I’m joining Beverly of How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday — the final Holiday (Pink) Saturday and the final Pink Saturday for 2011. I always enjoy posting with Beverly and seeing all the wonderful Pink Posters who link there. Beverly, thank you for the year of pinks, in which I can participate. And, thank you for stopping by! (Since I’m posting early, please don’t miss my previous Friday Post Tulips Bearing a Message.)
I was thinking about how we all kind of start out with the basics of our being – then we have variations of color, hopes, desires, interests, likes, knowledge, understanding . . . everything that is unique. Though we share things in common with all men, including our trials and tribulations.
I grew up when Spin Art was popular. Do you remember that? I got one for Christmas a hundred years ago. It came with this deep reservoir spinner, where you fastened a piece of pre-cut white cardboard on it, turned on the spinner and drizzled paint. Okay maybe you put the paint on first, then turned on the spinner. Thankfully it was deeply set in the reservoir and caught the paint spinning off the card. It made neat images and was tons of fun. Of course, then there were tie dye tee shirts and the like some time later. Working with digital photographs and tweaking the horizontal, vertical and radius is a whole lot tidier. And still fun for me!
But, I’m really thinking about people and faith. I’m thinking about what we do with who we are, especially what God’s given us, and New Year’s Eve . . . maybe I’m thinking a little about New Year’s Resolutions? But mostly life’s resolutions.
I’m reading Billy Graham’s book, Nearing Home. I’ve only just begun reading it but already enjoy it immensely. In it he talks about his own age – he’s nearing 93 I think he said. Like my dad, who is in his late 80′s, he says “getting old isn’t for sissies”. When Graham wrote about how he wasn’t prepared for the hole in his heart with his wife’s passing, it simply broke my heart, knowing full well too that life and death passes by us all the time. Graham has already spoken honestly in his book about aging, disabilities and such, and I’m only some 10% into it. (Got a Kindle!) I’m looking forward to reading more of what he says, especially since he believes we’re not necessarily taught how to age. I want to learn!
Anyway, we’re not always prepared for what life throws us, are we? I’ve been talking with my husband about how “fluid” we need to be to deal with life. I know I cannot do it without the Lord! I think of the Velveteen Rabbit (one of my favorite books) and yes, it hurts when the corners get chipped away, and the fur gets rubbed off. This process of life, of becoming what God wants us to be . . . in order to fulfill many things. Life. Perspective.
Here comes a new year. What is my perspective?
Me? I want to live and grow old in stronger faith, knowing God as much as I can, doing His will, and aging gracefully. I sure haven’t done my previous years that way. I wonder what I’ll look like one day, from God’s perspective I mean. What will the canvas of me look like when I’ve finished my course here and gone home? I hope it’s like 2 Peter 3:10 says . . . with a grand entrance of having done it in faith!
I like the way the NASB says it:
Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.
2 Peter 1:10-11 Emphasis mine.
But, I like the way the NIV clarifies verse 11:
Therefore, my brothers and sisters,make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:10-11 NIV. Emphasis mine.