What began as a few words I posted to myself and whoever wanted to peer over my shoulder on Facebook became a 31-day series of devotionals centered on the transforming understanding of living out your identity in Christ as the Beloved.
Those first words were from a vision I’d been seeing for several days of a person standing in the ocean with waves crashing
against him, yet he remained standing there, his feet firmly planted, as though rooted so deeply into the earth that his toes could not even sink into the sand beneath him. No matter how hard the waves pounded against him, there he remained, upright, taking every thunderous beating without fail. He was not overwhelmed, though his circumstances were certainly overwhelming. That truth has been running through my mind for weeks during this busy season:
just because my circumstances are overwhelming does not mean I am overwhelmed.
The next day, I posted another word to myself and whoever wanted to peer over my shoulder, because that first snippet helped me get through the day and I wanted to help myself along again. I knew the words had helped some others make it through their day, too, so I wrote a few more words that day and then again the next and the one after that. The words just kept coming every morning when I sat down to read from the Word and start my day aright by aligning myself with the Truth.
A couple of folks have suggested to me that I write a book, filling it up with these daily notes to myself and whoever else happens to read them. I’m not sure just yet if that’s what will happen – a book. For now, I’m posting them here, because some friends asked that I gather up those Facebook posts into a place where they can be found and shared more easily.
What I do know is this: these words help me remember each day what I have forgotten. They help me brush off the dust and stretch out the kinks in my joints and wipe the sleep from my eyes. They help me remember who I really am and Who He really is, which is more important than any to do list I could write or task I could check off. Speaking the Gospel – the Good News – to myself each morning (and afternoon and evening) helps me remember why I’m here: to get low before Him and make much of Him.
Because I am prone to forget, I assume that you are, too, which is why I am sharing these thoughts I think with you. I’ve been at this walking with Jesus way of living for 30 years now, and I still need help remembering what I repeatedly disremember. If you need help remembering, too, then these words are for you as much as they are for me. Take them for what they are: the words of someone who wants to love Jesus well.
Therefore I will always remind you about these things, even though you know them and are established in the truth you have. I consider it right, as long as I am in this tent, to wake you up with a reminder, knowing that I will soon lay aside my tent, as our Lord Jesus Christ has also shown me. And I will also make every effort that after my departure you may be able to recall these things at any time.
-The Apostle Peter, 2 Peter 1:12-15, HCSB
Day 1: Your Heroic Work
Day 2: Who You Really Are
Day 3: What You Are Made For
Day 4: Awash With His Presence
Day 5: In His Image
Day 6: You Are Equipped
Day 7: What You Already Know
Day 8: Resisting Busyness
Day 9: A New Vision
Day 10: Real, Genuine Bravery
Day 11: A Far Piece to Go
Day 12: Get Low
Day 13: Because You Can’t Be Good Enough
Day 14: A Good Day to Die
Day 15: The Path to Lasting Happiness
Day 16: A Trail of Bread Crumbs
Day 17: Fix Your Focus
Day 18: Holy Sweat
Day 19: Aged Faith
Day 20: Look At Him
Day 21: Return to Your Rest
Day 22: A New Habit
Day 23: Not Alone
Day 24: The Fuel of Discontentment
Day 25: This Is Your Life
Day 26: Joining Him in the Mending
Day 27: Keep At It
Day 28: The Surest Way to Being Right
Day 29: The Calling You Do Have
Day 30: Increasingly At Risk
Day 31: Years That Run Long