The Sun Shines and Warms...

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The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


While reading in Gospel Coach by Scott Thomas and Tom Wood today, I was reminded to take sight of the evidences of God's grace happening all about me. My tendency is not to see the evidences of God's grace in my life, (or the sun that shines and warms and lights)  but rather it is to see the areas that are not going well--the areas I don't understand or that with which I am not in full agreement (the evil, pain, hunger, mosquitoes and silly people). I was challenged to see the areas where God is moving. I was challenged to see all of the great things that Creator God has allowed me to join him in doing. Today, I was challenged to say no to seeing all of the problems in my life but to reflect upon the things that are going well!


I asked my best friend if he would join me in a challenge for a week--I pose the same question to you: Will you join me in a challenge? This week, can we be conscious of God's grace in our lives? The authors say:


To see evidences of God's grace, one could start by reflecting on the list of fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). How has God demonstrated himself through the fruit flourishing in your life? How have others illuminated the gospel through demonstrations of the fruit of the Spirit? You may find evidences of God's grace in places you've never looked.  (Gospel Coach, pp 180-181)

This week while at work, instead of complaining about the boss, can we look for evidences of God's grace? This week while at home, can we complain less about our spouse of kids and look for evidences of God's grace? This week, can we enjoy the warmth and light of the sun without constantly wondering about the things that we don't understand? Can we, for just this week, lean into love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control? I know we can! Do you accept the challenge?

This week, may we be people of the Gospel. This week, may we live loved and love freely. This week, may we be the change for which the world waits!


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