Aug 10, 2009
A Major Player.
We went to a very special wedding this weekend and the charge given to the bride and groom was inspiring to me.
He addressed the family as the primary place or mechanism through which the world is changed. Not war, politics, schools, and other large-scale functions. Rather, the family, he said, is where people, and thus the world, are changed. I could not agree more, as this idea resembled Jesus' approach to changing the world. Through a small group of men.
This idea was re-inspiring to me as I face the family realm day in and day out. It is easy to sometimes think of my place in this world, in this great Spiritual battle, as not on the front lines, but more like cheering or coaching from the benches. I guess his charge made me think of it more like being on the field. A major player. I know all this in theory, but it is easy to forget and live like I don't think it's true. I want to remember.
Other ideas addressed were: 1)our call to either begin or continue a heritage of faith in our family. 2)Jesus' instructions for us to sacrifice for others. Only in this, he said, will you find happiness. He challenged the bride and groom to spend their first year of marriage focused on the idea of sacrificing for others, rather than just focusing on each other. Then, he said, you will find joy in your marriage.
Jesus's teachings are so not from this world. They contradict and irritate the messages from our society, which is deeply (and most of the time, unknowingly) entrenched in the deceit of the Enemy. Hearing Jesus' commands spoken boldly and was life-giving. thrilling! made me feel like there was no place on earth that could be any more wonderful and exciting! From head to toe, I was filled with purpose!
Jesus give me your perspective, not once for all, but over and over each day.
"I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free." Ps. 119:32