It’s Friday folks. Time for another 5 minutes of writing wild and free. No second-guessing, no back-tracking, or other hyphenated words that stop us from being bold. Just write.
Today’s word: Tender
Softness and joy
Love and freedom
Living life with your care
Hope and tenderness I receive from you
Eternal giver of life and hope
Tenderness from you
Lord help me to be free to touch others
With the same tenderness I receive
Holding up hands with joy
You gave your life away
So I could give mine away
And do the same as you
Do for each one that calls you
Father, brother, friend
And for those that don’t know you yet
Be with me now
Let us share this moment of tenderness
Full and free
A life received and given away
Meet me in the moments of tenderness
Posted in Beauty, five minute friday, Grace, Joy, Love, Passion, Peace, Tenderness
Tagged brother, father, friend, tenderness, touch
That’s a fun word to say. Ec-lec-tic. There’s a little kind of punch from the vocal cords when I say it (probably from all of those hard c’s). For those who would like a definition, eclectic means: deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources. That’s me all over.
I don’t have any particular style. I don’t have any particular way of doing anything. I am a mishmash (another fun word to say out loud) of experiences that color me eclectic. I have always shunned the idea that I must conform to the standards of my society in how I conduct my life. “How I conduct my life”, now there’s an interesting turn of phrase. An orchestra is made up of an eclectic assortment of instruments following the conductors commands to slow down, go faster, be quieter. Each instrument offering up their own unique sounds to make a well conducted song. And how sweet that song can be.
Sorry. I saw something shiny.
Being the slightly crazy, out-of-sync-with-the-rest-of-the-world sort, I have collected together an otherwise unconnected assortment of philosophies and styles. Bits and pieces from this, that, and the other thing. Stuff that, within their collective of sameness are, in my opinion, somewhat boring. By gathering together these tidbits in my eclectic basket of being, I am giving these tidbits new life, meaning, and purpose. Put them all together like some crazy mosaic, and you have me.
I think God likes to do the same. Only on a grander scale. He seems to like to gather together people and churches that are individually unique with their own sound and style. I think it is important to note here that I believe that God has presented Christians with core set of values to follow that should be the conducted same way by each person (1 Corinthians 13 anyone?). Conformity to a certain way of behaving towards God and other people is very important to a fruitful faith (Mark 12:28). But, how boring would it be if we all were the same in our expression of our faith?
Think about it for a minute. What if the only music you ever heard was made up of one instrument? Boredom would set fairly quickly. How about if a mosaic was all one color and one kind of material? Boring.
The unique collection of you fits together nicely with the unique collections that are other people when the Holy Spirit is conducting the orchestra. We have to stop trying to coloring other people’s pink blue, or stop trying to force another person’s instrument to sound like our own. Sorry folks, no matter how hard you try, a trumpet will never, ever sound like a flute. Instead we need to celebrate each person’s contribution to the whole. Let the Holy Spirit reign in your heart. Let him conduct the orchestra the way it is meant to be conducted.
Then, we will be beautiful to behold.
Posted in Beauty, Gifts, Joy, Passion
Tagged beauty, boredom, conducting, eclectic, holy spirit, mishmash, mosaics, uniqueness
Ah, that’s better. It’s been a while. Sorry little blog. I didn’t mean to let you gather so much dust. I am much less distracted now and wish to renew our friendship. Will you forgive me? You will? Oh, thanks!
What better way to celebrate my reentry to the blogdom than to do a Five Minute Friday?
Let’s write bold and free for five non-stop minutes shall we? Excuse me while I get out my timer…
God makes everything brighter and more vivid. Everything shines to my eyes when God is involved in the details. Sometimes I stand like a child, awed by the sun, blinking back tears at the sheer joy of it all. How could I not? God’s love can be so overwhelming at times, flowing into every nook and cranny of my soul, making everything cleaner, brighter, more vivid. When God makes something more vivid, I can see minute details I never noticed before. A bead of dew here, a friends smile wrinkles there, a word well-spoken right in front of me. How can I not notice the glorious and grand details of His design when my vision is clearer, when life is more vivid than usual? My heart is beats in tune with the details of His plan when they are known to me and I see the brightness of His glory shining for my unfettered eyes.
Thanks for being here!
You too little blog!
Posted in Beauty, Faith, five minute friday, Gifts, Grace, Growth, Joy, Passion, Peace, Tenderness, Truth
Tagged clear vision, details, glory, God, noticing, shining, vivid
Bold, unscripted, unedited, and free. It’s five-minute Friday. Cuz that’s how we like it.
I like to remember what God has done for me. It’s so easy to forget how many times he has healed my heart, my mind, my soul. Remembering what God has done stokes the fires of faith. A fire that I can pass on with the word of my testimony. Testimony to his greatness and his Glory. Testimony to his character and his love for me (and you). Igniting the flames of passion in other’s hearts for God is what this Christianity thing is all about. Walking through the trials and tribulations and coming out on the other side clean and fresh and new is something only God can make happen. So remember, remember today and always what God has done for you. Stoke the flames in your heart with the memories of how he held you in his arms that one time. Pass that fire onto someone else so that they may know God’s love for them. Because, that’s the point, right?
Posted in Faith, five minute friday, Passion, Truth
Tagged fire, God, heart, mind, pass it on, passion, remember, soul, testimony