Wednesday, December 15, 2021

😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace and presence be with you.  2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Brian and I came across this tree last Friday and I knew I had to share it with you. What do you notice?  Holes?  Rot?  About a third of the way up the trunk there is barely any wood left.  It looks like some woodpeckers had a few good meals out of this tree.  Now, take a second look, more closely.  Start and the bottom of the tree and slowly work your way up.  Do you see the live branches?  There is one coming right out of the top of this tree.  I think I’ll make a point to visit this tree next spring when its leaves are green, and take another picture. 

Have you ever felt the way this tree looks?  Pecked at.  Beat down.  Broken.  Barely hanging on.  Until you take your final breath, you are still alive and are able to grow and thrive in Christ.  As verse 16 above stated, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”  We must not lose heart.  It doesn’t matter what your life looks like on the outside, His life is still within you and able to grow where it would seem impossible.  Remember this when you look in the mirror.  But also remember this when you look into the eyes of others you encounter.  Even if you “know” someone, you don’t truly know their journey.  Be willing to grant grace where it’s needed.  For others, as well as yourself. 

Bless others and be blessed.

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#JordanFeliz – Never Too Far Gone

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