this busy season, it helps to remember who we really are. 1 John 3: 1-3 says,
What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to. But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him—and in seeing him, become like him. All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own.
That wonderful truth is often forgotten in the crush of the starting gate. The gun goes off, the doors open and without thinking we take off for the race of our lives. Not a good way to live life. What can we do instead?
Remember who we really are! We are children of God!
We are on a journey! We are not now what we will be come!
And what will we become? Like Jesus who is a model for us.
I took a few minutes this morning to remember what Jesus was like.
He loved tough and compassionately.
He confronted with wisdom and courage.
He changed people’s lives.
He didn’t worry; about what to wear, what to eat, where to sleep, or appearances.
He was humble, obedient, loyal, creative, unprejudiced.
He told stories but always spoke truth.
He was a leader, teacher, guide, friend.
He was an amazing communicator and took time to listen.
He spent time with the Father.
He practiced Sabbath not according to law but according to relationship.
My fall is very full. As Fall’s starting gate opens today and the gun goes off, I don’t want to live into a race for the finish line. I want to live into what God is inviting me to become. Like Jesus.
Do you think it is possible to take a list like the one above and use it as a grid to decide how to live into our busy, kicked-off lives? If we don’t take time to intentionally and prayerfully decide how we want to live this fall, we will find ourselves racing for the finish line without knowing where we are really going.
What do you think Jesus was like?
Do you see areas of your life that look like His?
Do you sense God inviting you to become more like Jesus? I do. I’m thankful that it is God who will transform me and you to be like Jesus. We get to partner with Him in that transformative process but He is the One Who will complete His good work in us…
Philippians 1:6 “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion
until the day of Christ Jesus.