In Real Life
Matthew 27:45-46: Things may seem bleak now, but hope lies just ahead. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” this is Dickens’ opening line to one of the greatest novels. These words present conflicted emotions! How can things be both? For us, holding on to hope in the face of darkness seems difficult. This week we learn how Jesus turns dark times into light. How the worst of times lead to the best ones – and why.
Matthew 27:42 – Sometimes waiting is hard. Especially now with the COVID-19 pandemic thwarting normal life. We’re tempted to take matters in our own hands – but there’s risk! Jesus teaches that some things must wait, and the outcome is usually better. He proves that is death was planned – as was his return to life. Jesus defeated the Devil which allows us to forgo we earn by not following God’s guidance. When life throws shade your way – talk to Jesus and follow his lead.
John 13:14 – Anyone who cares for children, or animals, knows that they need help with things that are second nature to us. In one of his final actions, Jesus teaches the importance of being humble and serving others. He took on the task of washing the feet of his closest followers – something that typically is reserved for a servant. This radical demonstration of kindness shows that we also can be helpers for those less skilled or less aware. It is also a preview of how Jesus must be the one who cleans us if we are to be with him in heaven.
Matthew 26:50 – Chameleons have the gift of blending in and seeing all that is going on around them. Whether eating or defending, these tools allow them to survive. Jesus also can see all around him – knowing exactly our thoughts and emotions before we act on them. He often confronts us through our inner voice yet considers us friends – a common bond working for God’s cause.
Matthew 26:10 – Ever witness something that caught you off-guard? Or thought you had a better idea for another person’s action? Not everything in life is the way it seems. Jesus teaches us to experience new ideas and not jumping to conclusions before all the details are available. Honor God by growing and using your skills and applying patience as a learning tool.
Life’s challenges cause us all to need a break at some point. Sometimes you need to power through and take care of business – but when the work is done, be sure to refresh. Jesus gave an example to follow – intentionally take time alone with God so he can restore, refresh and give peace of mind.
Stories are told through words, art and actions. They often have meaning that goes beyond the surface. Jesus told stories to communicate his message. Those who care enough will get it. Your story is told the same ways – words, art, actions. Your closest connections will get you; just be careful the message you’re giving.
Go, go, go! Society promotes an attitude of action and constant progress. Many interpret it to mean that we need to work as long and hard as possible. Jesus gives a different view: advice that is backed up by science – rest! Not just sleep, but a release of mind, body and soul – trusting Jesus for guidance.
Matthew 10:14 “Shake it off” is something my football coaches would say after getting my bell rung by a good hit. It carried over into words I would use with my children after a fall or a disappointment – “shake it off.” My coaches were not being insensitive, nor was...
Matthew 9:12 I have a long-standing love-hate relationship with my dentist. It feels like there is a new suggestion with every visit. Maybe a cavity has formed, and needs repaired – or a tooth has rotted so much that a root canal and cap is needed. No matter the...