So often what David Lose has to say in his blog, In the Meantime (www.davidlose.net), speaks strongly to me. This is what he had to say, with my editing, on May 25th (I was a tad behind in reading - no surprise!):
I sometimes wonder if part of the reason so many...people have a hard time connecting faith to everyday life is simply because we don’t take God’s promises seriously enough. ...we are all born anew through the Spirit and declared co-heirs with Christ...what decisions might [we] make this week knowing [we] have God’s unconditional love and confidence? How might [our] relationships look different in light of God’s promises? How might the challenges at school or work be put in perspective when [we] remember that [we] are co-heirs with Christ? And what kind of risks might [we] take in [our] relationships or careers knowing that the creator and sustainer of the universe has [our] back?He went on to write about the parable of the eagle who was raised with a bunch of chickens. Thinking he was permanently stuck on the ground, he would eat corn in the barnyard with the chickens while looking up at the sky watching other eagles soar high, wishing to be with them. We are meant to soar like eagles, Lose writes.
So, with the strength of the Holy Spirit under our wings, should we not be afraid to try our wings, taking seriously that we have God’s unconditional love and confidence? Hmmm...something to ponder. What is God hoping I will trust God enough to try a little soaring to do?