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Raw cookie dough in cookie clumps.

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The other day, I was listening to the radio and Brian “Head” Welch was being interviewed. Now this guy, who was the guitarist and founding member of the band KoRn, has sort of an amazing conversion story. It’s one of those that we all love to hear because it shows the power of God, and how if it suits His purposes, He is fully capable of coming down and just BOOM, grabbing someone.

On thing that really struck me while I was listening to the interview was when Welch said that he found Christ and His love irresistible. Even though this guy’s story is amazing, and he’s written about it in “Save Me From Myself” and a devotional, “Stronger, Forty Days of Metal and Spirituality”, it was the word irresistible that really caught me.

How many of us can say that it was Christ’s irresistibility that caught us? Many of may say, out of habit, that God loves us, that He gave His life for us or that we love Him, but how many of us have experienced the love of God in such a way that we would categorize it as irresistible?

When someone says ‘irresistible’ I’m always reminded of my son when he was 5-years old and in kindergarten. He went to a school where it was just a half-day kindergarten, so, he was always home for lunch.

My son is an unapologetic lover of desserts. Many years ago, he informed me that not only was there dinner dessert, but there was breakfast dessert and lunch dessert too. The breakfast dessert I put my foot down about, but, every once in a while, I would give him a little lunch dessert especially after he had come home from a long day of  learning in kindergarten.

All of us have that one dessert that we just love, and for my son it’s cookie dough. Now, I know that you’re not supposed to give your children cookie dough because of the raw eggs and the fact that the experts say it could possibly kill them. But, since I’m not really one to listen to the experts, and since my son just adores the stuff, I’ve always gone by the motto ‘everything in moderation’ and have moderately indulged his love of it.

So, this one day I decided that lunch dessert was in order. In an effort to stream line things, I put his lunch down in front of him and off to the side on a separate plate, I put two little squares of chocolate chip cookie dough. These were accompanied with strict instructions that he needed to eat his lunch first and his dessert second. It wasn’t even a minute later that he moved from one end of the table to the other, taking his lunch plate with him, and leaving his dessert behind.

I immediately told him that moving around the table during a meal was rude, and he needed to go back to his original seat.

“I can’t go back there,” he said.

“Why not?” I answered looking from one end of the table to the other and not seeing what the problem could possibly be.

“It’s  too tempting,” he replied. “I’m trying not to be tempted by the cookie dough. So, I moved.”

I tried not to smile because he was so earnest in his desire not to give into the temptation of the cookie dough. Rather than get into trouble for eating it first, he moved so far way from it that it wouldn’t interfere with what he was told he needed to do first.

Because he loved the cookie dough more than anything else, it was irresistible to him.

Draws a picture of what irresistible is, doesn’t it?

When I heard Brian “Head” Welch describe Christ and His love as irresistible, then thought of my son and the cookie dough, it made me wonder about how many of us see God that way, as irresistible. To fall that deeply for someone, to allow ourselves to come to that point where we realize that we need to let go of everything else because there is nothing more important than being with that person we find irresistible, can be a frightening place to be, especially if we think there are other things that come before it.

Yet, it seems to me that we could make things a lot easier for ourselves if we just stopped fighting Him and the irresistible love He has for us, turned around and not only admitted that He is irresistible, but that there is nothing that is more important than He is.

“God, your faithful love is so valuable that people take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They are filled from the abundance of Your house. You let them drink from Your refreshing stream, for with You is life’s fountain. In Your light we will see the light”

Psalm 36:7-9

 

 

 

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Memory (1896). Olin Warner (completed by Herbe...

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Every once in a while you just have to do it, clear out the old. Not necessarily because you’re bringing something new in, but just because it needs to be done.

That’s what’s happened to me this week. After the new year began, I just had the idea seize me and shake me until I couldn’t avoid it any longer, that I had to clear out my son’s room. This ended up turning into a clear out the entire house ordeal because when you move one item, you either need to make room for it elsewhere, or throw it away.

Now, I’m a self-confessed pack rat. I’m not someone who just buys something and keeps it for the sake of owning, but, I am someone who can attach a memory to almost everything I’ve picked up in this clearing out process. Some of those memories are very clear, while others are a little fuzzy, but, I can remember something about every item. So throwing them away is like throwing away a little bit of life, because once it’s gone chances are there will not be a lot around to jog that particular memory again.

This is why clearing out is such an odd and rare occurrence for me. I feel like I’m throwing away memories. Even though I may not see an item for a long time and not touch on that memory unless I see that particular thing, as long as it’s still in the house somewhere I know in the back of my mind that I have access to it if I need it.

This clearing out has been different though, not only do I feel like I have to do it, but I’m actually throwing or giving away a huge amount of items even though they have memories attached to them. I just know that I have to get rid of them. And, although the little shoebox that my son and I live in isn’t overburdened with stuff, I know that I have to clear things out and organize what’s left.

As I’ve been plowing through this process, it has occurred to me more than once that this is how God deals with us on so many levels. We try to keep things around in our physical, emotional and spiritual lives because they hold memories of our lives that are lost to us in this new life we have in Him. We want this new life with Him, but it’s more than slightly uncomfortable for us. Because of this, we want those things around us that we can go back to. Those things that will take us back to what we still, on some level, view as a more comfortable life.

Bottom line, we are still attached to that old life, along with what those things and their memories represent for each of us. This was something the Apostle Paul seemed to thoroughly understand in his writings. He was so adamant  when he urged believers to leave behind the old and put on the new.

Why? Because, at the end of the day, the old can’t hold a candle to the new, a life spent with God who just happens to be madly in love with each and every one of us.

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Ephesians 4:22-24

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