We all want to be the just blossomed rose. Petals fresh, soft, full of promise, fragrance beckoning all to notice.
But life has a way of shaking our just blossomed awe and we find ourselves instead hesitant, doubting the promise, and wanting anything but to be noticed.
Because…we take our eyes off the Maker. The One who knit us together and likes us just the way we are. The One who doesn’t see our outward shell. The One that plants all our desires deep in our hearts – because He has a great purpose for us.
But we forget and begin to think all this living stuff is about us. Notice the ones who seem to have a special something? Not the celebrities, not the famous, the rich, or the talented. No, the ones who light up a room because they light up our soul. This is our calling – not self-promotion but soul-promotion.
This One Wild & Precious Life – what is His plan for it? Our plans center around self, His plans center around eternity.
When He tells us in Jeremiah He knows the plans He has for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us – that’s because the victory is already His. He knows that we are conquerors – when we choose to live as such we are useful for Him, His plans can be worked through us. “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37 NIV)
It is a wild and precious life full of opportunity to make a difference – but not the difference the world says matters. Instead of saying to the hurting ‘I’ll pray about that’ – take that shaking hand and call on the King of Kings right then and there. Instead of worrying about what others think, light up the room with the love He’s filled you with brimming over to all not just the easy.
Soul promotion says ‘I’ve got one wild and precious life I choose to pour into you’ – because we know that we can never empty ourselves when it’s the Holy Spirit moving through us. We are convinced “that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39 NIV)
One Wild & Precious Life – are we planning it, or are we walking in the lighted path of the One who can make a wild difference?
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