It’s been a while since I have posted anything on here. It’s been an embarrassingly long time. I wish I had a good excuse for it, but the truth is I don’t. Yes, there have been weeks that I’ve been crazy busy, but that doesn’t excuse not posting for over two months. At first a few weeks went by and I thought to myself it wasn’t really a big deal. As more time passed, I began to tell myself it was fine because it wasn’t like a lot of people read my blog anyway. Finally it got to the point of apathy and I stopped worrying about it.
Recently, God spoke to me about how we were created. God didn’t just haphazardly create us. He was very intentional about it. Psalm 139:13-16 says,
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
God thought a lot about how he created us. The gifts and talents He gave us serve a purpose. The Bible also tells us that we were created in God’s image (Gen 1:27). Since God is an awesome God, that means we were created to be awesome. I picture God like a chef. No one goes into the kitchen to cook with the intentions of making something that is nasty. A chef sets out to make an awesome dish every time. God created you to be the best.
Now that my father-in-law, Mike, is retired, he can get back into one of his passions, cooking. He absolutely loves to cook. He will watch cooking shows, read cooking magazines, and search the internet to find the best ways to do things. He is in love with America’s Test Kitchen. A few months ago, he invited us over for wings. The way he prepared the wings was quite the production. First he took them and brined them and covered them in a dry rub. Then he had a process of smoking them on the grill for 10 minutes at a time, part with the burners on, and then turning them off part way through. After 10 minutes he would flip and repeat. When the wings were just about done, he took them off the grill and covered them in sauce. He then returned the wings to the grill and went a few more 10 minute rounds before taking them off and serving them. It was a process, but they were some of the best wings I have ever had. Anytime Mike says he wants to cook wings, I’ll be clearing my calendar to make sure I can be there.
Just like Mike set out to make awesome wings, God set out to make us awesome. But what does that have to do with me not posting on my blog? 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” God created us to be awesome so that we could show others the goodness of God. It wasn’t so that we would gain things, although God does love to bless us.
The problem with me not posting on my blog was that I was robbing God of an opportunity to shine through it. It wasn’t that I might have written something that went viral, but that God wasn’t getting the glory. I wasn’t using my talents to show the goodness of God. But now I’m back with a renewed sense of purpose!
In my next post I’ll highlight some ways we can make sure we are living the awesome life God has created us to live.
until next time…