Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Daily Gratitude Year 5-Day 93: Today, I am grateful for limitless possibilities.

If our great grandparents were dropped into today, would they fill like they were living in a science fiction story? 

The inventions of the past 100 years seemed impossible a century ago. It's true.

As I often like to ponder... we were created in His image and his creative expression is the first recorded act in Genesis. He is creative and so are me. 

Thinking outside of the box is not always easy, but most rewarding. It is how impossibilities come to life. That... with a fearless attitude toward failure. 

Human wonders differ from God breathed expression, because for humans there is trial and error before getting it right... and the happy accidents, like Post-it notes. For us... the efforts are part of the joy when something finally turns out right. When something is "too easy", we don't always value it. 

"Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”"-Matthew 19:26

The disciples had no clue what was ahead for them, but they would need courage and rock solid faith. Last Sunday morning - we were reading in Acts 4. Peter and John had been dragged to court after healing a man who had been lame more than 40 years. They were dragged into the same court where Jesus was accused and convicted. Reading the account with fresh eyes brought some humor into what could be a grave situation.

They didn't deny there was a healing.
They didn't one accuse them of lying about Jesus resurrection. 

They courts and religious leaders didn't want a repeat of the Jesus mess. 
The undeniable resurrection complicated things for them.  

As we read the passage, it occurred to my SS class that Peter and John turned the tables and put them on the hot seat. It is a good read. 

 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people,  are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected     has now become the cornerstone.’There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” -Acts 4:8-12
They put it out there and nothing was refuted. No one offered other explanations regarding Jesus trial, crucifixion and resurrection.  They could not deny the truth, only look for ways to stop the movement. Jesus and his followers were having a big impact on the society, the culture and threatened the council's authority. Funny thing is, Jesus very clearly instructed us to respect authority. Love was his weapon of choice. 

A tiny band of believers... with mixed educations and with women as respected leaders... were changing things wherever they spent time. Hope floats and love always wins in the end. There can be troubles and trials... but love... eventually, conquers the ugly for those who hold on. Confident of their own resurrection - they had nothing to really lose and they were bold. The limits had been removed because with God, all things were possible. 

Do we live like we believe it? That is a challenge for today and everyday. 

Today, I am grateful for limitless possibilities.

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