It is hard to live up to the legacy and impact made by different men and women of the faith. Lately I have been overwhelmed as I wish to follow the examples set by these Godly individuals. As I was reading Psalms 1, God’s word opened my eyes to something new that struck me in a different way from all the other times I had read these verses (especially verses 2 & 3).
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
Verse 3 is what really struck me. Sometimes I want to go from being a 1 foot freshly planted tree to being a massive red oak. In other words, I want to go from being someone who is young and has a lot of sanctification left in this life to someone who has lived a life that leaves a legacy. I am sure if you took a picture of a tree everyday it would be hard to tell the difference, but if you took a picture the day you planted it and took another 10, 15, or 20 years later there would be a big difference. This seems to be how sanctification works. It is hard to tell the difference on a day to day basis but over the years you can see God changing your heart to be more like His. I am grateful for what God has already done in my life, yet I find hope and peace in what God will continue to do. However, I must continue (and probably do better at) delighting in the law of the Lord! It is easy to talk Christianity but it is hard to live it. Teaching about sacrifice and love is easy; living a life of sacrifice, obedience and love is quite contrary to my own desires.
Praise be to the God who began through HIS grace a good work in me and will carry it on to completion. (Ben’s paraphrase of Phil. 1:6)
Thanks Tricia for pressing me on to write down some more thoughts.