I read this question last night while scrolling through Twitter. I knew how I would answer almost as soon as I read it.
a sticky note reminder
a “yes this life will knock you down but hold onto the beauty”
That last thought reminded me of a Mike Foster quote I read earlier this month:
“sometimes we fall down because there is something down there we’re supposed to find: a gift, a vision, a clarity, a truth about love that we would have never found without the pain”
Personally, that pretty much sums up how ugly things can be made beautiful. When the eyes of our hearts can tap into this…we unwrap the bizarre and totally unexpected gift of redemption. And this gift is so precious. I can not (nor would I ever want to) imagine this life…in all it’s twists and turns and valley and pits…without it.
This morning I found myself reading through Psalm 22. There’s one particular verse in that Psalm that always catches my attention no matter how many times I’ve read it. “They will come and tell a people yet to be born about His righteousness–what He has done.” (v 31)
It reminded me of the question I read last night. “What do you want to be remembered for?”
How do we tell a people yet to be born? The only thing that comes to mind is to start a fire so big and so hot that even after we are gone those yet to be born will be able to come across the smoldering embers left behind and still feel the warmth…still recognize the burning hidden hope just below the surface…all it needs is a little oxygen.
“So don’t be embarrassed to speak up for our Master or for me, his prisoner. Take your share of suffering for the Message along with the rest of us. We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. But we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus.” 2 Timothy 1 8-10 Message