Monday, December 12, 2005

Just Hanging Out

Waitomo, NZ- 100m absailing

Well, thats me in NZ, a photo I thought I would share. I guess that was a more literal way of hanging out, but in my day to day life at this point, I am feeling much the same as I look in that picture. No, I dont spend hours a day suspended on a small rope seemingly miles about the earths surface, but I am in that place in life right now where the Lord has me just waiting, and for what I am not sure. If you are someone like me, that is a huge request. I like to have a plan, a mission, and be working diligently towards it. I dont like to be waiting around, looking around, feeling like everyone else is on their mission and passing me by. I am not patient by nature, for those of you who know me, that is not a surprise. I have to work hard and be intentional about being patient, and thats a lesson I am learning day by day, and expect I will continue to learn until Jesus returns.

As I have been going through and listening to a sermon series on several chapters in Matthew, I was really encouraged to yet again hear preaching about grace. Something said that really struck me was this. We are offered total forgiveness for our sins in this world, in this lifetime, but sometimes total healing has to wait until the world to come. This is the grace that is offered to me, and to each of you, through Jesus's death on the cross. This quote refers to the healing of the paralytic in Matt 9, in reference to the fact that there were many others whom Jesus forgave, but did not heal instantly. I am responsible for the decisions and choices I make in this lifetime, and sometimes I make bad ones, shocking I know! ;-) But these bad decisions need no longer seperate me from the Father, or close doors in my relationship with Him. Instead, I find myself now more than ever, daily coming back to Him, empty handed, saying Lord, I need more grace. And b/c of Jesus, I know the response I receive is, Jordan I love you, here you are. I know these lessons may sound basic and obvious, but the truth in them never ceases to give me goosebumps. So, I press on, waiting on the Lord, loving His people where I am, and trying harder each day to be more patient, and more like Jesus, that I was the day before.

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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Christmas is coming...

Gosh. Its crazy to me how busy the world gets a Christmas time. It gets so busy in fact that it is nearly impossible to keep an sane lifestyle around Christmas time. Even if you are working hard at not getting caught up in the rush, the craziness of traffic, shops, friends, and co workers is still enough to get you sucked in in one way or another. Santa, reindeer, elves, presents, food, parties, and on and on and on. Is a fake fat man in a big red suit really worth all this fuss?? Why arent are families and friends this important to us all year long? Why are they only super important at this time of year? I know even I am guilty in small ways of feeling this way at least once in a while, but just b/c we think this way doesnt make it right.

To help me keep persepective so far this Christmas, as the songs have been playing non stop on all the radio stations in town, I have really enjoyed listening to the words and reflecting on the gospel messages of Jesus Christ that fill the lines of most of the good old tunes.

For example: Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,


Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love’s pure light;
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,


Yea, Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
Jesus, to Thee be
All glory giv'n;
Word of the Father,
Now in the flesh appearing!

What an awesome God we serve. And how awesome where the old hymn writers of years gone by of capturing that amazing message. Whats your favorite Christmas hymn?? Enjoy the season. Christ, our Savior, was BORN!