I’m a little late to the party this week. But that’s fashionable, right?
I am joining Five Minute Friday again this week, although a bit late. I have been going through a blog move this week (which I will talk about more sometime in the future, but long story short, I moved from wordpress.com to wordpress.org this past week), so I’ve been a little light on posting. And this next week is our first week of classes at both campuses where I teach AND I’m traveling to St. Louis on Thursday, so this might be another light week of blogging. We shall see. I need to get my weekly rhythm figured out and then stick with a routine based on that rhythm. So, in four weeks or so, I will hopefully have it down to a regular schedule of posts. For now, I’m going to do what I can without stressing myself out too much.
This week’s word for Five Minute Friday is “Refine”. Here goes:
I went to church today for the first time in a while. We had friends go who don’t typically go and it was nice to have someone to sit with. The music was raucous. Both the Gospel Choir and the Contemporary Ensemble were playing and the music was fun. I’m always pleasantly surprised with the music at church when I go as I remember the music not being so fun when I was younger.
The message was also very welcome today. It was about Knowing, Living and Loving. I had already been feeling a bit in need of a focus on love as of late. There is so much anger and hatred and volatility in the world that it can easily create fear and outrage. But, instead, I am attempting to focus on loving and caring. I posted this on my Instagram yesterday:
So, the message at church fit in well and helped me to refine my outward goals, but also my inward goals. I need to refine my vision of life. I need to rest in God’s grace and know that He will see me through whatever comes my way. The last eight years have been rough, but they have also been blessed in many ways. Refining my vision of knowing God’s word, Living as Jesus would have lived (if He were me, as our pastor so aptly put it…so, if Jesus had been a college professor and parent and Girl Scout leader, what would he have done?), and loving as Jesus has asked us to love. He has asked us to love our neighbors, our enemies, our family members and ourselves as He has loved us. We are a work in progress, not at all refined in these skills, but they are there. The possibilities are there for us to achieve these great goals. And that will be my focus going forward.
Hope you consider joining Five Minute Friday this week if you aren’t already there!