Monday, June 2, 2014

Living Life One Piece at a Time

I met a 72-year-old, godly man the other day who made me feel like I had come Home.  Our conversation reminded me that this world is not my home, and that Home will be even better because it will be full of people like him.

He was a true capacity for Christ to live in. And I wanted to spend time in his corner.

I asked myself, “How did he get there?”

How do I learn to weep for the lost, like he did? Live joyfully when faced with trial, like he was? How do I spread the same fragrance of Christ when my senses are becoming accustomed to the stench of this world?

And I remembered that he has lived a lifetime.

Only a lifetime can teach a heart to die daily, submit sacrificially, and live the abundant life that Christ came to offer the world.

Our lives are made up of one day, one heartache, one road, one joy at a time.

Like pieces of a puzzle—one piece at a time makes up the whole.

So we meet new people. We face new trials. Unexpected joys brighten our paths.

But they’re simply pieces that have their own place, and our Creator puts them into our lives exactly where they fit.

C.S. Lewis once wrote, “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.”

When we look at our lives, we see one piece at a time.

We see the unfinished product.

And it isn’t beautiful.

But “. . . the God who made time is the same God who makes all things beautiful in his time.” ~ Hannah Anderson (Made for More, p. 167)

 He wants each of us to be a capacity corner for Him.

And it takes a lifetime.

But every piece of our lives—with its joys and sorrows; with its jagged edges and its smooth sides—are making up the whole picture.

He’s putting together a work of art.

He’s watching it all fit together.

And, one day, we will stand in Him complete.

And we’ll be Home.

“He who has begun a good work in you
will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Phil. 1:6)

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