Once all the intensity and twinkly lights from Thanksgiving and Christmas to the New Year fade we are left with shivering cold and near blinding dark. (as my daughter would say when she was young, “It’s burrrring outside!”) At least this is my perspective as an Alaskan. The world becomes a monochromatic melancholy. I up my vitamin D intake and hunker down until the days linger longer and the shadows grow shorter. When I am feeling a low vibration or mood upon waking I pull the covers over my head and wonder, how can I have a decent day when the sun doesn’t even want to shine or keep us warm? (Can you tell I am not a morning person?) Blah.
But isn’t it just like God to shed the light of wisdom though the shattered pieces of our day?
Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp tongued sarcasm. Instead bless- that’s your job to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing. Whoever wants to embrace life and see the day fill up with good, Here’s what you do:
(1 ) SAY NOTHING EVIL OR HURTFUL.
(2 ) SNUB EVIL AND
(3) CULTIVATE GOOD;
(4) RUN AFTER PEACE FOR ALL YOU’RE WORTH.
God looks on all this with approval, listening and responding well to what he’s asked; but he turns his back on those who do evil things.
1 Peter 3:12 (the Message)
During many an excruciatingly long, dismally dark, c-c-c-cold Alaskan winter I was a youth pastor and had a weekly discipleship group called Kaleidoscope. This became our name because the image served to remind us that if we would only tilt that tube of fragmented colours a new direction we can be enlightened with a fresh outlook. The shattered pieces transform into something beautiful when lifted out of darkness and pointed toward the light.
Isaiah 61 is a foretelling of Christ coming to “bind up the broken hearted”. Broken in this passage is the original Hebrew word shabar. This word describes the shattering that happens when a ship wrecks on a rocky shore; a splintering into many pieces.
Sometimes we need a step by step action plan to shift our selves out of a funk. And here you have it! Lift your Kaleidoscope out of the darkness of sarcasm, self deprecation and anxiety. In the darkness those broken pieces have nothing to yield but funk and in our funk our emotions, words and actions only beget injury to ourselves and those around us. But when pointed toward the Light of World and shifted our perspective changes. Love and compassion shine through our day. We bless others and it will be returned in kind. AND BONUS! God approves and answers our prayers.
Be intentional. Leave evil in the dust and run after peace for all you’re worth! And have a nice day!