2005-12-06

Love is the new black

I never intended to use my blog as some sort of online diary, but I fear that is what is has turned into of late. Any deep thoughts (no Troy and Kelly, not THAT kind of deep thoughts) that may be rattling around in my groggy brain are just not coherent enough to come out at the moment. Hopefully we'll get past this stage though!

Got lots done today. We had a mentoring time with a friend this morning and then had staff meeting all afternoon. It was very productive; we got some work done on logos and colors for Oasis Madrid as well as getting things planned out for our vision meetings that we'll be having from January until June.

Troy didn't have Alpha tonight since it was a holiday today, so we were able to have some family time. That was important especially since Troy leaves for France tomorrow morning. We watched Valiant with the kids, which they enjoyed much more than Willy Wonka.

I've talked before about how much I am enjoying reading The Message translation of the Bible. I'll leave you with this, something that really struck me when we read it on Sunday:

Bit from Colossians 3 (all the bits are important, but these are the ones that really struck me!)
"So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ--that's where the action is. See things from his perspective.

Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life--even though invisible to spectators--is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you'll show up too--the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ...

And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death...doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That's a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God....

...You're done with that old life. It's like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you've stripped off and put in the fire. Now you're dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it....

...So chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it."

You know how fashion is always talking about "the new black?" Well, apparently, the new black is love. I don't think even the world can argue with that!

1 comment:

kelly_w said...

Awesome stuff, Heather. I'm so glad to be back and get to spend time with you!

It's wierd to comment on your blog while I'm at your house babysitting your kids so you can lead a small group at my apartment. What? I just confused myself.