NEW YEAR NEW ME NEW WE
It’s been quite some time since I made any real mention in my journal. For certainty’s sake, the last entry was 26JULY2020 (Day 132 of COVID-19) and we’re still in COVID… (Day 290 to be precise). The past months have been interesting. Very interesting.
I’m finding a lot out about myself these days. I’m more fragile than I thought but I’m also more self-aware than I might have realized as well or I think I am. I’ve not landed on any sustainable rhythms yet and this has kept me a little anxious. I’m not used to living without routine and rhythm in my life. The surrealistic world of the Pandemic in the midst of major life-changing stuff (outside of the Pandemic) has contributed to the upheaval of my daily-ness. Still, in the midst of all this weirdness, anxiety, unknowing, and uncharted future, I think I might be thriving spiritually in ways that I may not have ever experienced. This, in a very good way.
Usually, by this time of the New Year, I have made an outline and strategic plan for my coming year. I call this my personal Rule of Life. It is loosely framed from the Rule of Benedict. My rule has been a source of growth, encouragement, and challenge for me during the past 12 years. This is the first year since 2009 that I have not made my Rule of Life. I still plan to make the rule but the process is different for me this year. This is [obviously] a new year; more importantly, this is a new me, and consequently, all I do life with including the Godhead…this is a new “WE.”
One thing I have decided to try this year is to read and journal my way through the Chronological Bible (NLT). It’s been a decade since I last did this and I know my perspectives have shifted. I’m reading for the purpose of the story and the purpose to hear the VOICE behind the STORY.
My first day to begin this rhythm was today and I didn’t get far before I noticed certain ideas clamoring for my attention.
Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves… They will be masters over all life. So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself (Genesis 1:26-27). And the LORD GOD formed a man’s body from the dust of the ground and breathed into it the breath of life. And the man became a living person (Genesis 2:7).
It seems that God has some high expectations for humankind. Regardless of what one thinks of this creation account, one thing can be certain; if God is the ultimate and supreme Other, the Creator-Sustainer of all things, humankind is only second to him… God.
Personally, I have and hold a high view of humankind. Because God does. This according to our God Story. Since it is the Story I choose to believe, I think it follows that I might pattern my lifestyle from it. Therefore, I believe in the best for people. I believe they have the ability to become as God created them, “living persons.” Anything that we believe about God can be comparatively believed about ourselves; “Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves So God created people in His own image; God patterned them after himself.” This gives me hope.
As I mentioned earlier in this post, I seem to notice my frailty more these days. I don’t know if I’m weaker, more aware, or if I’m losing control of myself. I do notice more…maybe these are grace-moments that I can grow some humility through. Anyway, the words I read this morning are helpful and affirming to me. I believe that God has invited me/us to participate in a new stage of relationship with God and with others. This relationship is the culmination of what it means to be a living person, one who is a kingdom citizen, and a reflection from the Seed that Bore him. I think this might be an example of what it means to live life abundantely. Live. Kingdom. NOW. Eternity is today, if ever it is.
I wake up these days thinking, “I know the things I need to know.” While I know there are still more things to learn, I think it is fully the season now to invest everything I am and all I have to become the things I already know. This is the Way.